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Bisnis Proses Modelling Framework and creativity

March 9, 2010 Leave a comment

Along this decade, many tools for modeling current work flow or business process at an organization is increasing and growing up. Oracle with Oracle BPM, jBoss with JBPM, Uengine is example of this framework.

in a side, this framework help programmer on designing and put their creativity on more visually way. but in the other side, this tools according to several java programmer is ‘kill’ their creativity.

this is the reason why this thing is happened
(http://weblogs.java.net/blog/johnreynolds)

A lot of Java developers hate having to use BPM tools instead of the object oriented tools that they are comfortable with.
Java developers (in general) would rather use frameworks like Struts and Spring than be saddled with the constraints of a BPM suite.

Java frameworks like Struts and Spring are in the background… they provide just enough support to “set your creativity free” so that you can be a real programmer. You can build almost anything with Spring or Struts (if you’ve already mastered the intricacies of Java). They are light-weight, they’re agile, and they look sexy on your resume.

BPM suites are in-your-face. They rob you of your creativity. They dictate to you how you will develop your application.

BPM suites make programming boring. They force you to use point-and-click and drag-and-drop tools to design your process diagrams, data models and forms. What’s worse, they actually encourage Business People to model processes and design forms on their own… Fortunately most Business People are too intimidated to use these tools, but it does open the door for them to look over our shoulders and meddle in our affairs.

That certainly doesn’t sound like something that real programmers would like, does it?

BPM suites are a threat to traditional Java programmers. These suites are far from perfect, but even in their current state we can see where things are heading. The days of the Java Guru as indispensable are fading… We’ve used Java to build tools that make knowing Java itself less important, and that’s opened up competition for us from folks who didn’t spend years learning Java.

We’re victims of our own success… programming isn’t as hard as it used to be… and that’s going to cost us.

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