Thursday Nov 12, 2015

Got Oracle Forms? Get to UKOUG Tech15 Conference.

Anyone (and I know there are THOUSANDS of you) who have an Oracle Forms system somewhere in your company might be aware that Forms is having a bit of resurgence.  Oracle Forms 12c was released last month with a bunch of new features.  However, there is one other killer reason to be taking stock of your Forms investment: the UKOUG Tech15 conference is next month with some of the biggest and brightest brains talking about Oracle Forms.

If that is not enough, I'll be there (x-lead of Forms Product Management), Duncan Mills, Senior Director of Product Management who for about 15 years was "Mr Forms" (and still is for most people) and Frank Nimphius the author of many of the Forms PJC samples and last time I looked had answered about 15,000 Forms questions on OTN.

Throw in some partners talking about Forms such as PITSS, Auraplayer, ExplorerUK and you'll get just about the best advice on what to do with Oracle Forms - and all for about 1 hour of consultancy time from those consultants that told you Forms was dead! 

Thursday Feb 20, 2014

Strategies for Moving Forms Applications to Mobile Devices

Yes you heard right.  Oracle Forms on mobile devices!  If you want to find out more, ODTUG are holding a webinar on the 27th of Feb.  You'll get a rundown on the options you have with Forms, the challenges, and you'll see loads of cool demos of what mobile could do for you.  Oracle Senior Director of Product Management Denis Tyrell and CEO of Auraplayer Mia Urman will be your hosts.  For more information on this must-not-miss event, see this blog post.

Friday Feb 14, 2014

Survey for Oracle Forms Users

Interesting survey for all of you with an investment in Oracle Forms.  We want to hear from you.  If you have 30 seconds, please check out the survey.

Thursday Mar 28, 2013

Run Oracle Forms Applications in the Cloud


[Read More]

Wednesday Jan 16, 2013

What happens to Forms with Java 6 desupport.

I've seen this come up a couple of times so I thought I would post this here.  You may have read that at the end of Feb 2013 there will be no more public updates of Java SE 6.  So how does this affect Oracle Forms 11g which is still certified with JDK 1.6.  The good news is that the support date for Forms 11g takes precedence.  Please see the support notes 1470123.1 and 952075.1.

If you choose to update to JDK 7 please also read support note 1519244.1

Tuesday Jan 08, 2013

Accessing an Oracle Forms application from an iPhone!

I'm sitting here writing an article on Mobile application development so its a nice coincidence that this post came up from Oraplayer.  Its a reasonable questions to ask: you've a key application running Oracle Forms, but with more and more demand for mobile access to applications, how could you expose this application to a mobile device.  The first thing to be clear on is that Forms won't run ON the actual mobile device.  The second thing is, not all "typical" Forms screens would make sense on a tiny mobile phone screen, so you really have to be clear on the use case here.

So rather than performing some complex order entry on a phone, I'm probably more likely to want to check or update the status of an order.  It turns out that the Oraplayer solution has a neat way of first of all recording which fields on the Form you would want to "mobilize", and then it creates a web service to access those fields.  The web service can then be deployed and accessed, just like any old web service, from a mobile device using a technology like ADF Mobile.

So, rather and ripping and replacing your Forms application just because it limits you to "back office" data entry, you now have a shiney new mobile access channel to offer to your employees/customers! 

Tuesday Dec 18, 2012

Oracle Forms 11gR2 Patch released - Java 7 Support

I'm pleased to announce that Oracle Forms 11gR2 patch 1 has been released.  Amongst other things, this brings us Linux 6 and client side JRE 1.7 support.  Please ensure you check the certification matrix and readme files before installing.

Monday Sep 17, 2012

Oracle Forms Futures Webinar - 24th Sept 2012

We're running a webinar next week outlining strategy/options/future for customers running Oracle Forms applications.  Details of the webinar can be found here.  For anyone with an investment in Oracle Forms I'd suggesting taking 60 minutes out of your day to get some official guidance from Oracle.

Tuesday Sep 11, 2012

Oracle Forms at Oracle World - A community event!

You know, fashions come and go, and Oracle Forms has had its fair share of people with "opinions" on its future (or lack of), but at Oracle World 2012 this year we're seeing a real buzz around our favourite RAD tool.

Monday 1st October, Session BOF6342 "The Future of Oracle Forms: Upgrade, Modernize, or Migrate?" - I will be delivering an insight into the future of Forms.  One thing I can share with you, if you haven't pre-registered then you should do...quickly! - This is in a room for 164 and we've less than 30 places left with 3 weeks still to go!

