Precise Modelling of Compensating Business Transactions and its Application to BPEL

Butler, Michael, Ferreira, Carla and Ng, Muan Yong (2005) Precise Modelling of Compensating Business Transactions and its Application to BPEL. Journal of Universal Computer Science, 11, (5), 712-743.


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We describe the StAC language which can be used to specify the orchestration of activities in long running business transactions. Long running business transactions use compensation to cope with exceptions. StAC supports sequential and parallel behaviour as well as exception and compensation handling. We also show how the B notation may be combined with StAC to specify the data aspects of transactions. The combination of StAC and B provides a rich formal notation which allows for succinct and precise specification of business transactions. BPEL is an industry standard language for specifying business transactions and includes compensation constructs. We show how a substantial subset of BPEL can be mapped to StAC thus demonstrating the expressiveness of StAC and providing a formal semantics for BPEL.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0948-6968
Divisions : Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering > Electronics and Computer Science > Electronic & Software Systems
ePrint ID: 260079
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
May 2005Published
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2004
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 14:01
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