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More PeopleTools 8.50 May 17, 2009

Posted by Duncan in PeopleTools.


Following OpenWorld ’08 I posted about some of the new functionality coming in PeopleTools 8.50, including partial page refresh, modal lookup and prompt dialogues, redesigned menu pagelet etc.

Oracle have now made the RVP available so we get a better idea of what is included in the release.

I’ve picked out a few things that I hadn’t heard about previously:

Maximum number of rows to return on search pages

Search pages will now contain an option to limit the number of rows returned.  The maximum is also configurable globally in PeopleTools Options.

64 bit only software

It seems from Tools 8.50 onwards that the hardware the components are installed upon will be 64-bit only.  No more installing a sandpit environment on your 32-bit laptop … [EDIT 17th May: It seems that running a 64-bit VM on a 32-bit host is possible with VM Ware, but not Virtual PC.  See comment below from Jim Marion.]

Parallel file deploy in CA

Finally!  This should speed up file copies.

Decoupling of PS_Home

It seems that there’ll be a read-only PS_Home with all of the binaries etc, and a seperate read/write config_home for the environment specific config files.

Graphical routings of messages

Should help troubleshooting Service Operations

Interactive PeopleCode debugger

It appears that during a debug session you’ll be able to change variables on the fly.  Pretty nice.

App Class method drilldown

Right-click and jump to the method, just like you can with PeopleCode functions.

New ‘Swan’ contemporary style sheet

A lick of paint for the UI ‘matching Oracle Corporate application standards’, whatevr they may be.  I hope that doesn’t mean the ‘mustard and blue’ that Oracle e-Biz suite users had for years.

Looking forward to it, roll on September …



1. Jim J. Marion - May 26, 2009

Hi Duncan. Using virtualization and a vt compliant processor (most modern 32 bit laptops), you can virtualize 64 bit hardware from a 32 bit laptop. This means that you should still be able to create a 64 bit sandpit on a 32 bit laptop using virtualiztion (http://www.virtualbox.org/ or http://www.vmware.com/). VMWare has a utility to make sure your 32 bit processor can host a 64 bit guest.

2. Tipster - May 26, 2009

That’s good advice. I didn’t know that. I’m not sure why I didn’t investigate this, but I just assumed that it wasn’t possible.

The utility is available here:

Thanks Jim

3. Neal - July 8, 2009

How can I obtain Peoplesoft Financials 8.4 and PeopleTools 8.43? ORACLE can’t seem to find these versions for me.

4. Tipster - July 18, 2009

Well if you can’t find a friendly Oracle person to help you might be out of luck. You’re only other bet is finding a long-time PeopleSoft client who might still have the installation media. Are you a client that has lost their disks?

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