Monday Apr 20, 2015

MAF and Mobile ADF Support Policy

Three documents about MAF and Mobile ADF  Support policy.

1. Mobile Application Framework (MAF) Support Policy (Doc ID 1994853.1)
2. Error Correction End Dates for Mobile Application Framework (MAF) (Doc ID 1994878.1)
3. Mobile Applications Support Policy (Doc ID 1994854.1)


In the first Note, it is interesting to know that fixes will not be provided for versions superseded by a newer release within the same "major version".  Error corrections, or patches, of Oracle Mobile Application Framework are offered against the current version and the latest Minor Version of the previous Major Version.  This allows the customer to stay on a Major Version if needed, while still being able to receive patches and fixes for Mobile Application Framework.  The following illustrates the Error Correction Policy:


Example of Error Correction Policy

In the example above, the current version is 2.1.1.  The latest Minor Version of the previous Major Version is 2.0.2.   Therefore, patches can be requested and delivered against both 2.1.1 and 2.0.2 version.  As 2.1.2 exists, then no fixes for 2.1.0, 2.1.1.

In order to keep up with O/S supportability, continuously check the policy on new O/S versions and the requirement to upgrade to the newer version.  New versions of Mobile Operating System and devices are certified against the most current version of the Mobile Application Framework only.


The second note shows how different the policy is to what we are used to for JDeveloper (Doc ID 401694.1): Once a new release is available, previous releases within the same major version are no longer within the grace period. When 2.1.1 version is released then, 2.1.0 is automatically beyond the error correction date.


The third Note is related to all Oracle Mobile Applications, not specific for MAF.

Mobile application updates will be provided based on the most current release.  Updates will be provided for the current version of the mobile application if the operating system, hardware on which it is running, and the underlying technology on which the application was based, are still covered and entitled to error correction by the associated 3rd party vendor(s).


Wednesday Mar 25, 2015

Finding "End of Support" Information for Oracle Application Development Tools

When does support end for my version of  JDeveloper,  ADF, Netbeans and etc?  It's such a simple question and frequently asked.  There is more to the answer than you might expect, and finding the full detail can be challenging.

This article will describe the navigation path through the relevant documents - all of which need to be read not only to obtain the "end of support" dates, but to also gain an understanding of Oracle Lifetime Support and Error Correction (bug fixing) policies.

The starting point is the Oracle Lifetime Support page

http://www.oracle.com/us/support/lifetime-support/index.html

This page lays out the Oracle Lifetime Support terms, definitions and benefits. Once these are understood, go to the product specific Lifetime Support documents listed on the page. The direct link to the Fusion Middleware document is:

http://www.oracle.com/us/support/library/lifetime-support-middleware-069163.pdf

This is a weighty tome (60 + pages) which contains the actual "end of support" dates. The challenge is to pick out the dates for the different Middleware products which form your chosen technology stack / solution. On page 9, there is a table labeled - "Oracle Application Development Tools". 

Screenshot of rows in Oracle Application Development tools Table on Page 9

Some tables have footnotes that contain

"... For specific dates refer to the respective sections in this document. To find a section, refer to the Table of Contents."

Therefore, be prepared to jump to different sections to find the dates which are specific to the products you have chosen for your Middleware solution.

There is one other very important footnote on some tables, to quote:

"For more-detailed information on bug fix and patch release policies, please refer to the “Error Correction Support Policy” on My Oracle Support ."

This statement leads you down the path to find "Error Correction Support" dates for given patch set version numbers. Establishing the "Error Correction Support" dates for your solution is key because it will inform your plans for patching / maintenance. 

