BPMN Tools for Meteor are now available on Atmosphere
Bpmn definitions out of the box
Some months ago I have worked on integrating the bpmn.io modeler and the camunda engine into the inhouse application framework of my former employer. This was also my first contact with the standard and these tools. The modeler impressed me so well that I needed to include it into my newest project.
There I am leading the development of a realtime classroom management application. One of the application features is to define learning sequences and learning cases. I came up with the idea to use the bpmn.io tools for this purpose since these sequences consist of similar pattern as defined by the standard.
Easy package integration
Usually it is very easy to install external packages into meteor. The platform provides it’s own package repository. All Meteor related extension packages are stored there. Think of npm with meteor optimization for the modules. You just need to type
meteor add username:packagename into your console while being in the project directory. The framework automatically integrates te package with all external dependencies like npm does.
Why no bpmn on atmosphere?
Unfortunately there were no bpmn packages uploaded on atmosphere. The platform relies on an active community. If no one creates such a package then you have to either wait until someone creates it, ask for it in the forums or create it yourself. My next attempt after searching atmosphere was to search the forums. I only found a post, where another user had trouble integrating the modeler into his project. It made me wonder, why the integration should be that hard.
Adding npm modules to meteor packages
Yet on the same day I started to integrate the modeler into a test project. It did it the classic way using the cli to include the npm packages.
Update: There will be soon a ReactJS based branch on this package, since we switched to React for frontend rendering.
Summarized, you can get a full working BPMN-JS wrapped in a meteor package for your meteor project now. The same routine worked out well for the cmmn modeler. You can get in on atmosphere and integrate it the same way as the bpmn tools package.