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.

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! 

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.

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.

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.

Monday Apr 23, 2012

Oracle Benelux User Group - A New Horizon, from Forms to ADF

Today I jump on another plane to visit the Oracle Benelux User Group annual conference.  I'll be talking about Forms and ADF, and in particular, how you can move over your applications and skills - if that's what you want to do.  So if you are in the region and Forms and ADF is on your radar, come along!

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.

Friday Jan 20, 2012

Calling all Oracle Developers in Israel.

If you are using Forms or are looking at ADF for your development needs then Tel Aviv, 24th January is an event you need to attend.  I'll be presenting on the future of Oracle Forms and then delivering an ADF masterclass.  We already have about 100 developers registetered so places are limited.

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 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.

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