Extending UPK with Enablement Packs

We've mentioned in earlier posts that UPK Development keeps the tool up to date through the use of Enable Service Packs (ESP'S). Regular releases ensure that the UPK Developer supports updates to targeted applications as well as new Java updates. Installing an ESP is quick and easy.
• Download the latest ESP from My Oracle Support (requires a My Oracle Support account).
• Run the setup for each client machine that uses the UPK Developer
• Run the Library Updates from one of the clients (multi-user only)

Enablement Pack 1 for UPK 3.6.1 contains new features such as a new Tabbed Gateway, FireFox 3.6 support for the Player and SmartHelp, and several new target application versions. But a very exciting feature that is part of this ESP is now available to all Oracle E-Business Suite customers.
Until now, a requirement for EBS customers who wish to record UPK content is to install delivered library files (CUSTOM.pll and ODPN.pll) on to the Oracle Application Server. These files were required to present context information to the UPK Developer so that content can be launched in a context sensitive manner. This requirement involved the Oracle system administrator to transfer, install and compile these libraries into the system. Usually a simple process, however, we understood the need to streamline the procedure.
With ESP 1 for UPK 3.6.1, these pll files are no longer required. Now, a simple procedure from within the EBS application can make context available to the UPK recorder.
From the System Profile, search for UPK:


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Change the Site field to Enable UPK Recording. Save the Form.
Context information will now be made available to the UPK Recorder without involving the System Administrator or DBA. The setting you see here makes context available to all client machines recording content with UPK and does not affect the performance of your EBS application.


Comments:

Hi Bill, Great post. Just wanted to point out that this applies to EBS v12.1.2 onwards. With prior versions of EBS clients will still need to deploy the CUSTOM.PLL and ODPN.PLL files manually.

Posted by Andy Lovelock on May 12, 2010 at 02:15 AM PDT #

Thanks Andy! You are exactly correct. EBS 12.1.2 is the only supported version for this method. Lower versions still require both Custom.pll and ODPN.pll.

Posted by bill.x.miller on May 12, 2010 at 02:21 AM PDT #

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