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DeployProcessTask Attributes. Process definitions often require support files in addition to the jPDL document. All these files are packaged into a process archive for deployment. Process Archive. The process archive is just a ZIP archive with a specific content layout. The central file in the process archive is called processdefinition. The process archive also contains other files related to the process, such as action handler classes and user interface task forms.

Deploying a Process Archive. You can deploy a process archive in any of these ways:. To deploy a process archive with the Process Designer Tool , right-click on the process archive folder and select the Deploy process archive option.

The jBPM application server integration modules include the gpd-deployer web application, which has a servlet to upload process archives, called GPD Deployer Servlet.

This servlet is capable of receiving process archives and deploying them to the configured database. To deploy a process archive with an ant task, define and call the task as follows.

To deploy more process archives at once, use nested fileset elements. Here are the DeployProcessTask attributes. If false, log a warning message, but do not stop the build, when the process definition fails to deploy.

To deploy process archives programmatically, use one of the parseXXX methods of the org. ProcessDefinition class. Process Versioning. Process instances always execute on the same process definition as that in which they were started. However, the jBPM allows multiple process definitions of the same name to co-exist in the database.

Typically, a process instance is started in the latest version available at that time and it will keep on executing in that same process definition for its complete lifetime. When a newer version is deployed, newly created instances will be started in the newest version, while older process instances keep on executing in the older process definitions.

If the process includes references to Java classes, these can be made available to the jBPM runtime environment in one of two ways:. To do so, put the delegation classes in a. The Java classes can also be included in the process archive.

When you include your delegation classes in the process archive and they are not visible to the jbpm classloader , the jBPM will also version these classes inside the process definition. When a process archive is deployed, a process definition is created in the jBPM database. Version process definitions on the basis of their names. When a named process archive is deployed, the deployer assigns it a version number. It does so by searching for the highest number assigned to a process definition of the same name and then adds one to that value.

Unnamed process definitions will always be versioned as Changing Deployed Process Definitions. Changing process definitions after they are deployed is not a recommended practice. It is better to migrate process instances to a new version of the process definition. There is no restriction on updating a process definition loaded through the org.

GraphSession methods loadProcessDefinition , findProcessDefinition or reached through association traversal. Nonetheless, it is very easy to mess up the process with a few calls such as setStartState null! Because processs definitions are not supposed to change, the shipped Hibernate configuration specifies the nonstrict-read-write caching strategy for definition classes and collections.

This strategy can make uncommitted updates visible to other transactions. Migrating Process Instances. An alternative approach to changing a process definition is to migrate each process instance to a new version. Please consider that migration is not trivial due to the long-lived nature of business processes. There is a clear distinction between definition data, execution data and logging data. Because of this distinction, a new version of the process has to be deployed first, and then process instances are migrated to the new version.

Migration involves a translation if tokens or task instances point to nodes or task definitions that have been removed in the target process definition.

Be aware that logging data ends up spread over two process definitions. This can present challenges when developing tools and making statistics calculations. To migrate a process instance to a new version, execute the ChangeProcessInstanceVersionCommand as shown below. Use the delegation mechanism to include custom code in process executions. Process Class Loader. Delegation classes are loaded through their respective process class loader. The process class loader has the jBPM class loader as its parent.

It adds the classes deployed with one particular process definition. To add classes to a process definition, put them in the classes directory of the process archive.

Note that this is only useful when you want to version the classes that have been added to the process definition. If versioning is not required, make the classes available to the jBPM class loader instead. If the resource name does not start with a slash, resources are also loaded from the process archive's classes directory.

For example, to load data. Configuring Delegations. Delegation classes contain user code that is called from within a process execution, the most common example being an action.

In the case of action, an implementation of the ActionHandler interface can be called on an event in the process. Delegations are specified in the processdefinition. You can supply any of these three pieces of data when specifying a delegation:. By default, the constructor is used and the configuration information is ignored. This is the default configuration type. The config-type field first instantiates an object of the delegation class and then set values in those object fields specified in the configuration.

The configuration is stored in an XML file. In this file, the element names have to correspond to the class' field names. The element's content text is put in the corresponding field. If both necessary and possible to do, the element's content text is converted to the field type. In these cases, each element of the xml-content is considered an element of the collection and is parsed recursively, applying the conversions. If the element types differ from java. String indicate this by specifying a type attribute with the fully-qualified type name.

For example, this code injects an ArrayList of strings into numbers field:. You can convert the text in the elements to any object that has a string constructor. To use a type other than a string, specify the element-type in the field numbers in this case.

In this case, each of the field elements is expected to have one key and one value sub-element. Parse both of these by using the conversion rules recursively. As with collections, it will be assumed that a conversion to java. String is intended if you do not specify a type attribute. This is the same as the config-type field but, in that case, the properties are configured via "setter" methods.

Here they are set directly on the fields. The same conversions are applied. This method takes the complete contents of the delegation XML element and passes them as text to the delegation class constructor. If you use the default constructor, this method will take the complete contents of the delegation XML element and pass it as text in the void configure String ; method.

Depending on the context, the process and task instance variables can be used as starting variables, as can the the following implicit objects:. The jPDL schema is the schema used in the process archive's processdefinition. The schema is referenced in the XML document:. The Xerces parser is on the class-path.

Process Definition Schema Name Type Multiplicity Description name attribute optional This is the name of the process swimlane element [ The swim-lanes represent process roles and are used for task assignments.

Note that a process without a start-state is valid, but cannot be executed. Note that a process without nodes is valid, but cannot be executed. Note that these actions must specify a name in order to be referenced.

A maximum of one of the leaving transitions is allowed to have no name. The first transition that is specified is called the default transition. The default transition is taken when the node is left without specifying a transition.

Each transition leaving a node must have a distinct name.

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This tutorial should give a first impression what simulation can do, what business cases are behind and how this is implemented in jBPM. The first part of this tutorial needs a database, because we want to retrieve historical information out of it. This includes calculating the standard deviation, which can be done by most of the databases today see Howto enable MySQL standard deviation calculation in Hibernate. Unfortunately, some of the database queries made trouble with the standard hibernate HQL. I work on an optimized version for Oracle and a database independent one, which will be slower.

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This tutorial will show you basic process constructs in jpdl and the usage of the API for managing the runtime executions. The format of this tutorial is explaining a set of examples. The examples focus on a particular topic and contain extensive comments. The best way to learn is to create a project and experiment by creating variations on the examples given. To get started for eclipse users: download jbpm Now you have a jbpm. You don't need the graphical designer tool to complete this tutorial.

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JPDL specifies an xml schema and the mechanism to package all the process definition related files into a process archive. A process archive is a zip file. The central file in the process archive is processdefinition. The main information in that file is the process graph. The processdefinition.

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