ArcGIS Experience Builder

What's New in ArcGIS Experience Builder Developer Edition (version 1.8)

Version 1.8of ArcGIS Experience Builder developer edition is now available on the ArcGIS for Developers  website, helping developers build and extend their no-low code web apps much faster. 

In addition to picking up features from the  March update of the online edition, version 1.8 improves documentation by adding a new topic Use data source in widget and updating the existing topics to address commonly asked questions, such as when to dynamically load third-party libraries. Other highlights include a new Calcite components entry that makes importing Calcite components into custom widgets much easier, and a new ItemSelector component in Storybook. Let’s explore these updates. 

New topic 

Because Experience Builder is data centric, accessing and using data sources is essential to widget development. The new Use data source in widget topic provides guidance for the following common use cases: 

Updated topics 

When it comes to using the third-party library, developers often ask when to use the dynamic import versus the static import. The rule of the thumb is now clarified in the Using third-party libraries topic as follows, when applicable: 

Widget communication, the topic about connecting widgets, is another popular topic. As a developer, before committing any code, you may want to evaluate if your widget could be configured to talk to other widgets through the builder interface. We added guidance about these four ways of configuring widget communication in the builder interface. 

Configure widget communication

Import Calcite components 

The Calcite components library is now referred in the package.json file. As a result, it will be installed automatically when you run the npm ci command. This means that you can now import Calcite components into your custom widget directly by typingimport {} from calcite-components. 

Component story 

Storybook adds a new ItemSelector component. You can choose either All or Simple mode. 

ItemSelector in the All mode

Breaking changes 

There are a few breaking changes from the jimu-core and jimu-ui libraries. Make sure to check them out before upgrading your apps. 

For more information about the 1.8 release, see What’s new. You can reach us with any questions at 

Thank you, 

The ArcGIS Experience Builder Team 

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