Category: PeopleCode

Pinging and Posting from PeopleCode

I had a need to Ping a server to see if the server could get to it.  I also tried to post to it.  This code could be helpful for others, so I want to share it.  A post should normally go through the Integration Broker, but I first developed it at a time when I had a product that was supposed to go on servers with diverse versions of Integration Broker.

The Ping code doesn’t seem very reliable for some reason.  Something on the Java side doesn’t always work.  Still it might be helpful.

   Local JavaObject &url;
   Local JavaObject &conn;
   Local JavaObject &r;
   Local any &line;
   Local string &output;
   Local JavaObject &inet;
   Local string &address;

   MessageBox(0, "", 0, 0, "hostname: " | GetJavaClass("").getLocalHost().getHostName());

   &address = "localhost";
   &inet = GetJavaClass("").getByName(&address);
   MessageBox(0, "", 0, 0, &address | "(" | &inet.getHostAddress() | ") reachable: " | &inet.isReachable(5000));
   &address = "";
   &inet = GetJavaClass("").getByName(&address);
   MessageBox(0, "", 0, 0, &address | "(" | &inet.getHostAddress() | ") reachable: " | &inet.isReachable(5000));

   &url = CreateJavaObject("", "");
   &conn = &url.openConnection();
   &conn.setRequestProperty("content-type", "application/x-www-form-urlencoded");
   &conn.setRequestProperty("accept", "text/xml/html");
   &conn.setRequestProperty("accept-charset", "utf-8, iso_8859-1");
   &conn.setRequestProperty("userid", "????");
   &conn.setRequestProperty("pwd", "?????");
   &conn.setDoOutput( True);

   &output = "";
   &r = CreateJavaObject("", CreateJavaObject("", &conn.getInputStream()));
   &line = &r.readLine();
   While &line <> Null
      &output = &output | Char(10) | Char(13) | &output;
      &line = &r.readLine();

   MessageBox(0, "", 0, 0, &output);

Please make sure to adjust the URLs and hostnames to what you need.


New PeopleCode Dump Method

One of my old tricks was to create a PeopleCode dump from the system.  Then I could use a text editor tool such as gVim or Ultraedit to search through the code to find examples or certain uses of definitions.

Basically, a PeopleCode dump is easily created by searching for (Edit > Find In) a semicolon.  Because every statement must have a semicolon, it matches every statement of code in the system.  On the Find In dialog, checking the Save to File option will write out each line to a text file.

The problem is that Application Designer seems to load every line into memory.  If you don’t have a client machine with a ton of memory, you end up looking like this:

App Designer Out of Memory Error


Instead, I found this new tool called Decode PeopleCode.  You can download the latest zipped version of the program from here.

Once extracted, I had to configured the URL property in the file.  I set it to something like this:

url=jdbc:oracle:thin:@<server name>:1521/<db name>

I also had a problem with the JDBC driver for some reason.  It didn’t find the odbc5.jar file that was delivered.  I already had a copy of the odbc6.jar, so I just adjusted the classpath to include that.  If you run into the same problem, adjust the or DecodePCODE.bat file to contain the full path to the jar file.

Also, adjust the “outdir” property in the file to point to the directory where you want the output dumped.  Note that it will create a bunch of folders and files in that directory, so you may want to point it to an empty directory.

Then, I ran the program with this command to capture everything:

sh since 1901/01/01

Now, that creates each PeopleCode program in its own file.  The problem is that I want it all in a single file that I can run regular expressions against.  I could use grep, but I am used to a single file.  I cobbled this script together to build that single file:


processFile() {
   outdirlen=$((${#OUTDIR} + 1))
   lastUpdateFile=$( echo "$filename" | sed 's/\.pcode$/.last_update/' )
   peoplecodePath=$( echo "$peoplecodePath" | sed 's/\//: /' | sed 's/\.pcode$//' | sed 's/\//./g')
   echo -e "\e[0K\r Writing: $peoplecodePath"
   echo "[$peoplecodePath]" >> "$OUTFILE"
   echo '/*   Details:' >> "$OUTFILE"
   echo '   Last Update User: ' $(head -n 1 "$lastUpdateFile") >> "$OUTFILE"
   echo '   Last Update Date/Time: ' $(tail -n 1 "$lastUpdateFile") >> "$OUTFILE"
   echo '*/' >> "$OUTFILE"
   cat "$filename" >> "$OUTFILE"

#  ------------------------------
#    Main
#  ------------------------------

OUTDIR=$( grep "outdir=" | sed 's/^outdir=//' | sed 's/\r//')
DUMPDATE=$(stat -c %y $(ls -rt | tail -n 1) | cut -d ' ' -f1 )
DATABASE=$( grep "^url=" | sed 's/^url=.*\///' | sed 's/\r//')
echo "outdir -- $OUTDIR  dump date -- $DUMPDATE  database -- $DATABASE"

echo "PeopleCode Dump $DATABASE   $DUMPDATE" > "$OUTFILE"
find "$OUTDIR" -type f -name \*.pcode | while read file; do processFile "$file"; done

That seemed to get the trick done for me nicely.

