Creating a business work flow becomes a straightforward exercise in Thoppae’s useful, concise guide.
Working from the ground up, Thoppae leads readers through the construction of a use case for a fictional company. Using copious examples, numerous screen shots from relevant programs and sample code throughout the text, Thoppae details the intricacies of using JBoss Business Process Management Framework, or jBPM5, a language for creating rules and work flows for use in a business environment. Although readers are advised to have a firm grounding in Java, Eclipse and other related technologies before putting Thoppae’s work to use, the guide is constructed in such a straightforward manner that even readers with minimal backgrounds in these tools could find helpful advice. Remarkably, for a technical guide in the age of various books “For Dummies,” Thoppae keeps his writing free of humor, asides and artificial attempts at personality, yet he still maintains a personable, welcoming tone. The net result is a detailed technical document that feels like it was written by a good friend who understands the reader’s strengths and limitations. Although Thoppae’s guide isn’t a general interest text by any means—the narrow focus on jBPM5 requires more technical grounding than the lay reader will likely possess—the emphasis on practical application rather than theoretical constructs, and on explaining tasks simply and without excessive jargon, will benefit a wide range of readers. The sensibility and warmth of Thoppae’s work speak well to both his understanding of the technologies involved and his eagerness to educate readers.
A personable tone, thorough understanding of the subject matter, and clarity in thought and prose make Thoppae’s guide a worthwhile read for the technologically inclined.