workflow engines

From: Alexandre B.
Sent on: Friday, March 1, 2013 3:16 PM
Hi all,

I have used jBPM, which works quite well, but I don't like the way it has its own database tables that I do not specify or control. I have also used a custom written workflow engine with classes to represent workflows and tasks, which me and my fellow developers had full control over, but that seems like re-inventing the wheel. Has anyone had much experience with workflow engines and if so, are there any that you recommend?

Similarly, I have used rule engines such as Drools, which I know are for evaluating rules rather than flow but to me the concepts are similar, it is a choice to encapsulate certain business logic in a separate component. As a second, more general question, has anyone used such tools and found them better to just writing the logic yourself in EJBs, factory methods and delegate classes etc.?

Regards,

Alex

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