Workflow activities Child Replicator activity in Parent Replicator not working

When binding a replicator from within another replicator, you will discover the following behaviour:

We have 2 replicators:
ParentReplicator & ChildReplicator

We have 4 roles:
role1,role2,role3 and role4

We have 5 users:
user1,user2,user3,user4 and user 5

each user is connected to a role in a dictionnary>

role1 has 2 users: user1 & user 2
role2 has 1 user: user 3
role3 has 1 user: user 4
role4 has 1 user: user 5

We want to iterate through each role and create a task for each user in this role.

through the designer we bind the initialchilddata property to List Roles property

using code we capture the ParentReplicator_ChildIntialized
event and execute this code:

The result is this:

Role 1
Role 2
– user 1
– user 3
Role 3
– user 2

SO it seems like the ChildData is only set the next iteration?…

The reason for this behaviour is because we are settings the InitialChildData on the wrong object, the object we are using is living in another context.


//use the control in this context
ReplicatorActivity rep = e.Activity.GetActivityByName(PanretReplicator.Name, true) as ReplicatorActivity;
rep.InitialChildData = users.Select(u => u.Sid).ToList();

here we go!

Conclusion: ALWAYS use the sender or e.Activity to get your childactivities to avoid these unhappy behaviour…

read more:
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Very nice post that pushed me in the right direction

Good luck;)

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