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PeopleSoft PeopleTools Tips & Techniques (Oracle Press) 1st Edition
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It is loaded with examples and each chapter builds on the next. It covers quite a few advanced topics.
The book will not teach you basics. So if you are trying to learn Peoplesoft or any specific application, please do not buy the book. Buy this when you have a strong understanding of what peoplesoft has to deliver.
I am still working my way thru the books which is sure to become my reference book for a long time to come.
I am extremely happy with my purchase.
If you are a seasoned peoplesoft programmer, I highly recommend you buy the book.You will not be disappointed.
If you work on PeopleSoft software professionally and are serious about development you should really have this book in your collection. It opened a whole new world of possibilities for me and I've been using PeopleSoft for many years.
Here are some more observations:
1) To get the most out of this book you should have access to a PeopleSoft database that you can try things out on. It is heavily based on teach-by-example where concepts are introduced and then reinforced by code that you create and run in PeopleSoft. Actually typing the code for yourself will strengthen your understanding of the concepts presented as well as give you visual feedback.
3) If you are new to PeopleSoft development you won't get much out of this book. The target audience here is the seasoned PeopleSoft developer.
4) Many of the topics introduced are not documented anywhere else - at least to my knowledge. This makes the book particularly valuable in my view.
5) If object based PeopleCode is something new to you then I would get this book for that alone. It's covered very nicely.
I wish the Kindle version was available when I bought it but, oh well :-)
It is wordy, but has little code in it. Lots and lots of English paragraphs explaining what a more concise author would have expressed in a third the space. Because it is so spread out, it is difficult to quickly come to grasp with what a particular technology brings to the table.
Some of the examples are pretty advanced, to the point where I struggled to follow some unfamiliar subjects, despite having worked in PeopleTools for 15+ years. Yet, the author insists on also tagging along folksy programming wisdom to people who are presumably pretty senior programmers. So we get a lecture about "Spartan Programming" (i.e. tight code). Or "Fluent Interfaces". Sorry, please get to the point, don't digress.
So it is never really clear who the book is for. Junior PS staff? No, too advanced, not enough _relevant_ PeopleTools background. Senior staff? Why all the basic programming background and roundabout explanations? It might be a better fit for a senior PeopleSoft person not very familiar with other programming environments. Possible - some PS people show a surprising lack of general programming savvy at times (for example, no one apparently manages to explain USEEDIT values in terms of bit mask testing and especially not w.r.t. SQL bit mask operators). Still, that's an odd choice to make and somewhat patronizing.
On a Kindle, all this fluff means that the book is anything but a quick read. You can read several pages before seeing any code. Then you might see 2 or 3 full pages of code, lots of which is not that relevant. Not at all the presentation I prefer and I would have avoided this book had I known about that.Read more ›
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This is one of the best resources that I've found to help with various PeopleSoft knowledge transfer. Read morePublished on June 18, 2014 by Pamela Jones
Was already familiar with this book because a co-worker had one. So I knew what I was getting. Great book.Published on October 23, 2013 by Dewayne D. Halsey
A must have book for the PeopleSoft consultant. Jim discuss various tips and techniques that generally is not covered in any other publication.Published on May 11, 2013 by Tomkin Lee
Marion does a great job of bringing to the point that I could look past all that I find frustrating about PeopleSoft technology. Read morePublished on January 11, 2013 by Amazon Customer
This book includes well-explained examples and code that actually works properly! If you have at least a moderate amount of exposure to PeopleTools development, you'll be fine... Read morePublished on July 24, 2011 by B. Folmer
I have been developing in PeopleSoft since version 3.0, so I was a little skeptical when I first saw the book. Read morePublished on May 31, 2011 by CurtATL
Great book with good examples but need more detail discussion on each topic. The author writes the book assuming the reader has a good understanding of PeopleTools. Read morePublished on March 6, 2011 by E. Hoffman
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