You view and manage the applications in your identity domain from the Home page. Use the tools on the Home page to open applications, manage the publishing lifecycle of your applications and create new applications.
About Your Application Management Tools
The Home page is the primary console for managing your applications and for creating new applications.
The Home page is the main entry point and the first page that you see each time that you log in to Visual Builder. On the Home page you can see the status of each version of your applications and select the application that you want to open. The Home page also contains tools for managing the publishing lifecycle of each application.
Each tile on the Home page represents a version of one of your applications. The identity domain might contain many applications, but your Home page will only display the applications that you created or where you are included as a team member.
Each tile contains an Application Options menu with commands for managing the application.
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The following table describes the commands that you might see in the menu.
|Open||Opens the development version of the application.|
|Duplicate||Creates a clone of this version of the application, including the content of the database|
|Rename||Opens a dialog box where you can change the name of the application.|
|Export||Creates a zip archive of the project that can be imported as a new application.|
|New Version||Creates a new version of the same application. By default the new version is a development version. Version numbers are automatically increased incrementally.|
|Stage||Opens a dialog box where you can specify the database option for the staged application. When an application is staged a link to the staged version is displayed in the tile.|
|Publish||Opens a dialog box where you can specify the database option and publish the staged version of your application.|
|Publish as Template||Opens a dialog box where can add an image that is used to represent the template in the Create Application wizard. The application becomes read-only after you publish it as a template.|
|Lock / Unlock||Enables you to lock a live application to prevent any users from using the application. You would usually use this command when you are going to update the live application with a newer version. The Unlock option is displayed only when the live application is locked.|
|Rollback||Rolls back the live version to the previous live version. This is only available for the current live version.|
|Process Actions||Opens a sub-menu where you can navigate to pages where you can edit your processes or manage roles. The menu also contains a command to deploy your processes.|
|Delete||Deletes the application from the Identity Domain. You cannot undo this action.|
Each tile displays the current status of the application. The default status for new applications is Development. The tile displays a link to the current staged and live versions of the application. See About Staging and Publishing an Application.
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The following table describes the application status.
This status is the default for all new versions of applications and is used if the version has not been staged or published. You can make changes to the development version at any time.
This status indicates that you recently staged this version of the application. The tile contains a link that will open the staged version in your browser.
This status indicates that this version of the application was published and is now read-only. An application can no longer be modified after it is published. The link in the tile will open the live version in your browser.
This status indicates that this version of the application was published but is currently locked and it cannot be opened in your browser. Use the Application Options menu to lock and unlock a live application. You should lock an application when you want to export the live database prior to publishing a new version.
|Pending Push Request||
This status indicates that a request was submitted to push the staged version of the application to an associated environment and the request is pending a response. You can make changes to your application while you are waiting for a response but the request must be accepted or denied before you can stage a new version.
This status indicates that the application was published as a template and is now available to developers in the tenant space as a template for creating applications. Application templates are read-only.
This status indicates that this version was published but has been superseded by a newer version. Obsolete applications are read-only.
Tip:You can filter the list of applications displayed on the page by name, status and type. Click the Filter toggle at the top of the page to open the filter options drawer and select the filters you want to apply. You can use the Sort By dropdown list to organize the order that the tiles are listed on the page.
Creating a New Web Application
You create applications from the Visual Builder Home page.
The Home page provides several tools for creating applications. You use the Create Application wizard to create new applications from application templates. When you select either the Alta or Fuse template that are available to all users by default, the new application will use the theme provided by the template. New applications created from custom application templates might include different themes, and have some pages, business objects and other resources already defined in the template.
To create a new application:
- Open the main menu and click Home.After you create your first application from the Landing page, you create all subsequent applications from the Home page.
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- Click New Application and select Web in the menu to open the Create Application wizard.
- Enter a name and description of the application. Click Next.The name of the application is used to generate the Application ID for the application. You can modify the Application ID if you wish. The Application ID forms part of the context path for the application and will be visible in the URI of the application.
- Select an Application Template. Click Next.The Application Template page displays the three default application templates and any other application templates that are available in your tenant space.
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- Type a name for each navigation tab that you want to create in the new application. The default application templates have one default tab. Other templates might define additional tabs that you can move or remove in this page of the wizard. You can click Add Tab to create additional tabs. You can also modify the tabs and navigation later in the Page Designer.
- Click Finish.
Creating a New Version of an Application
You can create versions of applications to enable parallel, independent development of an application.
Note:If you make a change in one version, for example, to fix an issue, you will also need to manually make those changes to any other versions of your application that you want to include that change.
To create a new version of an application:
- On the Home page, locate the application that you want to update.You can create a new version from any version, in any stage of the development lifecycle.
- Open the Application Options menu for the version and click New Version.
- Specify the new version number and enter a comment in the New Application Version dialog box. Click Create.You can number your versions according to your versioning scheme, but each version number must be unique.
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Creating a Copy of an Application
You can create copies of an application using the copy option in the Application Options menu or by importing an application archive.
A copy of an application contains all the resources and the database schema of the source, but will have a different name, application ID and URI. You can use the copy option if the application you want to copy is visible on your Home page.
To create a copy of an application:
- On the Home page, locate the version of the application that you want to copy.
- Open the Application Options menu and choose Copy.
- Type the Application Name and Application ID in the Copy Application dialog box. Click Copy.The Application ID is used in the URI for the new application.
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Importing and Exporting Applications
You can download archives of applications to your local system and create copies of applications by importing application archives.
Applications can be exported as archives that can be imported to create copies of the application. An application is downloaded as a zip archive to your local system when you select Export in the Application Options menu. The archive can be shared with other users or imported as a new application.
To import an application:
- On the Home page, click Import.Use the Import Application dialog box to upload the archive of the application.
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- Upload the application archive from your local system.You can drag the archive from your local system into the dialog box or click Upload a file to navigate to the location of the archive.
- Type the Application Name and Application ID. Click Import.The Application Name and ID are automatically populated based on the archive, but you might need to modify the name and ID because they must be unique in your identity domain.
Creating Application Templates
When creating a new application you use application templates to provide the themes that determine the look and feel of the application.
Application templates are created by converting an application to a template, and the template includes all the resources in the application, including any custom themes and UI components, as well as pages and business objects. When you create an application from the template in the Create Application wizard, the new application contains all the resources in the template. Application templates are available in the Create Application wizard to all users in the tenant space.
Note:An application becomes read-only after it is converted to a template.
To create an application template:
- On the Home page, locate the version of the application that you want to publish as a template.
- Choose Publish as Template in the Application Options menu.
- Upload an image for the template.The image is used to represent the template in the Create Application wizard.
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- Click Publish.
Adding Team Members
Add team members to an application to enable other members of the identity domain to contribute to development.
Note:You will see a notification in your browser if you try to make changes to the application while another member is actively working on it.
To add a team member to an application:
- On the Home page, locate the version of the application.
- Click the Flip button to flip the tile.For each version of an application you can “flip” the tile to see the Team and History tabs for the application.
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- Open the Team tab (if not already open) and select a team member email from the dropdown list. Click the Add Team Member button.The dropdown list displays the email addresses of all the members in your identity domain who can be added to the application as developers.
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