A Lightweight Approach to SOA and BPM with jBPM and Eclipse.

Koen Aers (JBoss, a Division of Red Hat)

SOA · Long Talk

Thursday, 11:10, 50 minutes | Room 206 | Download in iCal Format

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Koen Aers

jBPM is an open source platform that supports human workflow, business process management (BPM) and service orchestration. Its jPDL process definition language is open ended and allows for tight integration with the Java programming language. jPDL also has excellent support for task management. The BPEL extension on the other hand allows for orchestration of webservices. The jPDL language is completely supported on Eclipse by means of a graphical process designer (GPD). This tool makes it possible for business analists to draw process definitions graphically and for technical developers to enhance these diagrams with technical details. Thus it enables a common language between the analists and the technician. Also it makes testing and deploying process definitions a painless effort. In the first part of this talk, we will provide an introduction to JBoss jBPM. We will go over the different components of jBPM and look at how they are supported in Eclipse. The second part will be very practical. We will illustrate the power of jPDL, the natural binding with Java and the Eclipse support by developing a real workflow and show how to test, deploy and run it.

Koen Aers is a Senior Software Developer at the JBoss Division of Red Hat, Inc. He is currently driving the Eclipse support for the jBPM project wich is JBoss's workflow and BPM engine. Koen is part of the jBPM team since April 2004 and became a JBoss employee when the jBPM project joined JBoss. Koen graduated as a Civil Engineer from the Belgian Royal Military Academy and obtained an additional Master's Degree in Information Technology at the Brussels Free University. Before joining JBoss, he worked respectively in the IT department of the Belgian Army and as a software consultant, first for Unisys and as an independent afterwards. Koen is a regular speaker at public events and conferences such as Java User Group meetings, Eclipse World, EclipseCon and JBoss World and at occasions such as the jBPM public trainings.

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