How to get started with BusinessWorks and BusinessWorks Container Edition

Emmanuel Marchiset
4 min readMar 3, 2024

While I sometimes receive the question to know how to get started on BusinessWorks or BusinessWorks Container Edition I thought this would be useful to write an article listing resources freely available on line and giving directions for people willing to discover and learn by themselves.

My recommendation is to take the following approach:

. Read the product documentations introducing BusinessWorks concepts and architecture for both design time and run time

. Download the product, install it in a sand box environment and try it

. Check the samples provided with the product

. Read some blog articles

I would also recommend to consider using TIBCO Education training services, there are two options available:

. On line training

. Instructor lead training

More details are available here: https://www.tibco.com/education

Documentations to read

BusinessWorks and BusinessWorks Container Edition documentations are freely available at the following URL:

https://docs.tibco.com/products/tibco-activematrix-businessworks

For BusinessWorks, I recommend reading the following documents in the order they appear below:

. ‘Getting started’

. ‘Concepts’, that gives an introduction of what is BusinessWorks and how it is working

. ‘Application Development’, that gives an introduction on developing with BusinessWorks and provide details on important design time concepts

. ‘Administration’, that present the BusinessWorks run time architecture and provide details on how to configure the BusinessWorks run time components (you can focus on the introduction part of each chapter and keep the details for later)

If you are interested by the solutions available to migrate BusinessWorks 5.X applications to BusinessWorks 6.X you may also have a look to the ‘Migration’ document.

The other documents should be used as references when you need detailed elements on something, at this stage you can just have a quick look to familiarize on their content. In the ‘Binding and Palettes References’ document you have details on each activity or Shared Resource, in the ‘REST reference’ document you have all details about REST Bindings and etc…

BusinessWorks documentation

For BusinessWorks Container Edition, I recommend reading the following documents in the order they appear below:

. ‘Getting started’

. ‘Concepts’, that gives an introduction of what is BusinessWorks and how it is working

. ‘Application Development’, that gives an introduction on developing with BusinessWorks and provide details on important design time concepts

. the ‘Application Development for Docker’ section of the ‘Application Development’ documentation.

https://docs.tibco.com/pub/bwce/2.9.1/doc/html/Default.htm#app-dev-guide/application-developm3.htm

Downloading BusinessWorks

Download BusinessWorks using your company account on the TIBCO edelivery site: https://edelivery.tibco.com

If you are on your own it is possible to download BusinessWorks and BusinessWorks Container Edition from the TIBCO Access Point page:

https://tap.tibco.com/storefront/index.ep

Note that you will need to register and the versions available from this site are not recent.

TIBCO Access Point welcome page

Once registered you can login and download BusinessWorks.

Once downloaded you can install BusinessWorks following the ‘Installation’ document available on the page mentioned before.

Looking at samples provided with BusinessWorks

Once installed you can launch Studio and start creating an application with a few processes.

After creating a first workspace a page with links to sample applications is displayed, you can have a look to some of them.

Studio samples page displayed when creating a new workspace

BusinessWorks and BusinessWorks Container Edition general samples are available in the following directory:

<TIBCO_HOME>/bw/6.10/samples/AppSpace

BusinessWorks and BusinessWorks Container Edition general samples

BusinessWorks Container Edition specific samples are available in the following directory:

<TIBCO_HOME>/bw/6.10/samples/Container

BusinessWorks Container Edition specific samples

Going further

After reading the documentation, installing BusinessWorks and looking at the samples you can go further by looking at other articles from this blog or from other blogs.

https://emarchiset.medium.com

https://medium.com/@alexandrev

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Emmanuel Marchiset

I work as an Architect at TIBCO Software on Integration products. Opinions here are my own.