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Patching SOA Composite Instances in Oracle 12.2.1 by Dennis

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Introduction

Composite Instance Patching is a new feature introduced in 12.2.1 that allows compatible changes to be made to a SOA composite definition and be applied to long-running active instances. The feature enables you to patch running instances of a composite and recover faulted instances after patching the runtime. You can deliver urgent composite fixes and make compatible/allowed changes that are picked up with long-running instances without aborting them. If a patched running instance comes across a business process that has been fixed by the patch, say a BPEL transformation, then it picks up the fixes applied to the business process.

Prior to 12.2.1, there was no way to make small changes to a composite and have in-flight instances, which could be long running for days/months, or error hospital instances see those changes. The alternatives were to either redeploy an existing composite revision but that causes long running instances to stop processing, or, to create a new composite revision which does preserve existing running instances but those instances do not see the changes introduced in the new revision. Now, with the new Composite Instance Patching feature in 12.2.1, critical fixes can be applied in a timely fashion and have them take effect immediately which is a unique differentiator for Oracle SOA Suite.

In this article I will (1) highlight some of the compatible changes that can be made to a composite, (2) discuss the enhancements to JDeveloper that allow you to quickly and easily design the patch without worrying about making invalid modifications in the composite patch, and (3) outline the steps used to build, validate, and deploy the composite instance patch to the SOA runtime.

Compatible Composite Changes

As mentioned above, there are only a limited set of modifications that can be made to a composite and deemed compatible with running instances.  Some of the compatible changes that you can make include:

  • Non-schema related XSLT changes
  • Changes to fault policy, sensor data, and analytics data
  • Compatible BPEL changes such as sync/async invoke, transformation activity, assign operations, etc.
  • JCA Adapter configuration properties
  • Modifications of token values in composite references

while some of the incompatible changes that you cannot make include:

  • Deleting or renaming composite artifacts
  • Updating binding properties
  • Changes to a WSDL and Schema definition
  • Changes to XQuery mappings
  • Changes to BPEL receive inputs, structured activities, assign mapper source/target/skip conditions

Do not worry about knowing exactly what constitutes a compatible or incompatible change since, as we shall see, all those rules are accounted for in a new SOA Patch Developer mode within JDeveloper which automatically disables changes that cannot be made when constructing the patch.

Composite Instance Patch Development in JDeveloper

To simplify the creation of a composite instance patch a number of enhancements have been made to the JDeveloper tooling.  The first change is the introduction of a new new SOA Patch Developer role.  When launching JDeveloper you must first select the role that matches your requirements. Read the complete article here.

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Testing-Concepts and Considerations in a SOA landscape that uses the Service Bus Framework by Apostolos Varsamis

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Introduction

Due to the ever growing complexity and multiple dependencies of software components in an enterprise landscape, “Automated Testing” is no longer an optional feature of the software development process but a crucial ingredient of the development process and plays a significant role in every successfully launched software project.

Software Development in a SOA environment has its own challenges that differ from, let’s say, purely Java components. One reason is the fact that software testing needs invariant laboratory conditions; but exactly this is hard to achieve in a complex service landscape. So when designing tests it is very important to determine isolation conditions to meet these requirements. Another point worth keeping in mind is the fact that frameworks -like Oracle Fusion Middleware- follow a declarative development approach; this means that testing is possible only after the deployment and never before (because the services are de-facto built up during the deployment). Some artifacts can be tested before the deployment but we get to it later.

In this article focusing on Oracle Service Bus we outline a feasible testing strategy that allows us to implement automated testing of arbitrary complexity; starting from simple service-testing up to end-to-end tests that involve a whole service chain spread over one or more domains.

Test Categories

We assume that the reader is familiar with service classification concepts like “elementary services” or “composite services”. We also assume that the basic concepts of OSB like XQueries, Proxy and business services are well known concepts as well.

Let us focus for the moment on transformation logic. The tools offered by OSB are XQueries and XSLT transformations. These files describe, roughly speaking, how a certain XML structure should be transformed to another one, or how a piece of information can be extracted from it. Hence they can be regarded as functions that receive an XML structure as input and provide another XML structure or simple data as an output. These artifacts can be tested by java Junit means before deployment. One might consider of it as an unnecessary testing step; but it is enormous important, because it guarantees us  that no side effects would remain undetected in case e.g. a namespace or a structural modification in a XML schema has to  be carried out.

So keeping these points in mind, one can make the following distinction:

Pre-deployment Tests

These are tests mainly using Junit techniques and may be considered as “low-level” or basic tests. They should guarantee that basic transformation logic of data structures meets the requirements. Testing the XQuery components help us ensure the XQuery language correctness as well and help us avoid namespace inconsistency and confusion. Read the complete article here.

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Bug: Typed One Way Pipeline in Oracle Service Bus / OSB 12.2.1 by Frank Munz

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When creating a Service Bus pipeline in JDeveloper 12.2.1 for Oracle Service Bus 12.2.1, based on a typed, one-way business service (either one way WSDL based, or Messaging Service with XML request and XSD type with reply NONE business service) the pipeline won’t correctly use the request message type. It’s annoying because you cannot easily create expressions based on the request type, such as drilling open the $body variable, e.g. for an Order containing a shipping ID. All that is displayed within the pipeline is $body.

This happens although the pipeline configuration displays the correct XSD, eg. OrderType.xsd and the correct Type, eg. OrderType.

I am quite surprised because this is not a very unusual use case. Anyway I couldn’t find a work around for JDeveloper 12.2.1 (let me know if you know one!). Interestingly, testing a proxy service based on the business service works all right (so maybe the bug slipped in when the pipeline construct was separated from the proxy service? just guessing.)

It is possible to work with the good old Service Bus web console /sbconsole. There everything is fine, i.e. the correct structure of the request message is displayed. The working Service Bus console is another indication that the way JDeveloper does it is broken. Read the complete article here.

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Export and Import Oracle BAM Projects by Waslley Souza

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In the real world, you’ll create your Oracle BAM projects in a development environment, and when all is well, you will export it to a test or production environment. Export and import actions are easy to perform using BAMCommand command-line utility.

In this post, we will learn how to export Oracle BAM projects from a source environment and then import it to a target environment.
Download the sample application: BlogProject.zip.

I created an Oracle BAM project called Blog that has Data Object, Business Query, Business Views and Dashboard.

First of all, edit the BAMCommand configuration file, defining the information about the source environment.
It is located at <FMW_HOME>/soa/bam/bin/BAMCommandConfig.xml.

Now you can execute the BAMCommand command-line utility to export your BAM project artifacts.
I could export all Oracle BAM objects in the system, but I have other projects and I just want to export the project called Blog. Read the complete article here.

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Connecting Stream Explorer and BAM by Waslley Souza

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When you are working with Oracle Stream Explorer and you need analytical data about the events, the easiest way is using Oracle BAM. The connection between the Oracle Stream Explorer and Oracle BAM is simple to create. In this post we will learn how to do this connection using JMS.

This is the structure of my CSV file.

In the Oracle Stream Explorer, go to the Exploration that you want to use.
Click Configure a Target.

Complete the form with information about your BAM server and click Finish.

This is the necessary setting in Oracle Stream Explorer.
Now, go to Oracle WebLogic Server and navigate to JMS Modules.

Click BAMJMSSystemResource, and then click New.
Create a new Queue with the same information you entered in Oracle Stream Explorer and click Next. Read the complete article here.

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Matt Brasier for Oracle Technology Network – Monitoring Oracle SOA Suite

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