[jboss-user] [JBoss jBPM] - Re: New jBPM Getting Started Documentation

simonbaker do-not-reply at jboss.com
Thu Apr 5 17:03:23 EDT 2007

anonymous wrote : Please learn how to use an appserver before posting (sorry if I sound grumpy, it has been a busy week) 

This touches on an important issue - so many deep technologies are involved, unless you know them cold, you're flying blind to a large extent.

Developers who don't know app servers inside out could really use a lot more procedural explanations of how things work to help get oriented.  For example: 1) request is posted by browser to Tomcat, 2) tomcat hands off request to servlet, 3) servlet blah blah blah...  I know it isn't easy to find an appropriate level of explanation for everyone, but just some kind of explanation of how the thing works as a mechanism would help.

Generally all the documentation describes objects and configuration but not in terms of how it works as a machine - sequences of actions, what happens synchronously, what happens asynchronously, etc.

>From reading the very simple examples, such as the "Hello World", I feel I know enough to perhaps roll my own workflow "controller" (creating, managing, monitoring processes), but I have the feeling that jBPM comes with much more stuff I can leverage.  I just can't tell exactly where the boundaries are.  For example, should I take the web ap the runs under JBoss, strip out stuff, put in under Tomcat?  What do I strip out / replace?  In other words, what is the core that the webapp is built on?

It's just hard, short of reverse engineering the code, to understand what is going on.  I'll keep digging, but more docs on "how it works" are always appreciated.

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