Tuesday Dec 18, 2012
Friday Dec 14, 2012
By Grant Ronald on Dec 14, 2012
I'm half way through my review of "Oracle ADF Real World Developer's Guide" by Jobinesh Purushothaman - unfortunately some work deadlines de-railed me from having completed my review by now but here goes. First thing, Jobinesh works in the Oracle Product Management team with me, so is a colleague. That declaration aside, its clear that this is someone who has done the "real world" side of ADF development and that comes out in the book.
In this book he addresses both the newbies and the experience developers alike. He introduces the ADF building blocks like entity objects and view obejcts, but also goes into some of the nitty gritty details as well. There is a pro and con to this approach; having only just learned about an entity or view object, you might then be blown away by some of the lower details of coding or lifecycle. In that respect, you might consider this a book which you could read 3 or 4 times; maybe skipping some elements in the first read but on the next read you have a better grounding to learn the more advanced topics.
One of the key issues he addresses is breaking down what happens behind the scenes. At first, this may not seem important since you trust the framework to do everything for you - but having an understanding of what goes on is essential as you move through development. For example, page 58 he explains the full lifecycle of what happens when you execute a query. I think this is a great feature of his book. You see this elsewhere, for example he explains the full lifecycle of what goes on when a page is accessed : which files are involved,the JSF lifecycle etc.
He also sprinkes the book with some best practices and advice which go beyond the standard features of ADF and really hits the mark in terms of "real world" advice.
So in summary, this is a great ADF book, well written and covering a mass of information. If you are brand new to ADF its still valid given it does start with the basics. But you might want to read the book 2 or 3 times, skipping the advanced stuff on the first read. For those who have some basics already then its going to be an awesome way to cement your knowledge and take it to the next levels. And for the ADF experts, you are still going to pick up some great ADF nuggets.
Advice: every ADF developer should have one!
Wednesday Nov 28, 2012
By Grant Ronald on Nov 28, 2012
Next week we'll have a (what is a collection of PM's called, flock? gaggle?) of ADF Product Managers attending the UKOUG conference in Birmingham. Myself, Frank Nimphius, Chris Muir, Susan Duncan, Frederic Desbiens and Duncan Mills will all be attending. We'll be covering a range of sessions and if you have any questions you'd like to ask about Oracle tools development, technical questions, migration, Forms to ADF, futures, mobile, anything!, then come up and say hi.
Monday Nov 05, 2012
By Grant Ronald on Nov 05, 2012
Monday Oct 29, 2012
By Grant Ronald on Oct 29, 2012
I'm currently awaiting a copy for review and can't wait to get into this book. Jobinesh is an incredibly smart and switched-on technical ADF guru and I'm convinced I'm going to learn a whole lot of tips and techniques from this book. Once I get my hands on a copy I'll be writing up a full review.
As someone who has written an Oracle ADF book already, I know the effort that goes into something like that, so well done Jobinesh.
Monday Oct 08, 2012
Monday Sep 24, 2012
By Grant Ronald on Sep 24, 2012
Thursday Sep 13, 2012
By Grant Ronald on Sep 13, 2012
My team has developed about a weeks worth of ADF training material under the title ADF Insider and ADF Insider Essentials. This has been available from our page on OTN. But we are now loading all our content on YouTube as well so the content can now be accessed on iPads. Over the next couple of weeks we'll also add these YouTube links to the OTN page but in the meantime, if you have an interest in ADF I strongly urge you to subscribe to our ADFInsiderEssentials YouTube Channel so you can be alerted when new content comes on line.
Please also leave comments, thumbs up/down, and let us know what content/topics you want...
Monday Sep 03, 2012
Thursday Aug 09, 2012
By Grant Ronald on Aug 09, 2012
There have been literally millions of man-hours of research into how to design the user experience of Oracle's Fusion Application - this goes beyond colors and fonts and is about how humans interact with IT applications. Its a science I don't understand but now I don't have to...Now you can learn from the UX experience of Fusion applications. Oracle has just published the design patterns for Fusion Applications. These show things like common flow and page layout. This is part of a larger usability site for Oracle Applications which are driving new standards in usability.
So, for those building Oracle ADF applications, you have at your fingertips the collective brain-dump from our UX specialists to ensure you can build accessible, usable, engaging and exciting applications.
Friday Aug 03, 2012
By Grant Ronald on Aug 03, 2012
Wednesday Jul 25, 2012
By Grant Ronald on Jul 25, 2012
Oracle ADF continues to be the foundation of not only Oracle's future Enterprise Business Applications, but also many of our other lines of business. In this latest, the new Oracle Support portal will be running on ADF.
Monday Jul 02, 2012
By Grant Ronald on Jul 02, 2012
Wednesday Jun 20, 2012
By Grant Ronald on Jun 20, 2012
The second part of the advanced ADF on line ecourse is now live. This covers the advanced topics of region and region interaction as well as getting down and dirty with some of the layout features of ADF Faces, skinning and DVT components. The aim of this course is to give you a self-paced learning aid which covers the more advanced topics of ADF development. The content is developed by Product Management and our Curriculum development teams and is based on advanced training material we've been running internally for about 18 months.
Thursday May 17, 2012
By Grant Ronald on May 17, 2012
So you want to learn ADF, and you want to learn ADF online.
I've blogged in the past about the wealth of material online for learning ADF. Infact, there is so much content available, we have a 10 minute video just explaining where that content exits!
However, sometimes nothing beats instructor lead training. Oracle University has a number of live courses which you can attend, but sometimes travel restrictions can make that option difficult. So what if the trainer could come to you, whenever you require? Well now you have the option. OU have released Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g: Build Applications with ADF I TOD (Training On Demand), which brings a "live" class and instructor, direct to your desktop. This way you can learn JDeveloper and ADF at your own pace, from your own home or office, without the cost and hassle of travel/hotel/costs.
So, no excuses for getting skilled up in ADF then!
Tips, Tricks, Events and Information around Oracle JDeveloper, ADF, and Oracle Forms
- Running Apex applications from ADF Mobile on-device
- Get a perspective on mobile development : UK event 14th May.
- ADF Architecture and Best Practices Continuing around the globe
- Oracle Mobile Strategy at OUG Ireland Conference
- Strategies for Moving Forms Applications to Mobile Devices
- What is Oracle Mobile Suite
- Survey for Oracle Forms Users
- Is ADF the right choice? Understanding your options
- ADF Mobile - attached device not being recognised
- ADF Architecture and Best Practices Course - March 11th - 14th 2014