OIC: How to Find Human Task by Correlation and How to Abort a Parallel Task by Jan Kettenis


This article explains how you can find an instance of a Human Task of process instance in the Oracle Integration Cloud (OIC) without knowing its task number, and how you can use that for example to withdraw a parallel task. You can use the same mechanism for other use cases as well, like to get a specific task instance for a specific process instance in a custom Workspace, etc.

When a Human Task is scheduled in a process there is no out-of-the-box way for the process instance to “know” its task number, because scheduling a task concerns an asynchronous call (so you don’t get an immediate response with the task number). So, although the task number is visible in the process flow trace (as shown below), the process instance itself does not know it.

The sample process below has two parallel tasks. The outcome of Parallel Task 2 is either CONTINUE or DONE. When DONE, Parallel Task 1 must be withdrawn. I will use this as a use case to illustrate how setting some “correlation id” on a task can be used to achieve that.

For those of you who remember the on-premise BPM Suite may be aware of the Update Task activity you could use to do just that, but such an activity does not exist in OIC. Instead you will have to use the PUT operation of the /ic/api/process/v1/tasks/{id} API. But as you can see this requires an id, which is the task number that you don’t have. To get that you can use the GET operation on /ic/api/process/v1/tasks first. However, there can be many instances of the same process, implying many instances of the Parallel Task 1, so how to find that one you are looking for? Read the complete article here.

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About Jürgen Kress
As a middleware expert Jürgen works at Oracle EMEA Alliances and Channels, responsible for Oracle’s EMEA Fusion Middleware partner business. He is the founder of the Oracle SOA & BPM and the WebLogic Partner Communities and the global Oracle Partner Advisory Councils. With more than 5000 members from all over the world the Middleware Partner Community is the most successful and active community at Oracle. Jürgen manages the community with monthly newsletters, webcasts and conferences. He hosts his annual Fusion Middleware Partner Community Forums and the Fusion Middleware Summer Camps, where more than 200 partners get product updates, roadmap insights and hands-on trainings. Supplemented by many web 2.0 tools like twitter, discussion forums, online communities, blogs and wikis. For the SOA & Cloud Symposium by Thomas Erl, Jürgen is a member of the steering board. He is also a frequent speaker at conferences like the SOA & BPM Integration Days, JAX, UKOUG, OUGN, or OOP.

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