Modernization of Oracle Forms to ADF

I am seeing a lot of activity around Forms Modernization. I see customers wanting to upgrade forms, port them to POJO or go to something a bit more finely defined. 

The Oracle Product Management team for JDeveloper just put out this great white paper / case study on how to do forms migration.  Here Steven Price and his buddies do a couple of really cool things, besides how to get modernize forms. They highlight some key points.

1) Is goes into the notion of a phased apporach...this isn't a big bang effort.
2) It stresses the importance of legacy assets. We have business logic 'locked' up in the this legacy code, and it doesn't make sense (or efficiency) to just rip and replace it
3) It stresses the importance of the whole Oracle Stack like BPEL and Business rules.

I often see projects, be it Cobol to Java, Forms to Java or anything in between....stressing the notion of just POJO. An often you are trading one evil (monolithic, hariball code...albeit your core business), for the SAME in just a different language...sure you have classess and methods now, but it is just as ugly.

What I like about this white paper is that you can examine when it makes sense to leverage BPM tools, business rules and BPEL.  Good stuff...enjoy the read.


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