For Some Fusion Middleware Products, you can cut to the chase and go straight to:

Error Correction Support Dates for Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g (11.1.1/11.1.2) [ID 1290894.1]

Friday Mar 06, 2015

Top 10 Documents Linked as Solutions for Weblogic Server J2EE/Webservices November 2014 - February 2015

 Top 10  documents Linked as solutions for Weblogic Server J2EE/Webservices Nov 2014 - Feb 2015

1118264.1 WLS 10.3: Intermittent XA error: XAResource.XAER_RMERR WebLogic server keeps track of the usage of XA resources.  If none of the outstanding requests to the resource was replied in the last maxXACallMillis ms, the resource is declared unhealthy.
1608951.1 How to get More Details About Error BEA-101215 Malformed Request. Request parsing failed, Code: -1 How to handle error BEA-101215 Malformed Request which was seen when accessing the application via loadbalancer
1092218.1 WLS 10.3.x - Unable To Invoke Remote Web Service Due To Error: "Bad_certificate Fatal Error"    When using keytool utility to verify the SSL certificate, it shows that the certificate is generated by an algorithm which is not supported by WLS:
1437762.1 WLS 2-way SSL webservice failed with SSLKeyException due BAD_CERTIFICATE Prior to WLS 10.3.3, Weblogic uses Certicom implementation by default for SSL handshake which has known issue in trusting certificates stronger than 128-bit.
1520756.1 DBWS Callout Utilities User's Guide for RDBMS 11.2, The purpose of this article is to provide a step-by-step instruction on how to install the DBWS Callout Utilities on Oracle Database Server 11g and how to verify that it works properly.
1436012.1 "java.io.IOException: failed to read 'X' bytes from InputStream" even with <resource-reload-check-secs> set to 0 The exception is seen on the log file while navigating to a page that access a file which size has been recently modified. Specifically, this error is shown is the particular file has decreased its size
1955872.1 javax.xml.soap.SOAPException: java.security.PrivilegedActionException: javax.xml.soap.SOAPException Error After October 2014 Patch in Oracle Database using UTL_DBWS After patching Oracle Database 11.1.0.7.0 with the Oct 2014 jvm and database patches, the SOAP connection that is using UTL_DBWS is failing with the  error message.
1919706.1 WLS-The Code of Method _jspService(HttpServletRequest, HttpServletResponse) Is Exceeding The 65535 Bytes Limit  WebLogic 12.1.3 cannot compile application JSPs and fails with error
1166206.1 How to Verify the Installation of UTL_DBWS Package in Oracle Database 11g 
How to verify and (if necessary) install the UTL_DBWS package for database web service callouts in an Oracle 11g database server ?
1924805.1 When JSSE Is Enabled, The Web Service Call Fails In Wls 10.3.5 With "[java.net.SocketTimeoutException: Read timed out at java.net.SocketInputStream.socketRead0...]" Error  There is a known issue in Weblogic server 10.3.5 where a webservice call fails when JSSE is enabled on weblogic 10.3.5.






Thursday Feb 19, 2015

Top 10 Documents Linked to SRs for JDeveloper/ADF/MAF Issues 10/2014 thru 2/2015

Top 10 documents linked to SRs for JDeveloper/ADF/MAF issues 10/2014 thru 2/2015.

1465411.1 Where to Find Oracle Java Development Products Documentation The purpose of this document is to assist you to locate the Oracle Java Development product documentation
115336.1 How to Deliver a Testcase for JDeveloper to Oracle Software Support The purpose of this note is to help the reader to understand the importance of the test case, as well as helping him/her to create and deliver a test case within the JDeveloper/J2EE area for Oracle Software Support.
1599898.1
Supportability on Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) with Oracle ADF Currently, Oracle ADF is NOT CERTIFIED with Microsoft Internet Explorer 11.  There are plans to certify it for Oracle ADF  11.1.1.7.0, 11.1.2.4.0 and 12.1.2.0.0 versions, first half of 2014, subject of change.
473276.1 How to Find the Version of ADF Runtime Libraries Installed?  How to find out the version of the ADF Runtime Libraries currently installed in the Oracle Application Server/WebLogic application server?
971256.1 How to Request the ADF Libraries Source This document describes the process for requesting access to the ADF Libraries Source Code. It is a guide for the customers to show the process behind it
1103523.1 OUI-67124:Inventory check failed: Patch ID xxx is NOT registered in Oracle Home inventory. When trying to apply a patch using the standalone OPatch version 11.1.0.0.0 on a JDeveloper 11g on a Windows machine which has language set to German, the error is raised.
401694.1 Oracle JDeveloper Releases Provide a release matrix for Oracle JDeveloper
1468116.1 High Availability Checklist for ADF Applications   What are the elements that should be configured to allow an ADF application to run in a HA clustered environment?
1328698.1 How To Install the ADF Runtime Libraries 11g Release 2 in WebLogic Sever 10.3.5 / 10.3.6 ?  Note - Oracle ADF 11.1.2.X Application Development Runtimes are provided as a patch for the complete Oracle ADF Runtime and is available through Oracle Support.
417546.1 How To Reproduce Problems Related to AM Passivation / Activation This bulletin explains how to test that an ADF Business Component application is activation-safe.

