Hi there AppWorks fans,
Welcome to a new installment of AppWorks tips.
AWP 23.1 is available for Q1 2023. Let’s grab a soda and have ourselves an update on the new features for this version!
Let get right into it…
The main installation menu is updated; Just because we can and because we’re in a new year.
In this post we’ll review the (AppWorks Platform 23.1 Release Notes). We’ll do a deeper dive on the newest functionalities delivered in this GA release. More information is also available in that release notes PDF.
🆕 Update on the available changes in 23.1 🆕
Here we go…
Great, we have it available! The ‘Notification’ building block on an Entity…Oh-boy…This release is already a party!! 😍 It’s like a present under the Christmas tree; Although Christmas is just passed by!
Hit it man…Like a bro!
After playing around a bit, I make these conclusions:
- You need to add the ‘E-mail’ BB before the notification can even send an E-mail…dûh!
- You need at minimal 1 ‘E-mail template’ BB to choose from
- You can scope further down to only a specific role; I created a functional role named:
fun_userand applied it to my test account!
- You can further conditionalize the event like below
This can be a first implementation:
So, when my project entity instance gets created, and the user is member of
fun_user role, and the project name equals
mail_me, I will receive a mail notification based on the selected template…nice! If you wondered how to mail on the platform; read this post.
By the way! What is this BB different from creating a ‘Rule’ BB like this:
Or have I now ruined the party!?!? 🤔
Dynamic workflow enhancements
It starts to be a recurring item in the release notes; That’s because it’s also a large BB with enriched features pleasing all the business analysts in the world to create their own business flows in runtime. I’m not the enthusiast here, but I can imagine companies would be!? Although the first company implementing this did not pass my journey yet…I wonder how it will look like (after let’s say 5 years!).
Let’s not spoil the party again…What’s new here!?
First add the ‘Dynamic workflow’ BB on the entity. Publish it and from the default homepage you can now create new ‘Workflow templates’:
Keep in mind to connect the internal correct roles to use user:
Workflow Template Administrator | Creator | Developer
From a ‘Dynamic’ categorized workflow, we can now add ‘Static’ type of tasks! I searched, and I searched again, but there is no trace on any static flag while adding a new task (on a dynamic categorized workflow template!):
“Stranger things” on this feature; Maybe a feature flag to be enabled? During a quick support call, it should indeed work as described…Share the knowledge in the comments if you made it work on your side.
See these post for some history on this ‘Dynamic Workflow’ BB:
Low-code EIS connector enhancements
Another topic which is recurring last couple of releases! This release extends the supported BBs for this type of external entity:
So, still no ‘Content’ or ‘File’ BBs (yet!?) for the EIS connector! The only one I’m questioning is the ‘Relationship’ BB in this table; I know we could always relate from a normal entity to an external EIS entity, but not the other way around. So, can we now add a real ‘Relation’ BB to the EIS entity? The answer will be given after I’ve contacted OpenText support as the new-way-EIS will not come alive at this moment of time on my VM! I tried the old-way too, but this has less supported BBs compared with the OpenAPI EIS…Interesting!
Read here how to work with this new enhanced EIS connector…Great stuff! Also, this OpenAPI specification is worth trying out for the new EIS way of working. Same for this URL. Or better…Why not using the “Typed” ReST API of the platform itself…Yes, the one accessible from the
app/adminpart of the platform? 🙃
UPDATE, UPDATE…Interesting notes:
- During our monthly community session it was not 100% clear yet, but it should even be possible to make a relation from one EIS external entity to another EIS external entity! In that case the
(NEW)indication in the above table is valid!
- It’s not even required to restart the TomEE instance after creation/updates on the EIS connector…I don’t know how as it will update JAR files on the platform which normally require a TomEE restart!?
Share your own experiences in the comments…
Sharing of entity items with roles
For this feature we first need to have some things in place:
- The ‘Security’ BB; I use a functional role with name
fun_useras accessor with full permission (I also attach my test account to this role!).
