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Create an Activity

This article will walk you through creating a new workflow activity for VertiGIS Studio Mobile applications.



Extending VertiGIS Studio Workflow for Mobile requires development and deployment of a custom VertiGIS Studio Mobile Application using the VertiGIS Studio Mobile SDK

Follow the instructions in the VertiGIS Studio Mobile SDK page to set up the environment for extending Workflow for VertiGIS Studio Mobile.


A working knowledge of C# and .NET Standard is recommended before extending Workflow for VertiGIS Studio Mobile

Create the Activity#

  1. Create a new file CustomActivity.cs in the platform agnostic project of the VertiGIS Studio Mobile Quickstart.
  2. Add a new skeleton workflow activity that implements IActivityHandler.
using App1.Workflow;using VertiGIS.Mobile.Composition;using Geocortex.Workflow.Runtime;using System.Collections.Generic;using System.Threading.Tasks;
[assembly: Export(typeof(CustomActivity))]namespace App1.Workflow{    public class CustomActivity : IActivityHandler    {        public static string Action { get; } = "uuid:<uuid>::CustomActivity";
        public Task<IDictionary<string, object>> Execute(IDictionary<string, object> inputs, IActivityContext context)        {            return Task.FromResult((IDictionary<string, object>)new Dictionary<string, object>(){                ["test"] = "value"            });        }    }}

Register the Activity with the IActivityHandlerFactory#

  1. Create a new file, ActivityLoader.cs in the platform agnostic project of the VertiGIS Studio Mobile Quickstart.
  2. Implement the IActivityHandlerFactory interface and register the activity skeleton we created in the constructor.
using System;using System.Collections.Generic;using System.Threading;using System.Threading.Tasks;using VertiGIS.Mobile.Composition;using Geocortex.Workflow.Runtime;using Geocortex.Workflow.Runtime.Definition;using Geocortex.Workflow.Runtime.Execution;using App1.Workflow;
[assembly: Export(typeof(ActivityLoader), SingleInstance = true, AsImplementedInterfaces = true)]namespace App1.Workflow{    public class ActivityLoader : IActivityHandlerFactory    {        /// <summary>        /// Gets a mapping of action names to implementations of <see cref="IActivityHandler"/>s.        /// </summary>        private Dictionary<string, Func<IActivityHandler>> RegisteredActivities { get; } = new Dictionary<string, Func<IActivityHandler>>();
        public ActivityLoader(Func<CustomActivity> customActivityFactory)        {            RegisteredActivities[CustomActivity.Action] = customActivityFactory;        }
        /// <summary>        /// Creates an <see cref="IActivityHandler"/>.        /// </summary>        /// <param name="action">The name of the action to create.</param>        /// <param name="token">The cancellation token.</param>        /// <param name="inspector">The <see cref="ProgramInspector"/> for the program.</param>        /// <returns>The activity handler for the given action.</returns>        public Task<IActivityHandler> Create(string action, CancellationToken token, ProgramInspector inspector = null)        {            if (action == null || token.IsCancellationRequested)            {                return Task.FromResult<IActivityHandler>(null);            }
            if (RegisteredActivities.TryGetValue(action, out Func<IActivityHandler> handlerType))            {                return Task.FromResult(handlerType());            }            else            {                return Task.FromResult<IActivityHandler>(null);            }        }    }}

Use the Activity in a Workflow#

Workflows that run in your custom VertiGIS Studio Mobile application can now run this custom activity.


Registering stubs for .NET activities provides a user friendly interface for your custom activities in VertiGIS Studio Workflow Designer.

The RunActivity activity can be used to execute your activity by the name defined in CustomActivity.cs (for this example, uuid:<uuid>::CustomActivity).

Next you need to run the workflow you just created in your VertiGIS Studio Mobile SDK project.

You can do this by configuring the layout and app config to run a workflow. You will need to copy the ID of the the workflow you created into the app.json

{    "schemaVersion": "1.0",    "items": [        {            "$type": "layout",            "id": "desktop-layout",            "url": "resource://layout-large.xml",            "tags": ["large"]        },        {            "$type": "workflow",            "id": "custom-workflow",            "title": "Custom Workflow",            "target": "#taskbar",            "portalItem": "<your-workflow-id>"        },        {            "$type": "menu",            "id": "iwtm",            "items": [                {                    "title": "Run Custom Workflow",                    "isEnabled": true,                    "iconId": "workflow",                    "action": {                        "name": "",                        "arguments": {                            "id": "custom-workflow"                        }                    }                }            ]        }    ]}

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