- Oracle Forms 184.108.40.206 Released June 21, 2016
- SQL Developer Overview
- What's New for Oracle Database Cloud - Database as a Service
- ORDS 3.0.5 is now available
- Learn more about Application Express
- How to generate random JobIDs in Oracle Reports
- Future Direction for Application Express (APEX) and the Oracle HTTP Server (OHS) / Mod_plsql
- How to Broadcast Messages to Oracle Forms Users using System Notifications
- Application Express in the Cloud
- ORDS 3.0.4 was released
Wednesday Jun 22, 2016
Friday Jun 10, 2016
By Alexandra Vornicu-Oracle on Jun 10, 2016
- Data Pump
- Recovery Manager (RMAN)
- Oracle Auditing
- User and Role management
- Storage management, including the ability to add space to your tablespaces
- Resource Manager
- Diagnostic Pack features:Snapshots, Baselines, ADDM, ASH, AWR
- Logical, relational, physical, dimensional modeling
- Data Flow Diagrams
- DDL scripting
- Importing from data dictionaries, DDL scripts, Oracle Designer Repositories, and ERwin
- a Reporting Repository
- Versioning of your designs via Subversion
- Comparing models with generation of ALTER scripts
- a powerful search and reporting utility
- Create Connections
- Browse Objects
- Create Objects
- Modify Objects
- Query and Update Data
- Export Data and DDL and Import Data
- Schema Copy and Compare
- Process Commands
- Edit PL/SQL
- Run and Debug PL/SQL
- Run and Create Reports
- PL/SQL Unit Testing
- Data Modeler Viewer
- Migrate from Third Party Databases
- Version Files
- Review the Robust IDE
- Getting Started
- What is Oracle SQL Developer?
- Online Demonstrations
- Tutorials and Oracle By Examples
- White Papers and Supporting Documents
- SQL Developer Feature List
- SQL Developer Certifications
- SQL Developer Architecture
- Pricing, Support & Licensing Questions
- SQL Developer Release History
- Statement of Direction
- SQL*Plus Commands
For additional information, consult the official pages:
Tuesday May 31, 2016
By Alexandra Vornicu-Oracle on May 31, 2016
Keep up with the latest features released for Database as a Service by consulting the official page for 'What's New in Database as a Service'
This document describes what's new in Oracle Database Cloud - Database as a Service. It's organized by the date a specific feature or capability became available.
How you gain access to a new feature depends on which part of Database as a Service the feature is added to:
- Feature added to the Oracle Database Cloud Service console
When a new feature is added to the web-based Oracle Database Cloud Service console, you gain immediate access to the feature. The feature is available to existing service instances and those created after the availability date. You don't need to perform or request an upgrade to be able to use the new feature.
- Feature added to the cloud tooling available locally on service instances
When a new feature is added to the cloud tooling available locally on service instances, you do need to update the cloud tooling on existing service instances to take advantage of the new feature. For information about updating this tooling, see Updating the Cloud Tooling on a Database as a Service Instance in Using Oracle Database Cloud - Database as a Service.
- Feature added to base image used to create service instances
Some features are available only in service instances you create after the feature becomes available. For those features the base image that first contained the feature is noted in the item listing in this document. To find out the base image version for a service instance, see Finding Out the Base Image Version of a Database as a Service Instance at the end of this document.
For the current month - May 2016 - these features were added:
- Oracle Data Guard available
- Backup and recovery available through the console
- Updated version of Oracle REST Data Services
- Oracle GlassFish Server removed
Monday May 16, 2016
By Alexandra Vornicu-Oracle on May 16, 2016
- The default self signed certificate is valid for 365 days and will be regenerated if expired the next time ORDS is started.
- If using an existing certificate, a DER encoded private key is required.
- It is recommended to use Java 8 in order for Jetty to use the most recent cipher suites to establish secure connections.
Thursday May 12, 2016
By Alexandra Vornicu-Oracle on May 12, 2016
If you have the Oracle Database, you already have Application Express.
Since 2004, Application Express has been a fully supported and no-cost feature of the Oracle Database.
- Application Express 5 Overview
- Application Express 5 New Features
- Application Express 5 Mobile
- Application Express 5 Architecture & Administration
- Application Express in Oracle Database 12c Multitenant Architecture
- Responsive Web Design in Application Express using HTML5 and CSS3
- Implementing RESTful Web Services with Oracle Application Express
- Practical Uses for Web Services in Application Express
- Using Oracle Application Express to Build Highly Accessible Web Applications
- Extending Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 using Oracle Application Express
Wednesday Apr 27, 2016
By Alexandra Vornicu-Oracle on Apr 27, 2016
Starting with 11g Release 1 (11.1.1), Oracle Reports allows you to generate random and non-sequential job IDs to make it impossible to predict the job ID for a particular job.
