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From Prem Chand Majeti <>
Subject RE: [scxml] Regarding usage of fireEvent method
Date Tue, 03 Aug 2010 15:06:04 GMT

Thanks for your help rahul.
I will go through the interaction patterns provided in the link and check if it solves my

- Prem

-----Original Message-----
From: Rahul Akolkar []
Sent: Monday, August 02, 2010 11:36 PM
To: Commons Users List
Subject: Re: [scxml] Regarding usage of fireEvent method

On Mon, Aug 2, 2010 at 1:40 AM, Prem Chand Majeti
<> wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm trying to implement simple FSM in java.
> Here is my scxml :-
> <scxml xmlns=""
>       version="1.0" initialstate="first">
>    <state id="first">
>            <transition event="event1" target="second" />
>            <transition event="event2" target="last" />
>    </state>
>    <state id="second">
>            <transition event="event3" target="last" />
>    </state>
>    <state id="last" final="true" />
> </scxml>
> Java Implemetation:-
> public class FsmTest extends AbstractStateMachine {
>            public FsmTest(URL scxmlDocument) {
>                        super(scxmlDocument);
>            }
>            public void first() {
>                        //Some process...
>                        if(..)
>                                    fireEvent("event1");
>                        else
>                                    fireEvent("event2");
>            }

The above is a bit of an anti-pattern for the simple
AbstractStateMachine class. The mapped methods (such as "first" above)
are executed synchronously as part of the onentry processing for the
corresponding states. Firing a new event synchronously while still
processing a previous one isn't recommended.

Many possible solutions. To name a few:

 * Override the fireEvent() method to be asynchronous (in a new
thread, perhaps with some wait time)
 * Add a first-class event queue to an AbstractStateMachine subclass
and add events to the queue from where they get processed in sequence
 * Use one of the more sophisticated patterns (see [1]) than the
simple AbstractStateMachine class



>            public void second() {
>                        // Some Process....
>                        fireEvent("event3");
>            }
>            public void last() {
>            }
> }
> When I try to run this, it was entering into the state "first". But from there no event
was fired and it was not moving to other states.
> Please let me know if I was doing something wrong.
> Thanks & Regards
> Prem

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