Wednesday Feb 25, 2015

Dynamic ADF Form Solution for Oracle BPM Process by Andrejus Baranovskis

clip_image002I was working recently on integrating ADF 11.1.2.4 and BPM 11.1.1.7 environments. This worked pretty well, all configuration was done based on my previous blog post for similar topic, only previous ADF and BPM versions - BPM 11g R1 Worklist Integration (Hacking Experiment) Into Non-SOA ADF 11g R2 Domain. Goal of this post is to describe dynamic ADF form approach associated with BPM process human task.
BPM payload contains additional element called voInstanceName. This element is supposed to contain ADF VO instance name, this instance will be used later to render dynamic ADF UI for the currently selected task:

Sample application - adfbpm11gr4.zip, is based on two separate applications. One implements simple BPM process with payload including ADF VO instance name and another implements standalone dynamic ADF application with BPM API.
There are two human tasks in BPM process. Each of these human tasks accepts a payload element with ADF VO instance name. This allows to control ADF UI from BPM process, by providing ADF VO instance name to be used in ADF. The first human task is set to work with EmployeesView1 instance: Read the complete article here.

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Monday Feb 23, 2015

BPM / SOA 12c: Re-configure a compact domain to use a DB-based MDS instead of a File-based MDS by Sven Bernhardt, Danilo Schmiedel

clip_image001The Oracle SOA Suite and Oracle Business Process Management Suite offers different domain configuration types applicable for different use cases. For details check out the two guides: Installing SOA Suite and Business Process Management Suite Quick Start for Developers as well as Installing and Configuring Oracle SOA Suite and Business Process Management.

Default Domain

Standalone Domain

Compact Domain

Full Domain

Description

Integrated WebLogic Server from JDeveloper

Standalone Admin Server with SOA/BPM

Standalone Admin Server with SOA/BPM

Full installation with separate servers for SOA, OSB, BAM, Admin Server, etc.

Installed via

Quick Start distribution

Quick Start distribution

Quick Start distribution

FMW 12c Infrastructure +
FMW 12c SOA Suite and Business Process Management

Used for

Local development and debugging, especially for demos or evaluation purposes

Local development and debugging, especially for developers who want to use the Oracle Service Bus Design Time Console instead of JDeveloper

Local development with SOA components that are incompatible with JavaDB (ESS, MFT, B2B, Heathcare, BAM, ACM API)

All stages Development (shared), Integration, Test, Production

Repository

Pre-configured Java DB

Pre-configured Java DB

Oracle Database (please note that MDS and OWSM are file-based)

Oracle Database

For all of the domain options which are installed via quickstart distributions, SOA and B2B use the MDS file system. This means that the edit function in SOA Composer is not supported and so Business Rules and Domain Value Maps cannot be changed during runtime & without a new deployment . For the development in our projects we very often use the compact domain. The change of business rules without re-deployment is quite important for us because we work a lot with Adaptive Case Management – and there Business Rules and live changes without re-deployment are a key benefit (which we also like to show in demos / POCs / etc.). Read the complete article here.

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Monday Feb 16, 2015

Demonstration of SOA 12c Maven support by Mark Nelson

Mark Nelson's video covers the Oracle Maven Syncronization Plug-in, the SOA 12.1.3 Maven Archetype, the Maven Import Wizard, Oracle SOA Maven Plug-in, and more. Watch the video here.

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SOA 12c Debugger issue –> cannot initiate debugging by Niall Commiskey

clip_image002Check the following - thanks to Luis Weir - he also Tweeted this - I don't like Twitter myself!
Too limiting, I am more into writing longer texts!
This issue may be caused by the debugger trying to use the ip address under which the SOA app was deployed.
1. Make sure the listen address is empty.
Read the complete article here.

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Thursday Feb 12, 2015

SOA Suite 12c New Features - Coherence Adapter by Niall Commiskey

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Here is a simple example of using the above -I have a web service that checks the inventory status of products. I create a BPEL process that accepts an order as input and then calls the above web service to get the inventory status of the product. Read the complete article here.

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Improve Developer Productivity with SOA 12c by Tshepo Madigage


clip_image001Oracle released SOA Suite 12c (12.1.3) bringing a further integration between components and a bunch of new features. Most of them are quite spectacular, but at the same time all are useful. A release to persuade potential buyers and a lot more to please users of the product.

In addition to adding new features supporting emerging industry trends like cloud and mobile, Oracle SOA Suite 12c also provides many new features and enhancements around developer tooling, administration and operations and, of course, performance.

Quick Start Install

The Quick Start install provides the foundation for a single user development environment, which includes all Oracle SOA Suite core components - Oracle BPEL Process Manager, Oracle Human Workflow, Oracle Business Rules, Oracle Mediator, Oracle Service Bus, Oracle Technology Adapters, Oracle Enterprise Scheduler, SOA Spring Component and Enterprise Manager Fusion Middleware Control. In addition, Oracle JDeveloper is installed with all SOA IDE extensions and an integrated WebLogic Server.

