How to create a role task by code in Episerver

After failing duplicating the ParallelApproval Workflow I looked into creating a task by code in the project instead. Didn't find much documentation online so here's my initial Proof of Concept to fill the gap.

This will create a task from the current user and assign it to all users with the WebAdmins role. An e-mail will go out to all users in the role and when one of them change the status an e-mail will go back to the creator.

using EPiServer.Personalization;
Task currentTask = new Task();
currentTask.Subject = "Test";
currentTask.Description = "Some more text";
currentTask.AssignedTo = "WebAdmins";
currentTask.AssignedIsRole = true;
currentTask.DueDate = DateTime.Now.AddDays(1);
// Would be better to somehow fetch PlugInID
// by it's name "EPiServer.UI.Util.PlugIns.ViewTask"
// instead of this:
currentTask.PlugInID = 144;

Tested using EPiServer CMS 5 R2 SP2.

Published Monday 14 December 2009 16:41 and tagged with these categories: Episerver, Development


  1. Author Comment Wednesday 16 December 2009 11:50

    Please share if you know the slick way to fetch the PlugInID. Didn't have time to look into it more. I stopped at finding the ID in tblPlugin and hard coded it.

  2. Mårten Berg Thursday 17 December 2009 10:42

    Here is how you get the PlugInID by name:

    PlugInDescriptor pid = PlugInDescriptor.Load("EPiServer.UI.Util.PlugIns.ViewTask", "EPiServer.UI");
    currentTask.PlugInID = pid.ID;

    When I did this, I seem to recall that I found out that this way the task plugin is created if it doesn't exist, which it doesn't in a clean EPiServer install, if I remember correctly. It was some time ago I worked with tasks.

  3. Author Comment Thursday 17 December 2009 12:17

    Nice! Thanks. Another related question is if it's possible to disable the CC mail message going to the creator? The creator get one message CC per user in the assigned role.

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