ConnectALL now supports the syncing of records from the Tricentis Tosca server to other applications. You can choose the option "Tricentis Tosca" as illustrated in the below image to configure an app-link.
Application Link Configuration in ConnectALL
Configuration of Application Server
You will need the below details to create the application in the Tosca application server.
- URL (Add the URL of the Tosca commander installed location)
- HTTP Basic
Supported Entity Types
- Requirement set
- Test cases
- Sync Fields
- Sync Attachments
- Sync Parent-Child linking
The Tosca adapter requires a special mapping of the parentID to create and update entities as shown in the below image. The parent ID is a unique ID for one particular record or an entity, such as a ‘Requirement set’, and it has a designated unique ID. The below screenshots display mapping in various scenarios.
Field Mapping Type-Issue
The defect type is an entity that plays a main role in issue creation. ConnectALL will not synchronize any records for that entity(issue) If this is not configured. Further, create a value mapping to map the ‘Defect type’ as shown in the below images, If you are creating an applink for an issue type (entity).
Setting up Time Difference Calculation
You can easily define the time difference calculation in ConnectALL when you are configuring an application link. This is essential for syncing your records with the correct time difference. To set the time difference,
- Go to Entity Mapping
- Click to expand the Advanced Properties option (below image).
- Enter the required information in the Time Difference.
Time Difference Configuration
To know how to calculate the time difference, and configure it in the ConnectALL UI, read the topic Time Difference Configuration.
ConnectALL supports ‘Parent-Child’ linking for Tosca. To enable ‘Parent-Child’ linking, create a parent-child hierarchy in the Tosca server association hierarchy. For example, let’s assume that the ‘Requirement Set’ folder is set as the parent and the ‘Requirement’ is set as the child under that. In such a scenario,
- Create two app-links in ConnectALL- one for the parent, and one for the child.
- You can create a link with the parent "Requirement set", and a link with the child 'Requirement'(This is one of the types of entities).
ConnectALL then syncs the parent and the child as you have created the links. The below screenshots display the mapping.
Parent Link Mapping:
Child Link Mapping:
ConnectALL supports poll query for Tosca to selectively fetch records from the server. The poll query syntax is given below:
- Attachment as URL
When using a Tosca record in an app-link, you may face a couple of issues that may require you to implement certain workarounds. We have discussed below, the issues, the scenarios leading to those issues, and the workarounds that you can implement.
Issue 1 – Synchronization Failure
If you are trying to synchronize an app-link (that has a Tosca record), and the Tosca record that you have used in the app-link is open in the Tosca commander, the synchronization fails.
This problem primarily occurs because the Tosca Commander locks a project when it is open, and hence the same project that is used in an app-link fails to respond to a synchronization attempt. So, you cannot trigger a synchronization of the app-link when the project that you have used in an app-link is open in the Tosca Commander.
Issue 2 – Unable to open a Tosca project in the Tosca Commander
You are unable to open a Tosca project (in the Tosca Commander) when the app-link (in ConnectALL) that has the same Tosca record is getting synchronized.
You will not able to open a Tosca project (in the Tosca Commander) when the same record is a part of the app-link that is being synchronized. The reason is, the ConnectALL app-link locks the project/record when it is being processed, and you will not be able to open the same project in the Tosca Commander.
Workaround for Issue 1:
To get around this issue, ensure that the project in the app-link remains closed in the Tosca Commander when you are triggering a synchronization in ConnectALL. So, in other words, ensure that none of the users have the Tosca project open in the Tosca commander when the synchronization is being triggered.
Workaround for Issue 2:
To open a particular Tosca project/record in the Tosca Commander that you have used in an app-link-First, you need to disable the app-link in ConnectALL. This releases the lock on the specific record. As the lock is released, you can now attempt to open the same project/record in the Tosca Commander and you will be able to open the project.
Closing the project in the Tosca Commander to enable synchronization, or disabling an app-link to open a project in Tosca may become a time-consuming ordeal. So, we suggest the below workaround:
Create two projects in the Tosca Commander with a shared folder structure (Say Project1 and Project2). In short, you will be cloning a project. In the ConnectALL app-link, use ‘Project1’ (this project will be used when the synchronization is attempted). If you have to verify the project or change any details in ‘Project1, open ‘Project2’ in the Tosca Commander, and make the necessary changes and ‘Project1’ will be updated as they are both cloned.