Wednesday Jul 24, 2013

Maven support in JDeveloper 12c - new video

The ADF Insider series has a new video which is our first on the newly released JDeveloper 12c. This video is a short introducion and demo to the Maven Support in JDeveloper 12c

Monday Mar 04, 2013

Calling REST services from an ADF Mobile Application

I've just recorded and uploaded a new video on how to call REST services from an ADF Mobile application.  Given REST is one of the primary mechanisms for interacting with mobile devices, I'm hoping this will be a key piece of information on developing ADF Mobile Application (after all, that's why the channel is called ADF Insider Essentials!)  In the demo I show using the URL Data Control and also how to use the REST Service Adaptor.

Thursday Jan 17, 2013

Meet the ADF Enablement Team

You may know some us of (or at least the names), but I wanted to introduce you to the ADF Enablement team and give you an insight into what we do.  We are part of the Oracle ADF Product Management group and our remit is the successful enablement of ADF.  So what does that really mean?  Well as product managers we are focused on the success of the product, but specifically we are tasked with helping customers and developers adopt, learn and ultimately be successful with Oracle ADF.

Generally speaking, there are two ways to do this.  The first is the reactive support and help of customers.  So for example, many of us are engaged with internal (remember, ADF is used for many of our internal systems including Fusion Apps) and external customers.  This might involve code reviews, architecture reviews, helping on escalated issues with Support, developing workarounds, logging bugs, suggesting enhancements and answering forum posts.

Now, the problem with that is there are only so many customers we can engage with at any one time, so we try to scale up our enablement through proactive initiatives.  So things like ADF Code Corner, ADF Insider and ADF Insider Essentials, ADF Architecture Square and our Advanced ADF Ecourse are developed from within this team.  Future proactive initiatives also include a live ADF Architecture course, ADF Faces Usability course and two new ecourses (in a new format) for mobile and Java.

You'll also find us globetrotting and turning up at various events.  You'll usually find at least one of us at an Oracle user group near you (if not, just ask us!) and we're often the trainers delivering live classes and education for internal and external customers.  Oh, and we've published books on Web Center and ADF and have regular columns in various Oracle and user group magazines.

So, that's what we do, now to meet the team.  We're a globally diverse team but late in 2012 we managed to find ourselves all in the same country, and infact, in the same pub and here is the picture to prove it.











The team is, from left to right:

  • Susan Duncan (UK) - who runs the Mobile program office, setting up developers who want to develop mobile applications
  • Chris Muir (AUS) - our APAC ADF guru and co-founder of the ADF EMG
  • Frederic Desbiens (CA) - our newest member who brings a wealth of real world ADF development experience
  • Lynn Munsinger (US) - the brains behind Fusion Order Demo and also runs the team* who develop OU courses and tutorials
  • Grant Ronald (UK) - I have the pleasure of managing this group of wonderful individuals, and anything Forms/ADF
  • Frank Nimphius (DE) - All round ADF-meister and font of all ADF knowledge.

So next time you pick up an ADF developer guide, code sample, book or attend a training course, it might be one of the ADF Enablement team who has had a hand in it.

* And a call out to Lynn's team: Gary Williams, DeDe Morton and Jeff Gallus.

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.


Monday Jan 07, 2013

Best Practices for Integrating REST/SOAP Services into ADF.

We are often guilty of only demo'ing and documenting the Oracle ADF Business Components/Database side of development.  Of course, not all applications are based (directly) on a database.  Sometimes your application works only against a set of services.  This new ADF Insider recording explains some of the best pracitces for intgerating Web Services into Oracle ADF, including a discussion on wrapping them inside ADF Business Components.

Make sure you subscribe to our YouTube channel for more updates.

Tuesday Nov 13, 2012

Mobile Application development - get hands on at UKOUG

Development of mobile solutions is one of the hottest topics in the IT market at the moment.  Forbes predicts that mobile application development with outstrip native PC development by 4-1 by 2015.  I'm therefor delighted to announce that the UKOUG and Oracle have synch'd up to provide a rolling 3 day hands-on Mobile development lab at the UKOUG conference this year.

We're setting up a lab of 10 Mac machines in which you will be able to develop iOS on-device applications.  And the great thing is, if you want to develop for Android, its the same lab as well!  Just think, write once and deploy to iOS or Android.

 We know places will be limited so we are going to be putting in place a first-come-first-served booking system.  Walk-ups will be allowed only if places are free.

This is your chance to start skilling up on the hottest development initiative in years.


p.s you have to be registered for the conference to attend.

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.

Wednesday Oct 03, 2012

Oracle ADF at Oracle World, a short video!

It has been wall to wall ADF, JDeveloper, Fusion and Forms for me and thousands other at Oracle World this year.  For those not able to make it, I've put together a short video around Oracle ADF and the ADF Enterprise Methodology Group.  Now you know what I get up to when jet lagged at 2am in a hotel room at Oracle World!

