Friday Feb 13, 2015

Mobile Tools for Java™ (MTJ) 2.0 plugin for Eclipse IDE released by Alexander Belokrylov

clip_image002I proud to announce that a new version of MTJ plugin for Eclipse have recently been released with a significant contribution of Oracle's engineers. Mobile Tools for Java TM (MTJ) 2.0 release is making MTJ plugin IoT ready by supporting Java ME Embedded 8 platform. Oracle Java ME Embedded 8 is Java TM Runtime client optimized for ARM based micro controllers and other constrained devices. Now MTJ 2.0 provides a support for CLDC 1.8 configuration (JSR 360), MEEP 8.0 profile (JSR 361) support, MEEP 8.0 profile (JSR 361), better IMP-NG profile (JSR 228) support. MEEP 8.0 permissions mechanism was significantly changed and looks similar to Java SE, MTJ 2.0 supports MEEP security model. Code Validation Builder provides an ability to perform pre-compilation analysis and generates warnings using 3rd party plugins created on top of MTJ. Also support for Java ME APIs javadocs in zip archives provided by the new version of MTJ.

Detailed information and download links can be found at the project page here

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Friday Feb 06, 2015

An interview with enterprise mobility lead Luc Bors by Chris Muir


clip_image002Mobility expert Luc Bors from AMIS Netherlands recently published via McGraw-
Hill the Oracle Mobile Application Developer Guide, the very first book to come out about Oracle's Mobile Application Framwork (MAF) since its release earlier this year. Following on from my previous articles on Oracle mobile leaders, in this Q&A article we interviewed Luc to share his insights into the world of Oracle mobility with you.

Firstly Luc, congratulations on publishing your book on Oracle's Mobile Application Framework. This must have been a big achievement for you?

Luc: Thanks Chris. This was definitely a big achievement for me. It was hard work and it took a lot of my spare time. I will never forget the moment when I submitted my final chapter and, some 3 months later, the moment the shipment with my book in print arrived. It felt great! I was finally able to hold the book in my hands.

Great work. If we can take a few steps back, I've had the pleasure of knowing you for a few years when you've presented at conferences around the world, but for the audience can you please introduce yourself, your role and organization you work for?

Luc: My name is Luc Bors. I am an Oracle ACE and I work as a principal consultant for AMIS Services in the Netherlands. AMIS is a consulting company where expertise is key. This is evident in our profound knowledge of the complete Oracle technology stack. With nearly 100 employees we not only work for customers in the Netherlands, but also offer expert services throughout the world.

What’s your background before working on mobile solutions?

Luc: Actually I do not have a background in IT at all. I have a master’s degree in Genetic Engineering from Wageningen University. During my years in university I already developed an affinity to computer science as I was using and altering highly sophisticated software for statistical analysis. After graduating it did not take much time and effort to switch from Bio Technology to Information Technology. Both were emerging technologies in the 90’s and that is where my passion lies: new technologies. I started as an Oracle Forms and PL/SQL Developer in 1997 and about 8 years ago I switched to Java and Oracle ADF. I have been involved in many ADF projects, both greenfield ADF implementations and Forms to ADF modernization projects. First as developer, later as technical team lead and architect.

And today what’s your main focus?

Luc: Today my main focus is ADF architecture and mobile solutions based on the Oracle Mobile Application Framework. I tend to combine both and use the power of both frameworks in the context of enterprise mobility.

As a developer, what’s changed since you took up the “mobile first” mantra?

Luc: The first time I took up a mobile challenge was actually quite some years ago. In a proof of concept for a retailer I created a solution for handheld scanners that called out to a web service to find the stock for articles with a given barcode. Back in those days nobody had heard of “mobile first”. Read the complete interview here.

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Sunday Feb 01, 2015

MAF 2.0 : Loading Images in a Background Process – Part I by Luc Bors

clip_image002Images are heavily used in Mobile apps. For instance a list that contains employees usually shows the images of these employees. This works well when you have a WIFI connection, but what if you are using slower connections ? If you look at a mobile twitter app you will see that, depending on connectivity, images are loaded instantaneously or delayed. In this post I explain how you can load the images of a List in a background process, after the other content has been loaded.

