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.

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.

Wednesday Aug 24, 2011

Preregistration at my Oracle World Sessions

I've got a busy Oracle World 2011 this year with 4 sessions at which I am presenting.  These sessions are open for pre-registration and its good to see over 100 people already registered to attend.

  • Getting Started with Oracle ADF: What You Need to Know 
  • What's Your Choice for Oracle Forms: Modernize, Upgrade, Integrate, or Migrate? 
  • Quick Start Guide to Oracle Fusion Development with Oracle ADF
  • Redeveloping a Forms Application in Oracle ADF: A Case Study

There is going to be some great content this year.  Some of the sessions I would love to attend (if I can!) will be

  • Push to the Limit: Rich and Proactive User Interfaces with Oracle ADF
  • Angels in the Architecture: An Oracle Application Development Framework Architectural Blueprint
  • Four Ways to Transition from Oracle Forms to Oracle ADF Conference Session 
  • Real-World Performance Tuning for Oracle ADF Applications

There is also a FULL ADF day on the Sunday.  If you are involved in Oracle ADF projects (or will be) I think this is about the best way you could spend your training budget.

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.

http://www.ukoug.org/events/ukoug-development-event-220611/

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.
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