Process - LifeCycle (Entity State) (Status)

1 - About

In a process based model, every entity has a lifecycle (Status) that shows a finite number of distinct states.

The status shows the state of an entity ie:

<MATH> State + Us = Status </MATH>

This process may be implemented/visualized as a finite automata

See also: Data - State

3 - Visualization



4 - Example

4.1 - Store Transaction

Non-deterministic Finite automata representing a transaction between a customer, a store and a bank

Every actor needs to make a transition (going from one state to another) when an action is executed. (An action is a label on a arc) (ie it is not possible for the system as a whole to die because the customer automaton has no response to an action)


  • loops on certain states are irrelevant action (ie actions that must be ignored - highlighted in yellow) (To save space the labels were combined onto one arc rather than showing several arcs with the same heads and tails but different labels)
    • for the store: cancel (each of its seven states has a loop labeled cancel)
    • for the bank: pay, ship
    • for the customer: ship, redeem and transfer
  • a customer initiates the following actions: pay, cancel
  • a bank may: redeem, transfer
  • a store may: ship

chapter 2.1.2 - page 55 from Hopcroft, Motwani, Ullman, Automata Theory, Languages, and Computation 3rd Edition. pdf

4.2 - Jira ticket

4.3 - Communication Protocol

communications protocols (such as protocols for secure exchange of information, …)

4.4 - Web Application

Every web application has a lifecycle. Common tasks, such as:

  • handling incoming requests,
  • decoding parameters,
  • modifying and saving state,
  • and rendering web pages to the browser,

are all performed during a web application lifecycle.

Some web application frameworks hide the details of the lifecycle from you, whereas others require you to manage them manually.

4.5 - Business Process

See business process status

The lifecycle of a web application starts and ends with the following activity:

  • The client makes a request for the web page,
  • and the server responds with the page.

The lifecycle consists of two main phases: execute and render.

4.6 - Workflow

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