Oracle BPEL PM 10.1.3 – Sending an Email to multiple recipients

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It might just be the smallest topic I have ever blogged about. But then again, it took me some time to figure this out, so I figured I might as well share it with you. Here is the situation: while preparing a proof of concept with Oracle BPEL Process Manager 10.1.3 (the SOA Suite Preview now available on OTN), I wanted my BPEL process to send an email, not just to a single adressee, but to a list of recipients. The BPEL variables contained the information of the email-adresses, but I did not know how to pass the information to the notification service: did I have to pass a NodeList, a semi-colon separated list, a comma or space separated list of email adresses? Or was it not possible at all to send emails to multiple recipients in the To:, CC: or BCC: fields?

 

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Well it turned out to be quite simple: the cc-field in the EmailPayload of the Notification Service takes a String. If that String contains a comma separated list of email-addresses, it will send emails to each of the adresses in that list. For example: gerwin@localhost,rogier@localhost. The BPEL section that sets the CC item is nothing more complex than:

&lt;copy&gt;<br />  &lt;from expression=&quot;bpws:getVariableData('NieuweBoekAanvraag'<br />                    ,'BoekAanvragenCollection'<br />                    ,'/ns3:BoekAanvragenCollection/ns3:BoekAanvragen[1]/ns3:emailGeinteresseerden')&quot;/&gt;<br />  &lt;to variable=&quot;varNotificationReq&quot; part=&quot;EmailPayload&quot;<br />      query=&quot;/EmailPayload/ns2:Cc&quot;/&gt;<br />&lt;/copy&gt; <br />

The emailGeinteresseerden is a field of time xsd:string, that is populated by reading from a database record. The field contain a simple, comma separated string. It is that simple.

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Lucas Jellema, active in IT (and with Oracle) since 1994. Oracle ACE Director for Fusion Middleware. Consultant, trainer and instructor on diverse areas including Oracle Database (SQL & PLSQL), Service Oriented Architecture, BPM, ADF, Java in various shapes and forms and many other things. Author of the Oracle Press book: Oracle SOA Suite 11g Handbook. Frequent presenter on conferences such as JavaOne, Oracle OpenWorld, ODTUG Kaleidoscope, Devoxx and OBUG. Presenter for Oracle University Celebrity specials.

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