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SOAP Service response for blank date displays as 1970/01/01



Service Response display 1970-01-01 if date is not provided in service response.

Error Messages

No errors

Steps to Reproduce

1. Create a SOAP service in Pega mapped to a datetime property and leave the property blank.
2. Invoke SOAP-UI request to Pega SOAP Service.
3. Check SOAP response to find that the date in the response has a value of “1970-01-01” instead of blank.

Root Cause

During conversion of a java Date to a correpoding XML Schema Datetime, pega defaults to the epoch/unix date of 01/01/1970, if the incoming value / java date is blank.


Perform the following local-change:
Set the following Dynamic System settings to “true” to tell Pega to change the default behavior of putting the epoch date leaving it blank.
  1. Owning ruleset - Pega-IntegrationEngine
Setting purpose - disableEpochDate
Value - true
  1. Owning ruleset - Pega-IntegrationEngine

Setting purpose - disableEpochDateTime
Value - true

Published January 31, 2016 - Updated October 8, 2020

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