As usual, I step away from the keyboard and go off presenting in the Applications Unlimited 2023 Roadshow series, and just as I do that, a whole set of useful updates appears. Here is the brief rundown on the new and shiny features that crept into Monthly updates 1 and 2 for 23C. Such an industrious period!
New Features related to Visual Builder and Flows
There’s been a release of a new version of the component that let’s Visual Builder consume a Flow. We already knew that Visual Builder is a great way to render a Flow (as opposed to doing it all yourself). There are new options for custom rendering, better handling of navigation, a whole set of options for different controls. It’s a rich feature set.
There is also an update to the Mobile App Template for Oracle Intelligent Advisor in Visual Builder as well.
New Features in the Next Generation Flow Design
A new Debugger interface has been unveiled. Giving developers and IT departments full control over when and how the interface is used, The Debugger is essentially a self-contained component that can be attached to any HTML element and displays a rich set of debugging tools – a Rules View, a Flow View and a Detail View. We will be digging into this in a later post.
Flow Schemes have also had some refreshes including better use of Display Names for custom properties in the Scheme, as opposed to always presenting the Value to the designer using the Flow Scheme when building a Flow. Thus, friendly names can be given to custom properties.
New Features in Oracle Policy Modeling
Developers can now specify which inclusions to update when using the OPMBuild command line tool. You can also add comments when using OPMBUild to upload a project.
You can now load a Checkpoint from an interview into the Debugger directly.
New Features in Decision Services
When creating a reference in Oracle Policy Modeling, the inputs to the Decision Service can now be drawn from parent entities in the chain. It is no longer required, for example, to map inputs to entity X and not have access to anything above X in the hierarchy. This resulted in having to create more attributes on X to copy values to allow for referencing.