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DCR Active Repository

The purpose of the DCR Active Repository is to make it easy to leverage DCR Graphs as the rules foundation for an Adaptive Case Management system.

Now you can access your DCR graphs from a RESTful API currently supporting these functions.

  • Create a DCR Graph
  • Update a DCR Graph
  • Get a DCR Graph
  • Instantiate a DCR Graph for simulations and instances
  • Get information about instance status, i.e. whether the process is completed or not. We refer to this as "isAccepting"
  • Get Enabled or Pending Events of a DCR Graph instance
  • ExecuteEvent of a DCR Graph instance
  • Advance time of a DCR Graph instance

Using the RESTful API we'll implement all elements of the RESTful API supporting collections of graphs, graph instances and events. Using the RESTful API graphs can be modified, instantiated, executed etc.

An example of how to use DCR Active Repository using the Postman tool can be found here.

Access to DCR Active Repository requires your DCR username and password and use http basic authentication. Access to the repository requires a commercial license.

An overview of the API is shown below. Refer to DCR Active Repository API reference for details.

DCR graphs
*List URIs of graphs, id and titles in collection. Filter options exists to search/filter specific graphs. Optional parameters are:
title=title - will search for graphs containing "title" in title
sort=title (default) - sort graphs by title or other fields
sort: can be title, id, created, modified
orderby: asc or desc
NA*Create a new DCR graph, returning the id. A DCR Graph is described using DCR XMLNA
DCR graph
*Retrieve the DCR graph represented as DCR XML*Update the DCR graph using DCR XMLNADelete the graph
DCR graph instances
Retrieve the DCR graph instances, i.e. instance id (simid) and title. Various filters exists to retrieve representative and swimlane graphsNA*Instantiate a DCR graph returning a new instance ID (simid). An optional Title of the simulation can be provided.NA
DCR graph instance
*Retrieve the DCR graph instance
A filter exists, ?filter=isAccepting, which will return true or false depending on whether the DCR Graph instance is accepting or not
NAParameter ?complete=true will mark the simulation as completed, complete=false will un-complete the simulation
Parameter ?Title=... will update the title of the simulation
Delete the instance
DCR graph instance events
*Retrieve the events of the DCR graph instance
Filter must be provided to search/filter specific instances
NACreate a new event in the graphNA
DCR graph instance event
Retrieve the DCR graph instance eventNA*Execute the eventDelete the event
DCR graph instance relations
Retrieve the DCR graph instance relationsNACreate a new relationNA
DCR graph instance relation
Retrieve the DCR graph instance relationNANADelete the relation
DCR graph time
NANA*Advance time by "timeindigits" by posting to advance the time in the process.NA
Notice: The list of URLs is not complete and not everything is implemented at the moment. We've marked working areas with an asterisk (*).

DCR Graphs are represented using DCR XML which is the output of the designer tool. DCR XML is used both for classes and instances of processes.

The list of graphs returned contain the following data:

<graph id="1234" title="My first graph" />

The list of events returned contain the following data:

<events isAccepting="true|false" nextDeadline="..." nextDelay="...">
<event id="Activity 3" included="true" enabled="true" pending="false" executed="false" fullPath="Activity 3" roles="" groups="" description="" label="Activity 3" eventType="" />
<event id="Activity 5" included="true" enabled="true" pending="false" executed="true" fullPath="Activity 5" roles="" groups="" description="" label="Activity 5" eventType="" />
<event id="Activity 6" included="true" enabled="false" pending="true" executed="false" fullPath="Activity 6" roles="" groups="" description="" label="Activity 6" eventType="" />

The Execute event takes an optional data parameter in the form: <globalStore><variable id="'eventid'" value="..." isNull="true|false"/> </globalStore>.

The RESTful API will be expanded to include all events and relations of graphs as well as simulations/instances, thereby enabling adding, updating and removing events and relations directly.

We've created a Windows application for DCR Active Repository that you can use to experiment with the DCR Active Repository. The source code in C# is available for download.

Accessing this API requires a commercial license.