Release 8 Documentation

A number of things have changed in the developer documentation area since the previous release, and this blog post is going to help you find the right books for your needs.  As you probably know, Oracle's Fusion Applications cater to the needs of both on premises and cloud customers.  With this release, we're starting to separate the documentation somewhat by target audience.  On Premises customers find the docs relevant to their deployment model as before in the Documentation Library.  Cloud services customers have a different documentation dashboard that's reached via docs.oracle.com/cloud.  This article follows the same approach.

On Premises Books

For on premises developers, one of the primary sources of information continues to be the Oracle Fusion Applications Developer's Guide.  You find it on the Technology tab of the Release 8 documentation page.  The direct links in this blog post always point to the HTML version, but you can also download the books in other formats (always PDF, and sometimes also EPUB and MOBI).  

An important companion for the Developers Guide is the Oracle Fusion Applications Extensibility Guide for Developers.  While the former covers development environment setup and creation of new artifacts, the latter's focus is the customization and extension of existing applications. 

For business analysts, the Fusion Applications Extensibility Guide (which in Release 7 in fact was called "Fusion Applications Extensibility Guide for Business Analysts") is a great source of information about composer-based customizations and also covers topics like menu customizations, flexfields, and reports and analytics changes.

Cloud Books

If your environment is in the Cloud, you cannot use JDeveloper to customize existing code or deploy new artifacts to the Fusion Apps instance. Instead your tools are the various composers.  

Cloud docs are found via the http://docs.oracle.com/cloud  URL. Here you need to pick the cloud service you are working with.  Different services offer different books.  The following sections cover HCM and Sales Cloud.

Human Capital Management

If you select this service, you will see this Getting Started page:

Our focus is the "Books" tab:  it takes you to a list of all the books available for the HCM Cloud Service. In the Extensibility section you can find a link to the book Extending the Applications.  This book covers topics like sandboxes, customization layers, Page Composer, flexfields, menu customization, reports and analytics customizations as well as online help changes.  If this description sounds very similar to the one given earlier for the on premises Fusion Applications Extensibility Guide, that's no coincidence.  The books are the same (except for the title) -- one is for on premises installs and this one is for Cloud customers. 

Sales Cloud

Sales Cloud offers with its Application Composer a very powerful tool, and this is reflected in the Books tab for this service.  The titles are grouped into two categories:


The Development section is targeted at "hard core" developers.  The Groovy Scripting Reference, formerly only available in My Oracle Support, is now publicly available and helps you with your Groovy development tasks within the Sales Cloud Application Composer.  The other two titles in the Development category are brand-new in this release:

Unlike other traditional docs, these are books that explain how to accomplish tasks reflecting common scenarios.

The first use case doc is primarily targeted at partner/ISV developers and explains integration approaches for their applications.

Java Cloud Service (JCS) is a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offering from Oracle that lets you write and deploy Java code. The second new book covers a variety of use cases that show how to use JCS together with the Sales Cloud service.  This is a new and exciting area and you can expect a lot more material to come from us in the near future.

In the Extensibility section, you find a Getting Started with Oracle Sales Cloud Customizations book.  If you are new to the whole subject, this is probably your best starting point to learn some of the most common features.  It's even helpful for end users or analysts helping end users in that it covers Personalization features. Extending Sales is the reference guide that you may have known under the title "CRM Extensibility Guide" in previous releases.  The above mentioned Groovy Scripting Reference is included in this section as well.  Finally, brand-new with Release 8 we now have another use-case-oriented book: Use Cases for Customizing Oracle Sales Cloud.  It shows you how to solve common tasks using the composer tools.

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