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Add new workflow pattern [message #1599775] Tue, 03 February 2015 21:54 Go to next message
imen bensaid is currently offline imen bensaidFriend
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hi all
I'm asking for help and I hope I can find solution to my problem.
I would like to extend BPMN2.0 modeler by adding new workflow pattern. I want to add a new workflow pattern (for example parallel join) in the tool pallet, more precisely, in the Workflow Patterns category.
best regards
Re: Add new workflow pattern [message #1602568 is a reply to message #1599775] Thu, 05 February 2015 16:58 Go to previous message
Robert Brodt is currently offline Robert BrodtFriend
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Hi Imen,

Sorry for the late reply - I was trying to put together an example of how to do this and ran across a minor bug which has been fixed in the latest builds for Luna [1] and Kepler [2]. Here's the solution:

1. create a folder called ".bpmn2config" in your workspace project (the one that contains the BPMN2 files you want to edit)
2. create an XML file called, for example, "toolpaletteExtensions.xml" in that folder. Note that the file name is unimportant - the editor will search and load all XML files in that folder
3. add the following XML to this file:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<runtime id="org.eclipse.bpmn2.modeler.runtime.none">


			<category id="org.bpmn2.modeler.toolpalette.default.categories"/>
			<category id="org.bpmn2.modeler.toolpalette.process.patterns" fromPalette="org.bpmn2.modeler.toolpalette.full">
				<tool name="Parallel Join" id="org.bpmn2.modeler.tool.parallel.join">
					<object type="Task[$name='Task A']" id="parallel.join.taskA" optional="true"/>
					<object type="Task[$name='Task B',y=100]" id="parallel.join.taskB" optional="true"/>
					<object type="Task[$name='Task C',x=200,y=50]" id="parallel.join.taskC" optional="true"/>
					<object type="ParallelGateway[x=100,y=50,$gatewayDirection=Converging]" id="parallel.join.gateway"/>
					<object type="SequenceFlow[source='parallel.join.taskA',target='parallel.join.gateway']"/>
					<object type="SequenceFlow[source='parallel.join.taskB',target='parallel.join.gateway']"/>
					<object type="SequenceFlow[source='parallel.join.gateway',target='parallel.join.taskC']"/>

Restart the editor and you should see the "Parallel Join" tool in the "Workflow Patterns" category. Once you're happy with the way this tool works, you can build an extension plugin and include this code in your plugin.xml, or you can simply deliver the ".bpmn2config" folder and its contents to your users.

You can find documentation for the <toolPalette> extension element in the Extension XSD located in the editor Core plugin here:




[Updated on: Thu, 05 February 2015 17:05]

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