The camunda process engine has a very active codebase and is constantly evolving. Only last week we did a major refactoring, re-implementing the way the BPMN Boundary Event, Event Subprocess, Terminate End Event and similar constructs work. In summer we introduced an activity instance model and rewrote the history implementation, turning it into a fire-and-forget event stream. We also constantly add new features such as incidents and many others. When doing such refactorings, the extensive process engine testsuite gives us the confidence that we do not break existing functionality from a functional perspective (process engine currently has 1669 Testases, over 500 were added last year).
I don't like watching my Tasklist all day. Getting email notifications for tasks that I should complete is nice, but sometimes I don't want to complete the task right after being notified but still need to keep in mind there is something pending. This is how I came to create a simple PHP script that exposes my tasks as an RSS Feed. I can use that in my personal master dashboard (Microsoft Outlook) to keep track of my camunda Tasklist.
As a small little side project I was working on a standalone version of the camunda BPMN 2.0 modeling plugin for Eclipse. The camunda Modeler standalone offers nice little features to better integrate with the operating system and focuses 100% on process modeling. It is available for Mac, Linux and Windows. Update (2014-02-05) The project is now an official part of camunda BPM. Read the offical announcement or check out its home on camunda.org.
Still need a Christmas present? How about a cool camunda BPM T-Shirt? Various team members designed the Shirts themselves and we got quite some response throughout the year. So we will make them available to you! OK - to be honest we will not make it before Christmas - but you can look forward to your new Shirt early in 2014! T-Shirts cost 20 € each (including shipping within Germany - ask us for international shipment options if applicable).
Some users experienced difficulties installing version 2.3.0 of the camunda Modeler from our update site. This patch release fixes the installation issues. Grab it if you had trouble installing.
We are happy to announce the new release of the camunda Modeler. This version adds the ability to extend the modeler with custom tasks. Furthermore it adds editing support for form fields that were recently re-introduced into the camunda BPM platform. Last but not least, it improves the handling of subprocesses. Custom Task Plugins Custom task plugins give you the ability to contribute self-made tasks to the camunda modeler. Quite a custom task A custom task is a task that may be reused across all of your diagrams.
I prepared a screencast in which I show how to use the Generated Task Forms Feature we introduced with camunda BPM 7.1.0-alpha1. Generated task forms allow you to create simple task forms without the need to write any HTML code. Please also have a look at the Generated Task Forms Quickstart. I dedicate the first 3 minutes to show you guys how to do the project setup. If you are familiar with setting up a camunda ServletProcessApplication, you can skip ahead to about 3:00 and start there.
In a current customer project we faced the issue that there were two executable processes - independent of each other. So far - so normal. But these two processes had to sync status here and there - so they were clearly related, but not by using a Call Activity. BPMN 2.0 allows this by communication via messages as shown in the following example. But how to keep track of this in monitoring? We developed a small cockpit plugin to show the related process instances - see below.
I am proud to announce the release of camunda BPM 7.1.0-alpha1. This is the first community alpha release in the 7.1 branch. The highlights of this release are: Enhanced support for HTML5 Embedded Task Forms (Quickstart Example, Docs), Add support for Generated Task Forms (Blogpost, Quickstart Example, Docs), Add support for "Job Definitions" allowing to query, suspend & activate Job Execution by individual Activity at Process Definition Level (Docs), Add support for suspending Process Definition, Process Instances and Job Definitions in cockpit, Upgrade JBoss Application Server Support from 7.1.3 to 7.2 / EAP 6.1 (Docs), Fixed OSGi Manifest Headers (community contribution by Ronny Bräunlich) 32 Bug Fixes See the complete release notes in Jira.