THURSDAY, JANUARY 19, 2017

Category: Scripting

Generate a GlideRecord Query for a List

Have you ever wanted to get a quick GlideRecord Query for a list you’re looking at? I’ve wanted to do that many times. Sometimes it’s because I’m writing a business rule and sometimes I’ve got to run a background script to update some values. I ran into this yesterday when I was working on a scripted web service with about 50 inputs and was making a second related web service that needed the same inputs as the first. I ended up writing a background script to do a simple query of the first web service inputs and insert a copy of each one for the new web service.

Using this little helper I put together the other day saved me some time and hassle of tracking down the table names and filters to get the right query. It’s a simple little script that makes life as an admin just a little bit easier.

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Granular Control of Form Tab Toggle Behavior via Client Scripts

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his post comes to you from ServiceNow’s Knowledge14 event in San Francisco. It’s exciting to see all of the new innovations that ServiceNow is introducing in the upcoming releases. I’ve been very involved with my company, Crossfuze Solutions, as a sponsor of the conference and it’s been incredibly rewarding to showcase our solutions and talk to so many of you about how Crossfuze and ServiceNow Guru have helped you to be successful in implementing and enhancing ServiceNow. If you’re here at the conference, please stop by booth #421 during the expo hours and say hello!

Today’s post comes in response to a question posted on the ServiceNow community about providing more granular control over the form and list tabbing behavior for specific tables and conditions. If you’re familiar with ServiceNow, you know that this cannot be done natively and that tabbing is based off of a user preference that is enforced globally for the user accessing the system. Continue reading to see how to add more flexibility to your form tab behavior!

Granular Tab Control

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Comparing the Differences Between Two Strings

In the Crossfuze Knowledge Turnkey, we’ve got a lot of great functionality. There are hundreds of updates that take the Knowledge Base to a whole new level. This includes full version tracking and the ability to revert to past versions for knowledge articles. When you’re looking at the various versions of a long article, however, it can be like trying to find a needle in a haystack to identify what’s actually changed between the versions.

After a bit of digging I was able to figure out how ServiceNow was doing those types of comparisons for update sets and versions of Business Rules, UI Pages, etc.

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Display Messages With UI Notifications

Some time ago we showed you how to refresh the left navigation pane via a script. The server-side solution in that article utilizes ServiceNow’s UINotification object/class. On versions prior to Calgary, this is the Java class Packages.com.glide.ui.UINotification

There’s another use for UI notifications. In addition to refreshing the left navigator, the object can also be used to display informational messages. You’ve probably already seen these in your own instance. When you change update sets, the system reminds you by using a UI Notification similar to the one shown below:

Update Set Change

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Prevent Redundant Approval Requests in ServiceNow

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f you’re like many of the customers I’ve worked with, you may have dealt with the frustration of having excess or redundant approval requests come to you from ServiceNow. This happens very often simply because the same user may be responsible for various different tasks in the system. For example, on a change request, I may be asked to approve as the ‘Requested by’ person’s manager, then again because I own one of the affected CIs, and then again because I’m a member of the Change Advisory Board! While this behavior may be desirable in certain situations, most of the time it’s completely redundant and annoying to end users. If I’ve already indicated my approval on a change as a manager, why should I be asked to approve again later? I’ve come up with what I think is a pretty effective solution to this problem that I’ll share here in this article.

Redundant Approvals

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Latest Comments

  • David: It appears that I can hit sys_properties table with REST. This works, but I haven’t yet discovered the...
  • Mark Stanger: Hey David, It doesn’t surprise me that scoped apps have made this more difficult. I’m not...
  • David: Mark, do you have an example of how to do this in a scoped app? It seems there are many hoops to jump through...
  • Mark Stanger: The only possibility is to create a system property to override this in your application. Check out the...