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    The OpenText Process Suite ABC Glossary - WS AppServer Package part 2

    WS AppServer Package

    Finally, you can generate a web service interface on the WS‑AppServer package and thus make the java methods available as web service operations. The SOAP checkbox property of a method defines whether a web service operation will be generated and thus the method will be exposed as a web service operation or not.

    By default, for each model (table or view) a single update web service operation is generated to insert a new record into the table, update or delete an existing record or tuple.

    In the WS-AppServer package, you can make changes to the models, the attributes, the properties of the attributes, and the methods. In addition to the standard methods that are generated with the package itself, you can define your own methods. You can generate the signature of this method, this will only create the skeleton of the Java method in the extension class file. In this case, you need to add the relevant java source code to implement the method. Or you can refer to any available attribute(s) to automatically generate the associated Java source code in the base class file to implement the method. For example, as a standard method a get operation is already generated for selecting customers by their primary key. In addition, you can generate another method to select the customers for a specific country using the “country of residence” attribute. In this case the method is added to the base class file since the related Java source code is generated by the platform.

    The extension class file contains the related Java source code in order to implement the functionality of the additional methods. Typically, the IDE Eclipse is used to modify the Java source code as saved in the extension class. Do not edit or add code in the base class files as the contents of these class files are overwritten any time you regenerate the Java source code of the associated models.

    As a good practice, you create a basic WS-AppServer package directly related to the metadata document of the relational database to generate the basic functionality and make that only available as Java methods, while no web service interface is generated on the basic WS-AppServer package methods. The basic java methods are thus not exposed as web service operations. The basic java classes are compiled into a “basic” JAR file.

    Next, you create another empty WS-AppServer package to contain your own custom models that will be based on the models defined in the basic WS-AppServer package. The custom models and their methods are implemented by using the generated basic methods of both the basic and custom WS-AppServer package and adding any other Java source code you develop in the extension classes of the custom package. The custom java classes are compiled into a “custom” JAR file. Note that with the “custom” JAR file, you create a dependency to the “basic” JAR file containing the implementation of the set of basic methods. These custom java methods are then made available by generating the web service interface to these methods. For each java method, you can use the SOAP checkbox property to decide whether the method is made available as web service operation.

    This effectively creates two layers, the basic layer through which you communicate with the back end application while in the business process models, you only apply the custom web service operations. Using this kind of layering of your methods and web service operations enables you to abstract your process from the actual implemented back end application i.e. the data model of the related data sources. This allows you to easily change the back end application and redefine the basic layer while the business process models are not effected (and do not need to be updated) as these only communicate with the web service operations of the custom layer.

    List of abbreviations 

    Abbreviation Description
     ANSI  American National Standards Institute
     BAM  Business Activity Monitoring
     BER  Business Event Response
     BPML  Business Process Modeling Language
     BPMN   Business Process Modeling Notation
     BPMS   Business Process Management Suite (or System)
     CAF  Composite Application Framework file extension
     CAL   Composite Application Logging (framework)
     CAP  Cordys / Composite Application Package (file extension)
     CARS  Cordys Admin Repository Server
     CMC   Cordys Management Console
     CRUD  Create, Read, Update and Delete, data manipulation operations with a    relational database
     CWS  Collaborative Work Space
     DTAP   Development, Testing, Acceptance and Production
     ESB   Enterprise Service Bus
     HW   HardWare
     IDE   Integrated Development Environment
     IP   Internet Protocol
     JAR  Java ARchive file extension
     JVM   Java Virtual Machine
     KPI   Key Performance Indicator
     LDAP   Lightweight Directory Access Protocol
     OMG   Object Management Group
     OTPS   OpenText Process Suite
     PIM   Process Instance Manager
     PMO   Process Monitoring Object
     RDBMS   Relational DataBase Management System
     SCM   Software Configuration Management
     SCXML   State Chart XML
     SOA   Services Oriented Architecture
     SOAP   Simple Object Access Protocol
     SQL  Structured Query Language
     SSU   State Sync-Up
     SVN   SubVersioN
     SW   SoftWare
     W3C  World Wide Web Consortium
     WfMC   Workflow Management Coalition
     WSDL   Web Service Definition Language
     WSI  Web Service Interface
     WSO  Web Service Operation
     XML   eXtensible Mark-up Language
     XPDL   XML Process Definition Language

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