By Steven Davelaar on Sep 30, 2013
Oracle JHeadstart 188.8.131.52 is now available. This is a maintenance release for JDeveloper 11g R1. Oracle JHeadstart 12c, a new release that will be compatible with JDeveloper 12c is currently planned to become general available later this calendar year.
This 184.108.40.206 release contains the following new features:
- UI Tree Checked for Pending Changes: Prior to this release, pending changes were only detected in the model, after the JSF lifecycle phase "Update Model" was executed to update the underlying ADF model bindings. This implied that for menu item commands the immediate property had to be set to false to detect the last changes made by the user that were not yet sent to the server, otherwise the "Update Model" phase was skipped. However, with immediate=false, the end user could not abandon pages with invalid or incomplete data as validation errors occurred before the menu navigation could take place. So, the choice was to either limit the
navigation freedom of the end user, or accept the fact that the pending changes alert was not always shown. With this new
release this problem is solved. All menu items have immediate=false allowing complete freedom to navigate away, while the
latest changes are also detected because JHeadstart now inspects the UI Components in the page UI tree for any changes. The UI Components are always updated with the latest value, also when immediate is set to true because the UI components are updated in JSF lifecycle phase "Apply Request Values" which is always executed, regardless of the setting of the immediate property.
The inspection of the UI tree is performed in a new managed bean class
PendingChangesVisitCallBack. This class is generated as managed bean in JhsCommon-beans.xml. If for some reason you want to keep the old behavior, and not inspect the UI tree for pending changes, you can add the following property to the ApplicationDefinition.xml file:
checkUITreePendingChanges="false"Note that you need to set this property directly in the xml file, it is not visible in the JHeadstart Application Definition editor. If this property is set to false, the
PendingChangesVisitCallBackbean is not generated and the menu item commands are generated again with immediate=false.
- Ability to override generated item properties: The item-level property "Additional Properties" has been renamed to "Additional / Overriding Properties" can now be used as well to override standard generated properties. If you specify a property in "Additional / Overriding Properties" then this property always 'wins', it will override a property by the same name that was generated by the same item template. This signifcantly reduces the need for custom item templates.
- Support for Skyros Skin: If you wan to use the new Skyros skin introduced in JDeveloper 220.127.116.11, you should change the JHS_PAGE_TEMPLATE setting at application level from
default/misc/file/jhsPageTemplateSkyros.vm. This new template is optmized for the Skyros skin, and also uses the new
See the JHeadstart 18.104.22.168 Release Notes for a list of bugs fixed in this release.
For a complete list of all JHeadstart features, use this link. For detailed information on all the features, check out the comprehensive JHeadstart Developer's guide. Want to try JHeadstart yourself? Do the tutorial using the JHeadstart evaluation version that you can install using Help -> Check for Updates functionality in JDeveloper.