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Visual modeling tools for BPEL4WS

Because BPEL4WS is the mix of WSFL and BPEL,it is hard to provide visual modeling tools to build BPEL4WS documents. How do you think of this field?

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BPEL is an XML-based hybrid language created by adopting features from IBM's WSFL and Microsoft's XLANG (BizTalk), two distinctly different orchestration models.

There are a number of projects underway to create tools that allow developers to visually assemble Web services into collaborative and transactional business flows using the BPEL4WS standard.

These tools vary in the level of visual abstraction used to generate and edit BPEL code and in the development environment in which they are hosted (e.g. standalone versus eclipse plug-in, etc). Some of the notable BPEL editors are:

[1] IBM's BPWS4J Editor
[2] Collaxa's BPEL Wizard
[3] Iopsis's iNsight

This was first published in June 2003

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