As I saw the blog concerning the availability of the trial version of the Composition Environment (CE) , I downloaded the file immediately and that was on a Friday. I installed it on Saturday and I tested it immediately. I examined the CE not from the perspective of a Java / WebDynPro Developer but as a BPX who is looking for a composition tool for Enterprise SOA-related work.
A Caveat: I looked at the CE trial version from the perspective of a BPX. There are a series of CE Web Dynpro News Part I: Debugging on WebDynPro usage of the CE.
The installation was a snap. I used the typical installation and was finished within an hour.
The only real necessary input was the Master Password.
After finishing, I followed the instructions and logged on http://localhost:50100. There I get the usual Web Application Server start page.
I thought to myself Looks good but lets get to Visual Composer (VC) and Guided Procedures (GP). I looked and didnt see anything. Then I tried the old http://localhost:50100/irj to start the portal. No luck. Then I reread the installation materials and discovered to my chagrin the following paragraph:
This package contains all you need to work with Composition and Java tools of SAP NetWeaver. The following components are included:
SAP NetWeaver Application Server, Java(TM) EE 5 Edition
MaxDB 7.6 database
SAP NetWeaver Developer Studio (with Java EE support)
Another paragraph had more details:
This DVD contains the SAP NetWeaver Composition Environment Trial Version which consists of
SAP NetWeaver Application Server Java
Service Registry (SR)
SAP NetWeaver Administrator (NWA)
SAP NetWeaver Developer Studio (NWDS
At this point, I was a little confused. I had assumed that the CE contained the entire composite environment.
No portal. No Guided Procedures. If you look at this PR material for the CE , GP and VC are always mentioned.
So, I am assuming that the phrase This package contains all you need to work with Composition and Java tools of SAP NetWeaver in the installation is just a little misleading and future versions will allow all users of SAP composite tools to use the CE:
After discovering that GP and VC were not part of this version, I started to explore the components that were present. I examined those components that might be relevant to the BPX. I thought the UUDI Registry might be a good choice inasmuch as some BPXs might wish to search for existing services to include in their processes.
Unfortunately, I feel that current User Interface (UI) for the UDDI is just a little too complicated for your average BPX.
Furthermore, there are still so many unanswered questions regarding CE mostly regarding the interaction of the Enterprise Service Repository (ESR) and various CE components. For example, will GP Process elements be stored in the ESR or will web-services available in VC just be restricted to those in the ESR to maintain SOA-related governance concerns.
I guess I will just have to wait until the next version of the CE appears to get the answers to these questions. I think the CE is quite important inasmuch as it will have a separate release schedule that will hopefully allow it be more innovative that ERP 2005 Basis.