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Oracle SOA BPEL Process Manager 11gR1 - A Hands-on Tutorial

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Oracle SOA BPEL Process Manager 11gR1 - A Hands-on Tutorial

Overview of this book

BPEL, Business Process Execution Language is the definitive standard in writing and defining actions within business processes. Oracle BPEL Process Manager R1 is Oracle's latest offering, providing you with a complete end-to-end platform for the creation, implementation, and management of your BPEL business processes that are so important to your service-oriented architecture."Oracle SOA BPEL Process Manager 11gR1 – A Hands-on Tutorial" is your guide to BPEL design and development, SOA Suite platform troubleshooting, and engineering in a detailed step-by-step guide working real-world examples and case studies. Using industry-leading practices you will start by creating your first BPEL process and move onto configuring your processes, then invoking, orchestrating, and testing them. You will then learn how to use architect and design services using BPEL, performance tuning, integration, and security, as well as high availability, troubleshooting, and modeling for the future. "Oracle SOA BPEL Process Manager 11gR1 – A Hands-on Tutorial" is your complete hands-on guide to Oracle SOA BPEL Process Manager 11g.
Table of Contents (20 chapters)
Oracle SOA BPEL Process Manager 11gR1 – A Hands-on Tutorial
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For implementing business process agility using Oracle SOA BPEL Process Manager, most books cover few of the following domains:

  • Designing and architecting SOA composite applications

  • Developing SOA composite applications using BPEL

  • Testing and debugging SOA composite applications

  • Installing, configuring, deploying, securing, and administering SOA composite applications

In this book, we have combined these domains to deliver the complete handbook. It provides our readers an understanding of what goes outside of their direct responsibilities. This horizontal understanding improves the collaboration among the cross functional groups that would result in increased team productivity.

This book is a comprehensive hands-on industry-leading-practice guide to deliver real-world SOA composite applications using the Oracle SOA Suite BPEL Process Manager platform. The content is 90 percent hands-on instructions with 10 percent of details. You will find an overview of technical fundamentals, step-by-step tutorials, and industry leading practices implementing SOA composite applications.

What this book covers

This book will teach you how to design, develop, test, deploy, secure, and administer an SOA composite application.

Chapter 1, Creating Basic BPEL Processes, provides an understanding of the concept and evolution of Business Process Execution Language (BPEL) and also provides step-by-step instructions for downloading, installing, and configuring Oracle SOA Suite BPEL Processer Manager Platform and JDeveloper.

Chapter 2, Configuring BPEL Processes, teaches about the BPEL language and helps you create basic and complex BPEL processes using JDeveloper and Oracle SOA Suite BPEL Process Manager Platform.

Chapter 3, Invoking a BPEL Process, teaches from examples how to invoke BPEL processes from any Java client or web services and vice versa. It also teaches how to configure transaction timeout for BPEL services.

Chapter 4, Orchestrating BPEL Services, provides step-by-step instructions for designing, creating, and configuring BPEL orchestration, adaptors, business rules, and human workflow. Some of the advanced BPEL orchestration techniques are covered as well.

Chapter 5, Test and Troubleshoot SOA Composites, teaches with examples how to create test suites for BPEL services, how to debug and troubleshoot Oracle SOA Suite Platform and BPEL processes. It also covers dehydration store purge strategies, SOA composites monitoring, SOA Suite logging, and audit configurations.

Chapter 6, Architect and Design Services Using BPEL, covers Oracle SOA Suite components and their use cases, interactions, BPEL design patterns, request- and event- driven architecture. It provides step-by-step instructions for integrating BPEL Process Manager with Oracle Service Bus along with instructions on achieving loose coupling using Oracle Enterprise Service Bus.

Chapter 7, Performance Tuning – Systems Running BPEL Processes, covers performance tuning of SOA composite applications for optimal performance and scalability. The industry leading practices for the Oracle SOA Suite platform components, WebLogic server platform, JVM, operating systems, and load balancers are also included.

Chapter 8, Integrating the BPEL Process Manager with Service Bus, Registry, and SOA Deployment, introduces the design of SOA composite application, use cases of Oracle Service Bus (OSB) and Oracle Registry (OSR) along with ways to create and consume services from Registry and Service Bus. The chapter also takes a look at the deployment of an SOA composite application using JDeveloper and Oracle Enterprise Manager's console.

Chapter 9, Securing a BPEL Process, introduces various options to design and implement a security solution for securing a BPEL process. This chapter provides the available security options and industry leading practices to implement authentication, authorization, data security in transit, and denial-of-service attacks for SOA composite applications. The usage of Oracle Web Service Manager (OWSM) for securing web services are described in detail.

Chapter 10, Architecting High Availability for Business Services, explains the systems architecture options for achieving high availability for SOA composite application's design and deployment. This chapter delves deeper into deployment architecture options—cluster architecture for achieving high scalability and availability of composite applications.

Chapter 11, The Future of Process Modeling, explains the evolution of Process Modeling and what to expect in the near future from various stakeholders in this domain. Also covered are the basics of Oracle BPM Suite (Business Process Management), BPA Suite (Business Process Analysis), along with BPMN (Business Process Model and Notation). It also explains how to use JDeveloper to design and develop process models using BPMN.

Chapter 12, Troubleshooting Techniques, covers possible issues during deployment and runtime with SOA Suite BPEL Process Manager and their troubleshooting techniques. The key takeaway is that knowing all the possible reasons for an issue and then going through the process of elimination to identify the root cause of the issue. The art and science lies in ranking the possible reasons and selecting which one to eliminate first for an issue at hand.

What you need for this book

  • Oracle SOA Suite 11g Release 11gR1 (

  • BPEL Process Manager

  • Oracle Business Rules

  • Oracle Web service Manager (OWSM)

  • Oracle Business Activity Monitoring (BAM)

  • Oracle JDeveloper 11g (

  • JDeveloper Extension - Oracle SOA Composite Editor (

  • Oracle Database Express Edition 11g Release 2

  • Oracle Service Bus Release 11gR1 (

  • Oracle Service Registry (

  • Oracle BPM Suite 11gR1 (

  • Oracle BPA Suite 11g Release 1 (

  • JDK 6

Who this book is for

This book is primarily written for the following:

  • SOA Developers: To develop SOA Composite applications

  • Administrators: To install, configure, deploy, troubleshoot, and for performance tuning of SOA Suite Platform

  • Enterprise/Security/System/Infrastructure architects: To design composite applications, create infrastructure and system architecture, and to design security solutions

  • Business Analysts/QA Testers, Project Managers, and Engineers: To design SOA services and business processes, monitor and test composite applications, and oversee &/ manage SOA projects


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