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Oracle BPM Suite 11g: Advanced BPMN Topics

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Oracle BPM Suite 11g: Advanced BPMN Topics

Overview of this book

Oracle BPM Suite is a popular and highly capable business process management system with extensive integration capabilities. BPMN, one of the most widely used process modeling notations, includes advanced capabilities for inter-process communication, working of arrays of data, and handling exceptions. However, these very same areas are often poorly understood. This book gives you the knowledge to create professional process models using these advanced features of BPMN."Oracle BPM Suite 11g: Advanced BPMN Topics" is the only book available that provides coverage of advanced BPMN topics for Oracle BPM Suite, helping to fill in the gaps left by the product documentation, and giving you the information that you need to know to use BPMN to its full potential.This book covers the important theory behind inter-process communication, working with arrays and handling exceptions in BPMN, along with detailed, step-by-step practical exercises that demonstrate and consolidate this theoretical knowledge.Throughout the book we'll cover topics including different types of sub-processes, initializing and manipulating arrays, using the multi-instance embedded sub-process, fault propagation and more.With "Oracle BPM Suite 11g: Advanced BPMN Topics" in hand, you'll gain detailed and practical experience in using the advanced features of BPMN to create professional BPMN processes with Oracle BPM.
Table of Contents (12 chapters)
Oracle BPM Suite 11g: Advanced BPMN Topics
Credits
About the Authors
About the Reviewers
www.PacktPub.com
Preface
Index

Preface

Welcome to Oracle BPM Suite 11g: Advanced BPMN Topics. This book brings you concise and focused information on key topics about Oracle BPM Suite, in a small, easy to digest format.

Being about advanced topics, we assume that you are already familiar with Oracle BPM Suite and with BPMN in general. We will not take time to explain common tasks like how to model a BPMN process in JDeveloper, or how to access the implementation properties for a task in a process, for example. We assume that you already know how to do these kinds of tasks. If you do not, you might want to consider reading some of Packt's other great Oracle BPM Suite titles Getting Started with Oracle BPM Suite 11gR1 or Oracle BPM Suite Cookbook to learn these skills.

In particular, we assume that you are familiar with the following concepts:

  • Process

  • Process instance

  • Task/Activity

  • Event

  • Throw/catch

  • Exception

  • Embedded sub-process

  • Event sub-process

  • Business object

  • Data association

  • Composite

We also assume that you are familiar with the basic operation of JDeveloper and that you know how to use the component palette, access properties, access various views, and deploy processes. We also assume that you know how to use Enterprise Manager start test instances and review the audit trail of these instances.

We focus on BPMN topics that we have seen, through our experience, that people have difficulty understanding and applying. For each topic, we will present some theory and background information, and then a number of practical examples to help you to practice what you have learned in the theory chapters.

What this book covers

Chapter 1, Inter-process ommunication introduces us to the theory of how processes can communicate with each other and with other components. opics conversations—what they are, the default and advanced conversationsorrelation—automatic and message based, correlation sets and keys, and correlation inside loops and when there are multiple calls hrow and catch events, send and receive tasks, and when to use each essages, signals, and errors ub-processes—embedded, multi-instance, and reusable, and when to use each.

Chapter 2, Inter-process ommunication in ractice presents a series of practical exercises to help you to explore the theory present in . The examples include communicating between processes using messages and correlation, using correlation inside loops, communication between processes using signals, and reusable sub-processes.

Chapter 3, Working with rrays presents both theory and several practical exercises on handling arrays in BPM. Topics include data association, creating an empty array, creating an array with empty elements, creating an initialized array, getting an element from an array, setting an element in an array, appending elements to an array, joining arrays, removing elements from an array, and iterating over arrays—cardinality and collections, sequential and parallel, completion conditions and scope.

Chapter 4, Handling xceptions discusses the theory behind handling exceptions in BPM. Topics include business and system exceptions, boundary events, event sub-processes, exception propagation with embedded sub-processes, call, throw and send, and how BPM exceptions affect the SCA composite.

Chapter 5, Handling xceptions in ractice will guide us through a number of practical examples that help to reinforce the theory in . The examples include implementing a timeout use case with boundary events, implementing a "cancel message" use case, using event sub-processes, and exploring exception propagation in peer processes.

What you need for this book

To run the examples in the book, the following software will be required. You may choose to either download and install the software yourself, or to download a pre-built VM with the software already installed for you.

If you choose to install your own environment, you will need the following:

  • Oracle BPM server:Oracle BPM Suite 11.1.1.5 with "Feature Pack" patch applied, or a later release. You will need to download both the BPM installer and the Repository Creation Utility. Please refer to the documentation if you are not familiar with the installation process.

  • Pre-requisites for BPM:Oracle WebLogic Server 10.3.5 or later must be the correct version for the version of BPM that you are using—the last digit for example, 5 must match. Note that release 12.1.1 or later is not compatible with BPM at the time of writing.An Oracle Databaseyou can use the free Oracle 10g Express Edition. Please be sure to read the install guide to make sure you have the correct database settings before you start the installation.

  • Java Development Kit 1.6.30 or later (1.7 is also acceptable).

  • Oracle JDeveloper:Oracle JDeveloper 11.1.1.5 with "Feature Pack" patch applied, or a later release. You need to install the SOA and BPM plugins from the Update Center (choose Help/Check for Updates). Note that the JDeveloper version must be exactly the same as the Oracle BPM Suite version. Note that release 11.1.2.0 or later is not compatible with BPM at the time of writing.

If you prefer to download a VM with all of the software already installed, you can download a VM from Oracle at th address:

http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/middleware/soasuite/learnmore/vmsoa-172279.html

Where to download the software from

BPM Suite:

http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/middleware/bpm/downloads/index.html

WebLogic:

http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/middleware/weblogic/downloads/index.html

Database:

http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/products/express-edition/downloads/index.html

JDK:

http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/index.html

JDeveloper:

http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/developer-tools/jdev/downloads/index.html

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  xmlns:ns="http://www.example.org"
  targetNamespace="http://www.example.org" 
  elementFormDefault="qualified">
  <xsd:complexType name="TElement">
    <xsd:sequence>
      <xsd:element name="user" type="xsd:string"/>
      <xsd:element name="outcome" type="xsd:string"/>
    </xsd:sequence>
  </xsd:complexType>
</xsd:schema>

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