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SDK Lifecycle Management – Best Practices

Life-cycle management of PDI solutions

 

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Solution development best practices

Solution creation

  • Ensure all the relevant details like email address, description etc. are correctly maintained in the Solution Properties section while creating a solution. This ensures that the automated status mails triggered as part of the Solution life-cycle processes (activate, Split assembly etc.) reach the solution owner.
  • As a best practice, a solution should always be developed in one tenant throughout the life-cycle of the solution.
  • Original and Patch are two namespaces for a given solution, technically these are two different solutions and do not share any data.
  • If test data is created in an Original solution, it will not get copied to patch during the first time patch creation. As a best practice, test data should be created on the patch namespace as the data created on patch will always be present throughout the life-cycle of the patch.

Life Cycle management for “Development” Solutions:

  • All life-cycle management processes for a solution should be performed by a user having default logon language as English.
  • Disabling a solution results in loss of BC fine tuning data.
  • The extension field storage limit for a BO node combination is 744, please check the warning messages displayed on the SDK while activation XBO/BO.

Forms:

  • If a standard form is enhanced in a PDI solution, please Save and Publish the form on the UI, after making changes.
  • A standard form( if not used in a PDI solution) should not be edited by a PDI developer user on the UI.
  • A custom form( created using Cloud studio) should not be edited by a Key user on the UI.

Patch Solution Development:

  • Patch creation runs in background mode, before starting the process, refresh and make sure the solution is in development state.
  • When the patch solution is created for the first time, it has to be explicitly activated and enabled for a business user.
  • Initial patch solution is a copy of original solution – Only the meta objects are copied, no transactional data or configuration data is copied.
  • One can toggle between patch and original solution. However, any custom configuration ( BC views ) value maintained by the user would be lost.
  • Extension fields created in patch and original solution are visible for objects like standard report data source, web service, Odata  as a result you might see duplicate fields. As a best practice, do not use PDI development tenant for Key User Configuration.
  • The business user will see the PDI customization based on enabled solution (patch/original).
  • Business users should be used for testing purposes.
  • Key user changes should NOT be performed by a PDI development user.
  • Inconsistent changes in patch solution are not allowed.
  • Few content types are not allowed for deletion in maintenance mode to avoid inconsistencies and data loss. Please refer to the help documentation section 6.9 for more details.
  • Deletion of artifacts created in the current version is allowed.
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