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