Creating Descriptive Flex Field (DFF) Bean in OAF

In this blog I will explain how to add a custom DFF in a custom OAF page.I am using XXCUST_DFF_DEMO table to store the DFF values.Also I am using custom DFF named XXCUST_PERSON_DFF.

 Following steps needs to be performed to create this solution.

1) Register the custom table in Oracle Application

2) Register the DFF

3) Define the segments of DFF

4) Create BC4J components for OAF and OA Page which holds the DFF

I will explain the steps in detail below.

Register the custom table in Oracle Application

I am using custom DFF here so I have to register the custom table which I am going to capture the values.Please click here to see the table script.

I am using the AD_DD package to register the custom table.Please click here to see the table registration script.

Please verify the table has registered successfully.

Navigation: Application Developer > Application > Database > Table

Table has registered successfully.

Register the DFF

Next step is to register the DFF. Navigate to Application Developer > Flex Field > Descriptive > Register.

Give details as below.

Click on Reference Fields and set the Reference Field as ATTRIBUTE_CATEGORY.

Click on the Columns button to verify that the columns ATTRIBUTE_CATEGORY,ATTRIBUTE1 .... ATTRIBUTE30 are enabled.

DFF has registered successfully.

Define the segments of DFF

Here I am going to define the segments of the DFF.Navigate to Application Developer > Flex Field > Descriptive > Segments.Query for "XXCUST - Person DFF". Uncheck "Freeze Flexfield Definition".

In my DFF the reference field I want to display a value set which has values "Permanent" and "Contractor". So define a value set  XXCUST_EMPLOYMENT_TYPE.

Navigation: Application Developer > Flex Field > Descriptive > Validation > Sets

After that assign the values to above created value sets.

Navigation: Application Developer > Flex Field > Descriptive > Validation > Values

Assign XXCUST_EMPLOYMENT_TYPE to Context Field Valueset.

Setup the Context Field Values based on below table.

Context Code

Segments

Global Data Elements

Phone Number

Email

Fax

Contractor

Manager Extension Number

CSP Name

Permanent

Extension Number

Access Card Number

Phone Number,Email and Fax displays always.When user choose Context Value as "Contractor" Manager Extension Number and CSP Name will show.In case of "Permanent" Extension Number and Access Card Number will show.

 Assign value set also as follows.

For Global Data Elements following are the segments.

For "Contractor" following are the segments.

For "Permanent" following are the segments.

Check the "Freeze Flexfield Definition" check box and save.Standard concurrent program "Flexfield View Generator" will generate XXCUST_DFF_DEMO_DFV view which we mentioned in the DFF registration step.

 Now the DFF has created successfully and ready to use.

Create BC4J components for OAF and OA Page which holds the DFF

Create the BC4J components ( EO,VO and AM) appropriately.Create the page based on the created VO.For DFF create an item of type "flex" with following property.

 Note: You cannot create a flex item directly under a messageComponentLayout region, but you can create a messageLayout region under the messageComponentLayout region and add the flex item under the messageLayout region.

In the Segment List property give the segment names which you want to display.The syntax of this is

Global Data Elements|SEGMENT 1|...|SEGMENT N||[Context Code1]|SEGMENT 1|...|SEGMENT N||[Context Code2]|SEGMENT 1|...|SEGMENT N||...

Eg: Global Data Elements|Phone Number|Email|Fax||Contractor|Manager Extension Number|CSP Name||Permanent|Extension Number|Access Card Number

When you change the Context Value corresponding segments will display automatically by PPR in the page.

You can attach partial action to the DFF bean programmatically so that you can identify the action related to DFF.

pageContext.getParameter(EVENT_PARAM) will return "FLEX_CONTEXT_CHANGEDPersonDFF" when you change the DFF Context.

Page is ready and you can test.

When you choose "Contract" following output you can see.

When you choose "Permanent" following output you can see.

 Give proper values and press Apply.You can see values populated in the table.