OutSystems Community Basics

OutSystems Community Basics

  


So, you’ve just landed on the OutSystems Community Site and you want to find your way around it to quickly clear any doubts or problems you’re facing while starting to use the OutSystems technology. Here’s some of the stuff you probably want to do!

 

 

» Getting your questions answered
» Finding answers
» Asking your own questions

» Getting Components for your project
» Finding Components
» Downloading Components

» Getting your ideas (suggestions) heard
» Finding existing ideas
» Posting your idea

» Broader learning
» Reading an article


 




Getting your questions answered

When developing your Agile Platform project, if you have any questions or require any clarifications, the OutSystems Community forums are the best place to find all your answers!

 

Finding answers

You will probably find that many of your questions have already been answered before. To speed up your problem resolution

 

  1. Type in the keywords to what you are looking for in the Search box;

 

 

By default the search returns results from all across the Community Site but you can limit the results to just one specific site area (e.g. Forums) by choosing an appropriate filter at the top of the results screen.
 

 

Simply click the appropriate result link to read more about your chosen topic!

 

Asking your own questions

So, you looked for answers from what's available and none quite address your problem?

Not to worry, it is time to ask a question to our friendly Community crowd!

 

Let me spell this out: it's normal to need help and it is ok to ask questions! What is not ok is to suffer in silence and let your project get delayed, especially when there's so many great people who can and will help you!

 

Follow these simple steps and you will be well on your way to removing your project barriers:

 

  1. Go to the Forums Home page and find the forum that best relates to your problem;
  2. Enter the forum by clicking "View More";
  3. Click the big red button "Add new Question" or "Start new Discussion" on the right;
  4. Fill in the Subject and Message text to the best of your ability. Don't forget to:
    1. Describe your problem as clearly as possible;
    2. Mention what versions of Service Studio or the Platform Server you are using;
    3. Write your question in English (our official Community language) to maximize the number of people who will be able to help you;
    4. Be nice and courteous;
  5. Fill in some tags to help categorize your question.
  6. If you have an eSpace that showcases the problem, please attach it to the post. It will complement your explanation greatly;

 

That's basically it. Assuming you did not untick the "Notify me by email when someone answers to my post" checkbox, you will be warned of any replies to your post in your Inbox!

 

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Getting Components for your project

We firmly believe in not reinventing the wheel, and we're quite lucky to have some really active Community members that are incredibly generous!

 

Finding Components

If you need to integrate with system, or you require some advanced UI interaction widget it is likely that someone has done it and made it available. To locate it

 

  1. Go to the Forge page;
  2. Type in the keywords to what you are looking for in the Search box;

 

The search box will try to match what you are typing with existing components and tags.
If you click one of the suggested components you will be sent directly to the component page. If you select one of the suggested tags the component listing will update to only show components associated with that tag.


 

You can also perform a text search by just ignoring the suggestions, typing what you are looking for an clicking the blue "Filter" button.

 

 

From the components list, clicking the appropriate result link to be taken to your desired Component!

 

Downloading Components

When you locate a component that you want to try out and reuse in your projects:

  1. Make sure you are logged in (you will need to be to download a component);
  2. Visit the components detail page;
  3. Press the Download button to get the latest stable version (or click "See All Versions..." to download another version);
  4. Accept the license and save the Component to your local machine;

 

The OutSystems Community Forge is an open collaborative development environment. This means you have access to all the versions the Component team has made public.

To grab any version of the Component:

  1. Make sure you are logged in (you will need to be to download a Component);
  2. Visit the component details page;
  3. Click the "See All Versions..." link that is under the Download button;
  4. From the Version List page, press the Download button next to the intended version;
  5. Accept the license and save the Component to your local machine;

 

The Component version list is in chronological order of publishing, from latest to oldest.  The default download version is the one marked by the developers as "Latest Stable", but all versions listed were published as release-quality by the developers at the time of publishing (though they may no longer be current);
 

 

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Getting your ideas heard

So you've been using the platform for a while and have a good idea on how some feature or other could be improved or even added. At OutSystems we are always on the lookout for good, actionable input.

 

While we make no guarantees that ideas will be implemented rapidly (they may be completely misaligned with current strategic decisions or upcoming version focus) and sometimes at all (some suggestions may be prohibitively complex, or just not feasible) we do read and take onboard every single one of them.

 

Finding existing ideas

It’s possible that you’ll find that your idea has been formulated before by another like-minded Community member. Before you post it

 

  1. Type in the keywords to what you are looking for in the Search box;
  2. Filter the results to display only Ideas.

This will filter the all the current ideas submitted and show all that are relevant to your keywords.
 

 

From the idea previews shown, click the appropriate result link to read more about that idea. If you agree, disagree or can add to the existing suggestions, simply click “New Comment” and help improve this idea’s discussion!

 

Posting your idea

If your cool idea or suggestion doesn't exist yet, follow these simple steps to share it with the Community:

 

  1. Go into the Ideas page;
  2. Select the "Add New Idealink;
  3. Fill in the Idea headline and Description to the best of your ability. Don't forget to:
    1. Describe your idea as clearly as possible, guiving as much context as possible
    2. Mention what versions of Service Studio or the Platform Server you are using;
    3. Write your proposed idea in English (our official Community language) to maximize the number of people who will be able to understand and comment on it;
    4. Be nice and courteous;
  4. If you have any support information (an eSpace, PDF, Word document) that helps explain you proposal, please attach it to the idea submission. It will complement your explanation greatly;


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Broader Learning

 

While quick questions and answers are very important and brilliantly addressed by the OutSystems Forums, a senior developer needs to constantly be challenged by wider discussions related to the industry.
 

We are very interested in bringing these broader “meaty” subjects to the Community too, and we do so via the OutSystems Articles, where volunteer Community members write about their experiences, related technologies and the challenges they have faced in their projects, all in a personal and informal tone. We aim to keep growing the number of subjects tackled so keep an eye on the Articles section!


 

Reading an article

Getting to the articles section is simple

 

  1. Go into the Article list page from within the Community main tab;
  2. Look at the available articles: you can view a preview of their contents and user feedack from within the list;

 

Simply click the chosen article link to read it in its entirety!


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Last updated: 18 September 2012

 

The Community documentation, of which this article is a part, is a living organism. If you have any suggestions on how we can improve the contents of this help, please comment below. Thanks!
Is it possible to redirect users how appear for the very first time on the forum to this item ??
Now I see a message box on top explaining to go to community basics :-)
Joop Stringer wrote:
Is it possible to redirect users how appear for the very first time on the forum to this item ??
Now I see a message box on top explaining to go to community basics :-)
 
 Hi Joop,

I'm gonna place a permanent link to this in the sidebar, but in the meantime I placed into our notification post-it for everyone's enjoyment - including seasoned veterans like you. :)

You can, of course, dismiss the post-it until we have a new notification by clicking the small cross to the right.


Miguel