2 Replies Latest reply on Mar 10, 2006 12:45 PM by Alejandro Guizar

    support for different process language notations?

    Daniel Brum Novice

      Alex, i'm here at CeBIT and I was asked by someone if we supported, or knew how we could support a standard notation language known as EPC, or Event Driven Process Chain.

      I guess first of, has anyone heard of this process definition language?
      Secondly, how hard or what are the steps required to say write support for this notation in jBPM? The person was a profesor of a university and he would like to throw this as a possible task for his students, which would be great - it doesn't hurt to get more community support like this ever.

      thanks.

        • 1. Re: support for different process language notations?
          Tom Baeyens Master

          jBPM and graph oriented programming are the best basis for implementing new graph based execution languages.

          from this definition http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/assistance/HP010575031033.aspx it seems that EPC is actually a graph based execution language. So that is exactly what jBPM and GOP are intended for.

          regards, tom.

          • 2. Re: support for different process language notations?
            Alejandro Guizar Master

            EPC is a process modelling notation rather than a language. From what I can grasp from a 5-minute review, it can be paralleled to a UML activity diagram if you rename states to events and activities to functions. Furthermore, EPC provides explicit elements to represent organization units and resources required to better model business processes. See the Wikipedia entry for EPC for more detail.

            There is a standardization initiative within the EPC Community focused upon development of an Event-Driven Process Chain Markup Language (EPML). OASIS is the standards body hosting that effort; read more about it in the cover story. EPML is said to be motivated by the goal of supporting data and model interchange in the face of heterogenous BP modeling tools, which was more or less the same motivation behind XPDL, the language endorsed by the Workflow Management Coalition. However, unlike XPDL, EPC has some big names behind it.

            Given that jPDL is, to some extent, an execution language for UML activity diagrams and the parallel outlined above between those diagrams and the EPC notation, I can say with confidence that a EPML extension on top of jBPM is both feasible and easier to implement than a BPEL extension (as BPEL is in a separate domain).