WADE is a software platform based on JADE that provides support for the execution of tasks defined according to the workflow metaphor. The key component of the WADE platform is the WorkflowEngineAgent class that extends the basic Agent class of the JADE library embedding a small and lightweight workflow engine. Besides normal JADE behaviours, a WorkflowEngineAgent is therefore able to execute workflows represented according to a WADE specific formalism. This formalism is based on the Java language: a WADE workflow is actually a Java class with a well defined structure. This approach makes it possible to combine the expressiveness of the workflow metaphor with the power of a programming language such as Java, and enables the usage of workflows for system internal logics definition.
In principle WADE supports “notepad-programming” in the sense that there is no hidden stuff that developers can’t control. However, especially considering that one of the main advantages of the workflow approach is the possibility of representing processes in a friendly graphical form, WADE comes with a development environment called WOLF that facilitates the creation of WADE-based application. WOLF is an Eclipse plug-in and as a consequence allows WADE developers to exploit the full power of the Eclipse IDE plus additional WADE-specific features
WADE is free software and is distributed by Telecom Italia, the copyright holder, in open source under the terms of the LGPL (Lesser General Public License Version 2) license.
The latest version of WADE is WADE 3.5.0 released on 23/12/2015.