My first 100 blogs listed

This blog is a very special one for me. It is the hundredth since I started the MyFMW blog in December 2010. In 7 years and a view months writing 100 blogs brings an average of 1.14 per month. Of the 100, however, there were 43 in 2017, and the last 9 (including this one) is from 2018. So the average does not say that much.

The hundredth blog is a moment for me to look back on the past 7 years as a ‘blogger’. A lot has changed in those years. For many, blogging has now been replaced by vlogging. I also made a single attempt last year, but I did not like it that very much. But who knows, there will be a renewed attempt in 2018.

Also a question that I want to answer for myself: why do I actually blog?
I do not immediately have the illusion that my blog is extremely popular, so I do not have to do it for an audience. It will probably bring some recognition within the community, but that is what it is. But what then is the reason that I continue with it … ???
That is actually very simple. I really love learning new things, finding out how something works, exploring the limits of the possibilities, and so on. By writing down my findings, I do not forget them, and by setting goals I want to achieve, I remain motivated to continue during the tough moments. Conclusion is actually that I am just very selfish by writing for myself.

This has been the case for years, but strangely enough that has been changing lately. I am not just concerned anymore that I want to record my findings so that I do not forget them. I would also like to record a beating story from beginning to end and not just write standalone pieces. This is reflected in my BAM and PCS blogs. Although I do not know if it will ever come of it, but in line of this development I do not exclude that I will write a book someday.

Looking back

First some summarised numbers

Year # Posts Primary focus
2010 1
2011 3 Instance title
2012 11 Email and ADF TaskForms
2013 14 Are You The Smartest
2014 13 Humantask Assignment
2015 6 PCS and SOA Suite 12.2.1
2016 0
2017 43 BAM and PCS
2018 9 PCS

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Jarvis Pizzeria: Fourth step in Implementing the Order Processing, Decision Model

In blog The various Decisions of a Decision Model we gave an overview of the various type of decisions that are available for a Decision Model. In this blog we show by means of an example that Decision Models can also be used for making complex decisions. We are going to make a decision model that determines the order of preparation of the pizzas in an order.

The order of preparation is determined by the baking time, the total preparation time of each pizza and the number of available ovens (1 pizza per oven). Let’s assume that we have an order for the following 9 pizzas:

  1. Small Margherita
  2. Large Margherita
  3. Small Pepperoni
  4. Medium Pepperoni
  5. Medium Pepperoni
  6. Large Pepperoni
  7. Small Quarttro Stagioni
  8. Medium Quarttro Stagioni
  9. Large Quarttro Stagioni

Expected outcome

The pizzas with the longest baking time are prepared first. When pizzas have the same baking time, the total preparation time is also taken into account to determine the order. As a result, to determine the sort order we first need to determine the baking time and total preparation time for each pizza.

Because not all pizzas can be prepared at the same time, pizzas that are not in the oven will have a waiting time. Once we have established the order, we can also determine the waiting time per pizza. We explain this with the help of the figure below.

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Jarvis Pizzeria: The various Decisions of a Decision Model

In one of our next posts we will implement the Decision Model in the Order Process. Before we do that we first explain the various type of decisions that are available for a Decision Model.

The Decision Model editor in PCS (Process Cloud Service) or the later OIC (Oracle Integration Cloud) supports the DMN (Decision Modeling Notation) standard version 1.1, and uses FEEL (Friendly Enough Expression Language) to make decision modeling easier and more intuitive.

In DMN all decision logic is represented as ‘boxed expressions’. A ‘boxed expression’ is a graphical notation for decision logic. Within OIC we recognize the following boxed expressions: Continue reading

Jarvis Pizzeria: Activating activities and attaining milestones

In our previous blogs we have given a brief overview of the look-and-feel of the dynamic process possibilities within PCS. In this blog we take a dive into the activation of activities, how milestones can be attained and how rules are configured to make sure that the correct actions are triggered when conditions are met.

Let’s take a look at our dynamic Jarvis overview first. In the picture below we came up with three stages: ordering, preparation and delivery.

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Jarvis Pizzeria: The logic underneath the Dynamic Process

In our previous blog we have made the first set up of our dynamic process. We created several stages and had the first processes, human tasks and milestones in there. Now that we have the first draft of the dynamic process, it is time to actually call some processes and human tasks from our dynamic process.

In this blog we will explain how that is done. We already had imported the Preparation Process Application. But the delivery and payment are not part of this application. They are part of the overall Jarvis Pizzeria application. So before this blog, we also imported the Jarvis 1.0 application and the DeliveryDM to the new integration cloud.

When we click the edit pencil of the ‘Prepare Pizza’ step, on the right hand side, we get to see the properties of this step. Under the Process section, we select the ‘PizzaPreparationProcess’ and the ‘start’ as start event.

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