Friday May 22, 2015

Test-driven development using the Oracle SOA Suite by The Cattle Crew

clip_image001As in all software projects, quality assurance with thorough testing in integration projects is a key factor to success. Test-driven development focuses exactly on this aspect: unit and integration testing of integration elements must be done as soon as possible. The tests used in these phases must also be reproducible so that they can be run automatically in case of changes in the integration logic, thus guaranteeing that no unintended changes are made.

Oracle SOA/BPM Suite is a powerful tool suite for integration. This article shows how test-driven development can be done with the Oracle tooling. Integration elements built with Oracle SOA/BPM Suite are SCA composites made up of several components. Since mainly the integration layer is concerned, there is quite often heavy usage of external web services, database adapters, etc. The composites also usually have an inbound interface the invocation of which is the starting point of the integration logic.

As it can be seen from above, the key to testing SCA composites is to define an inbound message and assert the data found in various other messages during the integration logic. Some easy scenarios can instantly be identified. XSLT transformations within the composites can be unit-tested without the complete logic itself for example. Likewise, end2end testing is also easily done – at least for a web service interface – thus assuring at least that the result is what we expected. The problem is that for end2end testing, the correct functionality of back-end systems is a prerequisite. If the back-end functionality is developed parallel to the integration logic, end2end testing is far away from test-driven development. Read the complete article here.

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Monday Aug 20, 2012

Business Driven Development (BDD) Demo Now Available!

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DSS is pleased to announce the availability of the demo “Business Driven Development“. This innovative demonstration uses a case-study approach to show business users how they can easily streamline their Business Processes - delivering greater efficiency, agility, visibility and collaboration with Oracle BPM and WebCenter.

The BDD demonstration uses a case study-based approach to highlight a business problem at a fictional company, Avitek Corporation, and uses Oracle BPM and Oracle WebCenter to solve the business problem. This holistic approach has specifically been used to appeal to a non-technical business analyst user. This demo is NOT focused on product features, but aims to guide users through a complete BPM lifecycle.

The scenario is based on improving a simple order process (scenario details are in the demo script). Avitek Corporation is sufferinng from a manual email-driven ordering process. Sales reps don’t know where the customer orders are stuck (no visibility) and finance users are unable to manually approve every order (no automation). There are several areas where this process can be improved with Business Process Management technology. This demo shows how improving following areas will ignificantly help resolve the business problems Avitek Corporation is facing. Areas for improvement include:

  • Utilizing BPM for process management, rather than an unregulated, email-based process.
  • Utilizing automated services, rather than requiring a human to key into a system. For example, Finance checking the customer’s credit rating is something that could be automated.
  • Centralizing business rules that can be integrated into a business process, rather than requiring a human to process them. For example, Finance must determine when orders can be automatically approved.
  • Provide insight and visibility into the process. For example, Sales Rep needs to know the status of their customer’s orders.

The BDD Demo uses the following products.

  • Oracle BPM Suite 11g PS4FP
  • Oracle WebCenter 11g PS4FP (for Process Spaces)
  • Oracle Business Activity Monitoring 11g
  • Oracle Database 11g

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Monday Feb 20, 2012

Service Bus 11g Development Cookbook

The Oracle Service Bus Development Cookbook is a book which contains more than 80 practical recipes to develop service- and message-oriented solutions on the Oracle Service Bus 11g.image

This cookbook is full of immediately usable recipes showing how to efficiently develop on the Oracle Service Bus. In addition to its cookbook style, which ensures the solutions are presented in a clear step-by-step manner, the explanations go into great detail, which makes it good learning material for everyone who has experience with the OSB and wants to improve. Most of the recipes are designed in such a way that each recipe is presented as a separate, standalone entity and reading of prior recipes is not required. The finished solution of each recipe is also made available electronically.

The 80+ recipes are organized into the following chapters (the digit behind the title showing the number of recipes in that chapter):

  • Creating a basic OSB service (13)
  • Working efficiently with OSB artifacts in Eclipse OEPE (7)
  • Messaging with JMS transport (9)
  • Using EJB and JEJB transport (5)
  • Using HTTP transport (5)
  • Using File and Mail transports (5)
  • Using JCA adapter to communicate to the database (6)
  • Using SOA Direct transport to communicate with SOA Suite (4)
  • Communication, Flow Control and Message Processing (10)
  • Reliable communication with OSB (5)
  • Handling Message-Level Security requirements (9)
  • Handling Transport-Level Security requirements (4)  

Almost a year ago the author team meet at our SOA & BPM Community Forum in Utrecht. Guido Schmutz our OSB guru from Swiss formed a team that delivered the book in less than 12 months! Congratulations to all the authors Guido Schmutz, Edwin Biemond, Jan van Zoggel , Mischa Kölliker and Eric Elzinga!

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 522 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : January 2012
ISBN : 1849684448
ISBN 13 : 978-1-84968-444-6
Author(s) : Guido Schmutz, Edwin Biemond , Jan van Zoggel , Mischa Kölliker , Eric Elzinga
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Oracle Fusion Middleware, Cookbooks, Enterprise, Oracle

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