Monday, April 21, 2014

Red Hat JBoss BRMS - Online Workshop Building The Cool Store (Lab 7 Create Guided Decision Tables)

We are back with this weeks episode in the JBoss Business Rules Management System (BRMS) & Business Process Management (BPM) Suite online workshop series.

In this workshop we will be introducing you to the possibilities that abound for your business when leveraging these two new and exciting products.

Each week we will push out the next installment of this workshop that will lead you through building an online retail web shopping cart application, leveraging rules, events, and a rule-flow.

This project is available as a completed project called the Cool Store Demo, but we thought it would be interesting to help you build this application from scratch.

The second half of the workshop will be taking you through the same type of exercise, but with the JBoss BPM Suite, where you will put together an application that leverages a process, integrates rules, leverages human tasks, allows you to design your own forms, and much more.

Last week we created our technical rules (DRL).

Wizard helps in creating guided decision table.
This week you will be shown how to expand the Cool Store project with shipping rules designed using the wizard for creating guided decision tables.

The weeks following will feed you a new set of exercises to help you to the next stage of development as you watch your very own Cool Store rise from the ground up.

All of the workshop materials will be hosted online with the help of OpenShift, so all you need is a browser to follow along.

You do not need to be a Java developer, as this workshop focuses on only the online product web dashboard experience as an analyst would interact with the product. The only technical deviation from this will be the initial installation of the product, but we have detailed instructions and it is a three step process that should not take you more than a few minutes.

So what are you waiting for?

Get started creating the Cool Store guided decision table:



If you missed previous episodes of this workshop, you can backtrack to catch up.

Series Table of Contents:
  1. The introduction and installation of JBoss BRMS 
  2. Creating a new project
  3. Creating a domain model
  4. Creating a Domain Specific Language (DSL)
  5. Creating Guided Rules
  6. Creating Technical Rules (DRL)
  7. Creating Guided Decision Tables
Be sure to keep an eye out for next weeks release of the following article which will bring you a step closer to completing your very own Cool Store.

Note: if for some reason the online materials are not available, feel free to contact me.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Red Hat Summit in San Francisco - all things JBoss, xPaaS, and baseball

This week was full of Summit fun down in San Francisco with my sessions and workshops around xPaaS, JBoss BRMS, and JBoss BPM Suite.

Now that the dust has settled I can take a look back and show you some of the excitement that you might have missed.

JBoss BRMS & BPM Suite Lab
First off, the weather was great with warm pre-summer days and cool evenings making the various events we walked to a pleasure.

We often stopped on a hill to take in the view or snap a picture of the park, a sunset, or just enjoy sunshine on our face after the harsh winter.

The Summit kicked off with the renowned JBoss Keynote, where Burr Sutter and company again rocked out an exciting and intriguing demo of our technology.

This time they featured the integration of OpenShift, Fuse, and JBoss BPM Suite in a provocative mix of JBoss technology.

I spend a lot of time at the booth, talking with attendees, demoing the newest JBoss BRMS & BPM Suite products, helping out at the OpenShift pods with bpmPaaS demos, and whiteboarding.

Whiteboarding at booth
Between all of that I gave a two hours JBoss BRMS & BPM Suite lab which I am slowly releasing to the public week by week starting you off on building the JBoss Cool Store. This was packed and many stayed on to work on this even though I had to leave the room for the next lab sessions that were waiting in the hall.

That evening I headed with a group of friends to the local ballpark (if you know me, you know that is where I eventually end up every chance I get)to watch the Dodgers play the Giants, with hot dogs for dinner and extra innings win it could not have been more fun!

The last day I had a session that I gave jointly with Andrew Blok on JBoss xPaaS and OpenShift where he also showcased his newly released OpenShift mobile application.

After all of that, it was time to have a final dinner with colleagues and some of the new friends that were made this week. We laughed, said our goodbyes, and I look forward to seeing them all again next year.

If you missed the keynote live feed, we have some video links you can enjoy that let you view sessions, keynotes, and breakout sessions. More will be coming online every day.

General sessions and keynotes: 

Here is a short impression of the Summit week as I experienced it.



Thursday, April 17, 2014

Red Hat OpenShift bpmPaaS - JBoss BPM Suite in the Cloud

Are you ready for BPM in the Cloud?

The fully cloud enabled JBoss BPM Suite is now available on OpenShift as a bpmPaaS cartridge.

We have not been idle in the background as this was developed and have put together some automated cartridge installation projects that kick start you with pre-loaded demo projects.

First you need to have an account on OpenShift Origin, which you then can upgrade for free to the Bronze level.

This gives you access to the creation of MEDIUM sized gears which you will need for the bpmPaaS instances you create.

After that you can then create a new application via the online web administration console, where at the bottom of the page you will find a text box labeled Code Anything.

