Thursday Mar 15, 2012

Oracle Forms - Updated Statement of Direction March 2012

Right, for all you doomsayers who have been foretelling the desupport of Oracle Forms, I've some news for are still wrong.   Maybe one day you will be right (and maybe one day the guy with the sandwich board shuffling around the town center in the brown trenchcoat saying "The End is Nigh" might also be right), but for the meantime, Forms goes on.  I've published a new statement of direction on OTN.  As my colleague Chris Muir pointed out, Forms has outlived Concorde, the Space Shuttle, The News of the World, Lehman Brothers and possibly Rangers Football Club.  Infact, lets start a thread on this, what other notable elements of the 20th century has Forms outlived...your answers below, lets see if we can get 20 good ones.

Monday Mar 12, 2012

ODTUG Webinar on Oracle Forms - can it go mobile?

The Oracle Development Tools User Group (ODTUG) will be running a webinar on the topic:

"HELP: What do I do with my Oracle Forms Applications Today? Modernize, Migrate or Go Mobile !"

This webinar has been organized as a result of the hugely successful seminar run by the UKOUG on Forms modernization.  The goal is to give ALL Forms customers the key essential information they need to make an informed decision on what they should be doing with their Oracle Forms investment.  I will be presenting the "Oracle Forms State of the Nation", and Oracle Forms expert Mia Urman of OraPlayer will be presenting her vision of Forms modernization including a demo of running Forms logic from a mobile device.

The seminar is on the 29th March 2012, you can register to join the conference here.  This is great opporunity to get the facts, and the vision of Oracle Forms.

Wednesday Mar 07, 2012

Installing Forms 11gR2

If you are thinking of installing Forms, I'd suggest go straight to 11gR2 if you can.  Of course, the path of software installation sometimes never runs as smoothly as you'd expect so nice to see Mia Urman of the Oracle Forms community writing up her experiences. She also documents what software you require for the installation.  Great to see Mia using her Forms experience to help others.

Thursday Feb 23, 2012

Oracle Forms released

I'm pleased to announce that Oracle Forms (which is a patchset) has been released.  I've posted an announcement on the Oracle Forms homepage.  If you click on the download tab you can find links to the certification and readme documents.  The patch itself can be downloaded from Oracle Support.

Monday Jan 30, 2012

Modernizing Oracle Forms with HTML Maps

One of the key things we wanted to do with Oracle Forms is give users to the tools to exploit new technologies - and I've been talking about this in my blog recently.  But one Forms user who is taking this to the max is Francois Degrelle.  In this example, he uses and HTML map to show geographic data which can then be used to trigger a query into Forms.

I think if more Forms developers can see the opportunities with complementing technologies then they can really push the limits of their applications - great job Francois.

Friday Jan 27, 2012

Calling all Forms Developers - That means YOU!

At the UKOUG annual conference in 2011, there was a tools roundtable which ended up being a deep discussion on the topic of Forms modernization.  Someone said they wanted to migrate to Apex because they thought they had to get off of Forms.  The discussion highlighted that there was a need for some clear information on the future of Forms, and the options: upgrade, migration to ADF/Apex, modernization, or integration with new technologies and features.

I'm pleased to say the UKOUG Development Tools SIG commitee decided to run with this idea and have arranged a full day dedicated to this topic, with some of the leading experts in the Forms world attending.

If you are developing in Forms and want to fully understand your options then this is the event for you.  Details here on the UKOUG website.

Looking for Forms Admin 11g Training in the UK?

A topic has been kicked off on LinkedIn to see if others would be interested in having a delivery of the Forms Admin 11g training course.  This is a great 3 day event covering the management and set up of Forms on WLS 11g.  You can register your interest here.

Tuesday Oct 25, 2011

Oracle Forms 11gR2 - Windows and Linux 64 bit now available

I've just uploaded the Oracle Forms and Reports 11gR2 builds for Windows 64 and Linux 64 bit onto OTN.  You can download from the Forms download page.