- The ‘Sharing’ BB; With one instance role with name
ins_useras accessor with full permission.
- Don’t forget to update the ‘Security’ BB again for the sharing updates!
- An OTDS push from the solution roles into OTDS and a consolidation back to AppWorks! See here for more information about this magic trick.
After the steps above are done, you can create yourself an entity instance, hit the ‘Share’ button and share your entity like this:
All users who have the corresponding role can access the item (if granted) and perform operations based on the assigned permissions belonging to the related instance role. YES…Read that one again! So, in case of my screenshot; When my test account has the role of ‘Analyst’ applied from the user manager artifact, the account will get the permissions applied to the instance role on sharing level…which looks like this:
What the test account can even select the instance role from the permissions list, is configured on security level:
I always thought low code was easy and simple, but sometimes I also need to ReThink over and over again to understand what is possible!? #overengineering…Or is it just me?
Enhanced ‘Deadline’ building block to support task escalations
After reading the feature twice it looks to me like not only ‘Duration’ type of properties are available for the deadline length; Also ‘Date/Time’ properties! That makes it indeed interesting to create something like this:
This makes it possible to send escalations for tasks that are not claimed or abandoned; As quoted from the PDF release notes.
UPDATE…This ‘Deadline’ BB is also new for the LifecycleTask entity!
Looks to me like a customer (before this release) had a lot of troubles with inactive/deleted accounts where a lot of tasks were still on their names. I feel the pain…Would it not be easier to have some kind of out-of-office checkmark on a user account with a delegated person assigned? Or am I just thinking too simple here?
Read about the new API here.
Use this command in the developer console of your browser:
window.parent.publicAPIProvider…to get an overview of the all (incl. new) functions:
In readable text (quoted from the PDF):
- Subscribe to the changes of an Entity instance property
- Subscribe to the changes of an Entity instance relationship
- Link a To-One/To-Many peer relationship to an Entity instance
Hereby some examples to have your creativity triggered (First follow the mentioned post to get a better understanding if you don’t have a clue!?):
//I have a person entity with a 'to_one_user' relation; The relatedItemId equals an identity package 'User' entity instance
Smells to me like we’re moving to a more event-driven approach of development (EDD) here! 🤗
Support for predefined filters on a list
What you design as low-code guru on a ‘List’ BB like this…
…will be available to your beloved end-users like this:
Quote from the release notes PDF:
This feature removes the necessity to create multiple lists with different filters!
Faster navigation between list records
I guess they mean this option on the ‘Breadcrumbs’ panel for a specific view layout on your entity!
After publication, you see indeed a small extra paging option in the far-right of the breadcrumb bar:
The next request would off-course be the possibility to jump back to the first one; Or the one where you initially came from!? #SUPPORT
Support to add custom plugins in CKEditor
“CKEditor”!? Where did we see this one before? Well, here (AWP 20.2) and here (AWP 22.3); It all has to do with the rich-text editor you can create on a ‘Long Text’ type of property on your entity.
Have a view on this file on the server
more /opt/opentext/AppWorksPlatform/defaultInst/webroot/shared/thirdparty/ckeditor/CHANGES.md, and conclude we are at version
4.18.0 of this third-party/external library.
This library is extendable, and this is now also supported by OT; Looks like they had a customer where they implemented something nice based on this information and validated that “the default” is still working! 😉. Will you, or I ever start on this…Well, I hope not! I leave it with you…
Form building block enhancements
Support for static rich text component:
Open linked items in a form-grid directly (even in a new tab via the
It will open the layout configured on the grid…Like this:
- I thought this ‘Open’ option was already there for a grid, but now I start to doubt this mindset!?
- Interesting quote on the
In this way, you can work on multiple items easily without switching. Didn’t we just introduce a nice breadcrumb feature for this!? 🙈
Simplified dynamic enumeration
Finally, it looks like we (as low coders) are heard! With dynamic Enums I always see 2 pain-points.
