The current implementation of Open ESB provides the developer with the
ability to generate pdf based reports for their BPEL processes. By its
nature this functionality is restricted in what it can provided and
often does not meet the projects requirements simply taking the
documentation added to the the various BPEL activities and writing it
out to a pdf whilst also generating a graphical representation of the
BPEL that frequently does not fit into the document correctly.
Having discussed this with a some of our pre-sales representatives I
decided to see what I could achieve and build a flexible template based
alternative. Much of the code used within the generation process is
based on the previous work I did generating SVG from BPEL but enhanced
to improve performance and flexibility.
This first blog entry describes the command-line interface to
generating the the BPEL Documentation whilst a subsequent entry will
describe the NetBeans Plug-in I have built to proved the additional
functional at a single click.