As mentioned before, a twitter client is able to defer the loading of images whenever a slow connection is detected. You are able to read the content as soon as it is loaded, and the images will show up with a delay, one at a time. Read the complete article here.

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Tuesday Jan 27, 2015

Next-Generation Application Development— The Mobile and Cloud Effect at Fusion Middleware Partner Community Forum 2015

The Fusion Middleware Partner Community Forum takes place March 3rd & 4th in Budapest Hungary. During this annual conference You as an Oracle Partner can get the latest updates on the Fusion Middleware 12c solutions. “The Cloud Platform for Digital Business” will be the theme of the 20th conference. Keynotes will be delivered from Amit Zavery, Andrew Sutherland and SOA, BPM and Mobile product management including live demos. On the second day you can choose between three tracks: SOA, BPM or WebLogic and Mobile. As part a general session Grant will present:

Next-Generation Application Development— The Mobile and Cloud Effect

What if you could build a mobile app from your tablet? Could you use the Cloud to shape, manage and gain insight into your mobile applications? New methods are emerging and old obstacles are disappearing as cloud and mobile continue their takeover of the application development world. See how these evolving environments influence the way you’ll be building enterprise applications. In this session you will get a peek into the tools, frameworks, and services Oracle is offering today—and planning for the future—to drive innovations in application development.

Grant Ronald

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Oracle Corporation

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Saturday Jan 24, 2015

Send SMS from ADF Application using Horizon SMS API by Ashish Awasthi

clip_image002This post is about using SMS API to send SMS text to mobile from an Oracle ADF application
there are various SMS Gateway to send SMS using java and all java API's can be used with Oracle ADF
here i am using sms horizon (a bulk sms provider in india) see this SMS API integration with Java and Oracle ADF, follow the steps
First create an account with SMS Horizon - http://www.smshorizon.in/ or User Login- SMS Horizon you can purchase a trial package to test your code, they provide 200 sms for Rs 25 only. So After purchasing trial pack you will get and API Key and username. Login to your account and see your dashboard- you will see your API key in this type of box- Read the complete article here.

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Developing for the Digital Enterprise: Extending your ADF Applications to Mobile at Fusion Middleware Partner Community Forum 2015

The Fusion Middleware Partner Community Forum takes place March 3rd & 4th in Budapest Hungary. During this annual conference You as an Oracle Partner can get the latest updates on the Fusion Middleware 12c solutions. “The Cloud Platform for Digital Business” will be the theme of the 20th conference. Keynotes will be delivered from Amit Zavery, Andrew Sutherland and SOA, BPM and Mobile product management including live demos. On the second day you can choose between three tracks: SOA, BPM or WebLogic and Mobile. As part of the Mobile & Weblogic track Frank will present:

Developing for the Digital Enterprise: Extending your ADF Applications to Mobile

Cloud computing and mobile are two new horizons showing for Oracle ADF developers. If you like it or not, the world of information technology has started to change, shifting its weight towards mobility everywhere and for everyone with a strong push for public Clouds. This session is not a statement of direction for Oracle ADF but discusses the options you as ADF developers have when travelling towards one or both of the new horizons. Come with pen and paper to learn about what you can change, what you may want to keep and which new skills you need to put onto your skill wish-list."

Frank Nimphius

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Oracle Corporation

Senior Principal Product Manager
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Friday Jan 23, 2015

How Oracle MAF modernized a Legacy System by Luc Bors


clip_image002There is a growing demand to access enterprise data from mobile devices. Usually to support multiple devices, multiple applications need to be developed using multiple languages. Oracle Mobile Application Framework allows you to create one single application, that runs on multiple mobile device platforms based on a single code base. Oracle MAF leverages the existing development skills of both Oracle ADF and Java developers and enabled the development team of BCPRA (British Columbia Provincial Renal Agency) to create PROMIS Lite.
PROMIS (Patient Records and Outcome Management Information System) Lite gives authorized users, such as nurses, doctors and surgeons mobile access to a subset of patient information such as medication and lab test results. In this session you will learn how this app evolved from a brainwave at the office to a real on device app. You will see the entire process, from business case to requirements and from development to device. The result is amazing as you will learn from the demo at the end of this session. Get the presentation here.

