Today, I had to update/fix the workflow because I forgot a little step. And guess what, it didn't work. The updates on the workflow were not applied. Although a new version of the workflow was present on the site, the changed were not. Rebooting the entire SharePoint machine didn't solve this. Arghhhhhh..... But lucky me, after some search, I noticed that I was not the only one...
It seems that SPD (sometimes = randomly I guess) forgot to empty his own application cache. A republish of a workflow is then done with the cached (=old) info. This is due to a mismatch between the server's activity and the SPD client's cached activity. So:
- Close SPD.
- Open “My Computer”.
- Go to %System Drive%\Documents and Settings\%user%\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\WebSiteCache (If you are running Vista, that path is different - look for %System Drive%\Users\%user%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\WebSiteCache).
- Go to a directory that looks similar to the name of the website you were connecting to. (Alternatively, you can just delete all these directories and everything should work when you boot SPD).
- Delete the assembly with the name similar to the one you are changing.
- Boot SPD.
- You can now work with your updated activity.
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