IBM WebSphere Process Server 7 and Enterprise Service Bus 7 : Getting Started with WID (part 1) - Business Integration perspective

8/27/2012 1:02:10 AM
The following mind map provides a detailed layout of the different features in WID that you will use to develop integrated SOA and BPM solutions.

Business Integration perspective is the default perspective that provides rich features to visually define business processes and solutions through simple drag-and-drop technology. It lets you efficiently manage your integrated solutions that consist of projects and libraries, as shown in the preceding map.

Starting WID

You can start WID from the Start | Programs by selecting the WebSphere Integration Developer shortcut or from the command line by executing % WID_HOME% \wid.exe. After starting WID a splash screen will appear as shown in the following screenshot:

After the splash screen, you will be asked to provide a workspace path. Here are few suggestions to help you choose the right workspace location:

  • We recommend not to go with the default location and to change the location to something short and manageable. For example, we recommend C:\AllWork\ws1. On Windows-based machines this becomes more important due to the 259 character limit on the fully qualified path.

  • You can create multiple workspaces based on your development needs. From a usability and manageability perspective it is always better to keep all workspaces in the same location, which would be C:\AllWork.

  • Finally, do not place the workspace folder within the production install folder. This is to prevent deletion or corruption of your work if the product is uninstalled or updated.

One of the first things you will notice if you have not used a product based on Eclipse 3 (for example, Eclipse Web Tools Project, Eclipse SDK, and so on), is the welcome screen that is shown when you start a new workspace. From this screen you can access information about the product overview, cheat sheets, tutorials, samples, new features, migration information, and web resources. If you close the Welcome screen, you can always open it again by selecting Help | Welcome from the menu bar.

There is another new feature added in Eclipse 3 that is important to know. This feature is referred to as progressive disclosure, though you may also hear it associated with the term "Capabilities". Progressive disclosure is a way to hide certain product features based upon your role. For example, if a user is not working on web services development, it is possible to hide the associated wizards and tools by disabling the web services development capabilities. Capabilities that are not enabled can be enabled either when the feature is first accessed, or by enabling the appropriate capability through the Preferences menu.

Business Integration perspective

The primary perspective in WebSphere Integration Developer is the Business Integration perspective as shown in the following screenshot:

The majority of your Business Integration work is done from this perspective and it is the default perspective when the product is launched.

Available views
The primary view in the Business Integration perspective is the Business Integration view. This view is used to manage and view all Business Integration resources. The resources shown in this view provide a logical grouping of resources and hide artifacts that are not essential for business integration development. It is important to note that this view only shows a logical representation of the resources in the workspace that are related to Business Integration work, and there is not a one-to-one relationship to physical resources on the file system. Both module and library projects are visible from the Business Integration view.
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