Tuesday, November 10, 2015

JavaScript and PeopleCode Array Parameters

I have been experimenting with scripting PeopleCode using JavaScript. This is possible because Java includes Mozilla's Rhino JavaScript engine. I took one of my experiments to OpenWorld 2015 which shows creating a Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet using POI and JavaScript. Here we are, a couple of weeks later, and I see this in the PeopleSoft OTN Discussion Forum: Java Exception: java.lang.reflect.InvocationTargetException: during call of java.lang.reflect.Method .invoke. Perfect! That is my exact use case from OpenWorld. I just happen to have a code sample to share on the forum. The developer's scenario was a bit more complicated. As you will note from the forum post, the developer needed to invoke SQL.Fetch from JavaScript. The JavaScript version of SQL.Fetch, which uses the PeopleCode Java interface, requires an array of selected columns. My first thought was just to use a standard JavaScript array. Since the SQL only has one column, I just needed an array with one item. This didn't work. JavaScript Arrays clearly are not Java Arrays. Here is an example:

var result = (function() {  
    var ReflectiveArray = java.lang.reflect.Array;  
    var CreateSQL = Packages.PeopleSoft.PeopleCode.Func.CreateSQL;  
    var columns = ReflectiveArray.newInstance(java.lang.Object,
        1 /* number of selected columns */);  
    var results = [];  
    while (SQL.Fetch(columns)) {  
    return results.join();  

Monday, November 09, 2015