This would prevent malicious users from viewing non-secure report output by typing the job id in a URL.
Therefore to strengthen the Oracle Reports component, enable random and non-sequential job IDs for the reports servers.
This feature can be obtained as described below:
- for in-process servers, pass "-Djobid=random" via JVM options to Oracle WebLogic Server.
- for standalone servers, pass the "-Djobid=random" via JVM options in the command line or by setting the REPORTS_JVM_OPTIONS variable. ( More information about REPORTS_JVM_OPTIONS variable can be found in Section B.1.53, "REPORTS_JVM_OPTIONS")
Thursday Apr 21, 2016
By Alexandra Vornicu-Oracle on Apr 21, 2016
Starting with the 12.1.3 Oracle HTTP Server (OHS), the mod_plsql feature has been deprecated.
Thursday Apr 14, 2016
By Alexandra Vornicu-Oracle on Apr 14, 2016
In the new version, Oracle Forms 12c offers a number of new event oriented features.
A summary of the new features is presented in: Oracle® Forms 12c New Features White Paper
In essence, System Events allow developers to develop applications that can react to actions that occur relative to the running application.
Monday Mar 21, 2016
By Alexandra Vornicu-Oracle on Mar 21, 2016
Did you know?
Oracle Application Express can be used in the Cloud.
The Oracle Database Cloud Service is available in several different offerings. Database Schema Service (the schema-based APEX service) offering provides HTTPS access to the Oracle Database and is targeted at developers. Database as a Service and Virtual Image (the dedicated database instance service) are well suited for customers needing a full database or SQL*Net connectivity.
The following figure illustrates the architectural differences between these offerings:
Monday Mar 07, 2016
Tuesday Mar 01, 2016
By Alexandra Vornicu-Oracle on Mar 01, 2016
A new features overview for Oracle Forms 12c has recently been released.
In this new white paper, detailed information can be found on several important topics:
Forms Runtime and Integration Features
- Oracle BI-Publisher Integration
- System Events
- Audio Playback
- Single Sign-out
- Client Deployment
- Custom Text on Logon and Password Change Dialogs
- Tab Labels with Images
- Record Counter
- Item Level Mouse Cursor (Pointer)
- Setting Max Event Wait Programmatically
- Client IP Address
- Form Query-Only Mode
- Oracle Diagnostic Logging and Forms MESSAGE Built-in
- JVM Controller
- Custom Color Schemes
- New Applet Parameters
- New Environment Variables
Forms Design Time and Utility Features
- Builder Preferences
- Module Converter
- Product Documentation and Community
- Java Developer API (JDAPI)
- WebUtil without OLE
Read more about each feature in Oracle Forms 12c New Features White Paper.
Monday Feb 22, 2016
By Alexandra Vornicu-Oracle on Feb 22, 2016
A long story of products integration continues in 12c.
We've seen how Oracle Forms 11g can be integrated with Oracle Access Manager in A Case Study - Setting Up Oracle Forms 11g with OAM (Oracle Access Manager)
Now, Oracle Forms 12c can be protected by Oracle Access Managed (OAM) 11gR2 patch set 3.
Oracle Access Manager 11g is a Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE) - based enterprise - level security application that provides restricted access to confidential information and centralized authentication and authorization services.
Oracle Access Manager 11g, a component of Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g, is a Single Sign-On solution for authentication and authorization.
Authentication servers enable an application to authenticate users by means of a shared authentication token or authentication authority. That means that a user authenticated for one application is automatically authenticated for all other applications within the same authentication domain.
Forms applications use a single sign-on solution only for obtaining database connection information from Oracle Internet Directory or Oracle Platforms Security Services (OPSS).
Once the database information is obtained, interaction with the authentication server no longer occurs.
Exiting a Forms application does not perform a single sign-on logout unless the application has been coded with one of the SSO logout features introduced in Oracle Forms 12c.
Conversely, logging out of a single sign-on session does not terminate an active Forms session unless the application has been coded with one of the SSO logout features introduced
in Oracle Forms 12c. The database session exists until the Forms Runtime (for example, frmweb.exe) on the server terminates, usually by explicitly exiting the form.
As a prerequisite of the integration, following installations have to be complete:
- Oracle Access Manager 11gR2 patch set 3
- Oracle Forms 12c
- If Oracle Internet Directory is used as an Identity Store, install Oracle Internet Directory and integrate it with OAM,
- Webgate integrated with the HTTP Server fronting Oracle Forms 12c
Next, the integration is separated in sections as follows:
I. