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Developing An Application

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seq chapter \h\r2Chapter 1:Developing An ApplicationIn this chapter, you will learn how to create and modify PeopleSoft definitions using the Application Designer. Chapter Objectives

This chapter teaches you how to: Create a Project

Define a Field Definition Create a Record Definition Build SQL Tables Create a Page Definition

Create a Component Definition

Chapter Contents

This chapter contains the following lessons:

Lesson 1: Creating a Project2Lesson 2: Creating a Field Definition6Lesson 3: Creating a Record Definition10Lesson 4: Building an SQL Tables13Exercise 4-1: Create an SQL Table18Lesson 5: Creating a Page Definition20Exercise 5-1: Creating a Page Definition31Lesson 6: Creating a Component Definition32

Lesson 1:Creating a Project

The Project Window of the Application Designer is a graphical representation of the definitions within PeopleSoft. While creating a project is not a required step in development, it is useful in organizing definitions as you configure and develop in the application.Using projects will help:

Organize related definitions

Show definition relationships

Manage developers work

Simplify upgrade task

Project Settings

Before beginning to save PeopleSoft object definitions into a project, it is a good idea to check the following settings.

From the Application Designer Menu click Tools ( Options(These settings only need to be done once in App Designer)

From the Application Designer Menu File ( Project Properties

Practice Creating a project

Access the application designer.

To create a new project:

1. Click File.

2. Click New3. Click Project

4. Click

The project window should look like this.

5. Click File6. Click Project PropertiesAdd descriptions and comments7. Click 8. Click File9. Click Save Project As

10. Type in Project Name (ASU_JGS_PROJ)11. Click

Project Window should reflect the new project name.Lesson 2:Creating a Field DefinitionField definitions represent a column in a table or view. These are stand alone development definitions that can be used in multiple record definitions. A change to a field definition will be effected in any record definition it participates.

This is a partial example of the Personal Data table:

Personal Data Table




SA0003USAKuhn,Tricia GTKMiss


This is a partial example of the Address table:

Address table


SA0001HOME1359 First St.

SA0001WORK1207 Monroe

SA0003HOME1153 Randolph

SA0004HOME1269 Moundview

Type of attributes to a field definition include: Data Type Field Name Field Length

Long Name

Short Name


Translate Values

A PeopleSoft supplied translate table is used as a prompt table on certain fields that dont need individual tables for prompt values. Normally, a change to the values is requested and then made by a developer. Values from the translate table should be used if the following criteria is met on a field:

Field type is character

Field length is 1 to 4 characters

The set of values is static and not maintained by the users

No other fields relate to this field

A fields prompt values are not Y/N

If a field does not display these characteristics and needs a prompt validation, a separate prompt table should be constructed. To see a fields translate values, make the field definition active, choose File, Definition Properties, Translate Values tab.Example of the Translate table


Practice Creating a field definition

Access the application designer.

To create a new field definition:

12. Click File.

13. Click New14. Click Field

15. Click A new character field opens in the workspace area.

16. Fill in the Field attributes

Enter the Field Description.

17. Click 18. Click File19. Click SaveType Field Definition Name

20. Click Changing an existing field definition does not change the underlying SQL table in the database until after the build process.Lesson 3:Creating a Record DefinitionField definitions are grouped together to create a record definition. The record definition is a representation of how the underlying SQL database table will be built in the database and how it processes.

On the toolbar there are four buttons that will change the view of the record definition.ButtonTypeDescription

Field DisplayName Length, Format, Short Name, Long Name

Use DisplayKey related attributes, default values

Edits DisplayEdit Options

PeopleCode DisplayFields with PeopleCode

Practice Creating a Record DefinitionAccess the application designer.

To create a new record definition:

1. Click File2. Click New3. Click Record

4. Click The object workspace appears so that you can build a list of fields in a record definition.

5. Select tab and choose Record Type

6. Insert Fields into the Record Definition

7. Click File8. Click SaveType Record Definition Name

9. Click Creating or changing a record definition does not affect the underlying SQL table in the database until after the build process.

Lesson 4:Build SQL Tables

Field and record definitions are simply blueprints on how a table is to be built in the database. Until the build process is run for the record definition there is no physical database table in which to house the application data. The build process also has the ability to alter the table structure in the database should a change to an existing field or record definition occur. This allows changes to an existing database table without losing the data that is in the table.

Build Settings

The scope of the build is reflected in the scrolling window. This has the entire scope of the records in a project, whereas building only the current object in the definition window would have simply one record.

To check build settings:Click

Practice Building an SQL Table

Open a Record Definition in Application Designer.

To Build an SQL Table:

1. Click Build or Build Button2. Click Current Definitions

3. Check Create Tables & Create Indexes & Create Views4. Click 5. Check Output Window for Errors

6. Verify Record was created.Exercise 4-1: Create an SQL TableIn this exercise, you will create an SQL Table.


Create an SQL table that tracks an employees car license plate to a valid lot number. An employee can be eligible to park their car in more than one lot.There are four lots

1. North Lot

2. South Lot

3. East Lot

4. West Lot

Within each lot is different level of parking:




Include the following fields:




Save the table as XXX_ASU_PARKING.

Give any new field and/or record definitions a descriptionSave all object changes to a project as ASU_XXX_PARK

Build the SQL Table

Verify the database table


What fields are going to make the record unique? Use existing fields where appropriate.

License Plates can be a combination of numbers and letters In order to save database space the Lot number field should only take up one character but be able to display the character name.

Start a new project and save before beginning object modifications. Make sure to check settings so objects automatically save into your project. Lesson 5:Creating A Page Definition

The page interfaces between the user and the application database. It is used to make the application data accessible for viewing and maintaining.Level-Based Controls

The page design is a level-based construct in order to display parent-child relationship between the database records.

A page can display up to 4 nested levels Level 0, Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3.Level 0Level 0 contains the primary keys to the underlying record of the page is normally display only with data the users entered on the search page.

Level 1-3The subsequent scrollable level is related to the previous scroll level and related by their key values. These scroll levels will be displayed by one of the following page controls:

Grid Scroll Area

Scroll Bar

Page Definition ToolbarThe page definition toolbar is used to act upon the definition of the page itself. The following buttons will work when there is an active page in the work area.


Page PropertiesAlt+EnterPage Description, Page Type, Page Size, etc.

Hide/Display Project WorkspaceView, Project Workspace Or Alt+0Hides Project Workspace

Select GroupEdit, Select Group Or Ctrl+PSelect a group of page items

Default OrderingLayout, Default OrderingReorder all page controls based on page location

Test PageLayout, Test Mode Or Ctrl-TTest tab order of page design

Browser ButtonLayout, View in BrowserHow the page looks in the browser

Toggle InspectorView, Show Page Control InspectorHide/unhide Floating definition window

Auto SizeSize subpage or secondary page around page controls

Toggle GridView, Show


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