Thursday Feb 05, 2015

Oracle Mobile Application Framework 2.1

The new Oracle Mobile Application Framework 2.1 is now available. This new version focuses on upgrading the framework's infrastructure and includes the following new features:

Support for Java 8 - Java is the language used for business logic development on Oracle MAF, in fact Oracle MAF is the only solution out there that will run the same Java code on both iOS and Android. Now developers can leverage the latest features of the Java language - such as Lambda expressions, Collections with Generics and more - while running on a 64bit JVM that supports the Java 8 Compact2 profile.

Cordova 3 support - Cordova is used in Oracle MAF to provide access to device features. Oracle MAF 2.1 updates the Cordova version to 3.6.3 on Android and 3.7 for iOS, dramatically increasing the number of available plugins that developers can leverage.

Simpler Cordova Plugin integration - Oracle MAF leverages the plugman command line to build and incorporate plugins into Oracle MAF apps.

Xcode 6 and Android 5 support - use the latest SDKs to compile and deploy your MAF applications across multiple devices.

You can get Oracle MAF 2.1 by downloading the new Oracle MAF extension through the JDeveloper Help->Check for Updates functionality.

See Announcing Oracle Mobile Application Framework 2.1 - Now Available for more information.

Tuesday Jan 20, 2015

Locating Archived Notes for Great Info on Older Versions

As products are updated and re-released, a lot of the knowledge and wisdom of the older versions get moved to the Archives. Finding this information is easier than you think! If you're running an older version of JDBC, JDeveloper, ADF  or Weblogic, you might be surprised that the old Knowledge Base articles are still in the system. If you're frustrated that you can't seem to find what you're looking for, just click the green check mark next to "Archives" on your search results page, and you'll be presented with notes from the archives.[Read More]

Monday Jan 05, 2015

Top 10 documents that are linked to SRs as solutions, for JDBC issues, from Sept 2014 thru Dec 2014.

The following are the top 10 documents that are linked to SRs as solutions, for JDBC issues, from Sept. 2014 thru Dec. 2014.

