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[jwt-dev] Re: Eclipse STP and Business Processes

Hi Oisin

Sorry for the delay, I've just come back from holidays (more to come still). Anyway, your email was well-timed, as you will see further.

Indeed, we've discussed it and we all agree there is room for such collaboration, since our goals are compatible : at JWT, we aim our tooling suite to first and foremost help solve the problem of the multiplicity of BPM formats and representations.

More precisely, here at Open Wide we're currently reviewing an array of options in order to add to our current solution additional BPM format mappings (like XPDL, BPEL) and representation (like BPMN or a subset). Our choices and their architecture will be done before the summer ends (actually it is in synch with the timeline of the friend SCOrWare project), once scheduled studies will have been finished, and will be implemented starting then. We've already got resources and funding for these goals.

For example, we've taken a look at the STP BPMN project, and it would be stupid not to include it among our options. However, since we aim at having a complete solution, it isn't the only parameter, meaning the runtime features will still depends on how its produced BPMN is mapped to an execution language and on a chosen engine's features.

On our side, we'd like to have better knowledge of the BPMN to BPEL generation capabilities within STP. Integration with BPEL2Java though isn't likely to be an option, since we focus on a runtime model rather than a code generation paradigm.

What JWT currently provides : a complete workflow solution including a EMF / GEF based modeler and a jBPM based simulator. Well, beyond this bare depiction, there is a lot more, including Bull's work on XPDL and our interest for jBoss and Bull's recent Process Virtual Machine initiative.

So for more details I think a conference call will be in order  :)

Regards
Marc Dutoo
Open Wide


Oisin Hurley a écrit :
Hi Marc,
The Eclipse SOA Tools Project has at the moment a BPMN modeler component,
which we have shipped as part of Europa. As PMC Lead, I would like to be
able to provide a more extensive and consolidated business process offering
to our consumers, with capabilities in the area of other BP expressions,
such as jBPM, XPDL, etc, with an extensible generation framework to allow
generation of BPEL or other languages based upon the BP models.

Do you think that there is room for collaboration between JWT and STP in
this area?

 best regards
  Oisin

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