I had forgotten you could do this until recently I needed to step through some code in an AE and be able to examine buffer and variable state as I went.
For PIA debugging you need the debug service and the WSL setup on the Application Server and then connect Application Designer in 3-tier mode. My recommendation is to set this up long before you need it! This mode, however, is only useful for debugging online PIA sessions and not Application Engine process running on the batch server.
If you can run your AE process in Application Designer then you can use this technique to step through each Section, Step and PeopleCode statement.
Just a few tips
- Create a run control called "RUN01". This will make life easier if you're repeatedly running the same AE during development or testing as RUN01 is the default.
- You can enable SQL and PeopleCode trace in Configuration Manager. This will send trace output of the actual SQL being executed and you can open this file during debugging. Very useful.
- Don't forget to use Step Over (F10) for avoiding getting bogged down in lots of function or method code.
- Don't use Output Log to File when you run as it will repeatedly send prompts for user interaction to the log file until your local disk is full !!!!
Step 1 - Setup Config ManagerIn Configuration Manager > Profile > Edit > Process Scheduler > Application Engine tick the Debug option.
Step 2 - Open the Application Engine
Step 3 - Open PeopleCode section and Enable Debug
Step 4 - Set Breakpoints in PeopleCode
Step 5 - Run the App Engine process
Step 6 - Use the AE process window
Step 7 - Step through PeopleCode
Watch the whole thing here...