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Ensuring seamless upgrades of data pages

After upgrading your application to the latest version of Pega Platform, you might need to make changes to existing data pages. To ensure that data pages behave as expected after an upgrade, Pega Platform restricts you from making changes to a data page that are not backwards compatible with the previous version of the data page.

To learn which changes are restricted, review the following information:

Restrictions

  • If you change the class of the data page, the new class must inherit from the original class of the data page. This restriction applies if you overwrote a data page in the previous application, and then overwrote it in another application before upgrading.

    For example, you overwrite a data page that was originally part of the Customer class and changed the class to the Customer-Data class, which inherits from the Customer class. When you overwrite the data page again, you must choose a class that inherits from the Customer-Data class.

  • Do not change the structure of the data page, for example, from a Page structure to a List structure.
  • If the data page has parameters, do not make the following changes:
    • Change the type of parameter
    • Add new required parameters
    • Remove parameters
  • If the scope of your data page is Node, do not change the scope.
  • The following restrictions apply to changing the mode of a data page:

    Mode Change to Read-only allowed Change to Editable allowed Change to Savable allowed
    Read-only
    Editable X
    Savable X X
For more information, see Understanding data page definition.

Unit testing

Unit testing is crucial for making sure that the data page behaves as expected after you make changes to it. For more information, see Unit testing a data page and Testing Pega applications.

  • Unit testing a data page

    Test a data page to ensure that you get the expected results by using the Run Rule feature before testing it in the context of the application that you are developing. Additionally, you can convert the test run into a Pega unit test case for reuse.

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