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Parapets - Development Governance and More

Robust and configurable development governance component that assists in building high quality Pega applications.

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As a Pega resource / architect, have you ever felt the need to be able to handcraft additional guardrails over and above what is provided OOTB and significantly reduce the time spent on manual design and code review?

Have you felt the need to have branch merges which are 100% in adherence to your custom-defined and Pega’s OOTB defined guardrails?

Have you felt the need to have a repository of tooling / utilities that can scan your application and report out non-adherence to best practices? What if this facility comes with an easily extensible architecture allowing you to add more utilities from your repertoire?

How about getting all the above in one single plug-and-play component?

If the answer to any one or more of the above questions is “Yes”, then your search should be over. Come, let’s dive into the details of this wonderful component.

Parapets is a unified component that provides multiple facets to socialize, promote and enforce development guidelines and best practices, tailored for application development. It provides a platform to host and execute common utilities that assist development teams in identifying the rules that deviate from the established development standards.

Key Features

  • Parapets provides a one-stop custom portal, ‘Parapets Studio’, which enables the users to
    • View the dashboard of custom Parapets specific guardrails
    • Configure the settings to guardrails and pre branch-merge validations
    • Run and view the results of the utilities.
  • Extended guardrails: Report and restricts the violations of additional best practices at the individual rule level, over and above the Pega platform’s guardrails. The level of restriction of each custom guardrail can be customized to one of the below choices:
    • Restrict the rule from being checked in
    • Restrict the merge of branch
    • Adding a warning message 
    • Ignore the violation

More than 30 custom guardrails are provided within this component, from which the development team can choose the ones to be enforced. Additionally, any new custom guardrails can be added to the component, with minimal effort.

  • Pre branch-merge validation: Additional best practices can be configured to be validated against the entire branch, before it can be merged. Any deviations will restrict the branch from being merged. Development teams can choose to enforce or relax these checks, as necessary.
  • Utility Square: A component that hosts multiple utilities that can be run on the entire application code base or a subset of your choice, to identify potential nonconformity in areas like Best-practices, Performance, Security, Upgrade, Maintainability etc. Some of the utilities are: 
    • UDF usage validator
    • Dead code detector
    • Rules overrides
    • DB Schema validator
    • Localization Helper

It also provides tools that either simplify or eliminate the manual effort and accelerate the development in areas like localization, packaging hotfixes etc. Development teams can also choose to add any custom utilities to this platform, to house all the utilities at one place.

  • Security: The configuration settings that either enforce or relax the custom guardrails and pre branch-merge validation can be secured with a password, so that settings are not hampered intentionally or accidentally.
  • Application level customization of settings: The configuration settings can be customized for each application in the system. This provides the convenience of having diversified and specialized settings for each application, based on the necessity. These settings can be configured on one application and then exported into other applications, to avoid duplication of effort.


Installation and User Guide




Compatible with

Pega Platform 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 8.7 8.8 '23 '24.1



Product Owner

Deevyat Mishra

Last updated

February 6, 2024

Product Capability

Enterprise Application Development
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