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Video and Slides – Data Caching Strategies for Mobile Application Framework by Andrejus Baranovskis

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I have recorded a video tutorial, based on my OOW'14 session - Data Caching Strategies for Oracle Mobile Application Framework. ADF developers who could not attend OOW'14 in San Francisco, this is for you ! Here you can view the slides: Data Caching Strategies for Oracle Mobile Application Framework

Watch the first part of the tutorial: Read the complete article here.

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Thursday Jan 22, 2015

Mobile Application in Alta UI Mobile Suite and OSB integration at Fusion Middleware Partner Community Forum 2015

The Fusion Middleware Partner Community Forum takes place March 3rd & 4th in Budapest Hungary. During this annual conference You as an Oracle Partner can get the latest updates on the Fusion Middleware 12c solutions. “The Cloud Platform for Digital Business” will be the theme of the 20th conference. Keynotes will be delivered from Amit Zavery, Andrew Sutherland and SOA, BPM and Mobile product management including live demos. On the second day you can choose between three tracks: SOA, BPM or WebLogic and Mobile. As part of Mobiel & WebLogic track Andrejus Brasnoskis will present:

Mobile Application in Alta UI Mobile Suite and OSB integration

Live demo for Oracle Mobile Suite and Service Bus integration. Front end will be implemented with the new Oracle UI platform - Alta UI.

Andrejus Baranovskis

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Wednesday Jan 21, 2015

Mobile Application Framework by Frank Nimphius


clip_image002Share information among features in Oracle Mobile Application Framework.

Oracle Mobile Application Framework is the successor framework to Oracle Application Development Framework Mobile (Oracle ADF Mobile) for building on-device applications for iOS and Android platforms. This article steps you through one way to perform a common developer task in Oracle Mobile Application Framework: sharing information among Application Mobile XML (AMX) features.

A feature in Oracle Mobile Application Framework is a unit of work—a single piece of application functionality that users can access from the mobile application springboard. An example of a feature is a product catalog in which users can query and select items to buy. AMX is one of three technologies that you can use to develop features in Oracle Mobile Application Framework.

Oracle Mobile Application Framework mobile applications can be developed in Oracle JDeveloper with the Oracle Mobile Application Framework extension, or in Eclipse with Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse. In this article’s hands-on exercise, you’ll use Oracle JDeveloper and Oracle Mobile Application Framework to implement a customers feature that shares information about the selected customer with an orders feature.

Architecture Overview

Figure 1 shows a simplified architecture diagram for Oracle Mobile Application Framework. A mobile application built with Oracle Mobile Application Framework is compiled into a platform-specific container that is then deployed to a mobile device. From the perspective of the device, the container makes the application appear to be written in the device’s native OS language (Objective-C for iOS or Java for Android). Read the complete article here.

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Wednesday Dec 24, 2014

Property Change and Provider Change Events in Oracle MAF by Grant Ronald

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If you programmatically change data in your Oracle MAF application then you need to ensure the UI reflects those data changes. In this episode you will see how you can use Provider Change and Property Change events to alert the UI of data changes. Watch the video here.

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Tuesday Dec 23, 2014

Mobile Application Framework Developer Guide: Build Multiplatform Enterprise Mobile AppsPaperback– by Luc Bors

clip_image002Master Oracle Mobile Application Framework

In Oracle Mobile Application Framework Developer Guide, Oracle ACE Luc Bors explains how to use this powerful tool to create multiplatform mobile apps based on a single code base. Detailed examples and ready-to-use code are provided throughout the book. A complete, step-by-step sample application highlights the robust functionality of Oracle Mobile Application Framework, including data visualization, UX patterns, geographical maps, push notifications, and more. Take full advantage of the visual and declarative development features of Oracle Mobile Application Framework with help from this Oracle Press resource.

