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How a flownode is completed

A flownode completion can come:

  • from a specific work triggered by the Engine internally when the flownode arrive in the terminal state.

Completion of a Flownode

Flow Node is contained in a parent flownode

This can happen in case :

  • Loop

  • Multi instance

  • Sub Tasks (Boundary events are at the "same level" as normal flownodes, their parent being the process and not the flownode they are attached to.)

When a child finishes, the childFinished() method is called. It :

  • Archives & deletes the child flownode

  • decrements the token count of the parent

  • calls notifyChildFlowNodeHasFinished on parent activity state that returns whether the parent should continue (ie. that all its children have finished. Exception to this are manual tasks).

  • calls stepforward() on the parent if the parent should continue. This is done in the same transaction (ie. we don’t create a separate work for that).

Flow Node is directly contained in a process instance

This is the nominal case. The childFinished() method (of the processExecutor) is called:

  • The method executeValidOutgoingTransitionsAndUpdateTokens() is called on the process defintion.

  • If it returns false, nothing more is done and the method returns. Potentially, works have been registered to execute the next flownodes.

  • If it returns true, the flownode that finished was the last flownode of the process, and we terminate the process.