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How to configure Fiori News App by using SICF service and RSS2.0

This document is written to shown step by step guide to configure news app in Fiori. In all, there are three steps:

  1. Configure Fiori title
  2. Create Table to store news information
  3. Generate SICF service and provide RSS 2.0 format

Step one: Configure Fiori title

Click on News Tile

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Fill in SICF service name in the Feed, Article Refresh Interval means the refresh interval of news apps. Prefer to set to 15min.

SICF service name: znews (which will later be created)

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Step two: Create a Table to store news information

This table should contain all essential information needed for news.

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Step three: Generate SICF service and provide RSS 2.0 format

For the news app itself we need to provide RSS document.

Please refer XML RSS for the principle of RSS 2.0.

We create a SICF service called znews to generate this kind of RSS document (This is the service name you bind in Step one).

Create a class called ZCL_NEWS_SERVICE. Fill in IF_HTTP_EXTENSION in Interface.  Fill below code in IF_HTTP_EXTENSION~HANDLE_REQUEST.  Check and active this class. 

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  method IF_HTTP_EXTENSION~HANDLE_REQUEST.

    DATA action TYPE STRING .

    DATA xmlcstr TYPE STRING .

    DATA newscontent TYPE TABLE OF ZNEWSCONTENT.

    DATA newscontent_l LIKE LINE OF newscontent.

    DATA guidstr TYPE STRING.

    DATA titlestr TYPE STRING.

    DATA descriptionstr TYPE C LENGTH 400.

    DATA imagestr TYPE STRING.

    DATA linkstr TYPE STRING.

    action = server->request->get_form_field( name = ‘type’ ).

    CASE action.

      WHEN ‘news’.

        SELECT * FROM ZNEWSCONTENT INTO TABLE newscontent.

        xmlcstr = ‘<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”utf-8″?><rss version= “2.0”> <channel>’.

        LOOP AT newscontent INTO newscontent_l.

CLEAR: guidstr, titlestr, descriptionstr, imagestr, linkstr.

          CONCATENATE xmlcstr ‘<item>’ INTO xmlcstr.

          guidstr = newscontent_l-guid.

          titlestr = newscontent_l-title.

          descriptionstr = newscontent_l-description.

          imagestr = newscontent_l-imagelink.

          linkstr = newscontent_l-contentlink.

          CONCATENATE xmlcstr ‘<guid>’ guidstr ‘</guid>’

                              ‘<title>’ titlestr ‘</title>’

‘<description>’ descriptionstr ‘</description>’

                              ‘<image>’ imagestr ‘</image>’

                              ‘<link>’ linkstr ‘</link>’ INTO xmlcstr.

         CONCATENATE xmlcstr ‘</item>’ INTO xmlcstr.

       ENDLOOP.

       CONCATENATE xmlcstr ‘</channel></rss>’ INTO xmlcstr.

server->response->set_header_field(

       name = ‘Content-Type’

       value = ‘application/xml’ ).

server->response->set_header_field(

       name = ‘accept-origin’

       value = ‘*’ ).

       server->response->set_cdata( data = xmlcstr ).

    ENDCASE .

  endmethod.

Run traction SICF.

In path default_host/sap/bc, right click on bc and choose New Sub-Element. Fill in your SICF service name.

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Fill in a description and Handler List, leave other as default.

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Check and Active this service.

You can have a test the SICF service now. Right click on the service name and click Test Service.

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Also if you have configure the Fiori Launchpad correct, you can see the real news app.

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  • Dear Eric,

    thank you a lot. Just one question; How did you solved the issue with the relative path?

    In the seond screenshot we can see that the Input field is red. So I can’t save it. I’m not able to insert a absolute path because of Developer and Test Domains.

    Can you help me here?

    Thank you!

  • This is a very nice blog and I realize it’s old.  I’ve been scouring forums, for weeks, trying to figure out why my news tile, using this method does not auto refresh at the 15 minute time intervals.  Any suggestions?  I have an open message with SAP, but I’m not getting any helpful information.

     

    I have another news tile that uses and SAP RSS feed and that is updating as expected.

     

    Any ideas how to force the refresh without closing the browser and reopening?

     

    Thanks all!

     

    • Hi Larry,

      I am trying to create table for custom news tile and have followed the steps as in blog, but not getting expected result. The sicf output is coming blank page .

      Can you help with steps you have followed as i can see the blog is 2 yrs old and many things have changed.

      I am on S/4Hana 1709 FPS02.

      Please let me know if any information needed from my end.

      Thanks,

      Rakesh

       

       

       

       

  • Hi Experts,

    I have followed the above steps but i am getting a blank page when i am testing the sicf service in gateway.

    Any suggestion.

     

    I have used exact same steps in gateway. Please help. I am on S/4Hana 1709.

     

    Thanks,

    Rakesh

  •  

    Hi Rakesh,

    Unfortunately we were never able to get the auto refresh to work, so the work was abandoned and our sandbox environment has been overwritten.  This means I’m unable to see the previous work and am not able to help you.

    Best of luck,

    Larry