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Oracle Visual Builder - New Features - Sep 2019

We are happy to announce the roll out of the latest version of Oracle Visual Builder - version 19.3.1 - which contains many new features in every area of the service. In this blog entry we are going to highlight some of these new features - but for a fuller list see our "What's New" documentation. Here are the key new capabilities: Bring Your Own Database You can now point Visual Builder to an existing Oracle Database in the cloud which will be used to host the tables maintaining the data for business objects created through Visual Builder. This allows you to store larger capacity of data (beyond the 5GB limitation that exist on the embedded DB in VB). Since the tables are created in your own database - you can also access them directly using SQL and do DML operation from outside VB. With the introduction of the new "Free Forever" layer of Oracle's cloud services you can get a free 20GB Autonomous Transaction Processing (ATP) database instance and point VB to use it. Improved Code Editor While Visual Builder is focused on giving you a visual approach to create your applications, one of the key benefit it provides is direct access to the actual HTML code of your pages in a code editor from your browser. This editor just got richer with the ability to use the component palette, property inspector, and structure pane while working on code directly. You can, for example, drag a component to your code, reposition it with the structure pane, and change its properties through the property inspector - all while working in "code" view. Also note the new right-click menu option that will show you the list of all the keyboard shortcuts you can use while editing code in Visual Builder. You'll notice updates to the other editors as well. For example the action chain editor has a new preview area, allowing you to easily navigate long action chains. It also no longer opens in a separate tab - keeping you in the context of the scope you are workin in. Another example is the business object diagram editor which now allows you to choose specific objects to show in the diagram. New Mobile Capabilities Visual Builder provide a great solution for building on-device mobile applications packaged either as native apps or distributed as Progressive Web Apps (PWA). New features allow you to access the device location, use the share functionality, and take videos with the camera in a declarative way with built in actions. New events allow you to handle your app being paused or resumed on the mobile device. We also improved the caching used by PWAs to speed up loading of apps. New Apps and Page Templates When you create mobile or web apps you'll notice new templates that offer various navigation approaches in mobile apps, and a new responsive + navigation template for web apps. In addition when creating mobile pages you'll be able to select from a wider choice of mobile optimized page layouts. As always you can further customize those templates and create your own layouts. Updated Infrastructure The new version of Visual Builder leverages Oracle JET version 7.1 out of the box. In addition new functionality allows you to specify specific JET versions for specific apps you create - giving you better control on their behavior. In addition new feature support coding with ES6 and ECMA2018 standards (while still able to degrade gracefully to support old browsers such as IE11). Visual Builder keeps expanding to new data centers across the world as the Oracle cloud expands - you can already find VB in Zurich, Tokyo, Seoul, and Mumbai in addition to existing centers in the US, Canada, and Europe. Much More There are many many other enhancements you'll find all over the tool, from new declarative ways to define search criteria in your queries, new UI components, improved CI/CD support, and better ways to manage app authorization and security.  Take Visual Builder for a spin and let us know what you thing on our community forum.      

We are happy to announce the roll out of the latest version of Oracle Visual Builder - version 19.3.1 - which contains many new features in every area of the service. In this blog entry we are going...