  • Configure your IDE for Android and Apple iOS application development
  • Build AMX pages and task flows for mobile applications
  • Work with the binding layer and data controls
  • Create application features and configure access to them in the springboard and navigation bar
  • Call web services using a data control and create an on-device database
  • Implement device interaction services
  • Debug, test, and secure Oracle Mobile Application Framework applications
  • Build an interactive sample app that maximizes Oracle Mobile Application Framework capabilities

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Monday Dec 22, 2014

Mobile Application Framework Workshop Material by Chris Muir

At our WebLogic Community Workspace (WebLogic Community membership required) we published the Mobile Application Framework Workshop material: v1.0-MAF-1Day-Workshop-for-Partners.zip

This content is a part of a 1 day Oracle Mobile Application Framework (MAF) hands on lab workshop, intended for Oracle staff to teach customers the basics of MAF.  It is not intended as a complete course, and neither is it a direct sales exercise.  Rather it is educational in nature to get developers who are not familiar with ADF (or ADF/JSF which MAF was originally based on) up to speed with developing the very basics.
 
clip_image002The overall 1 day course includes the following PPTs:
·         00-v1.0-MAF-1Day-Agenda.pptx
·         01-v1.0-MAF-1Day-Mobile-Landscape.pptx
·         02-v1.0-MAF-1Day-Overview.pptx
·         03-v1.0-MAF-1Day-Design.pptx
·         04-v1.0-MAF-1Day-AMX-Pages.pptx
·         05-v1.0-MAF-1Day-AMX-Programming.pptx
·         06-v1.0-MAF-1Day-AMX-Component-Showcase.pptx
·         07-v1.0-MAF-1Day-Data-Controls.pptx
·         08-v1.0-MAF-1Day-Web-Service-(Optional).pptx
·         09-v1.0-MAF-1Day-SQLite-(Optional).pptx
·         10-v1.0-MAF-1Day-Device-Integration.pptx
·         11-v1.0-MAF-1Day-Setup-(Optional).pptx
 
It is intended as part of the hands on lab, the following online OTN tutorial is use. 
Please send any comments/questions to Chris Muir

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Sunday Dec 21, 2014

How Lloyd’s Register shipped mobile app on mainframe by Joe Curtis

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Oracle helped Lloyd's Register have an IBM mainframe support a mobile app.

Lloyd's Register (LR), the global shipping classification organisation is using its IBM mainframe to support a speedy mobile app used by thousands of surveyors after turning to Oracle's Mobile Application Framework (MAF).

The organisation is owned by Lloyd's Register Foundation, a charity, but runs as a business. Its marine arm relies on ship fleet managers booking surveys for LR to inspect and assess their docked ships in order to make its money.

But until February this year, LR was relying on a website created at the dawn of the internet, running off an IBM mainframe.

It was used for customers to make survey bookings and check existing boat data, and for internal surveyors to monitor boat surveys already made.

LR database administrator Richard Childe said surveyors also relied on out of date laptops to access the site, while docks usually lacked internet access.

As a result, LR came to him with a demand to create a mobile app that would do the job instead.

However, the app needed to utilise the IBM mainframe that contained all the shipping survey data - a real sticking point, said Childe.

Childe, who called LR a "big Oracle shop", went digging into its existing Oracle deployments and found the Oracle Mobile Application Framework (MAF), which was updated just this year to allow customers to create single-source mobile apps for Android and iOS. Read the complete article here.

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Saturday Dec 20, 2014

2 Minute Tech Tip: Oracle MAF List Views

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Oracle ACE Luc Bors, author of the "Oracle Mobile Application Framework Developer Guide," (Oracle Press), easily beats the 2 minute countdown clock with this handy tip. Watch the video here.

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