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Enhanced reliability and stability of scenario tests

Valid from Pega Version 8.5

Several enhancements have been made to scenario tests to increase their stability and reliability. With enhanced improvements, you can now:

  • Delay the execution of a step within a scenario test to add latency to a web browser and actions on a web page. This prevents tests from failing when a dynamic web page does not load all page element at once, but the test finds page elements that are immediately rendered.
  • Automatically rerun failed scenario tests, which might fail because there are temporal stability issues on the environment or because the application UI is slowly renders.
  • View the run history of scenario tests so that you can analyze the history of a test over time.

For more information, see the following:

Scenario tests now honor application stack settings

Valid from Pega Version 8.5

The application stack defined on the Application Quality Settings page of Dev Studio now serves as a foundation for creating, viewing, and running scenario tests. 

Dev Studio will now:

  • Display scenario tests based on the application stack settings on the Dev Studio landing page.
  • Store scenario tests with the configured stack settings.
  • Report metrics in the application quality dashboard with respect to the configured stack settings.  

For more information, see Creating UI-based tests with scenario testing

Run an application test suite from a CI/CD pipeline

Valid from Pega Version 8.5

Deployment Manager, as well as the existing REST service used to call scenario tests, now accepts a test suite ID when running scenario tests from an application pipeline. By using test suites, you can customize a set of select scenario tests to run as a group, instead of running all the scenario tests that are applied to a particular application.

Only the tests that belong to the suite are run as part of the task. 

For more information, see Creating UI-based tests with scenario testing

Access PegaUnit compliance metrics from a centralized location

Valid from Pega Version 8.5

PegaUnit compliance metrics and execution rate have been added to the PegaUnit metrics tile of the Application Quality dashboard. This dashboard provides a centralized location for all PegaUnit data for a specific application. 

The dashboard also supports granular PegaUnit test information for each case type and data type, similar to the process currently available on the branch quality dashboard. 

For more information, see Analyzing application quality metrics

Run PegaUnit tests by using an API call

Valid from Pega Version 8.5

A new REST API is now available to create and run PegaUnit tests from an external continuous improvement (CI) tool. This synchronous method allows for the processing of large quantities of tests while reducing the possibility of time-out issues. This additional method of performing PegaUnit testing does not impact users who want to continue using their current testing workflow. 

For more information about setting up your environment and making API calls with Deployment Manager, see the Documentation/readme-for-swagger.md file in the DeploymentManager04_08_0x.zip file, found in the Deployment Manager download package. 

 

 

 

Merge application-level test reports by using the Pega API service

Valid from Pega Version 8.5

A new REST API is now available so that you can merge test coverage reports at the application level without having to perform this task manually. This service accepts the application IDs for the test coverage reports that you want to merge and generates a consolidated report in the target application provided.

For more information about setting up your environment and making API calls with Deployment Manager, see the Documentation/readme-for-swagger.md file in the DeploymentManager04_08_0x.zip file, found in the Deployment Manager download package.

Improvements to scenario testing for increased efficiency

Valid from Pega Version 8.5

Several enhancements have been made to scenario tests for increased test efficiency. See below for a list of these improvements.

  • Scenario testing now supports multiple actions per run, and all events that are configured as part of a scenario test are now triggered sequentially. Previously, only the first event was triggered, and the system ignored the rest. 
  • If a scenario test encounters a JavaScript error at any point during the run, the system immediately stops the tests. Refer to the logs for a detailed description of the error. 
  • Actions can now be configured and recorded on custom components in the scenario testing tool. 

For more information, see Creating UI-based tests with scenario testing

Organization Setup superseded by New Application Wizard

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.3

The Organization Setup Wizard has been retired in PRPC 7.1.3.  This feature was previously launched from the Designer Studio > Org & Security > Organization > Organization Setup menu. Users are encouraged to run the New Application Wizard (also known as Application Express) instead:

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This tool quickly generates an application along with all of the artifacts previously offered by the Organization Setup Wizard. This includes, but is not limited to, the class hierarchy, application rule, organization/division/unit rules, and all relevant data instances.

See the following PDN article for more details on the New Application Wizard:

Create new applications quickly and easily with Application Express

DCO

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.3

In this release, specification support in Case Designer was improved.  Also, improvements and fixes were made to the New Application Wizard.

  • Changes were made to support a split schema environment
  • Shared and Component RuleSets can be copied.
  • Can edit in Word from either Grids or Lists.
  • More than 50 case types are now supported for an application.

Generate documents in the background

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.8

When you generate system documentation by using the Document Application wizard (Designer Studio > Application > Tools > Document), the process now runs on a server and not on your local client system. This change not only generates your document more quickly, but also allows you to multi-task within Pega 7 while your document is generating in the background. When the generation is completed, download the document to your computer.

For more information, see:

Updating customized Application Document templates with server-side document generation

Screenshot generation still runs on local client

Warning message when opening server-generated documents

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