1361107.1 Troubleshooting ORA-3137 [12333] Errors Encountered When Using Oracle JDBC Driver: Oracle Customer Support has observed a large volume of issues reported by customers experiencing ORA-3137 [12333] and occasionally ORA-3137 [1010] errors when connecting to an Oracle RDBMS using the Oracle JDBC driver.  This document enumerates troubleshooting approaches that have proven successful.
401934.1 Starting With Oracle JDBC Drivers: This FAQ provides practical information when starting with Oracle JDBC drivers. A description of the Oracle JDBC drivers is provided so that you can choose which Oracle JDBC driver can be used with your Java application.
467804.1 How To Determine The Exact JDBC Driver Version (9.x - 11.x) For Standalone Programs Retrieve diagnostic information about your JDBC/JDK environment that is especially useful for Support Analysts .Includes: database version, JDBC driver version, JDK version, PATH, BOOTSTRAP, list of jars in the JRE extensions directory, CLASSPATH and JDBC URL. (Standalone Programs)
467808.1 Standard JDBC diagnostics for Application Servers Retrieve diagnostic information about your JDBC/JDK environment used within a Java Enterprise container that is especially useful for Support Analysts. Includes: database version, JDBC driver version, JDK version, PATH, BOOTSTRAP, JRE Extensions directory, CLASSPATH and JDBC URL and debug flags information. ( Application Server specific)
334471.1 Understanding Transparent Application Failover (TAF) and Fast Connection Failover (FCF)   This note is intended to give explanation on two RAC concepts, Transparent Application Failover (TAF) and Fast Connection Failover (FCF).
1555793.1 JDBC Connections Using SCAN Fail With ORA-12516/ORA-12520 JDBC thin connections using  Single Client Access Name (SCAN)  fail with errors: ORA-12520: TNS:listener could not find available handler for requested type of server  ORA-12516: TNS : listener could not find instance with matching protocol stack
1050942.1 How to Trace the Network Packets Exchanged Between JDBC and the RDBMS in Release 11.2 This capability allows you to trace the network packets that the driver exchanges with the server.
1384829.1 This JDBC code sample demonstrates how LOB resources can be released without having to close the JDBC connection. This code sample implements the recommendation found in Note 802897.1 How to Release the Temp LOB Space and Avoid Hitting ORA-1652.
301999.1 The JDBC application reports one of the following errors when trying to execute stored procedures:java.sql.SQLException:
ORA-04068: existing state of packages has been discarded
ORA-04061: existing state of package body "xxxxx.xxxxxx" has been invalidated
ORA-04065: not executed, altered or dropped package body "xxxxx.xxxxxx"
ORA-06508: PL/SQL: could not find program unit being called
ORA-06512: at line 1
793415.1 How to Perform the Equivalent of SQL*Net Client Tracing with Oracle JDBC Thin Driver  The Oracle JDBC thin driver uses a java based implementation of  the SQLNET protocol (JavaNet layer).


Friday Dec 12, 2014

Mobile Computing

Bob Rhubart from Oracle has put together a site with articles on Mobile computing. The site contains references to the following articles Marrying the Worlds of HTML 5 and ADF by Oracle ACE Director Lucas Jellema, Building a hybrid application with Mobile Application Framework and WebCenter Portal by Yannick Ongena, A-Team Mobile Persistence Extension for Oracle MAF By Steven Davelaar and many others.

Please visit Mobile Computing Articles for the full list of all 12 Articles. The Mobile Computing What's New and  Oracle Mobile Community are other good places to get information on mobile development.

Another informative blog for Mobile computing information is Grant Ronald's Blog.  Grant is an Oracle JDeveloper/ADF/MAF PM.  He notes in one of his posts that the latest projection in Computer World continues the theme of Mobile dominating the thoughts of organizations. 

Here is one very interesting insight.

Tuesday Nov 25, 2014

Top 10 documents referenced by customers for Weblogic Server J2EE September 2014 - November

Top 10  documents referenced by customers for Weblogic Server J2EE Sept 2014 - Nov 2014

1118264.1 WLS 10.3: Intermittent XA error: XAResource.XAER_RMERR WebLogic server keeps track of the usage of XA resources.  If none of the outstanding requests to the resource was replied in the last maxXACallMillis ms, the resource is declared unhealthy.
1608951.1 How to get More Details About Error BEA-101215 Malformed Request. Request parsing failed, Code: -1 How to handle error BEA-101215 Malformed Request which was seen when accessing the application via loadbalancer
1596980.1 WARNING: Registering oracle.j2ee.ws.wsdl.extensions.addressing.AddressingExtensionRegistry extension failed  This isssue has been tracked in Defect 17246737
1436045.1 Resource injection with handlercauses java.lang.ClassNotFoundException
Issue is being tracked via Defect 13567772
1092218.1 WLS 10.3.x - Unable To Invoke Remote Web Service Due To Error: "Bad_certificate Fatal Error"    When using keytool utility to verify the SSL certificate, it shows that the certificate is generated by an algorithm which is not supported by WLS:
1399126.2
1375697.2 Information Center: Troubleshooting Oracle Weblogic Server JEE
1437762.1 WLS 2-way SSL webservice failed with SSLKeyException due BAD_CERTIFICATE Prior to WLS 10.3.3, Weblogic uses Certicom implementation by default for SSL handshake which has known issue in trusting certificates stronger than 128-bit.
1572916.1 Customer has a long running SQL statement, thus he has set the following timeout values: JTA set to 600 seconds and distributed_lock_timeout at database end set to 660 secondsOther parts are left as default.
1924805.1 When JSSE Is Enabled, The Web Service Call Fails In Wls 10.3.5 With "[java.net.SocketTimeoutException: Read timed out at java.net.SocketInputStream.socketRead0...]" Error  There is a known issue in Weblogic server 10.3.5 where a webservice call fails when JSSE is enabled on weblogic 10.3.5.