This is a field where you can paste in one of the cartridge definitions we provide in the projects listed below. Just follow each projects readme file instructions and you will be up and running a full bpmPaaS based on JBoss BPM Suite in a matter of minutes.

The projects available for you to try out are listed here:

For your viewing pleasure we have walked through the first installation and import of a demo project for you, a video of a little over 7 and half minutes:


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Red Hat Summit Session - The JBoss Cloud Guide to All Things xPaaS



I gave my session today in San Francisco, talking about the various strategies and what is available right now in the Red Hat xPaaS sphere.

We talked about bpmPaaS extensively and I will have more automated examples of that posting here later this week.

For now, here are the slides from my session.

The JBoss Cloud Guide to All Things xPaaS

Whether your business applications are based on Java EE 6, PHP, or Ruby, cloud environments are turning out to be perfect for business development. There are plenty of cloud and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) options to choose from, but where do you start?
In this session, Eric Schabell will provide examples, demos, and practical tips for ratcheting up your knowledge of open source, middleware-based xPaaS functionality. Not only will you be able to set up diverse PaaS solutions, you’ll also learn how to use your existing application with the product of your choice. Using OpenShift by Red Hat, our PaaS, we’ll show examples with Red Hat ‘s BPM and mobile solutions, SwitchYard, Opta Planner, and Red Hat JBoss Portal, in just minutes.
Join us to learn more about the practicality of Red Hat’s xPaaS vision and the role Red Hat JBoss Middleware can play.




Monday, April 14, 2014

Red Hat JBoss BRMS - Online Workshop Building The Cool Store (Lab 6 Create Technical Rules (DRL))



We are back with this weeks episode in the JBoss Business Rules Management System (BRMS) & Business Process Management (BPM) Suite online workshop series.

In this workshop we will be introducing you to the possibilities that abound for your business when leveraging these two new and exciting products.

Each week we will push out the next installment of this workshop that will lead you through building an online retail web shopping cart application, leveraging rules, events, and a rule-flow.

This project is available as a completed project called the Cool Store Demo, but we thought it would be interesting to help you build this application from scratch.

The second half of the workshop will be taking you through the same type of exercise, but with the JBoss BPM Suite, where you will put together an application that leverages a process, integrates rules, leverages human tasks, allows you to design your own forms, and much more.

Technical Rule (DRL)
Last week we created a guided rules and leveraged our domain specific language (DSL).

This week you will be shown how to expand the Cool Store project with technical rules (DRL) with help of the DRL Editor.

The weeks following will feed you a new set of exercises to help you to the next stage of development as you watch your very own Cool Store rise from the ground up.

All of the workshop materials will be hosted online with the help of OpenShift, so all you need is a browser to follow along.

You do not need to be a Java developer, as this workshop focuses on only the online product web dashboard experience as an analyst would interact with the product. The only technical deviation from this will be the initial installation of the product, but we have detailed instructions and it is a three step process that should not take you more than a few minutes.

So what are you waiting for?

Get started creating the Cool Store technical rules (DRL):



If you missed previous episodes of this workshop, you can backtrack to catch up.

Series Table of Contents:
  1. The introduction and installation of JBoss BRMS 
  2. Creating a new project
  3. Creating a domain model
  4. Creating a Domain Specific Language (DSL)
  5. Creating Guided Rules
  6. Creating Technical Rules (DRL)
  7. Creating Guided Decision Tables
Be sure to keep an eye out for next weeks release of the following article which will bring you a step closer to completing your very own Cool Store.

Note: if for some reason the online materials are not available, feel free to contact me.


Friday, April 11, 2014

OpenShift Primer Revision 2 Book Published

It started as a hobby and kinda spiraled out of control.

I wrote the first version a little over a year ago, the first talk that I coined the term 'OpenShift Primer' was given in Amsterdam over two years ago.

It was born from a need to get the general developer public up and running with Red Hat's OpenShift Platform as a Service (Paas) project. Not just up and running as in getting it installed, but actually getting started coding with real projects.

It is not just about real development projects, but about focusing on JBoss related projects. You will find a lot of examples and quick-starts related to JBoss projects in the Java section as this might be my favorite open source software community to demonstrate enterprise ready solutions.

I tied into this over the following year by adding more and more quick-starts, howto's and just plain fun examples to my github repository. This led to a few online articles and then a rather large talk in Boston called OpenShift State of the Union.

In the middle of that activity I collected the pieces together for the first version of this book.

The activity never stopped and the updates to the material I kept making. Often there were new and interesting things to try out with and on OpenShift. This has all made it into the newest version of the book, OpenShift Primer revision 2 which was released into the wild last week.

It will be available via developerpress.com soon in e-book format only, has been pushed out to Amazon, and will soon be availabel on iBooks.

This is perfect timing for you to catch up on all the advances made in OpenShift while taking your Spring vacations!