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2.3. Create a Session

Sessions are created to interact with the process engine and execute the processes; that is, start new processes and signal events. As many sessions as are required can be started; however, depending on the requirements of the application, a single session, which can be called from multiple places in the application, may be sufficient.
The following code snippet creates a session based on the previously created knowledge base and starts a process with its ID.
StatefulKnowledgeSession ksession = kbase.newStatefulKnowledgeSession();
ProcessInstance processInstance = ksession.startProcess("com.sample.MyProcess");
The ProcessRuntime interface defines all the session methods for interacting with processes, as shown in Example 2.1, “ProcessRuntime Interface”.

Example 2.1. ProcessRuntime Interface

	/**
	 * Start a new process instance.  The process (definition) that should
	 * be used is referenced by the given process id.
	 * 
	 * @param processId  The id of the process that should be started
	 * @return the ProcessInstance that represents the instance of the process that was started
	 */
    ProcessInstance startProcess(String processId);

    /**
	 * Start a new process instance.  The process (definition) that should
	 * be used is referenced by the given process id.  Parameters can be passed
	 * to the process instance (as name-value pairs), and these will be set
	 * as variables of the process instance. 
     * 
	 * @param processId  the id of the process that should be started
     * @param parameters  the process variables that should be set when starting the process instance 
	 * @return the ProcessInstance that represents the instance of the process that was started
     */
    ProcessInstance startProcess(String processId,
                                 Map<String, Object> parameters);

    /**
     * Signals the engine that an event has occurred. The type parameter defines
     * which type of event and the event parameter can contain additional information
     * related to the event.  All process instances that are listening to this type
     * of (external) event will be notified.  For performance reasons, this type of event
     * signaling should only be used if one process instance should be able to notify
     * other process instances. For internal event within one process instance, use the
     * signalEvent method that also include the processInstanceId of the process instance
     * in question. 
     * 
     * @param type the type of event
     * @param event the data associated with this event
     */
    void signalEvent(String type,
                     Object event);

    /**
     * Signals the process instance that an event has occurred. The type parameter defines
     * which type of event and the event parameter can contain additional information
     * related to the event.  All node instances inside the given process instance that
     * are listening to this type of (internal) event will be notified.  Note that the event
     * will only be processed inside the given process instance.  All other process instances
     * waiting for this type of event will not be notified.
     * 
     * @param type the type of event
     * @param event the data associated with this event
     * @param processInstanceId the id of the process instance that should be signaled
     */
    void signalEvent(String type,
                     Object event,
                     long processInstanceId);

    /**
     * Returns a collection of currently active process instances.  Note that only process
     * instances that are currently loaded and active inside the engine will be returned.
     * When using persistence, it is likely not all running process instances will be loaded
     * as their state will be stored persistently.  It is recommended not to use this
     * method to collect information about the state of your process instances but to use
     * a history log for that purpose.
     * 
     * @return a collection of process instances currently active in the session
     */
    Collection<ProcessInstance> getProcessInstances();

    /**
     * Returns the process instance with the given id.  Note that only active process instances
     * will be returned.  If a process instance has been completed already, this method will return
     * null.
     * 
     * @param id the id of the process instance
     * @return the process instance with the given id or null if it cannot be found
     */
    ProcessInstance getProcessInstance(long processInstanceId);

    /**
     * Aborts the process instance with the given id.  If the process instance has been completed
     * (or aborted), or the process instance cannot be found, this method will throw an
     * IllegalArgumentException.
     * 
     * @param id the id of the process instance
     */
    void abortProcessInstance(long processInstanceId);

    /**
     * Returns the WorkItemManager related to this session.  This can be used to
     * register new WorkItemHandlers or to complete (or abort) WorkItems.
     * 
     * @return the WorkItemManager related to this session
     */
    WorkItemManager getWorkItemManager();