THURSDAY, JANUARY 19, 2017

Category: UI pages

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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Creating a Custom Slushbucket Popup Dialog

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appy New Year! Hopefully everybody had a great holiday. Mine was spent mostly helping my kids to break in some new toys :). I did get some time to play with some new Service-now ideas as well. I’ll be sharing some very cool stuff here on SNCGuru over the next couple of weeks.
I’ve seen a couple requests recently for a way to allow users to select items from a slushbucket popup dialog. The most common reason for this is to help manage manual group approvals on a task record. If you’ve worked with group approvals at all, you’ve probably noticed that they work a little bit differently than regular approval records do. Group approval records are really just task records so you can’t just hit an ‘Edit’ button and add groups to be approvers on a task. Instead, you have to repeatedly click the ‘New’ button and create a new task record for each approval group. Normally this isn’t an issue because group approvals are typically managed in workflow but if you’re manually adding a lot of these, the process can be fairly tedious.
This article shows how you can provide a better UI by creating a slushbucket popup dialog that allows users to select one or many groups to add as approvers on a task. Even though the solution is designed for a specific use case, I’ve tried to make the example shown here generic enough so that you can easily modify it for other uses as well.

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Adding Fields to the Service Catalog Checkout Screen

I‘ve written before about some customizations that can be made to the catalog checkout screen in ServiceNow. The catalog checkout screen gives users one last opportunity to review their order and provide some additional details about the overall request before submitting an order. One common customization request I’ve heard before is to add additional fields to this checkout screen.

This article is an extension of an idea presented on the ServiceNow wiki that shows one way to approach this problem. The solution described here overcomes some of the problems with the wiki solution and gives a little bit more detail about how the solution works so that it’s easier for you to customize on your own. I’ll also include some formatting examples and show how you can add more than one additional field to the checkout screen.

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Overriding the ess Checkout View for Catalog Requests

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ervice-now’s service catalog interface is designed to give users a more familiar “Amazon.com-like” ordering experience. While this interface meets the needs of most customers, there are areas where certain modifications may be desirable. One of these areas may be the catalog checkout page. The out-of-box setup always presents every user with a specific checkout or ‘ess’ view for the ‘sc_request’ (Request) table. This checkout page is forced every time any user attempts to view a request record using the ‘ess’ view.

Request Checkout View

But what if you would rather use the standard ‘ess’ view that is similar to the rest of the forms in the system? Something like this…?

Request ess View

While this isn’t a typical modification, this article shows how you could accomplish it.

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  • 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...
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