In the GWL a “process” is a combination of some kind of command or script to be executed, the software packages that need to be available when executing the commands, and declarations of inputs and generated outputs. A process has a name, and optionally a synopsis and a description, for display purposes.
We create a process with the
make-process constructor like
make-process name "hello" procedure ' display "hello"
This creates a process with the name “hello”, which will print the
"hello" once the process is executed. The
procedure field holds the Scheme code that does all the work of
saying “hello”. We will talk about the
procedure field a
little later and show how to write code snippets in languages other
Often we will want to refer to previously created processes later, for
example to combine them in a workflow definition. To do that we need
to bind the created processes to variable names. Here we bind the
above process to a variable named
define hello make-process name "hello" procedure ' display "hello"
This is a very common thing to do, so the GWL offers a shorter syntax for not only creating a process but also binding it to a variable. The following example is equivalent to the above definition:
process hello procedure ' display "hello"
|• Process templates|
|• Useful procedures|