Lifecycle Management with WSO2 Governance Registry

SOA Lifecycle management is one of the core requirements for the functionality of an Enterprise Governance suite. WSO2 Governance Registry 5.2.0 supports multiple lifecycle management capability out of the box. Also, it gives an opportunity to the asset authors to extend the out of the box lifecycle functionality by providing their own extensions, based on the organization requirements. Further, the WSO2 Governance Registry supports multiple points of extensibility. Handlers, Lifecycles and Customized asset UIs(RXT based) are the key types of extensions available.

Lifecycle: 

A lifecycle is defined with SCXML based XML element and that contains,
  • A name 
  • One or more states
  • A list of check items with role based access control 
  • One or more actions that are made available based on the items that are satisfied 

Adding a Lifecycle
To add a new lifecycle aspect, click on the Lifecycles menu item under the Govern section of the extensions tab in the admin console. It will show you a user interface where you can add your SCXML based lifecycle configuration. A sample configuration will be available for your reference at the point of creation.

Adding Lifecycle to Asset Type
The default lifecycle for a given asset type will be picked up from the RXT definition. When creating an asset, it will automatically attach lifecycle into asset instance. Lifecycle attribute should be defined in the RXT definition under the artifactType element as below.

<lifecycle>ServiceLifeCycle</lifecycle>

Multiple Lifecycle Support

There can be instances, where given asset can go through more than one lifecycle. As an example, a given service can a development lifecycle as well as a deployment lifecycle. Above service related states changes will not be able to visualize via one lifecycle and current lifecycle state should depend on the context (development or deployment) which you are looking at.

Adding Multiple Lifecycle to Asset Type
Adding multiple lifecycles to an Asset Type can be done in two primary methods.

Through Asset Definition(Available with G-Reg 5.3.0):Here, you can define multiple lifecycle names in a comma separated manner. Lifecycle name which is defined in first will be considered as the default/primary lifecycle. Here, multiple lifecycles which are specified in the asset definition(RXT configuration) will be attached to the asset when itis getting created. An example of multiple lifecycle configurations is as below,
<lifecycle>ServiceLifeCycle,SampleLifeCycle</lifecycle>

Using Lifecycle Executor
Using custom executor Java code, you can assign another lifecycle into the asset. Executors are one of the facilitators which helps to extend the WSO2 G-Reg functionality and Executors are associated with a Governance Registry life cycle. This custom lifecycle executor class needs to implement the Execution interface that is provided by WSO2 G-Reg. You can find more details from below article[Lifecycles and Aspects].
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