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  • December 26, 2018

New Features in Oracle Visual Builder for the New Year

Shay Shmeltzer
Director of Product Management - Oracle
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We are happy to announce the December 2018 release of Oracle Visual Builder (known as 18.4.5). This version adds several key new features, and in addition implements many enhancements to the overall development experience in Oracle's high-productivity JavaScript development platform. Here are some of the new features you can now leverage:

Integration Cloud Service Catalog

If you are using Oracle Integration Cloud to connect and access data from various sources, Visual Builder now makes it even simpler to leverage those integrations. The new integrations service catalog will list integrations that are defined in your Oracle Integration Cloud, and allow you to add them as sources of data and operation easily to your VB application. This is a nice addition to the existing Oracle SaaS service catalog already available in Oracle VB.

Integration Cloud Service Catalog

iPad/Tablet Support for Mobile Apps

We extended our mobile packaging capabilities to support specific packaging for iPads in addition to iPhones. In addition, in the UI emulator VB now supports an iPad/Tablet size preview as another option in the screen sizes menu.

iPad Preview Screen

Nested Flows

To help you further encapsulate flows, Visual Builder now supports the concept of nested flows. Nested flows allow you to create sub-flows that are contained inside another flow and can be used by various pages in that "master" flow. These sub-flows are then embedded into a flow-container region on a page. At runtime you can switch the sub-flow that is shown in such a region giving you a more dynamic interface. This encapsulation also helps with scenarios of multiple developers that need to work on various sections of an application - eliminating potential conflicts.

Sub Flows

Visual Builder Add In for Excel

Sometimes neither web nor mobile are the right UI for your customer, maybe they want to work with your data directly from spreadsheets - well now they can. With the Visual Builder Add in for Excel plug-in you can directly access Business Objects you created in Visual Builder from Excel spreadsheet and query and manipulate the data. The plug-in gives you a complete development environment embedded in Excel to create interactions with your business objects.

VB Excel Plug-In

JET 6 Support

Visual Builder now supports the latest Oracle JET 6.0 set of components and capabilities. This applies for both design-time and run-time. Note that existing applications will continue to use their current JET version, unless you open them with the new version to do modifications - when you do open them, we'll automatically upgrade them to use JET 6.

Vanity URL

Visual Builder lets you define a specific URL that will be used for your published web applications. This means that if you own the URL to www.yourname.com for example - you can specify that your apps will show up using this URL. Check out the application settings for more information on this capability.

But Wait There's More...

There are many many other enhancements in every area of Oracle Visual Builder - you can read about them in our what's new book, or even better - just try out Visual Builder and experience it on your own!



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