Friday Oct 31, 2014

Top 10 customer referenced documents for JDeveloper/ADF/MAF Aug 2014 thru Oct 2014





The following are the top 10 customer referenced documents, for JDeveloper/ADF/MAF issues, during 8/2014 thru 10/2014. JDeveloper/ADF

1599898.1 Supportability on Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) with Oracle ADF   Currently, Oracle ADF is NOT CERTIFIED with Microsoft Internet Explorer 11.  There are plans to certify it for Oracle ADF  11.1.1.7.0, 11.1.2.4.0 and 12.1.2.0.0 versions, first half of 2014, subject of change.
1328698.1 How To Install the ADF Runtime Libraries 11g Release 2 in WebLogic Sever 10.3.5 / 10.3.6 ?  Note - Oracle ADF 11.1.2.X Application Development Runtimes are provided as a patch for the complete Oracle ADF Runtime and is available through Oracle Support.
1344952.2 Information Center: Oracle JDeveloper & ADF 11g and 12c
137422.1 Oracle ADF Business Components Error Messages The prefix "JBO-" signifies that the following messages were generated by Oracle ADF Business Components. All messages are listed in order by the message code number. 
1555476.1 How to bypass compatibility mode in IE 8/9 browsers and force the target ADF page to the maximum document mode supported by the browser (standard mode) ?  Since Oracle JDeveloper 11g Release 1 11.1.1.6.0, a popup warning is shown to the user when the ADF application is running in the Internet Explorer (IE) browser. The popup warning will only show when your Internet Explorer is run with Compatibility View Mode enabled.
1435962.1 JDeveloper/ADF 11.1.1.6, 11.1.1.7 and WebLogic Server 10.3.6 Setup   The product maintenance level of the current installer (WebLogic Server:10.3.5.0) is not compatible with the maintenance level of the product installed on your system(WebLogic Server:10.3.6.0). Please obtain a compatible installer or perform maintenance on your current system to achieve the desired level.
1341160.1 ADF Frequently Asked Questions ( FAQ )
1563847.1 Using Opatch to Apply Patch 16546129 Gets " OPatch failed with error code 73"   Webcenter is installed in this environment, and therefore the StandAlone Opatch cannot to be used to apply the patch.  Use the opatch located in the Webcenter or MiddleWare directory to apply the patch.
1345126.2
401694.1 Oracle JDeveloper Releases Provide a release matrix for Oracle JDeveloper

Monday Sep 15, 2014

Top 10 solution documents for Weblogic Server J2EE June 2014 -Aug 2014

The following are the top 10 documents linked to SRs as solutions, for Weblogic Server J2EE issues, from June 2014 thru August 2014.