Thursday Oct 20, 2011

Oracle Forms and Reports New Release !

Yes, you heard right (and I told you so!) Oracle Forms and Oracle Reports 11g Release 2 has been published on OTN.  Forms and Reports 11gR2 is based on WebLogic Server 11gR1 (10.3.5) and the underlying Fusion Middleware 11gR2 ( tech stack.

There is a new features document outlining the new features in this release.  The main points being integration with Oracle Access Manager, a reduced installation footprint and some new builder features as well.

You can get full details from the Forms page on OTN.

Thursday Sep 22, 2011

Reusing Forms Business Logic as a Web Service

As people look to modernize their Oracle Forms investment, one of the common issues is how to expose Forms logic to another technology.  For example, a Forms application might have complex Forms and database logic for querying a customer and then returning their credit history.  Now, if you wanted to call that logic from, say Java, how could you do it?  Would you have to refactor all of the code out of Forms into some common place such as a web service?

Well it looks like at least one Oracle partner has found a novel way of tackling this problem.  Their solution allows you to first of all record the data input into the Forms application and the actions performed on that data.  This then results in a parameterised file which acts as the interface between the Forms runtime and a web service.  The web service can then pass its own data values (maybe from an ADF application or a mobile application) into that "interface" which then "injects" the same scenario back into the Forms runtime, but with different data values, into the Forms runtime.  So, rather than the user pressing buttons and inputting data from the Forms client, this web service is acting like a Forms client/user.

Of course, the real proof is how this works in a real scenario with many logic triggers and UI interactions, but this might be a solution to explosing complex Forms logic to the outside world.

Tuesday Sep 20, 2011

Time to Modernize Your Forms Investment?

Did you know that at the end of 2011 Oracle Form 10g will move out of premier support.  This means you have a number of decisions to make regarding on your future with Oracle Forms and how you might move, or modernize.  Oracle has kicked off a campaign to get you thinking about your options.  You can click here for more details.

Thursday Aug 25, 2011

Oracle Forms 11g Admin Course live and running in...

I'm pleased to announce that a new Forms 11g Admin course (formally called Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g: Administer Forms Services) is now live and a delivery is scheduled for the 28th September in Chicago.  This course will cover topics such as :

  • Installation
  • Managing domains and servers
  • Deploying Forms applications
  • Security
  • Integration
  • Troubleshooting
Click here to get more details of the course.  Please note, that depending on your browser settings/location you might not see the 28th September event.  If not, search on "Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g: Administer Forms Services" in the search box or drop me an email....

Tuesday Aug 23, 2011

Modernize an Oracle Forms UI

A question came up on the ODTUG forums today about redeveloping an existing Forms application because the UI looked dated.  The question is something that I hear a lot and so I wrote an article discussing the pros, cons and case studies.  This article was first published in the ODTUG Technical Journal.

So if you are considering rewriting a Forms application because you think it looks dated you may want to first of all read this.

Thursday Aug 18, 2011

Forms users, do you use Oracle Reports?

Forms and Reports have often be used together but its never easy to get a handle on the scale of how much people are using Reports with Forms (since they are licensed together).  I've posted an OTN survey to try and get some quantitative data, so if you are using Oracle Forms please head over and check the survey, its two clicks and should take about 15 seconds!


Tuesday Aug 09, 2011

Oracle Forms resizable JTable and other neat Java Beans

One of the most common question I get about Forms new features is "will you have a JTable style of component?"  The answer has always been that we give you the ability to hook in any Java bean to the UI, you just have to go and do it.

So, its been good to see Gert Poel from iAdvise has published a video on his sortable and switchable multi row table.  He has also submitted a couple of videos showing drag and drop file upload and googlemap integration into Forms.

Great job and I hope it serves as inspiration of what you can achieve with Forms and PJC/Beans.


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