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Oracle Workflow Developer's Guide
Release 2.6.3

Part Number B10284-02
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To Create an Event Activity

1. Select the item type that you want to create an event for in the navigator tree, then choose New Event from the Edit menu. Define your event activity in the Activity property page that appears.
2. An event activity must have an Internal Name (all uppercase and no leading/trailing spaces) and a Display Name, which is the translatable name that appears in your process diagram. Use the description to provide an explanation about this activity.
Attention: To update the internal name for an activity once it is defined, you must use a special SQL script called wfchact.sql. You should only use this script to correct errors in an activity's internal name during design time. Do not use this script to rename activities that are involved in running instances of processes. See: Wfchact.sql, Oracle Workflow Administrator's Guide.
Caution: Do not include colons ":" or leading/trailing spaces in your internal name.
3. Choose an icon that identifies your activity. You can use any icon, as long as the icon is stored in a .ico file, to symbolize the action of an activity. See: Adding Custom Icons to Oracle Workflow, Oracle Workflow Administrator's Guide.
Choose Browse to view the icon files listed in the workflow icons subdirectory.
You can also drag and drop icon files from the Windows Explorer or File Manager onto an activity in your navigator tree to assign that icon to the activity.
4. Select the Event Action for the activity.
Note: Depending on the event action you select, you may need to define item type attributes for some or all of the following event details:
When you include the event activity as a node in a process, you can use the item type attributes to specify where to store or retrieve the required event detail information for that node. The item type attributes that you use for event details must be associated with the same item type that the event activity itself is associated with. See: To Define an Item Type or Activity Attribute and To Define Event Details for an Event Node.
5. If you are defining a Receive event activity, you can optionally enter an Event Filter to specify the event that the activity can receive.
Note: You can only specify an individual event as the event filter. The event filter cannot be an event group.
See: To Define an Event.
6. Enter an optional cost for the activity. For event activities with the event actions Raise or Send, you can use the cost to defer long running activities to a background engine. See: Activity Cost.
7. Choose Apply to save your changes.
8. Select the Details tab to display and modify the optional details of the activity. See: To Define Optional Activity Details.
9. Select the Roles tab page to specify the roles that have access to this function activity. (This functionality will be supported in a future release.)
10. Select the Access tab page to set the access levels allowed to modify this event. See: Allowing Access to an Object.
11. The event activity now appears beneath Events in the navigator tree. You can review or edit the properties of this activity at any time by double-clicking on the activity in the navigator tree or by selecting the activity and choosing Properties from the Edit menu or by pressing Enter on your keyboard.
12. For a Raise event activity, if the event raised by the activity requires additional parameters to be included in the event message, you can define those parameters as attributes of the Raise event activity. When the event is raised, the activity attributes are set as parameters in the parameter list for the event message. If the event message is later received by another process, the Workflow Engine sets the event parameters as item type attributes for that process. You can modify the values of the attributes for each usage of the Raise event activity in a process. Event activity attributes are specific to an event activity and are not global to a process. See: To Define an Item Type or Activity Attribute.
To create an event activity attribute that references an item type attribute, select the referenced item type attribute in the navigator tree, and hold down your mouse select button as you drag the item type attribute to your event activity. The Default Value region is automatically set to Item Attribute and references the originating item attribute.
When you include an event activity as a node in a process, you can assign a value to the event activity attribute that is specific to that node. See: To Define Activity Attribute Values.
Note: A Raise event activity also automatically sets the item type and item key for the current workflow process in the parameter list for the event message. If the event message is later received by another process, the Workflow Engine uses that item type and item key to automatically set the process that raised the event as the parent for the process that receives the event. See: SetItemParent, Oracle Workflow API Reference.

See Also

To Copy an Activity
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