Monday Feb 02, 2015

Oracle Mobile Application Framework 2.1 - Now Available

Crosspost from last week's announcement by Shay Shmeltzer at blogs.oracle.com/mobile

The Oracle Mobile Team is happy to announce the release of Oracle Mobile Application Framework 2.1 - a major update to Oracle's mobile development framework.

This new version focuses on upgrading the framework's infrastructure and includes the following new features:

  • Support for Java 8 - Java is the language used for business logic development on Oracle MAF, in fact Oracle MAF is the only solution out there that will run the same Java code on both iOS and Android.  Now developers can leverage the latest features of the Java language - such as Lambda expressions, Collections with Generics and more - while running on a 64bit JVM that supports the Java 8 Compact2 profile.
  • Cordova 3 support - Cordova is used in Oracle MAF to provide access to device features. Oracle MAF 2.1 updates the Cordova version to 3.6.3 on Android and 3.7 for iOS, dramatically increasing the number of available plugins that developers can leverage.
  • Simpler Cordova Plugin integration - Oracle MAF leverages the plugman command line to build and incorporate plugins into Oracle MAF apps.
  • Xcode 6 and Android 5 support - use the latest SDKs to compile and deploy your MAF applications across multiple devices.

You can get Oracle MAF 2.1 by downloading the new Oracle MAF extension through the JDeveloper Help->Check for Updates functionality.

We highly recommend that you read the installation guide and migration guide before you start your upgrade process. The setup might be a bit tricky because you'll need JDK7 to run JDeveloper but JDK8 to use the extension - so follow the instructions carefully. 

Have questions? - join us on the Oracle MAF discussion forum on OTN

Unrelated side note but that was quite a Super Bowl finish, eh? A miraculous catch followed by what some have said was the worst call.  I mean, a time out left, half a yard to go, and 3 downs to use, with one of the best running backs in the league, and you throw on 2nd down? Wow. 

Monday Oct 06, 2014

Mobile Highlights from OOW14


Another successful Oracle OpenWorld! We saw drones cruising over Howard St. as well as the America’s Cup trophy and championship sailboat, plus the concert Wednesday night had some great weather. We dialed in the weather. Tthere’s an app for that,  I think it’s called Oracle ExaWeather Control Center  and it's built on Oracle MAF ;-)   There were a myriad of mobile sessions and hands-on-labs as mobile at Oracle continues into into high gear.  Some highlights included:


Oracle Alta User Interface

Used by Oracle’s cloud applications, cloud services and available for customer-developed applications, new UI design principles deliver elegant user interfaces and experiences for web and mobile applications. Quote from the audience: "We were thinking of starting to rewrite our front end in AngularJS, but this new Alta skin looks awesome!”


Oracle Mobile Cloud Service (MCS)- Simplify enterprise connectivity, any app, any data, any data - secure. The demos were great and the hands on labs were packed. Mobile + Cloud = Rethink Mobile


Preview of Oracle Mobile Application Accelerator (MAX) - a cloud-based offering that brings mobile application development capabilities to professionals with no previous software development experience. With Mobile Application Accelerator, program managers, power users, and business professionals can develop mobile applications quickly and visually through their web browser.

Voila! Enhanced Oracle Mobile Application Framework + Oracle Mobile Security Suite. To simplify secure mobile application development, Oracle is deepening the integration between Oracle Mobile Application Framework and Oracle Mobile Security Suite as part of the mobile application lifecycle management process. This integrated approach makes it easier for developers to create a seamless user experience, without compromising security.

Are you developing with Eclipse?  These two were announced prior to OpenWorld, and worth repeating - a new version of Oracle Mobile Application Framework development is now available on the latest update of Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse!

And as with the continued adoption and use of Oracle Mobile Application Framework throughout Oracle and its customers, there are 14 New mobile apps for Oracle E-Business Suite!

Need to go hands on with mobile?  Mobile Application Framework Challenge - The Oracle Mobile Application Challenge invites developers to demonstrate how the Oracle Mobile Application Framework can be used to create and/or extend an enterprise application through mobile technology and then deploy that application to a handheld device. 


If you weren’t able to make some of these great sessions, don’t worry.  Oracle Technology Network is sponsoring a Virtual Technology Summit covering mobile topics and more. 

Phew! More mobile? Go to Oracle.com/mobile and then follow us on Twitter @OracleMobile

Saturday Sep 06, 2014

Cordova Calendar Plugin and Oracle Mobile Application Framework

Did you know that the new Oracle Mobile Application Framework (MAF) used Cordova to get access to native device services? That’s right. Cordova is pretty much the belle of the ball in terms of the goto technology for providing native devices access. Oracle MAF extends further by bringing in Java, the most popular enterprise programming language, to the mobile arena. You build mobile apps with Java and HTML5.

Cordova is great because of its plugin architecture, and Oracle’s own Chris Muir just posted a detailed blog on how to integrate the Cordova “Calendar” plugin for iOS, with Oracle MAF. The plugin allows your MAF application to create, update and delete entries in the mobile device’s calendar. Chris created a detailed post on his experience locate here.

BTW, are you planning to go to Oracle OpenWorld this year? Then checkout all the focus on mobile offerings

To stay on top of the latest in Oracle mobile offerings, follow us @OracleMobile or subscribe to our mobile blog here.

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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