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Naming pattern changed for file data sets

Valid from Pega Version 8.6.3

File data sets are used to import from and export data to a file repository. In case of data export, prior to version 8.6.3, the first file exported had the same file name that was provided by the user in the data set, and any subsequent file exported to the repository had a unique identifier appended to it. Starting in Pega Platform version 8.6.3, each file has a unique identifier, automatically generated based on the data flow node, thread ID, and timestamp.

Upgrade impact

If your process to consume output files expects files with a specific name, it may not be able to process the resulting files correctly.

What steps are required to update the application to be compatible with this change?

If you have configured the process before updating to Pega Platform version 8.6.3, but the exported files are no longer recognized by downstream processing logic after the upgrade, ensure that the downstream tool is configured to recognize the files by a pattern rather than the full name. For example, when referring to files exported to the repository, use the * character to indicate a pattern instead of using the full file name. For example, use Export*.csv to refer to the files.

Pinned classes in Application Explorer

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.6

The Application Explorer now includes a Pinned Classes section. This feature allows you to interact with a customized list of classes without having to explicitly switch context in the explorer.

Ability to deprecate a rule

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.6

You can deprecate any Rule- instance to indicate that it is no longer supported.

Users are warned when they open or reference a deprecated rule instance.

Ability to deprecate a class

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.6

You can deprecate any Rule- class to block users from creating new rule instances.

Users are warned when they open the class rule form or any instance of the class.

Only classes that do not belong to a class group can be deprecated.

Designer Studio responds to deprecated rules

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.6

Deprecated classes and rule instances in Pega- rulesets are excluded from:

  • Search results
  • Application Explorer results
  • Lists launched from the Records Explorer
  • +Create menus

These restrictions do not apply to classes and rule instances deprecated in your application rulesets.

Retired Six R's

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.6

The Designer Studio > Application > Inventory > Six R's landing page has been retired.

Integration landing page updates

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.6

The following features and wizards now launch as landing pages in the Designer Studio:

Designer StudioIntegration > Tools > Wizard cleanup

Designer StudioIntegration > Email > Email Accounts

Designer StudioIntegration > Email > Email Listeners

Restructured Process & Rules landing pages

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.6

The Designer Studio > Process & Rules > Tools landing page menu has been restructured for better navigation and access:

  • The Find Rules by Custom Field wizard now launches as a tab in Designer Studio.
  • A new Find Rules menu item consolidates previous wizards. It launches a single landing page with different search criteria options:

Check out rules with errors

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.6

You can now check out rules with validation errors. This is helpful when a checked-in version becomes invalidated by changes elsewhere in the application, such as a modified ruleset pre-requisite or a deleted referencing rule.

 If you enter invalid values in rule form fields and then click Check out, the valid, base version of the rule is checked out. Be sure to resolve all errors and save before refreshing.  Otherwise, your changes are lost.

Flexible inputs in strategies

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.6

Decision parameters allow business users to influence the decision through flexible inputs that do not require changing strategies. System architects use extension points to configure the data model and user interface supporting decision parameters. Decision parameters are used in strategies, and changes to the values of decision parameters become immediately available without requiring any changes to the strategy.

The rule pxRunDecisionParameters supports the use of decision parameters through activities.

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