Chrome for Applications

Google released the Chrome browser this week and the overall response seems pretty positive. I downloaded the browser and tried it out. It seems like an excellent product that is going to give IE and Firefox a run for their money.
Chroma's interface is simple and clean. The page rendering is fast and the display is bigger than in IE or firefox. You simply type in the URL or the search terms in the address bar and Google throws up suggestions which are refined with every letter you type. Chrome is able to import bookmarks from IE. I have'nt found a way to move my Firefox bookmarks into Chrome yet.
Its going to take a while for Chrome to appear as a certified browser for Oracle's applications. I tried Chrome against the E-Business Suite and PeopleSoft and here's what I found:

1) Oracle Applications : Login Succeeded. Apps Navigator displayed successfully. There are two types of links on the Apps Navigator - Html Pages and Java forms. Chrome navigates to the Html pages successfully, but Java forms did not load on my machine. I guess we have to wait for Oracle to certify Jinitiator on Chrome

2) PeopleSoft: Login succeeded. Landing page displays successfully. I am able to create transactions, trigger processes and open logs successfully. No problems that I can see for the basic operations on PeopleSoft
One problem that I did encounter after spending some time is the conflict of shortcuts- PeopleSoft developers often use CTRL-J to view page information. Chrome has allocated CTRL-J for viewing the Chrome Downloads page. Chrome priorties its allocation to the shortcut over the PeopleSOft allocation.Therefore CTRL-J takes me to the downloads tab. I could not bring up the PeopleSoft page information on Chrome at all. This is not a very widely used PeopleSoft feature for end-users, but it is very important for PeopleSoft developers. So I guess you will need to keep the IE/ Firefox browsers for now, if you are a PeopleSoft techie.

Any other experiences out there ? Do leave in your comments about what you find out.

Comments:

To launch Java applications with Chrome, you need to install Java Plug-in 1.6.0_10-rc (Beta and not yet certified with Oracle E-Business Suite). If the Oracle Forms page open successfully, we got unfortunately a Forms error... --- I did not get an error. But the Form does not get launched either. Clicking on the Forms link simply has no effect. There is some processing that Chrome performs, but there is no new html window or Java Form .

Posted by Yvan Cognasse on September 04, 2008 at 10:45 AM IST #

Don't expect Oracle to certify JInitiator with Google Chrome. Oracle's way forward is to use Sun JRE, not their own JInitiator. So you would have to test with Sun JRE 1.6 update 10 (the only JRE supported by Chrome) and Oracle Forms. --- I just tried it. There is no difference. Forms do not get launched with the Chrome browser

Posted by wilfred on September 04, 2008 at 10:47 AM IST #

Were you trying EBS/Oracle Applications on 11i or R12? --------- R12

Posted by Stephen Manning on September 04, 2008 at 11:45 AM IST #

I can confirm Jinitiator 1.3.1.21 is ineffective for loading forms with 11i on Chrome, not that there was really any doubt.

Posted by William Peterson on September 05, 2008 at 04:24 PM IST #

Hi I also tried 11.5.8 , Application windows is not opened. Every it is asking to download jinitiator

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