What is Forms Application Deployment Services?
The Forms Application Deployment Services allows administrators or developers to package applications, deploy, configure, and store archived copies of the applications with the click of a button. Using the FADS web interface, you can check on the status of your deployments, deploy updated versions of your applications, delete no longer needed applications, and much more. A command line interface is also available, which may be helpful for Forms build integration and scripting automated deployment jobs where using a web interface may not be appropriate.
The Forms Application Deployment Services (FADS) simplifies the process of packaging applications, deploying, configuring, and storing archived copies of the applications.
In order to deliver and deploy a Forms application, associated modules are copied to a runtime server where they are generated into Forms executable files (fmx, mmx, plx). The process of creating the Forms executable files can be accomplished in a variety of ways, although using the provided compiler on a command line (or scripted) is most common. In addition to generating executable files, applications may also require additional custom files (for example, jars, html, etc.) and possibly unique configuration settings. For larger applications, this process may become time consuming and error prone.
To better understand what FADS has to offer, see these sections: