1 Reply Latest reply on Nov 16, 2008 12:18 PM by Ronald van Kuijk

    Suitability of jBPM workflow for my application

    Raghunandan S Newbie

      Dear All,

      I'm designing a new application for deploying softwares to multiple systems.I need to support wizard like option where in the user can input his machine details and other software configurations.The wizard pages displayed to the user would vary based on the selections done by user in earlier pages.
      I'm thinking of using workflow for this.I would configure a processdefinition.xml file containing all the flow paths user might choose while configuring. Based on the user selections, I need to create a new workflow at runtime which is basically a subset of the master processdefinition.xml. I need to save this new workflow created at runtime into a new xml(install_processdefinition.xml).Based on the number of machines the user wants to deploy the software,i would create so many forked process which would take care of progress tracking of installation of a remote machine.As the software is to be installed on remote machines, I would transfer these install_procesdefiniton.xml to those remote machines and execute the workflow there.I need to have fork/join as I need to do pre installation checks on all these machines before initiating the installation and then wait till the installation is finished on all the machines before post installation tasks are initiated.

      My questions are:
      1.Is jBPM and other workflows in general suitable for this application.
      2.How can I write back the processdefinition.xml(i read the jpdlxmlwriter is deprecated)
      3.Can each forked process/task load and execute a new different processdefinition.xml
      4.How can the communication happen between the GUI and the workflow engine
      5.Can the TaskInstance persist complex data.

      Regards
      Raghu