Friday Jul 16, 2010

Where to start when writing JDev Extensions

For many of us, it's that first step that seems to be the hardest to get past when starting something new.  When it comes to JDev Extension development it really isn't any different.  It took a while to compile a lot of those sites that give you the beginners perspective and not just a lot of code samples that someone with experience could only use.

Below is a short list of some of the more beginners resources that I came across over the last couple of months.  If you have others, please add them in the comments.

1) The search field in the IDE itself is probably the best resource that I stumbled across in JDev.  It does far more then just search the existing code.  It looks at the JavaDocs, online Help, Oracle Technology Network and more.  Definitely give this a try.

2) Shay Shmeltzer's blog is a wealth of info for both beginner and more advanced extension developers.  A must have bookmark

3) The intro video for JDeveloper 11gR1 Extension SDK is a good place to start.  The intro video for 11gR2 is also available.

4) The JDeveloper FAQ blog by Nick Haralabidis has a three part series on writing your first JDev Extension.  The series is found in blog's #16 - #18.

5) The Extension SDK samples themselves.  There are approx. 30 sample application that come with the SDK that you install via the JDev Update Center.  These samples contain a lot of info beyond just what they say they do in the description.  I've gone through all of them over the last month and will post a spreadsheet shortly that shows a lot more about what each sample can provide some insights to.

6) The JDeveloper and ADF Forum.  If all else fails, ask for help in the JDeveloper forum.  There are a lot of great minds that follow this forum.  They are friendly and helpful.  If you do post up a new question, make sure you add an "extension" tag to the post, so that it's easier for others to learn from your questions in the future.

Hope these beginners resource help others get going with developing extensions for JDeveloper. If you have some of your own, please add them in the comments.

Monday Jul 12, 2010

It has to start somewhere...

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My name is John 'JB' Brock.
This Blog will focus on tips and tricks for working with the JDeveloper Extension SDK.
I hope to bring clarity to some of the mysteries around developing extensions for JDeveloper.


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