The Galaxy project, a standards-based model-to-code solution based on BPMN (Business Process Modeling Notation) will be based on Eclipse, the open source development environment.
If anyone is interested, they can immediately download free BPMN modelling tools from the Eclipse Foundation. The BPMN tool is a sub-project of the “SOA Tools Platform” (STP) project. This blog simply tells you what to do to install that tool, so you can learn more about BPMN in readiness for Galaxy.
You are only three steps away:
1. First, download and unzip the latest Eclipse version into your chosen root directory from here.
Eclipse BPMN Modeler
Download the SOA Tools BPMN modeler coupled with the Eclipse 3.4 platform.
Download for Windows (54mb)
2. This only installs eclipse. To get the BPMN tools, follow the menu path inside eclipse: Help > Software Updates. Click on tab called “available software” and expand the tree “Ganymede update site”.
Go to the node SOA development and check “BPMN project feature”. The install button should then be enabled.
3. Finally, you’ll also need a Java runtime environment (JRE). Eclipse is built and tested against J2SE5 so if you experience Java runtime problems with a different version, I’d recommend downloading JRE 5.0 from here for trouble free modelling.
There’s also a link to a sequence of presentations to help you get started with BPMN tools in Eclipse here.
There’s a great A3 poster available to help get to grips with BPMN here.
Just for completeness, I’ll also mention Dr Bruce Silvers’ e-learning on BPMN (I have to say he has the best speaking voice I’ve ever heard).
Note: Updated links for latest Feb2008 versions.