Sunday, March 11, 2012

Siebel 8 Script Libraries


Quick question; will the following code snippet work ?

Business Service : BS1, contains only this code

function function1 ()
TheApplication().RaiseErrorText("function1  triggered");

There is no code in any other event/function of this BS. And now, the attempt is to trigger this BS via the following code:

var bs = TheApplication().GetService("BS1");

Now there is something wrong about the second code snippet, right ? This is not the usual way to invoke a Business Service Method.  The practise is to use the InvokeMethod command, passing property sets for input and output.  But here is the output of running these in Siebel 8



This is an example of Script Libraries feature from Siebel 8 onwards. Developers can write multiple functions in business services, and then these functions get exposed , and the functions can be invoked directly as you would do on C/C++/Java. There is no need of adding code in  Service_PreInvokeMethod  event to expose the functions.

There are limitations though, such a business service’s functions can be invoked only via scripting. They cannot be used in WFs or BRPs. But if your functionality calls for lots of scripting, this feature surely comes in handy.


The ever friendly Oli has been posting some really tricky pieces of code for his code challenges. Head over there to learn scripting mistakes that creep up in code.

Happy Scripting !

Friday, March 9, 2012

View Refresh when clicking New Record in a view with Dynamic Toggle


Dynamic toggle applets were probably the first piece of automation a Siebel developer gets to work on; switch the applet depending on some field value. No scripting, nothing at the BusComp level, just Applet toggles. But issues crop in when the logged in user tries to create new record on the applet. Sometimes the view jumps or refreshes, specially when there are lots of applets stacked in the view. The user has to manually scroll down back to this target applet.

Oracle has a work around for this ‘defect’ documented here [ID 541100.1] , which involves loads of scripting at the applet and BusComp level. But I tried to come up with something with fewer lines of code.

Resulting solution: add the following code in the WebApplet_PreInvokeMethod section of the base applet as well as its toggle applets:


if (MethodName == "NewRecord")
return (CancelOperation);


Yep, I know, the code does not make sense at all. But for some reason, it works ! The view does not jump and the new record gets created right there in the applet. At at just 3 lines of code, it beats oracles long and elaborate code version.