Code One - Enabling Anyone that Builds

Now in its second year, Oracle Code One will expand on last year’s theme of supporting and empowering the developer community by featuring three keynotes, more than 500 technical sessions, and 50 hands-on labs. Co-located with Oracle OpenWorld from September 16thto 19th, our goal is to “enable anyone that builds” by giving the community an opportunity to learn about new innovations in Java, Autonomous Database, Gen 2 infrastructure, and emerging technologies like the world’s first autonomous OS. Registration is still open to and can be found at oracle.com/code-one. This year’s Code One Keynotes offer plenty of technical information, as well as some nostalgia and an inspirational story from one of Oracle’s very own cloud developer advocates. Here are the keynotes you want to make sure you attend: The Future of Java  This year’s Code One event kicks off first-thing Monday morning with the Java technical keynote led by Georges Saab, Vice President of Development, Java Platform and Brian Goetz Java Language Architect. This keynote will highlight how Oracle’s ongoing stewardship and ecosystem cooperation offers sustained innovation and addresses modern Java application development and discusses technology enhancements including what’s new in Java 13. Georges and other Java luminaries will also look ahead at cutting-edge OpenJDK projects in development focused on improving both developer productivity and performance while retaining Java’s core values of readability, generality, and compatibility. In addition, this year’s Duke’s Choice Award winners will be announced Monday at 4 p.m. PT  Oracle Code One Keynote Greg Pavlik, Senior Vice President and CTO, PaaS, Maria Colgan, Master Product Manager at Oracle, and special guest Kirk Borne, Principal Data Scientist, Booz Allen Hamilton will spearhead this year’s Code One keynote on Tuesday, September 17. This trio will explore everything from developing intelligent applications that bring together machine learning and disparate data sources to deliver a more personalized user experience, to the role data science plays across digital technologies such as IoT/IIoT, blockchain and autonomous data driven application systems.  We are also honored to have Todd Sharp, one of our senior Cloud Developer Advocates at Oracle, share with us his inspiring account of how his background in development has helped both he and his daughter manage the complexities of her recent diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes. Todd will demonstrate on stage how a bit of coding, computer vision, machine learning (incorporated into an intelligent app), a digital scale, a back-end connection to the USDA public database and a whole host of other technologies helps easily calculate his daughter’s carbohydrate consumption and determine her next insulin dose. This is a must-see event for all attendees. For those unable to see the demonstration live, Todd will also be showing his application at the Groundbreaker Hub on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. PT. Code One Community Keynote  The Code One Community Keynote will bring a smile to the gamers in the crowd. The September 18 keynote will kick off the day’s festivities and be lead by Vincent Mayers, Senior Manager, Developer Community Programs and Advocacy at Oracle. Vincent will walk us through Innovations in gaming and software development and discuss how the two have gone hand-in-hand since computing’s infancy. In this keynote take a journey from 2D 8-bit games written in Assembler to cloud-deployed MMORPGs and see some fun demos along the way. There will also be special cameos from the likes of Packmen, Annoyed Bird, Uber Mario and MineDraft.   What Else is on the Docket for Code One? Throughout the week of Code One, developers are invited to come, learn, experiment and build with us. You can meet experts on Java, GraalVM, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, Linux and more or choose to sit in on any of the 50+ Hands-on-Lab sessions, as well as the drop-in labs (bite-sized chunks to help you get hand's-on with new Cloud technologies). Attendees are also welcome to crash and recharge at the Groundbreakers Hub during the event and interact with a number of cool demos and experiences, including a Raspberry Pi Super Computer, IoT Augmented Reality Manufacturing, the Groundbreakers Retro Arcade, the return of the very popular “Blockchain Beer”, the very cool Code Card, and our Groundbreaker Escape Room.   Some other attractions you’ll want to check out while at Code One include our evening Unconference events on Monday and Tuesday evening and our Wednesday morning Diversity Power Hour session. You can find more information on each below: Monday and Tuesday Unconference Events - Have a problem that needs solving? Suggest it as a topic! Have you figured out the key to a happy work and life balance? Suggest it as a topic! This is your chance to share and participate in conversations in a loosely structured environment with some of the best and brightest minds in the business. There will be plenty of great food, drinks and conversation to go around on Monday and Tuesday evening between 7 – 10 p.m. at Moscone South, Level 3. This is open to both full conference and discover attendees. Save your spot in the content catalog. Wednesday Diversity Power Hour -Head to the Groundbreakers Hub at 10:30 am on Wednesday for our Diversity Power Hour. We will have special giveaways, panel discussions at the Groundbreakers Live stage, and sweet treats. Join us as we celebrate all of the communities that shape our tech landscape.   Over the next year, Oracle will host numerous events around the world to connect with and educate developers with workshops, sessions and keynotes featuring prominent experts. To learn more about Oracle Developer Events, please visit: https://developer.oracle.com/events   We look forward to seeing you at Code One this year! There’s still time to register for the event here and if you have any questions about any of the keynotes, sessions or side activities, or would like to be briefed on any of the news going live during Code One, please contact Travis Anderson at travis.j.anderson@oracle.com.  I hope you enjoy your Code One experience, and come talk to us in the Groundbreakers Hub.  

Now in its second year, Oracle Code One will expand on last year’s theme of supporting and empowering the developer community by featuring three keynotes, more than 500 technical sessions, and 50...