Wednesday Sep 12, 2012

Hot Sessions for Oracle World 2012 - Cloud and Mobile Keynote

For those attending Oracle World 2012 Chris Tonas, VP of Application Development Tools, will be talking about Cloud and Mobile on Monday 1st Oct at 10:45am.  Having had a sneak preview of this session already is amazing to see how our development tools, specifically JDeveloper and Oracle ADF, are embracing mobile and cloud development.  If you want to know more, you'll have to come along to this session!

Thursday May 17, 2012

How can I learn ADF on line?

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!

Friday May 11, 2012

We're hiring. Looking for strong ADF technologist

The ADF Product Management team are looking for a strong ADF technologist to join people like Frank Nimphius, Chris Muir, Lynn Munsinger  and myself as part of the ADF Product Management team tasked with ensuring customers are able to successfully adopt and implement ADF applications.

Full details of the job post can be found from the link below, or search on IRC1793732 at

For this role we are primarily looking for the role to be US based.

If you feel you have the ADF skills, knowledge and desire to help others be successful with ADF then I look forward to your application.

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.

Wednesday Mar 28, 2012

Calling Oracle Developers in Portugal - Fusion and ADF sessions

I'll be demonstrating the Oracle Fusion development experience and delivering an Oracle ADF Masterclass in Portugal on the 12th and 13th of April 2012.  This will be an opportunity to find out how Oracle develops their Fusion applications and an overview of the framework which is at the heard of Oracle's future: Oracle ADF.

I'll also be part of a Q&A panel, so any questions on Forms/ADF, this is your chance!

Wednesday Mar 07, 2012

New ADF Insider on ADF Logging

How many of you, when developing applications use code like: print("Got this far").  Yes, an essential debugging technique but messy as hell.  There is something a little smarter you can use: ADFLogger.  Its not dissimilar to the system.out.println you might be using today, but it allows you much more flexibility to define logging granularity and also to view the information in an interactive dashboard.  Duncan Mills has recorded a new ADF Insider which shows the power of the ADFLogger mechanisn.  You can watch it here.  Its also a nice addition to the ADF Logging series he has been blogging.

Monday Nov 21, 2011

JDeveloper and ADF at UKOUG

This year, Oracle ADF and JDeveloper has a big showing at the UKOUG (about 22 hours worth!!)- Europe's largest Oracle User Group.  There are three days packed with awesome ADF content delivered by some of the leading lights in ADF Developement including Duncan Mills, Frank Nimphius, Shay Shmeltzer, Susan Duncan, Lucas Jellema, Steven Davelaar, Sten Vesterli (and I'll be there as well!).

Please make sure you refer to the official agenda for timings but an outline is here (if you think there are any sessions I have missed let me know and I will add them)


  • 10:00 - 10:45 - Deepdive into logical and physical data modeling with JDeveloper
  • 10:00 - 12:15 - Debugging ADF Applications
  • 12:15 - 13:15 - Learn ADF Task Flows in 60 Minutes
  • 14:30 - 15:15 - ADF's Hidden Gem - the Groovy scripting language in Oracle ADF
  • 15:25 - 16:10 - ADF Patterns for Forms Conversions
  • 16:35 - 17:35 - Dummies Guide to Oracle ADF
  • 16:35 - 17:35 - ADF Security Overview - Strategies and Best Practices
  • 17:45 - 18:30 - A Methodology for Enterprise Applications with Oracle ADF


  • 09:00 - 10:00 - Real World Performance Tuning for Oracle ADF
  • 11:15 - 12:15 - Keynote: Modern Development, Mobility and Rich Internet Applications
  • 11:15 - 12:15 - Migration to Fusion Middleware 11g: Real world cases of Forms, ADF and Identity Management upgrades
  • 14:40 - 15:20 - What's new in JDeveloper 11gR2
  • 14:40 - 15:20 - Development Tools Roundtable
  • 15:35 - 16:20 - ALM in Jdeveloper is exciting!
  • 16:40 - 17:40 - Moving Oracle Forms to Oracle ADF: Case Studies
  • 17:50 - 18:35 - Building Web Based Interactive Data Dashboard


  • 09:00 - 10:00 - Building a Multi-Tasking ADF Application with Dynamic Regions and Dynamic Tabs
  • 10:10 - 10:55 - Building Highly Reusable ADF Taskflows
  • 12:30 - 13:30 - Design Patterns, Customization and Extensibility of Fusion Applications
  • 14:25 - 15:10 - Continuous Integration with Hudson: What a year!
  • 14:00 - 17:00 - Wednesday Wizardry with Fusion Middleware - Live application development demonstration with ADF, SOA Suite
  • 15:20 - 16:05 - Adding Mobile and Web 2.0 UIs to Existing Applications - The Fusion Way 
  • 16:15 - 17:00 - Leveraging ADF for Building Complex Custom Applications


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