Talks and Poster Presentations (with Proceedings-Entry):
M. Zapletal, W. van der Aalst, N. Russell, P. Liegl, H. Werthner:
"An Analysis of Windows Workflow's Control-Flow Expressiveness";
Talk: 7th IEEE European Conference on Web Services,
- 2009-11-11; in: "Proceedings of the 7th IEEE European Conference on Web Services",
IEEE Computer Society,
The Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) has been introduced as part of the .NET framework as a means of creating workflow-centric applications. Its intended field of application is broad, ranging from fat-client applications and web applications to enterprise application integration solutions.
Unlike other approaches Windows Workflow supports two distinct approaches to workflow specification - sequential workflows and state machine workflows - which deal with fundamentally different types of business scenarios. To date there has been minimal investigation into its capabilities and limitations, especially with respect to the two different control-flow styles it offers. To remedy this, in this paper we present a rigorous analysis of Windows Workflow's ability to deal with common control-flow scenarios. As a framework for this evaluation we use the Workflow Patterns.
Our analysis outlines the strength and shortcomings of Windows Workflow's control-flow expressiveness and compares it to BPEL and jBPM - two other popular approaches for the design and implementation of business processes in a service-oriented context.
workflow patterns, Windows Workflow Foundation, workflow
Electronic version of the publication:
Project Head Christian Huemer:
Business Semantics on top of Process Technology
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