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Important New FAQ for Java Usage in EBS

Tahir Ahmad
Senior Director

Contributing Authors:  Robert Farrington and Elke Phelps

Many of you ask about our plans for future Java usage by Oracle E-Business Suite. To help you navigate through what can sometimes seem like a maze, we have recently published an important new My Oracle Support note:

This FAQ continues work that Steven Chan started after receiving many questions from you on this topic over the years. As lead author of the FAQ, I collaborated with a number of people in the Oracle E-Business Suite and Java development and product management teams to deliver this note.

The first part of the note describes important recommended actions for Java in your Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 or 12.1 client, application and database tiers.

In the second part of the note, you will find clear answers to many commonly asked questions. Here are some specific examples:

  • My organization is transitioning our Oracle E-Business Suite environments to Java Web Start. What if we encounter issues with the Java Plug-in during this period?
  • Can I use multiple JRE versions to access Oracle E-Business Suite and other systems from the same desktop?
  • Will JDK 11 be certified with Oracle E-Business Suite?

We plan to keep this note up-to-date with our latest guidance. We hope you'll find it worth reading, bookmarking, and adding to your MOS Favorites.

Feel free to leave comments and suggestions on this article. And as always, remember that to obtain help with specific technical issues in your EBS system, you'll need to log a service request in My Oracle Support.

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Comments ( 3 )
  • Mariana Angelova Monday, July 8, 2019
    Hi Tahir,

    Thank you very much for sharing this with the community.

    Unfortunately "FAQ: Essentials of Java Usage in Oracle E-Business Suite (Doc ID 2510500.1)" is very laconic about "16.Does Java Web Start affect customized Oracle E-Business Suite systems? - Scenario 3"

    Could you please advice on how we can achieve "Action: You should update such Java applets to work with Java Web Start." ?

    Thanks in advance.
    Kind regards.
    Mariana
  • Tahir Ahmad [Oracle Development] Monday, July 15, 2019
    Hi Mariana,

    Thank you for your question. Reading through 16.3 again, you are correct about the current wording being very laconic! I will fix this.

    Different customers may make different decisions about what to do with their custom applets that have historically worked with the Java Plug-in.

    Even for those customers that do decide to modify such applets to be launched via Java Web Start, EBS team is not positioned to provide definitive, generic guidance on "how to" do this. It truly depends on what the applet code is doing, and whether it is interacting with the browser in any interesting way.

    There are a lot of resources available on the internet on this topic. I suggest researching documentation provided by the Oracle Java team as a starting point. The following page might help:

    https://docs.oracle.com/javase/8/docs/technotes/guides/deploy/applet_dev_guide.html#JSDPG1032

    For any technical issues with your specific use case, I suggest filing a service request with the Oracle Java support team (in case there is just a generic applet to Java Web Start conversion question), or with Oracle E-Business Suite support team (for example, if your Java Web Start application generally works, but fails only when integrated in an EBS system)
  • Gregory Ameres Thursday, February 27, 2020
    Thanks for the article. I do have one question though. We're testing web start and 12.2 and the users find it a little onerous to have to download the jnlp file and click it at the right time. Is there any way to trust the file and have it open automatically once it downloads? Is there a guide somewhere for end users and recommended browser settings? We're testing with IE, Chrome and Chromium Edge. Is there anywhere to share recommendations? ( i should check the communities when i have time but would appreciate a link some where. I'm not always able to find the right place.)
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