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Comparing Workflow Specification Languages: A Matter of Views

Serge Abiteboul 1 Pierre Bourhis 1 Victor Vianu 1
1 DAHU - Verification in databases
LSV - Laboratoire Spécification et Vérification [Cachan], Inria Saclay - Ile de France
Abstract : We address the problem of comparing the expressiveness of workflow specification formalisms using a notion of view of a workflow. Views allow to compare widely different workflow systems by mapping them to a common representation capturing the observables relevant to the comparison. Using this framework, we compare the expressiveness of several workflow specification mechanisms, including automata, temporal constraints, and pre-and-post conditions, with XML and relational databases as underlying data models. One surprising result shows the considerable power of static constraints to simulate apparently much richer workflow control mechanisms.
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Serge Abiteboul, Pierre Bourhis, Victor Vianu. Comparing Workflow Specification Languages: A Matter of Views. International Conference on Database Theory (ICDT), Mar 2011, Uppsala, Sweden. ⟨inria-00539579⟩



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