This tutorial will walk you through setting up a workflow1 calling workflow2 upon completion. Also contains business cases (wait for multiple workflows to complete), and exception handling.

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Generic case: workflow1 calls workflow2 with PostEvent

The calling workflow1 contains your business logic and ends with a javascript activity (containing xtk.workflow.PostEvent()):

The called workflow2 has a signal activity and then some logic:

The generic JS call is as follow:

xtk.workflow.PostEvent("workflowInternalName", "signalInternalName", "", <variables/>, false);

So in our case:

var myVar1 = "hello world!";
xtk.workflow.PostEvent("workflow2", "signal", "", <variables var1={myVar1}/>, false);

Start workflow2 (to activate its signal), then workflow1. We can see in the logs that the value has been passed over, in a synchronous call:

Logs of workflow1:

Logs of workflow2:

/**
 * @var workflowId Identifier or internal name of the workflow
 * @var activity The name of the activity from which the event starts
 * @var transition The name of the transition to activate. If this name is empty, the event will be issued on the first valid transition (expiry type events are ignored). 
 * @var parameters The parameters of the event in the form of an XML element. The name of the element must be variables. If you do not want to pass a variable, you can use an empty element <variables/> or an empty string "".
 * @var complete All pending tasks of the specified activity are finished
 *
 * @return null
 */
function PostEvent (
    String       workflowId,
    String       activity,
    String       transition,
    XML          parameters,
    Boolean      complete
)

References:

  • https://docs.campaign.adobe.com/doc/AC/en/jsapi/sm-workflow-PostEvent.html

## Business case: wait for multiple workflows to be done, then call a final workflow

3 workflows start1, start2 and start3 needs to be done, before the last workflow final is executed:

They contain this JS code:

 // start1  
logInfo('start1 done');  
var params = <variables var1="hello"/>;  
xtk.workflow.PostEvent("finalWorkflow", "signal1", "", params, false);  
// start2  
logInfo('start2 done');  
var myVar = "var myVar";  
var params = <variables var2={myVar}/>;  
xtk.workflow.PostEvent("finalWorkflow", "signal2", "", params, false);  
// start3  
logInfo('start3 done');  
var myObject = {key:"value"};  
var params = <variables var3={myObject.key}/>;  
xtk.workflow.PostEvent("finalWorkflow", "signal3", "", params, false);  

The final workflow contains 3 signals signal1, signal2 and signal3, all linked to an AND activity: With this code

logInfo('Final');
logInfo('vars.var1', vars.var1);
logInfo('vars.var2', vars.var2);
logInfo('vars.var3', vars.var3);

Run the last workflow, then the 3 first, and you’ll have the following logs:

## Business case: exception handling

We can simulate a try/catch/finally:

Will be equivalent to the following pseudo-code:

 processA() // will stop the workflow if error
 try {
    // @throw NoFileException, ConnectionException
    ftpDownload() // will not stop the workflow
    // @throw GenericException
    processB() // will not stop the workflow
} catch(exception) {
    alert()
} finally {
    CallToFinalWorkflow()
}

You may download the XML of this workflow with exception here