A complex business workflow process can be encapsulated within a straightforward user interface, simplifying operations. Our tutorial sample module includes a very simple interface for initiating the underlying process called "Multiple Assay Workflow". In this step we see how this workflow would be started, and explore how users can manage many workflows within the same container.

Run A Sample Workflow Process

  • In a new browser window, open http://localhost:8080/labkey, sign in, and navigate to the Workflow Tutorial project you created earlier.
  • Select (Admin) > Go To Module > LabWork. This opens the module "labWork" you installed and enabled in your project.
  • You will see the very basic custom UI included in the labWork module (in the file workRequest.jsp), which would kick off our sample process:
  • Select one or two assays and click Make Request.

You will see the details of the new active process instance, including current jobs and tasks, assignees (if any) and the process diagram itself. The process of how that relatively minimal input is expanded into the assignments and tasks shown is covered by the workflow process definition which we will explore in the next step.

  • Click links to see:
    • All Workflows: a listing of all workflows currently deployed in this container.
    • Multiple Assay Workflow: a listing of current instances of this workflow.
    • Process Instance List: a listing of all process instances. This top level assay request has spawned additional processes (to actually run the assays requested).
    • My Tasks: a listing of tasks assigned to the current user.

Workflow List Web Part

To make the workflow easier to initiate from the project page:

  • Return to the main page by clicking the Workflow Tutorial link near the top of the page.
  • Enter > Page Admin Mode.
  • Add a new Workflow List web part to your workflow tutorial folder. This gives you ready access to all workflows deployed in the container.
  • Click Exit Admin Mode.

Next we will explore the process definition that underlies this workflow and diagram.

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