- What is the point of the second BPM (the one for labels)!? I never used it in my career, but there is probably one analyst in the world demanded this would be possible!
- After you generate the BPM, you always forget to select the input property when you have another dependent property (also known as conditional values)
Let’s create a dynamic Enum property
prj_type with an end result like this; we already applied that dependent property context!
Well, that applies 2 flies in one hit! Create that BPM and have a check if the property is directly in place too:
NICEEEEE JOB (incl. the output message!)…😎
Download multiple files as a zip file
With the Documentum connector we could “off-course” do this already, but now the OT Content Server flagship can do the same trick in runtime. Well, I believe OT on their blue-eyes it’s possible; I’m not an end-user!
License report enhancement
When you open the ‘License Manager’ artifact from the ‘System’ space, you can generate a ‘Usage Report’:
On the next over panel, you can download the report. This is the anonymized XML part for my VM where I have my test account disabled from the ‘User Manager’ artifact (in my own organization!):
Typed REST API for building blocks
The “Typed” ReST API is accessible from the
/app/admin part of the platform.
I see the ‘File’ and ‘Content’ BBs are supported now, so let’s explore this on a clean
todo entity where only applied these two BBs (with the default BBs from the wizard!):
I leave the ‘MarkupFiles’ items out of it; I’m not 100% sure, but I think these have to do with redactions and annotations on documents viewed via ‘Brava!’ or ‘OT Intelligent Viewing’…Comment me!?
Owh…Just a thought…Is it ‘Rest’, ‘ReST’, or ‘REST’? 😵
Integration with ‘Core for Signature’ – Preview release
I hope they mean THE Core Signature; available from the cloud API development portal. Already interesting, but not for now to dive into to! I already have a backlog item to connect AppWorks with the content services of this popular and highly-pushed-by-OT platform, but why not use this service instead!? YOLO!
My infinite backlog on my KanbanFlow board:
So, other things have a higher priority!
For my curiosity, I dive into this release notes PDF quote:
Administrators can configure Core for signature in AppWorks Platform; Only, where on earth would this need to happen? Well, let’s first enable this feature in the
wcp.properties of the platform:
Save it, and restart TomEE via
systemctl restart tomee. After restart, I first have a look into the ‘System’ space of the platform with the ‘sysadmin’ account…Is something magically added to our list of artifacts? Nope!; Is it a new Application Connector as service container? Nope! Do we first need to deploy something from the ‘Application Deployer’? AHA!
Well, don’t wait…”Express deploy” the two! They both are “connectors”, so let’s restart TomEE again and see again? Well, no Application Connector, but I did see this one flashing by:
I have this artifact also available in my own organization!
For the runtime part? Well, let’s first enable flag on the ‘File’ BB for the entity:
After publication? I can’t find anything…Not in runtime (
/app/start) itself; also, not in
app/admin. After re-read for the feature it tells me this:
This is supported for all supported content systems except Platform repository…There we go again! I don’t have any OTCS/DCTM connected currently to my brand-new VM, so I really postpone this to my backlog. For now, we already learned 20% of the feature to trigger our curiosity which is already fine for this post.
AppWorks Platform enabled for IPv6 network – Preview release
Interesting! as I also disable
IPv6 during all my VM installations without thinking about it.
The above is a screenshot from that post! 🤣
Let’s postpone this part till next time (when it’s GA) and see if the plane still lands properly when we’re done with the installation…
IPv6 is eventually the future to connect everything to everything.
Not much in this section…It’s only Java 11 leaving the room this time; which is reasonable as we now have the LTS for Java 17!
That’s it for the new release…Playground 23.1 is open and ready to be used. A ‘DONE’ on this update post with a rich overview of the new GA features for this Q1 2023 release. Happy low coding; I see you in the next post!
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