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Oracle Workflow Developer's Guide
Release 2.6.3

Part Number B10284-02
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Creating Multiple Transitions to a Single Activity

You can create multiple transitions to a single activity in a process diagram. Sometimes these multiple transitions indicate that there are multiple ways that the process can transition to this one node and you may want the node to execute just once.

In other cases, the multiple transitions may indicate that the activity may be transitioned to multiple times because it is the starting point of a loop. In these cases, you want the activity to be reexecuted each time it is revisited.

The On Revisit flag for an activity determines whether the activity reexecutes when it is revisited more than once. It is an important flag to set for the pivot activity of a loop. On Revisit is set initially in an activity's Details property page. However, for each usage of an activity in a process, you may change On Revisit for that node in the activity's Node property page. You can also use the standard Loop Counter activity as the initial activity in a loop to control how many times a process can transition through a loop. See: Looping, Oracle Workflow API Reference and Loop Counter Activity.

Suggestion: If you have multiple incoming transitions from parallel branches, you should always use an AND, OR, or custom join activity to merge those branches. This is especially true if after merging the parallel branches, you want to create a loop in your process. By using a joining activity to merge parallel branches and designating the following activity as the start of the loop, you create a less complicated process for the engine to execute. See: Standard Activities.

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