Using Custom Metadata on the Developer Portal

Use integration with Lifecycle Manager to add and manage custom metadata on the developer portal

API Platform Version: 8.4 and later

Table of Contents

  1. What is Lifecycle Manager?
  2. What is custom metadata?
  3. What resources can I add custom metadata for?
  4. What types of custom metadata can I add?
  5. How do I add custom metadata?
  6. About the Lifecycle Manager templates

What is Lifecycle Manager?

Lifecycle Manager, an Akana product, is a metadata repository and SDLC management product that enables enterprises to effectively collaborate between business, developers, and IT operations, resulting in rapid development and deployment cycles while increasing reliability, stability, and availability of their APIs and supporting assets.

Lifecycle Manager provides an intelligent inventory of assets and includes their relationships to each other, to the technical infrastructure, and to the company's business architecture. Using Lifecycle Manager, organizations can accelerate reuse and SOA initiatives, as well as improve the governance over production and consumption of services and other reusable assets. Application developers, business analysts, and technical and business architects can search the repository for the company's SDAs, to identify those that best match business and technical requirements for application development and integration.

When integration between the developer portal and Lifecycle Manager is set up, the developer portal supports custom properties for certain resources in the developer portal (apps, APIs, and users).

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What is custom metadata?

In the context of the developer portal, custom metadata is information about a resource that isn't part of the standard data on the platform.

For example, standard data about users includes first name, last name, UserID, and password. Using Lifecycle Manager integration, you could modify the platform to collect additional data such as company or job title, and to send that information to Lifecycle Manager.

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What resources can I add custom metadata for?

You can add custom metadata for these types of resources:

  • APIs
  • Apps
  • Users; for example, you could add a Company or Notes field on the user profile.
Custom metadata for APIs

For APIs, you can define custom metadata that will appear in the user interface in the following pages:

Custom metadata for apps

For apps, you can define custom metadata that will appear in the user interface in the following pages:

The example below shows the extension to the Add App page when custom properties are added. The user sees these additional values when adding an app. Some of the values are required.

Custom properties example for an app

Custom metadata for users

For users, you can define custom metadata that will appear in the user interface in the following pages:

  • Self-signup page: Only required extensible fields are displayed.
  • Signup Activation link: Only required extensible fields are displayed.
  • Update Profile page: All extensible fields are displayed.
  • Invite User: Only required extensible fields are displayed on the Signup Activation page, which the invitation code links to.
  • Add User when user is added by the Administrator: All extensible fields are displayed.
  • Log in as LDAP user: Only required extensible fields are displayed on the Signup page, which the LDAP signup invitation code links to.
  • Log in as Google/Facebook user: Only required extensible fields are displayed on the Signup page, which the Google/Facebook signup invitation code links to.

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What types of custom metadata can I add?

The platform supports many data types for extension properties, including Boolean, date, string, taxonomy, and others.

Extension templates support several types of fields, such as text field, check boxes, radio buttons, and drop-down lists, for extension properties. Field types are:

  • Boolean
  • date
  • string
  • taxonomy
  • by-ref

Fields can be required, optional, or read-only.

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How do I add custom metadata?

Support for this feature requires that these steps be in place:

  • The implementation must include the integrated Lifecycle Manager product, configured to use the same database as the developer portal.
  • The applicable site setting (in Administration > Site > Extended Properties and Workflow) must be enabled.

When this setting is enabled, properties defined for assets in the developer portal, such as apps and APIs, can be extended by modifying templates in an integrated Lifecycle Manager.

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About the Lifecycle Manager templates

When a tenant is created with the Extended Properties and Workflow flag set (or the flag is later enabled) a corresponding library of assets is created in Lifecycle Manager. The default configuration for this library includes templates already in place that represent the fields for Users, APIs, and Apps. However, the templates do not include any custom fields.

There are two Lifecycle Manager templates for each resource type supported in the developer portal:

  • API—Initial
  • API—Specified
  • App—Initial
  • App—Specified
  • User—Initial
  • User—Specified

Additional information about the templates:

  • Initial templates: Use these to define custom optional and required fields that are presented in the developer portal user interface when a resource is created. In the Initial template, you can also indicate that a field is read-only. This locks it down after the resource has been created.
  • Specified templates: Use these for additional custom fields that appear in the edit properties in addition to the fields defined in the Initial templates.

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