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Unit testing support for more rule types

Valid from Pega Version 8.3

You can now create unit tests for the following additional rule types. You can also create assertions to validate activity status. The expanded rule types for unit testing enable developers to more thoroughly perform regression testing of their application, thereby improving application quality.

  • Collection
  • Declare expression
  • Map value
  • Report definition

For more information about unit testing rules, see Pega unit test cases.

Upgrade impact

With the four new rule types, unit test execution and unit test compliance metrics will change. Reports on automated unit testing of the customer application decrease due to the increased pool of supported rules.

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

After a successful upgrade, create Pega unit test cases for the newly supported rules to see updated and accurate unit test metrics.

Label changes to field types in Case Designer

Valid from Pega Version 7.2

The following field types have been renamed in Case Designer to be consistent with Data Designer and other areas of the Pega 7 Platform.

Label in previous versionsLabel in Pega 7.2
TextText (single line)
Text (multiple lines)Text (paragraph)
Check boxBoolean
Date and timeDate & time
DateDate only
Drop downPicklist
Number (integer)Integer
Number (decimal)Decimal

Users who upgrade from versions prior to Pega 7.2 do not have to take any action because the label changes are cosmetic and do not affect the underlying controls or property types that support form building.

For more information about the field types that you can use when building a form, see Storage and display of single-value fields.

Process Outline view is unavailable

Valid from Pega Version 7.2

Process Outline view is no longer available as of this release. Use Case Designer instead to configure your processes. For advanced options, you can open the underlying flow for a process in Process Modeler.

For more information, see Designing a case type and Diagram tab on the Flow form.

New location for case-type settings

Valid from Pega Version 7.2

The configuration options for case-type settings have been moved from the property panel to the Settings tab in Case Designer. This change separates behavioral settings from life-cycle settings so that you can stay focused as you design your case types.

For more information, see Configuring case-type behavior.

No private posts in new Pulse gadget

Valid from Pega Version 7.2

The new Pulse gadget does not support private posts. When you upgrade to the new gadget, any private posts of the following types that you created by using the previous version of the gadget become public.

  • Operator posts
  • Case posts
  • Posts that used the generic pxPostMessage API with private posts enabled
  • Posts that used the Pulse smart shape in PRPC 6.3 or earlier with private posts enabled

For more information about the new Pulse gadgets for developers, Pulse gadgets and custom APIs.

For more information about the using the new Pulse gadget, see Communicating with Pulse.

Processes run by default when a stage is restarted

Valid from Pega Version 7.2

The Run on re-entry check box in Case Designer has been removed. As a result of this change, processes run by default each time that a stage is restarted. Users who previously had this check box cleared can use the Start when option in Case Designer instead to define the criteria for skipping a process.

For more information, see Adding a process to a stage.

Conversion of single-step assignments is no longer required

Valid from Pega Version 7.2

You no longer need to create a single-step assignment in a case type and then convert it to another supported step type. Instead, you can use the + Add step option in Case Designer to add any step type directly to a process in a stage. This change delivers a more consistent experience to users who are working in Case Designer and Process Modeler.

The following table lists the step labels in Case Designer that were updated to support this change.

Step label in previous versions

Step label in Pega 7.2

Single-step assignmentCollect information
ApprovalApprove/Reject
AttachmentAttach Content
CaseCreate Cases

For more information, see Adding a step to a process in a stage.

Set a time zone for the DateTime control

Valid from Pega Version 8.3

The DateTime control now supports the selection of a specific time zone. Apart from the default local time zone, you can choose a Java-supported time zone or enter a property. For example, you can make it easier for a manager working in New York to schedule a task for a worker in London by configuring a calendar picker on user forms to show a date and time for Europe/London.

Beginning with this release, the calendar picker defaults to the current time in the time zone that is defined in the operator record. Previously, it defaulted to the local time zone of the system.

For more information, see Specifying a time zone for a DateTime control.

Upgrade impact

After a successful upgrade, the DateTime gadget displays the time in the current operator's locale, which is defined on the operator rule form or in the browser.  

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

If you need to display the system time from which the user has logged in, and if this is not the same as the time in the user's locale (based on the browser setting), set the Locale field in the operator ID to be blank so that the browser-based setting and the displayed time are the same as the system time.

Test coverage support for more rule types

Valid from Pega Version 8.3

Test coverage has been expanded to include the following rule types. Test coverage support for these rule types enables developers to more accurately measure the effectiveness of their tests.

  • Collection
  • Declare trigger
  • Map value
  • Navigation 
  • Report definition
  • Scorecard

For more information about test coverage, see Test coverage.

Upgrade impact

The new rule types may impact the test coverage metrics for your applications. Due to the increased number of supported rules, the reported test coverage percentage will decrease.

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

Run your coverage reports after upgrading to see the latest metrics.

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