In my journey through all the modules of Drools (Expert, Fusion, Planner), I also visit jBPM (fomerly known as Drools Flow). In this tutorial we just get started with Netbeans and a simple hello world project and focusing on the basics, such as required libraries and running within the Netbeans IDE.
Netbeans is not as close to the BPM community as Eclipse, there is no plugin available, the SOA project is abandoned (I guess). But using Netbeans as our IDE, I will not move over to Eclipse, but see how I can run and debug with Netbeans but still use some Eclipse features.
- Read on Wikipedia about BPMN
- We have 2 choices of BPMN visual editor
The webbased Designer or
The Eclipse BPMN 2.0 plugin
The JBoss engine execute BPMN files, we can create this files manually or using one of the visual tools. For the basic understanding you should create a simple BPMN by hand to learn a bit about the notation.
Lets create the most simple BPM flow possible:
- The library files from our previous Drools tutorial