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Cannot Add Fields to a Field Group
I am not able to add fields to a Field Group. After selecting a Step and Configure View, I clicked Add Field and selected Field Group as the Field Type. In the Business Architecture Essentials training and the Pega Express Help System, it says you add Fields to a Field Group by clicking "Add Field to [field group name]".
Well, there's no such link to click. Instead, I get this greyed out line called View and a drop down with an option to Create New View (with Open next to it). See attached. I have no idea what that's all about -- I thought when you Configure View, you are already within a View.
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The business architects essentials course was written for use with 7.2.2. or previous releases. Form builder was extended with the release of 7.3, to allow for the reuse of views for displaying field groups and data references. In 7.2.2 you needed to define the fields that would be displayed on each screen, which created a new view for every place the field group was used. With 7.3 you are able to define the display of a view once, and reuse it on different steps throughout your applications life cycle.
In order to add fields to a field group in the new interface. Use the "Open" link to either create a new view or create a default view. Form builder will switch context to the data type you are defining. In your case this is name "1a Field Group 1". You can use the left hand controls to add properties defined on the data type to the view, or you can use the add field option to create new fields for the data type.
After you have created a view it will be added to the list of views that can be used to display properties of type "1a Field Group 1". You can choose the view to display these properties using the drop down menu to the right of the view label (Greyed out view option). This allows you to define how the data type should be displayed once and reuse many places. Changes, such as adding a new field, can be made once and take affect across the entire application.
Thank you very much for taking the time to provide a very helpful explanation. Is there a help resource that's available for release 7.3 of Pega Express that I can access so I can read and understand how to do things? The help resource that's currently linked to Pega Express still has the 7.2.2 instructions. It's very frustrating to use the help resource and find that it is inaccurate. I really don't want to keep stumbling around and posting questions if I can read something and try to execute it.
Thanks for the reply. Is there a user manual that I can download? I'm in trial mode with Pega Express and having access to accurate information so I can learn everything I need to within the 30 day window is important. Thanks.