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BPEL 2.0 introduced the forEach activity – similar to for [-loop] found in many programming languages. Oracle SOA Suite 11g adopted BPEL 2.0, first in run time (PS2) and later in Design Time (JDeveloper) as well (PS3 an beyond). For BPEL processes created using BPEL 2.0, forEach is a looping mechanism – similar to repeatUntil and while – and also the successor to the proprietary Oracle extension to BPEL 1.x called FlowN. In that latter capacity, forEach is the activity that enables parallelism in BPEL processes to a dynamic degree.
The well known Flow activity also supports parallelism – but only for a static number of branches, known at design time. FlowN (1.x) and forEach (2.0) add the ability to execute a scope a dynamic number of times, determined at run time.
For example when an operation needs to be performed on multiple elements in a collection, such as all order lines in an order or all persons in a travel booking, forEach is valuable – especially when it makes sense to perform the operation on multiple elements at the same time.
Note however that parallelism in BPEL is a relative concept: a single BPEL process instance is never operated on in more than one JVM thread, so More >