Tuesday 2nd October CON5639 - Give Your Forms a Face-lift: Tips and Tricks for Oracle Forms GUI Modernization which will be delivered by Mia Urman of OraPlayer.  Mia is also working on a Forms Q&A panel as part of this session so you can question some of the leading Forms experts in the field.

This session will then lead into another by Oracle partner and all round Guru, Lucas Jellama from Amis: Tuesday 2nd October CON4827 - The Future of Forms Is … Oracle Forms (and Friends)

For those making the move from Oracle Forms to ADF there will be three very relevant sessions:

CON3531 - How to Migrate an Oracle Forms Application to Oracle ADF

UGF3783 - Oracle ADF Immersion: How an Oracle Forms Developer Immersed Himself in the Oracle ADF World

BOF4492 - How to Get Started with Oracle ADF

 We'll also have a dedicated Forms demo booth in the main demo area in Moscone at which myself, the Forms Development Director and a Senior Principal Support engineer will be happy to talk to you about Forms.

Not a bad line up for Oracle Forms!

Thursday Aug 16, 2012

Become a certified Oracle Forms Developer

We are announcing the Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g: Build Applications With Oracle Forms exam.  This is a chance to get a formally recognised certification of you Forms skills.  The recommended training for this exam is the Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g: Build Applications for Forms Oracle University training and if you want to sit the exam you can register here.

Thursday Jul 12, 2012

We are looking for an Oracle Forms Product Manager!

Do you have strong technical and business skills in Oracle Forms?  Do you understand Oracle's middleware strategy?  Do you want to shape the future of Oracle products?  We are advertising for a Forms product manager.  This is an amazing opportunity to work at the heart of Oracle's tools community.  Details of the role (IRC1873639 ) can be found here 

Tuesday Jun 26, 2012

Oracle Forms and Java 1.7 Certification

This question come up quite often on the forums so I thought I would post it here.  Forms 11gR1 ( is now certified with Java 1.7 on the client.  Oracle Forms 11gR2 (11.1.2) is targeted to certify Java1.7 in the next patch release; which shouldn't be too far away.  As soon as its released you'll hear it here.

Monday Jun 25, 2012

Oracle Forms and Java JRE Auto-Update Problems

There have been a few threads regarding problems with the auto update of the JRE and Oracle Forms applications.  See this entry from Steve Chan and this entry on the error FRM-92095: Oracle Jnitiator version too low - please install version or higher.  There are a few points to be aware of so Support have written up a note to hopefully make things clearer.  Log onto your Oracle support account and search for Note: 1470123.1.

Thursday May 03, 2012

Gartner Report on Oracle Forms talks about ADF, APEX and Modernization

The following Gartner report might be an interesting read for Forms customers.  Anyone considering their Oracle Forms future, migration, tool based migration or even Apex.  Some VERY interesting comments about each of these.

As you know from our Forms Statement of Direction, we are still supporting and developing Oracle Forms and I'm pretty happy that the Gartner report acknowledges that Forms remains a viable option for your current IT strategy and that for those looking to migrate, that JDeveloper and ADF represent the lowest risk factor. 

The report also makes an interesting observation with respect Apex: where it fits, and also doesn't fit, as a Forms alternative.

Tuesday May 01, 2012

Is this the best Forms event lineup EVER!?

There is still life in the old dog yet.  Amis, an Oracle consultancy in the Netherlands had put together "The Future of Forms" (15th of May) with what looks to be the most impressive line up of Forms experts I've seen in one place!

There is a full day session which covers an overview of Forms future, options for modernization, upgrade or migration.  This will include sessions from François Degrelle, the brains behind the Oracle Forms Look and Feel Project and the Java Bean/PJC website.  Wilfred van der Deijl will be demonstrating his integration of Forms and ADF Faces.  Steven Davelaar is the architect behind JHeadstart and there will also be sessions from Mia Urman of Oraplayer, YoForms and PITSS.

This day sessions is then followed by an evening hands-on session where you can play with some of the vendor solutions.

When you look at the collective knowledge in the room its a phenomenal opportunity to meet with some of the leading lights in the Forms world.  And as an added bonus, I might be there as well!

You can register for  the event here.


Tips, Tricks, Events and Information around Oracle JDeveloper, ADF, and Oracle Forms


« August 2016