In JDeveloper, the WebLogic Integrated Server is pre-configured with above SOA Suite components runtime and JavaDB (JavaDB is a development database that allows development with SOA Suite without needing RCU)

Templates

“Share and reuse” has always been one of the pillars of a service-oriented architecture. Oracle SOA Suite 12c introduces several new features to boost the ability to share and reuse services and components, while at the same time enabling best practices and improving manageability. The new SOA starter templates provide an easy way to package SOA composites, components or fragments of a BPEL process and distribute them to other departments, partners or customers. This enables the sharing of frequently used patterns and speeds up development for template users. Three types of SOA starter templates are supported:

  • Project templates: They include a complete project with all components and resources used and will be used when creating a new project in your SOA application.
  • Component templates: A component with all references resources and components. For example, a BPEL process that calls a business rule or adapter can be packaged as component template. The component does not have to be complete and does not have to compile. A component template can be added to an existing project.
    Component templates will be visible in the composite palette if they’re available in the template path, configured in JDev.
  • Custom activity templates: A scope in a BPEL process, which may include an invoke/receive from/to a partnerlink, can be packaged as a custom BPEL activity. For example, an assign activity and a call to an adapter. Those custom activities will be available in the BPEL palette.

Read the complete article here.

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Tuesday Feb 10, 2015

Submitting an ESS Job Request from BPEL in SOA 12c by David Xu

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SOA Suite 12c added a new component: Oracle Enterprise Scheduler Service (ESS). ESS provides the ability to run different job types distributed across the nodes in an Oracle WebLogic Server cluster. Oracle Enterprise Scheduler runs these jobs securely, with high availability and scalability, with load balancing and provides monitoring and management through Fusion Middleware Control. ESS was available as part of the Fusion Applications product offering. Now it is available in SOA Suite 12c. In this blog, I will demonstrate how to use a new Oracle extension, “Schedule Job”, in JDeveloper 12c to submit an ESS job request from a BPEL process.

Set up a scheduled job in Enterprise Scheduler Service

1. Create a SOA composite with a simple synchronous BPEL process, HelloWorld.
2. Deploy HelloWorld to Weblogic.
3. Logon to Fusion Middleware Enterprise Manager.
4. Go to Scheduling Services -> ESSAPP -> Job Metadata -> Job Definitions. This takes you to the Job Definitions page.

5. Click the “Create” button, this takes you to Create Job Definition page. Enter:

Name: HelloWorldJob

Display Name: Hello World Job

Description: Hello World Job

Job Type: SyncWebserviceJobType

Then click “Select Web Service…”. It pops up a window for the web service.

Read the complete article here.

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SOA Suite 12c: Bulk Fault Recovery by Michel van Zoest

clip_image001In earlier versions of the Enterprise Manager it was already possible to recover faulted instances of web services. Like for instance when a service that the instance depends on is down, the instance will throw a fault and stop processing. When the underlying service is up again, you could go back to the faulted instance and use recovery to have it continue from the step it faulted on.

Now with the introduction of 12c the Error Hospital in the Enterprise Manager supports Bulk Recovery.
This means that it is possible to recover a whole batch of faulted instances with just one click.
A scenario where this can be very powerful is when an underlying service that is used by a lot of other services goes down. For instance a service that calculates foreign exchange rates in a financial system. Or an example I have used in the Oracle SOA Suite Bootcamp in which we built an order system that relies on another service to validate payments.

When I shutdown the ValidatePayment service, the ProcessOrder service will go into fault and needs recovery. Read the complete article here.

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Sunday Feb 08, 2015

SOA Suite 12c: Actionable Emails with Human Task service by Lucas Jellema

clip_image002It is my assumption that inbound and outbound emailing has been configured – for example for a GMail account – as described in these two articles: GMail for inbound mail in SOA Suite 12c and GMail for outbound mail in SOA Suite 12c and that test mails can be sent and received.

The steps are:

  • configure an email driver for SOA Suite for outbound and inbound emails
  • configure an email address (one of the inbound email accounts set up on the email driver configuration) for actionable emails
  • create a Human Task definition for a task that is configured as actionable; assign this task to a user who has an email configured in the LDAP directory
  • deploy the Human Task as part of a SOA Composite; invoke the composite to have the task assigned to the user
  • the user should receive a notification mail message regarding the task assignment with the option to act on the task by clicking a link in the email; clicking such a link will trigger a response email to the actionable email account with appropriate meta-data for the SOA Suite to interpret the response; the user can even add attachments and comments to this task response mail.

We assume the first setp has been taken care of. Once the email driver for the managed server running SOA Suite has been configured for outbound and inbound email interaction, there is really not a lot to do.

Open the menu SOA Administration | Workflow Properties: Read the complete article here.

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SOA Suite 12c: Getting started with the Spring Component by Maarten Smeets

clip_image001The Oracle SOA Suite Spring component has been present since SOA Suite 11.1.1.3 (11gR1 PS2). This component allows easy integration of Java code with other SOA Suite components such as (among others) BPEL, BPM and Business Rules. In SOA Suite 12c (12.1.3.0) this component is still present. In This blog post I will provide a short example on how it can be used and how the first problem I encountered with this component can be avoided.

Implementation

First create a SOA Application and an empty project. Next create a Java class with a public method and extract an interface with the public method. You can also supply JARs in the SCA-INF/lib folder of the project with the class/interface.

The result in this example. The Java class extends the interface. Read the complete article here.

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