This program has more features than just this. You should explore it. It can check the code into a sourcecode repository to track changes. Kudos to whoever wrote it!



Null Date in PeopleCode

Just the other day, I needed to set a Date to null or blank, and I couldn’t remember how to do it.  Here’s my notes so that I can remember next time.  Javier’s blog came to the rescue:

Javier’s PeopleSoft blog: Setting Date Variables to Null in PeopleCode

The short version is: use the Date(0) function:

     Local Date &hireDate;

     &hireDate = Date(0);

Here’s some more information to explore a little more in depth…

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Scheduling a Process from PeopleCode

The process scheduler provides a good standard way to launch a process.  You simply add a subpage to your run control page, and the delivered “Run” button does all of the work for you.  But sometimes, you want to run the process other ways.  Sometimes, you might want to create a more customized feel on a end-user page and launch a process from a push button.  Or, you might want to launch an additional process from an App Engine program.

In this post, I would like to drop notes to make this easier the next time I need to do it.

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PeopleCode: Unzipping

I come upon a requirement to unzip a file in a platform independent way.  Jim Marion got me most of the way, but his code didn’t write it to file.  Here’s my adjustment to make a function that wrote it to file:

Function unzip(&inputZipFile, &targetDir)
  Local JavaObject &zipFileInputStream = CreateJavaObject("", &inputZipFile);
  Local JavaObject &zipInputStream = CreateJavaObject("", &zipFileInputStream);
  Local JavaObject &zipEntry = &zipInputStream.getNextEntry();
  Local JavaObject &buf = CreateJavaArray("byte[]", 1024);
  Local number &byteCount;

  While &zipEntry <> Null

    If (&zipEntry.isDirectory()) Then
      REM ** do nothing;
      Local JavaObject &outFile = CreateJavaObject("", &targetDir | &zipEntry.getName());
      Local JavaObject &out = CreateJavaObject("", &outFile);
      &byteCount = &;

      While &byteCount > 0
        &out.write(&buf, 0, &byteCount);
        &byteCount = &;


    &zipEntry = &zipInputStream.getNextEntry();


unzip("/tmp/", "/tmp/out");


Explorations in Component Interface

This is part one of a multi-part series exploring some quirks in using Component Interfaces with Application Engine programs.  If nothing else, hopefully, these will give new developers some insight into how to use a Component Interface.  My goal is to expose a bug in the Application Engine tool that maybe Oracle will see and fix.

This first part will simply walk you through creating a Component Interface.  This part is just a map to associate the fields on the screen (or really in the component’s buffer) with an API property that can be accessed with code.

First, we create a new definition in Application Designer.  You can either use the Ctrl + N keyboard shortcut or the File > New menu.  Choose Component Interface from the list:

New Object List in App Designer

Next, have no fear — you will see the open dialog making it look like you want to open a component.  Really, Application Designer is just asking you which component you want to map.  In this example, we will use the “PERSONAL_DATA” component, which is the Modify a Person screen (Workforce Administration > Personal Information > Modify a Person):

Pick the Component

Next, Application Designer asks you if you want to default the properties.  I almost always say yes to this questions because it will make Application Designer do all the work for you in generating the map.  The properties will be given names based on their field names in the buffer:

Yes to Default the Properties

Now, you should have a new component interface generated for you.  Notice that the left side is the Component Structure.  It is the same as the Structure tab on the Component itself.  The right side is the map of record/field to property name.  In this screenshot, I have the component open in the background and I drew a line to show how the structure is the same.  Then, I drew a line from the structure to the property generated for one of the fields:

How the fields map to properties

Finally, save the component interface.  You can either use the Ctrl + S keyboard shortcut, or you can use the File > Save menu.  I gave it the name BLG_PERS_DTA_CI.

Save Dialog

While your at it, you may also want to add it to the project.  You can use the F7 keyboard shortcut or the Insert > Current Definition Into Project menu.

This concludes creating the Component Interface.  Please stay tuned for the next steps …