Fluid Component Logging Techniques

I find that effective usage of browser developer tools is crucial for productive PeopleSoft development. Having the ability to inspect and edit the CSS and HTML code directly within the browser makes for a phenomenal developer experience. A really handy feature of browser dev tools is the JavaScript console. The JavaScript console allows you to run lines of JavaScript against the page currently loaded in the browser and reports the errors encountered as the browser tries to execute your code.

Simple Fluid Component Logging

For Fluid Component development, we can make use of the AddOnLoadScript function to execute console log statements. This can be useful in a Component debugging scenario where you want the ability to see server-side log statement output in the browser. Here is an example of this technique determining if the user has the PeopleSoft Administrator Role on the Fluid Homepage Component PeopleCode:

If IsUserInRole("PeopleSoft Administrator") Then
    AddOnLoadScript("console.log('User Has PS Admin Role');");

And the output in the browser console:

AddOnLoadScript Console Log

Advanced Fluid Component Logging

A nice feature of the browser console is that it provides support for viewing JSON objects by allowing the developer to expand and collapse the objects and arrays within the JSON structure.

AddOnLoadScript Console Log

In a Fluid Component debugging context, the interactive JSON viewer can be used to view the Component buffer data in a structured fashion. The developer just needs to be able to convert PeopleSoft Component data types (Rowsets, Rows, Records, Fields, etc.) to JSON objects to be logged in the console.

PeopleTools delivers the JsonBuilder Class that allows developers to build dynamic JSON objects. The JSON objects can be converted to String and outputted in the browser console using AddOnLoadScript.

Here is an example of converting a populated PSOPRDEFN Record to JSON and logging it to the console:

Local Record &rOprDefn = CreateRecord(Record.PSOPRDEFN);
&rOprDefn.OPRID.Value = %OperatorId;

Local JsonBuilder &jbData = CreateJsonBuilder();


Local integer &x;

For &x = 1 To &rOprDefn.FieldCount

    Local Field &fField = &rOprDefn.GetField(&x);
    &jbData.AddProperty(&fField.Name, &fField.Value);



AddOnLoadScript("console.log(" | &jbData.ToString() | ");");

I am able to view and expand the JSON representation of the logged Record object in the browser console:

AddOnLoadScript Console Log

In a real world Component debugging scenario, it is not practical to write the several additional lines of code for the sake of getting debugging information written to the browser console. Instead, utility Application Classes can be written to transform PeopleSoft data types to JSON objects to abstract unnecessary logic (loops, etc.) when the need for object conversion arises. The logging implementation logic (AddOnLoadScript, etc.) can also be abstracted in an Application Class to allow for simple invocation of the logging statements.

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