Monday Feb 09, 2015

Getting started with iOS development using Eclipse and Java

Crosspost from Shay Shmeltzer's blog.

Want to use Eclipse to build an on-device mobile application that runs on iOS devices (iPhones and iPads)?

No problem - here is a step by step demo on how to do this:

Oh, and by the way the same app will function also on Android without any changes to the code :-)  

This is an extract from an online seminar that I recorded for one of Oracle's Virtual Technology Summits - and I figured people who didn't sign up for that event might still benefit from having access to the demo part of the video.

In the demo I show how to build an on-device app that access local data as well as remote data through web services, and how easy it is to integrate device features too.

If you want to try this on your own, get a copy of the Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse, and follow the setup steps in the tutorial here.

And then just follow the video steps.

The location of the web service I accessed is at: http://wsf.cdyne.com/WeatherWS/Weather.asmx?WSDL

And the Java classes I use to simulate local data are  here.


Monday Jul 14, 2014

New Oracle Mobile Platform Channel

There's a NEW video channel to learn about Oracle Mobile Platform. In case you're not familiar,  Oracle Mobile Platform covers:

Monday Jul 07, 2014

Eclipse + Android + iOS = Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse

Reposting for Greg Stachnick, Sr. Product Manager

Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse 12.1.3.1 adds new support for mobile application development using the new Oracle MAF framework. From within Eclipse, you can now develop hybrid mobile applications deploying to both iOS and Android devices. Some of the new features include:

Oracle Mobile Application Framework Design Time Support

  • New MAF Project Wizards help you get started with the correct project structure to start writing mobile applications
  • New MAF perspective configures your workspace with the most relevant Eclipse Views for mobile development
  • Android SDK and Apple XCode Configuration Wizards setup your Eclipse workspace to build and deploy your work to Android and iOS devices and simulators
  • AMX Tag Palette, Drag and Drop Patterns, and Smart Editors help you use and configure over 80 MAF components to develop your mobile applications
  • New Web Service Data Control simplifies binding mobile components to local and remote SOAP-based web services
  • Mobile Application descriptor editor provides a form based editor to assemble MAF applications, manage mobile security, configure Cordova plugins, and more
  • Mobile Feature descriptor editor provides a form based editor to create, manage, and reuse MAF features and more
  • Support for visual Task Flow creation, Bindings, and Data Controls in Mobile application development
  • MAF Feature and Application packaging for sharing and reuse of features across multiple mobile applications
  • AppXray dependency tracking and refactoring for MAF projects including AMX components, feature configurations, application configurations, bindings, task flows, and more
  • Deploy and Debug to Android & iOS Simulators or Devices directly from within your Eclipse workspace
  • Access Device and Simulator error logs of your running applications help debug runtime issues from within Eclipse

Oracle Mobile Application Framework Runtime

Oracle Mobile Application Framework 2.0 is shipped with OEPE zip distributions and available for download through Eclipse Update. No need to download an external runtime as the framework is included with the development tools out of the box.

Oracle Mobile Application Framework Samples

Over a dozen complete Mobile examples applications are included with the MAF tools. These sample demonstrate examples and best practices for data visualization, binding to web services, using Cordova plugins to access device features, and more. See the MAF Example Applications under the standard Eclipse Examples wizard for list of samples and detailed descriptions.

Checkout OEPE OTN page for OEPE downloads, tutorials, and documentation or see the Mobile Application Framework portal for even more information including new training videos and samples.

To read the original post, click here.

For more information on Oracle's mobile products, go to: www.oracle.com/mobile.  You can follow Oracle's mobile blog at: blogs.oracle.com/mobile as well as twitter @oraclemobile

Monday Jun 30, 2014

New Oracle Mobile Application Framework and Mobile Suite

About this picture.  Word was, the release date better hold or it was off to the crows nest with you! :) But seriously, that picture is not shopped, and the top of that mast is about 100 feet (over 30 meters for my metric friends). I took the shot from the 8th floor, and had to tilt  the camera up.  Yeah, that boat is a beast in both size and speed. It’s parked at the HQ pond. If you’re in the area, it’s worth the stop to check it out.

It's here! Oracle is introducing Oracle Mobile Application Framework (MAF) and there are some goodies that you’ll be interested in including:

  • MAF is not only supported by Oracle JDeveloper, but for those of you Eclipse zealots, it’s now supported by Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse - the award winning, highly regarded Eclipse plugins, best know for the excellent support for Oracle WebLogic and Oracle Coherence, is now going mobile. Rejoice Eclipse users, you now have more choice!  
  • More professionally developed UI components. 80 to be more precise, and based on HTML5. Because why start from scratch when you don’t have to?  
  • Cordova plugins. That’s right, Cordova. You can benefit from the various plugins available for Cordova. You probably didn’t even know Cordova and a Java VM played so well. There you go.
  • Support for other JS libraries, like JQuery Mobile, you betcha.
  • Tight integration with Oracle Mobile Security Suite. After all, insecure apps are a non-starter, and Oracle Security Suite provides protection at the app level. More info here.

But wait, there’s more…Oracle Mobile Suite. Yes, MAF is a big component to Mobile Suite, but that’s getting update too! 

  • New version, Oracle Service Bus 12c, with improved support for REST/JSON services 
  • Unified design time support in Oracle JDeveloper
  • In-memory distributed caching 
  • A rich portfolio of existing adaptors for on-premises enterprise applications 


In a world where mobile is changing at an accelerated pace (some of my friends recently complained about yet another programming language (Swift) just after they got use to Objective-C)  isn’t it nice to be able to write secure, enterprise mobile apps with Java?

You can learn more about Oracle's mobile strategy at oracle.com/mobileFor real time news, follow us on twitter @oraclemobile. The full press release is here.

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