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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.

Decision Strategy Manager

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.3

Fixes were made that improve the configuration and execution of Batch Decisions. In particular,  the capability to use Structured Data has been enhanced. Some notable improvements have also been made to the UI of Visual Business Director.

  • The structured data input configuration will now work even though there is no data.
  • VBD has been enhanced to work with Version 7.1.
  • The structured data input configuration will now work with nested structures.
  • Association rules from Version 6.3 will now work with 7.1 structured data.

User Interface

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.3

Issues for cross-browser support for Designer Studio have been addressed. Improvements were made in run-time performance for data pages with grids, and a number of cosmetic changes and fixes were made.

  • Improved loading of Javascript files during saving Harness rules.
  • Login Performance improvements
  • A cursor pointer issue was addressed in Case Manager.
  • In reports, data in columns will now right-align.
  • Improved section validation functionality
  • Harnesses with screen layouts will now save when there is a refresh condition on a panel.
  • Outline View tree has been improved.
  • Improvements to Repeat Grids using Data Pages as a source.
  • Formatted text cells can be put into a grid to display the value of a property retrieved from a Report Definition join.
  • Designer Studio changes to support IE9 and IE10.
  • Improved designer studio layout
  • Designer Studio changes to support quirks mode in IE8 and IE9.
  • Improvements to SmartLabels in Data Pages
  • Tab groups will take parameters for pre-activities in a defer load setup.
  • Sections support nested dynamic layouts.

Dynamic layout improvements

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.6

The following usability improvements have been made to dynamic layouts:

  • Refresh conditions can be specified on a dynamic layout. You no longer need to create sections to create refresh boundaries.
  • Labels on an included section or nested dynamic layout can be specified with label-positioning specified in the skin.
  • Validation errors in a dynamic layout now display below the field.
  • Use natural label width for inline dynamic layouts so only necessary space is used.

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Enhanced layout groups

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.6

Layout groups have been improved with the following features:

  • Added "Stacked" layout group that makes it possible for each item to be stacked under the other, with a completely customizable format that can responsively change to other types.
  • Include a section as a direct child without the need to wrap it in a dynamic layout.
  • Expand multiple accordion panes, allowing users to open any number of panes.

UI Kit for building and customizing UI

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.6

The UI Kit ruleset (UI-Kit-7) contains rules and skin for building or customizing user interfaces with the latest standard Pega UI, designed to ensure a responsive mobile-friendly UI.

By default, Application Express adds this ruleset to new applications built on the PegaRULES application. To use this ruleset in existing applications, or any applications built on a framework, add it to the Application ruleset list on your application form's Definition tab. Updating the UI Kit with the latest version allows you to take advantage of the latest features and styling. At the same time, this delivery mechanism of the UI Kit will ensure backward compatibility, providing a non-disruptive upgrade.

The UI Kit is delivered as a locked ruleset, and you can customize the rules by copying them into your application ruleset.

Fixed portal type deprecated

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.6

Existing portals configured as fixed still work, but there is no longer an option to create a new fixed portal type.

Set X-UA-Compatible mode on harness

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.6

Because Internet Explorer (IE) compatibility mode can adversely affect the standards mode in the Pega 7 UI, harness browser mode settings now expose the X-UA-Compatibility mode on a harness.

In previous versions of PRPC, this setting was hidden behind a when rule.

Pick modal dialog templates

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.6

Improved modal templates can be customized and used wherever a modal dialog is launched.

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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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