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Create, Save As, and Specialization forms

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.4

The familiar “New” and “Save As” forms have been streamlined to make record creation faster and more intuitive. You can easily target a specific layer in your application stack, interactively define the record’s configuration and select only those circumstance definitions that make sense for your use case.

While the underlying behavior for creating a record is not new for this release, the redesigned UI of these forms and new defaulting strategy for fields is worth noting:

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To launch these forms, use one of the new options found in the action area of the form header:

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Note that not all record types support the ability to specialize by circumstance.

For more guidance on how to use the Create, Save As and Specialization forms, please refer to: Intuitive record creation and specialization

Redirect users to logout screen

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.4

New applications built in Version 7.1 will automatically redirect users to the PRPC login page upon logout.

 

A new template, Web-Session-Return-Template, has been added, to allow developers to customize their applications to redirect users to a logout page, if they wish.  This template can be copied to a ruleset visible to unauthenticated requestors (via node configuration) and used to override Web-Session-Return.

Maintainable warning, error, and tip information

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.7

Use the redesigned Message form to define warning, error, tip, or custom category information in your application. Encapsulating these details in a message makes them easier to maintain and review. After you have created a new warning, you can quickly add it to a rule in your application using the new pxAddGuardrailMessage function.

For more information on the tabs and available fields on the Message form, see About Message rules.

Report Viewer provides simplified user experience

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.7

In the Report Viewer, improvements simplify the user experience when working with reports. Column headers display initial sort order and type, and you can hover over a column header to display and use its context menu, which includes options for ad-hoc sorting and filtering. Developers can specify various pagination modes and set an option to keep the header in view while users scroll through the report.

For more information, see Report Viewer.

Easy-to-browse warning catalog

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.7

All Pega 7 warnings have been converted to Rule-Message instances, each with a clearly written, risk mitigation path. This allows you to use the Records Explorer to browse through all warnings in the system, organized by category. To view warnings associated with specific rules in your application, refer to the Application Guardrails landing page.

Enhanced BIX file naming

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.7

To help clarify file names, BIX extract output files and manifest files can now contain parameters. Parameters can include the rule name, the extract's run time and date, and a unique run sequence number. Special characters such as spaces, hyphens, or number signs (#) in the output or manifest file name are converted to underscores. In addition, the pxExtractIdentifier and pxExtractDateTime columns have been added to the .csv output file.

For more information, see Extracting data with BIX and Extract rules - completing the File Specification tab.

Communicate guardrail compliance with the pxAddGuardrailMessage function

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.7

Now that guardrail warnings are in the model, you can easily attach them to rules in your application using the new pxAddGuardrailMessage function. Call this function to display warnings to your application users when they do not adhere to guardrails or best practices. Adopting this function in your application allows you to:

  • Use localizable Rule-Message instances that are categorized by severity and application impact.
  • Add dynamic warnings to your rules by passing parameters to a standard or custom message.
  • Stop using and maintaining hard coded strings.

Design time view of warning messages

Run time view of an attached warning

This function supersedes the addWarning function, which has been deprecated. You can continue to use the CheckForCustomWarnings extension point, but it is recommended that you convert hard coded strings to messages and migrate any dependencies on addWarning to pxAddGuardrailMessage.

For more information on message attaching techniques, see Working with messages.

Track custom details with extensible messages

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.7

The customizable Message form gives you the freedom to expand upon default categories, store application specific data in a message, and enforce specialized validation. Leveraging these options makes it easier for you to identify a specific variety of message and incorporate new properties into your existing message processing logic.

For more details on which rules to override, see How to extend the Message form.

Collections more effectively model business decisions

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.7

Use the redesigned Collection form to model business logic or implement rule engine patterns in your application. This form is now located in the Decision rule category.

You can add response actions to each collection step to process return values transparently, and simplify your implementation by calling a function alias or when condition instead of an activity. Use one of the supported Stop methods to cease processing in the current collection or all collections in the call stack.

For more information on the available features on this rule form, see About Collection rules.

Achieve traceability through mapped rule type parameters

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.7

Maintain thorough audit trails of rules processed in your application by mapping one or more function input parameters to key parts of rules called by a collection. Each association you define updates referencing rules by linking the specified rule and the collection that calls your function or an associated function alias.

For instructions on how create these mappings in the Rule Type Parameters section of the Function form, see Function form - Completing the Parameters tab.

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