Thursday, July 10, 2008

Apache ODE 1.2 Release

The Apache ODE community is proud to announce its latest 1.2 release
that includes many new features, improvements and bug fixes. Apache ODE
is a WS-BPEL compliant web services orchestration engine. It organizes
web services calls following a process description written in the BPEL
XML grammar. Another way to describe it would be a web-service capable
workflow engine.

Highlights of this release:

* External variables: variables used in a process are not opaque to
the outside world anymore. You can map them to a simple database table
and manipulate them directly.
* Support for the WSDL HTTP binding. We've also added a few
extensions, allowing the invocation of REST-style web services.
* Advanced endpoint configuration which, thanks to the integration
with Apache Axis2, enables WS-Security and WS-RM support.
* A long list of small fixes and improvements for best-of-breed
stability, performance and usability.

In addition to these new features, Apache ODE provides the following
functionalities:

* Side-by-side support for both the WS-BPEL 2.0 OASIS standard and the
legacy BPEL4WS 1.1 vendor specification.
* Supports 2 communication layers: one based on Axis2 (Web Services
http transport) and another one based on the JBI standard (using
ServiceMix).
* High level API to the engine that allows you to integrate the core
with virtually any communication layer.
* Hot-deployment of your processes.
* Compiled approach to BPEL that provides detailed analysis and
validation at the command line or at deployment.
* Management interface for processes, instances and messages.

For more information, check the Apache ODE website: http://ode.apache.org/.

Apache ODE is an open source project released under a business-friendly
license (Apache License v2.0), as such we welcome all your help and
contributions. To participate and get involved, our mailing lists are
the best resources to start from: http://ode.apache.org/mailing-lists.html

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