I love Event Mapping. But I have a concern:
The benefit of Event Mapping is that your customizations no longer appear on a compare report, and the problem with Event Mapping is that your customizations no longer appear on a comapre report.
I know what you are thinking: "Wait, didn't he just contradict himself?" Yes! Let me explain with a scenario:
Let's say you move a customization into Event Mapping. Later you apply an update. You run a compare report and see the beautiful "change/change" with no asterisks. Perfect! You have no customized code, and therefore nothing to retrofit. And then you test the upgraded system. And you find the system is broken. Since you have no customizations identified in the compare report, you should be fine, right? If this happened to me, my first thought would be that something is wrong with the update, and I would file a support ticket. But unfortunately, Oracle support can't replicate the issue. After escalation and further analysis, Oracle discovers that custom Event Mapping is causing the problem.
I share this scenario because it is possible, but it seems like a worst-case scenario. Does it really happen? Do custom, invisible event mapping "configurations" ever break an update/get current? It turns out they do! MOS doc 2798164.1 was posted in 2021 and demonstrates this scenario.
The problem with broken Event Mapping code is that it fails just like any other code, so we can't tell that the failure was caused by Event Mapping. Event Mapping is not a configuration. It is an isolated customization.
Event Mapping is amazing! But until Oracle provides us with LCM tools that identify potential Event Mapping issues, we must perform our own analysis. Here are some options to help you catch troublesome Event Mapping:
- Use SQL in this blog post to create your own Event Mapping analysis.
- Use PTF to create Event Mapping and Page and Field Configurator Regression tests.
- Wrap Event Mapping in a try/catch block to log and notify.
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