July In Review

We're starting a new blog post series.  At the end of each month, we will offer a little retrospective of what happened over the last few weeks.  The summary will revisit some important blog posts you may have missed.  We may cover posts on other blogs and sites that we think might interest you and point out interesting forum discussions.  Finally, we will try to give you a bit of a behind the scenes look of what we have been working on internally that hasn't quite reached the public yet.

July was a busy month for us in Developer Relations.  Of course, it's the middle of the summer vacation season when things often slow down, and while some of us managed to get away for a bit, work continued at full speed.  You may have seen on other blogs that Oracle is preparing for the launch of Release 7, and of course we, too, have to get ready.  That means learning about upcoming new features and changes, testing pre-release versions of the tools, preparing material for upcoming blog posts and more.

SaaS/Cloud is a very popular deployment option for Fusion Applications, and we are increasing our efforts covering customization and extensibility options for Cloud customers.  Jani has been working on some interesting projects in that area that will soon appear here.

Videos and How-To Docs

We kicked the month off with two new initiatives: our YouTube channel launched, and we have now over 20 videos in the library, covering a wide variety of topics.  Richard is constantly creating additional videos, so please subscribe to make sure you are not missing a learning opportunity.

The second new initiative is a series of hands-on How-To documents, downloadable in PDF format, that show you step by step with lots of screenshots how to perform certain customization or extension tasks.  Where appropriate, we are creating matching videos for you to see the steps "in action."  The first How-To was what I call Jani's visual install guide for the JDeveloper environment, followed by weekly ADF How-Tos prepared by Vik.  Over time we will cover other technologies, too.  Each How-To will be announced on this blog, typically on Thursdays.  As always, feel free to share suggestions for new topics in the blog comments.

OpenWorld 2013

OpenWorld 2013 is coming up, and we have been quite busy preparing for it.  Some of the planned activities will need to remain under wraps for now, but one project we are heavily involved in is a one-day seminar run by Oracle University that focuses on Fusion Applications Customizations and Extensions.  If you are planning to come to San Francisco in September, consider signing up for that extra day (Sunday) of very focused learning.

Also on the OpenWorld topic, the session catalog has been published. In the near future, expect a blog post with some suggestions for talks that are hopefully of particular interest to the Fusion Apps developer community.

News From Other Teams

Our colleagues in the ADF Product Management group recently launched a new YouTube channel called "ADF Architecture TV".  Go check it out!

Ultan O'Broin (@ultan) from the User Experience (UX) team started the month of July on the Usable Apps blog with a post titled "Applications User Experience Fundamentals".  Highly recommended read for anyone who wants to get an understand what user experience really means.  His colleague Karen Scipi followed up later in the month with a very useful post summarizing Resources for Building Oracle ADF Applications.

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