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Subject: Issue 82.3 - Missing Section


A section was mistakenly dropped from the 82.3 resolution. I am 
attaching it below, with some minor editing fixes (track changes is on).

I am also adding it to the docs list on the web page and here is the 
link to it.


Title: Web Services Business Process Execution Language



Subset of the Executable Completions Allowed in the Base

With respect to executable BPEL completions of an abstract process that uses this profile, the intent of the profile requires a valid completion to follow the same interactions as the abstract process, with the partners that are specified by the abstract process. The executable process may, however, perform additional interaction steps relating to other partners.


Therefore: a completion MUST NOT change the presence or order of interactions already in the abstract process, and it MUST NOT perform additional interactions with the partner links defined in the abstract process. It is important to observe that one way in which that the order of interactions can be modified is by changing the value of a variable used in a condition that affects branching. The condition could be changed in such a way that the new so that the new effective branching behavior is in direct conflict with what is specified by the abstract process. Conditions that affect the flow of control such as transition conditions, “if-then” or “while” expressions, among others, can have such an effect on the order of interactions. For example, adding a new <while> loop with a “true” condition as a child of an existing <sequence> would hang the process. In this profile, we will not restrict writing to variables in a strict manner, but provide this note as an advisory restriction.


The possible locations of new activities are not explicitly defined in this profile. Activities may be added anywhere that the Executable Completions definition (not Basic) allows, where completions to the base are allowed, as long as the restrictions enumerated below are followed. In this profile, the valid executable completions of an abstract process are obtained through both 'opaque token replacement' and 'addition of BPEL constructs', with the following restrictions:


        New activities (including those created to replace opaque activities) MUST NOT interact with partnerLinks already defined in the abstract process. This rule does not affect adding interactions with new partnerLinks present in the executable completion but not in the abstract process.


        The endpoint reference of any partnerLink defined in the abstract process MUST NOT be modified (whether using an <assign> activity or otherwise). Additionally, an endpoint reference of any partnerLink defined in the abstract process MUST NOT be copied into the reference of a newly created partnerLink. The reason is that the former would effectively prevent subsequent interactions with that partner and the latter would add new ones. Remember that 'opaque token replacement' also replaces opaque tokens omitted through the omission-shortcut.


        The lexical parent of an existing BPEL construct (including activities in particular) present in the abstract process MUST NOT be changed in a valid executable completion. Hence, the nesting structure of composite activities around any activity in an abstract process MUST remain unchanged in any legal completion. Some examples to illustrate this restriction are provided below. The word ‘existing’ is used in the examples to refer to constructs defined in the abstract process from which the executable completions are being created:

o       Examples of legal additions:

         Adding a variable or a partner link to an existing scope S, even though that scope is the parent of existing activity A.

         Adding a new link def to an existing flow.

o       Examples of illegal additions:

         Adding a <while> activity around the existing activity A whose parent is another existing activity B.

         Adding a new scope around an existing variable definition whose parent is an existing scope S.


        A valid executable completion MUST NOT add:

o       New branches to an existing “if-then-else” activity, unless it has no “else” branch, and the new branch is added after all existing branches.

o       New branches to an existing pick activity.

o       New fault, compensation, or termination handlers to an existing scope. However, they may be added at the process level.

o       <exit> activities.


        Activities that throw non-standard faults MAY be added only if the exception will not be propagated outside of the highest newly added ancestor of the fault-throwing activity. For example, consider adding an activity A as a child of an existing sequence S. Then, one may only add a <throw> within A if the fault it throws does not reach the scope of the existing sequence S. In other words, the fault must be caught and fully handled by A or its descendants, and not be re-thrown by them.


Observe that executable completions MUST NOT add new links targeting an activity that exists in the abstract process. Adding such a new link would have the effect of changing the corresponding join condition, which is in violation of the completion rules of the base (since it modifies a non-opaque existing value). This restriction does not affect the addition of links to new activities that are not replacing opaque activities.



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