Wednesday Feb 12, 2014

Is ADF the right choice? Understanding your options

At a recent Oracle virtual developer day I presented a session on "Oracle ADF For Forms and PL/SQL Developers – Why it’s the right choice".  In this presentation I talk about why you might be considering ADF, the challenges of re-education and what opporuntinies you might be able to realise by choosing ADF.

If you are considering ADF, this might be an interesting watch to arm you with some relevant facts.

Friday Jan 11, 2013

UKOUG - Everthing you wanted to know about developing mobile applications

UKOUG are running an awesome special interest group on mobile development.  The ability to run and access enterprise applications on smartphones and tablets is probably the hottest development topic right now and its great to see the UKOUG dedicating a full day on this.  This is not just about a specific product but is aimed at the whole development experience of building for mobile and tablet.  Its the 5th of Feb at the Oracle offices in Birmingham. Places are limited so register your interest with the UKOUG as soon as possible.


Wednesday Oct 31, 2012

Is Oracle ADF Simpler than Oracle Forms - ODTUG Webinar

I'm delivering a webinar on "Is Oracle ADF Simpler Than Oracle Forms?" for ODTUG tomorrow 1st November.  The idea is to look at ADF with half an eye on how you might develop applications in Oracle Forms and compare the development experience.  You might be surprised! Full details of the webinar and registration are published on the ODTUG website.

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.

Thursday Nov 24, 2011

Migrating Forms to Java or ADF, the truth and no FUD

The question about migrating Forms to Java (or ADF or APEX) comes up time and time again.  I wanted to pull some core information together in a single blog post to address this question.

The first question I always ask is "WHY" - Forms may still be a viable option for you so "if it ain't broke don't fix it".  Bottom line is whatever anyone tells you, its going to be a considerable effort and cost to migrate from Forms to something else so the business is going to want to know WHY you spend all those hard earned dollars switching from something that might have been serving you quite adequately.

Second point, if you are going to switch, I would encourage you NOT to look at building a Forms clone.  So many times I see people trying to build an ADF application and EXACTLY mimic the Forms model - ADF is NOT a Forms clone.  You should be building to the sweet spot of your target technology, not your 20 year old client/server technology.  This is also the chance for the business to embrace change, so maybe look at new processes, channels and technology options that weren't available when you first developed your Forms applications.

To help you understand what is involved, I've put together a number of resources.

  1. Thinking about migration of Forms to Java, ADF or APEX, read this to prepare yourself
  2. Oracle Forms to ADF: When, Why and How - this gives you an overview of our vision, directly from Oracle Product Management
  3. Redeveloping a Forms Application with Oracle JDeveloper and Oracle ADF.  This is a conference session from myself and Lynn Munsinger on how ADF can be used in a Forms migration/rewrite
As someone who manages both Forms and ADF Product Management teams, I've a foot in either camp and am happy to see you use either tool.  However, I want you to be able to make an informed decision.  My hope is that there information sources will help you do that.

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.

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.

Wednesday Jun 15, 2011

Which Development Tool Should You Be Using??

This question comes up time and time again, should I be using ADF, JDeveloper, Java, Eclipse, Forms, Apex, Web Center?  Confused?
The UKOUG are running a Special event on the 22nd June in London with some of the leading experts in Oracle development.  The theme of the day is Oracle Development Tools Landscape and covers topics such as Forms migration, ADF as part of Oracle's Fusion initiative, customer experiences, SQL developer, Web Center and UI modernization.

The event is based in Oracle's City office in London on the 22nd June.  There are only a few places left for what should be a "sell out" event.  Please go to the link for the full agenda and registration details.

Tuesday May 10, 2011

Understanding what Oracle tools to use

A common question that comes up from customers is "which Oracle tool should I be using?" Forms? ADF? Apex? and then throw into the mix Web Center, BPM, SOA, SQL Developer! To address the common questions, and to no doubt kick off some lively debate, the UKOUG are running an "Oracle Development Tools Landscape" SIG on the 22nd of June in the Oracle London City office. This event will be a mix of strategy, demo and customer use cases and includes some a leading experts on Oracle Development tools - from both inside and outside of Oracle. You can register for the event here: here

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


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