quinta-feira, 21 de janeiro de 2016

Announcing KIe Server Manager Client 1.0-ALPHA1

I am proud to announce the release 1.0-ALPHA1 of the Kie Server Management Client.

What is the KIe Server Manager Client?

It is a tool to manage containers from a given Kie Server, manage its process and send Drools commands to it. For further information regarding Kie Server, please see this article in Master the Boss:
Running Rules on WildFly with Kie Server

The following screenshots were taking from the tool and a video was recorded:


Containers list

Building commands to send to the server

Processes definitions
Processes Instances

Importing existing containers


How do I run it?

Currently it is a tool for more technical people, so I did not bother to create distribution packages or provide further non technical instructions. To run it you need:

  • Maven 3+
  • Java 8u60+

  • Download the source on this link:  https://github.com/jesuino/kie-server-clients
    • Download the zip directly and unzip in some directory
    • Clone the repository using git clone git@github.com:jesuino/kie-server-clients.git
  • Go to the project repository and then kie-server-fx-app
  • Run  maven exec:
    • $ mvn exec:java -Dexec.mainClass="org.fxapps.App"

The first run might take a while because it will download all the dependencies.


Technical details

This application uses JavaFX and Java 8. The Kie Server client API is used to communicate with the server and the requests are performed asynchronously.

Manage containers

It is possible to create and dispose containers. It is also possible to export the whole set of containers to be imported later again.

Process Definition explorer

It is possible to see details about each process available in a given container.

Commands execution

The tool allows you to send Drools commands to a given container using a text editor with validation. The  response is also displayed in a text format.

Process Instance Management

Using Kie Server Manager client we can list the process instances, abort and send signal.

Export objects in multiple objects

It is possible to see objects in plain text, CSV or JSON. It allow the users to export it.

What's next?

The following features are missing in this release;

Improve Start process

It will be only implemented for jBPM 6.4 because we will have the functionality of embedding forms in our application and it will make easy to start processes and pass the correct parameters. Currently we can only start processes without passing parameters

Support domain objects

Currently it is possible to send a signal to a specific process instance or to the container and run rules. However, it is not possible to fill it with custom domain object. The future application should allow users to upload model artifacts in order make easy the payload creation

User Tasks management

Only tasks definitions are implemented in this version. In next release it should be possible to manage user tasks(start, claim, cancel, etc. The reason is that we are also waiting from the jBPM functionality mentioned previously.


Jobs are not implements and it will be available in a future version as well.

Commands Builder

Currently it is not possible to make automatic marshall of custom objects to be used internally in commands and we must edit the command JSON directly. A feature that should be possible in future releases is the command builder, where you can set fields using the interface and avoid editing the JSON payload directly. It depends on domain objects support

Process diagram

It will also be possible to achieve when jBPM 6.4 is released. Process diagram will be included for definitions and processes instances.

Improve Query

Add a more sophisticated query screen, with more query options to query processes and other things.

Process Instances variables

Add the functionality to edit process instance variables.

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