1215249.1 Spring Framework Support in Oracle WebLogic Server Versions.   Provide summary of  Spring Framework versions support in WebLogic Server.
1584779.1 Socket Leaks When Calling Web-Service Over SSL This is a known bug 16810786  Fixed  10.3.5 with patch and fixed by 12.1.3.
1300770.1 WLS Web Application: Error page configuration! Using error-page tags to configure custom error pages for specific error codes in the 'web.xml', causes a problem where the custom error page isn't loaded properly.
1284413.1 InvalidAlgorithmParameterException when client invokes secure webservice on WLS, due to "trustAnchors parameter must be non-empty"  When client invokes secure Webservice on Weblogic 10.3.3 (WLS), the following exception is observed, resulting in SOAP fault: SEVERE: AbstractWebServiceBindingComponent.dispatchRequest Unable to dispatch request
1436012.1 The exception is seen on the log file while navigating to a page that access a file which size has been recently modified. Specifically, this error is shown is the particular file has decreased its size.
1306295.1 Deployment Issue - BEA-2156203 A version attribute was not found in element persistence in the deployment descriptor   An application which is working on WLS 10.3.3. On WLS 10.3.4 and above when compiling EJB's using the utilities included with WLS, you will notice the errors.
1679110.1 WebLogic searches the entire jars in the classpath to determine the Jaxp implementation class to load WebLogic Server got hangs intermittedly, and in thread dump it shows lots of threads were blocked trying to get lock: java/util/Collections$SynchronizedList, e.g.,
1476767.1 "java.lang.IllegalArgumentException: com.sun.xml.messaging.saaj.soap.LocalStrings" With WLS11g (Java 6) And SAAJ When Having The wls-wsat.war Deployed If the web service (using saaj-impl 1.3.jar) gets deployed before “wls-wsat.war” there are no issues with the service, but “wls-wsat.war” fails to deploy with the error:
948932.1 After upgrade to Weblogic 10.3 (with JRockit upgrade), the following JSP compilation failure occurs. Exception: Failed to compile JSP /xxx/Search.jsp Search.jsp:19:2: The code of method _jspService(HttpServletRequest, HttpServletResponse) is exceeding the 65535 bytes limit
966191.1 WLS 10.0 MP1: JAVA.NET.PROTOCOLEXCEPTION IN THE LOGS.   On deploying their web application 'abc-portal-5.2.5.war', on WLS 10.0 MP1, customer is frequently experiencing the below error:In servlet context "weblogic.servlet.internal.WebAppServletContext@584e97 - appName: 'abc-portal-5', name: 'abc-portal-5.2.5.war', context-path: ''" failed, java.net.ProtocolException: Didn't meet stated Content-Length,

Monday Aug 18, 2014

Exclusive Expert and Peer-Led Sessions—Only at Oracle OpenWorld

With more than 2,500 sessions, dozens of hands-on labs, hundreds of demos, four Exhibition Halls, and countless meet-ups, Oracle OpenWorld is the place to learn, share, and network.

Planning ahead is always a smart move and here are some links to help you plan your Oracle OpenWorld schedule.

You will hear directly from Oracle Thought leaders, Oracle Support experts and their peers about how to succeed across the Oracle stack—from Oracle Consulting Thought Leader sessions dedicated to the cloud to hands on demos showing the value of My Oracle Support—Oracle Open World is your one stop shop for everything Oracle.

Featured sessions include:

Visit the Support & Services Oracle OpenWorld website to discover how you can take advantage of all Oracle OpenWorld has to offer. With 500 Services experts, 50+ sessions, networking events and demos of powerful new support tools, customers will find relevant, useful information about how Oracle Services enables the success of their Oracle hardware and software investments.

Friday Jul 11, 2014

Prepare for My Oracle Support (MOS) Release 14.3—Browser Requirements

If you have a CSI number, then you are eligible for technical support for your Oracle products using the My Oracle Support (MOS) portal.

With the rollout of My Oracle Support 14.3 on July 18, 2014, there will be changes to certified browsers.

If your browser is not upgraded, you may encounter issues or receive unexpected results and the solution will be to move to the certified browser. Fixes will not be generated for browsers that are no longer supported.

Check your browser version before July 18 to minimize any adverse impact later, when you do need to use MOS for any research or to file an SR.

Wednesday Jul 09, 2014

Subscribe to Get Notifications of Updates, News, Releases and More!

There's a powerful feature on the My Oracle Support (MOS) system that is relatively hidden, that you may wish to take a look at.  It will allow you to subscribe to various product updates, bugs, alerts, etc, using your email address.[Read More]

Thursday Jun 26, 2014

JDeveloper/ADF release 12.1.3 now available

The new JDeveloper release 12.1.3 is now available.  See the JDeveloper OTN site for Downloads, Documentation and Whats New.

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