Sunday, February 19, 2017

Related Content/Event Mapping for Components not registered in the Portal

Related Content Framework and the latest Event Mapping Framework allow us to add services to components (and other content reference types) that are registered in the Portal Menu Structure - Structure and Content. What if we want to add related content or event mapping services to a component that is not registered in the Portal?

Question Courtesy: Lewis Thompson
Event Mapping Framework - Hello World and Quirks | Comment


E.g.:

Component 1
- Hyperlink > Transfers to Component 2
- Hyperlink > Transfers to Component 3


We can see in the above scenario, only Component 1 is registered in the Portal. From Component 1, we use FieldChange peoplecode events to transfer to Component 2 and Component 3.

Component 1:


Transfer to Component 2 - FieldChange PeopleCode:


Transfer to Component 3 - FieldChange PeopleCode:


What if we want to add a related content or event mapping service to such components (Component 2 or Component 3) that are not part of the Portal menu structure?

David Bain from Oracle recently presented an overview of PeopleTools 8.56 (which is not GA yet) via Quest (access recording here). @24:23 he talks about expanding support for Event Mapping Framework via a related content API. It is possible that an API to related content would be very handy for such scenarios! But we will have to wait and see!

In the interim, here are the steps to workaround the scenario detailed above.

Adding Related Content Service:

Register the Component to a Hidden Folder in the Portal | Structure and Content:

PeopleTools > Portal > Structure and Content



Assign Related Content to hidden Content Reference:

PeopleTools > Portal > Related Content Service > Define Related Content Service


PeopleTools > Portal > Related Content Service > Manage Related Content Service > Content References (Tab) > Assign Related Content to an Application Page (Link) > Include hidden Crefs (Option)



Adding Event Mapping Service:

Register the Component to a Hidden Folder in the Portal | Structure and Content:

PeopleTools > Portal > Structure and Content




Assign Event Mapping Service to hidden Content Reference:

PeopleTools > Portal > Related Content Service > Define Related Content Service


Application Class Implementation:


PeopleTools > Portal > Related Content Service > Manage Related Content Service > Event Mapping (Tab) > Map the event of the Application pages (Link) > Include hidden Crefs (Option)



Results:


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