[PDK Series] Introducing the Plugin Development Kit for BW 6.x

When we are working usually with TIBCO BW we normally have the need to create additional elements that implements a common logic and we use for these cases several subprocesses that we share across our main BW processes. We even could increase the TIBCO BW capabilities via introducing Java Code our Java Custom Functions inside your processes and projects.  Ok, that’s right but sometimes we also have the need to create a complete set of actions to enable a new protocol or to implements a new logging API and so on. If we have a set of subprocesses we could create a ProjLib to do this event with custom icons for the processes but when we talk about Java Code we cannot have this posibility to create a unified set.

To do that, and to be able to pack this behavior into a new custom palette with its own brand, set of icons and documentations and to distribute to other people free or why not?  even in a paid model.

Ok, so if we want to do that in the new TIBCO BW 6.x series we have to learn how to use the Plug-in Development Kit for BW 6.x and that’s we are going to learn in these few post: from installation to deployment.

The first thing you want to know is that if you want to do this kind of things you should be very familiar with Java standalone development because the way to create this tools is creating Java code to implement all the capabilities that you want.
The first step we have to reach in to install the PDK in our platform, and to do that we have to go to this URL: https://www.tibcommunity.com/businessworks-plug-in-development-guide/.

This is the official TIBCO URL for the product and from this page it’ll allow us to download the tool and its related documentation:

Ok, now we already got the software so we can start installing the software plug-in and to do that we have to launch the TIBCO Business Studio for AMX BW. And we have to go to the Help –> Install new Software option:

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After that, we have to add the ZIP file we already downloaded as a new repository so we have to click in the Add button and fill the blanks with the ZIP location you downloaded.
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Now, we already have the new plugin available to install and we proceed like any other Eclipse plug-in we want to add.

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At the finish of the installation we will have to restart the Business Studio. When the restart has been finished you will see in the new dialog a new option labeled: “Create a new or modify BW plug-in project”

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And that’s it we already have installed the software. In the next post we are going to learn how to use it to create own custom palettes and installers.

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