Completion Strategy Factory

The completion strategy factory provides access to system-supplied and user-defined completion strategies.

Completion Strategy

A completion strategy provides a pluggable means for determining when an activity should be marked complete. OBE comes with two such strategies, ALL and ANY. Other strategies that will be considered for implementation in a future release include ROUND-ROBIN, LOAD-BALANCE and SKILL-BASED.

The ALL Completion Strategy

The ALL strategy marks an activity complete when all of its work items have been closed. ALL is the default strategy that is applied if none is specified.

The ANY Completion Strategy

The ANY strategy marks an activity complete as soon as any of its work items have been closed.

Completion Strategy Meta-data

Completion strategy meta-data are used to register a completion strategy. The basic completion strategy factory implementation that comes with OBE stores these data in the configuration file BasicCompletionStrategyFactory.xml; the entries have this format:
<completion-strategy id="nmtoken" type="nmtoken"? threadsafe="true|false"?>
<display-name .../>?
<author .../>?
<description .../>?
<doc-url .../>?
<impl-class .../>
<class .../>*
The fully qualified Java class name of the implementing class.
The nested class elements define the signature of the constructor for the specified class.
The fully qualified Java class name of the constructor parameter.

XPDL Extension

The completion strategy is specified by an XPDL ExtendedAttribute with the name 'obe.CompletionStrategy', whose value is the completion strategy ID. Completion strategies can be specified at any or all of the following levels, in order of descending precedence: Activity, WorkflowProcess, Package.

The syntax is:
<xpdl:ExtendedAttribute Name="obe.CompletionStrategy" Value="nmtoken"? />
The completion strategy ID, used as a lookup key by the factory.
For example:
<Activity Id="approve" Name="First-past-the-post document approval">
This auto-finish approval activity will be marked complete as soon as
one participant from the Users group marks their work item complete.
<Tool Id="my.registerApproval" Type="APPLICATION">
<ExtendedAttribute Name="obe.CompletionStrategy" Value="ANY" />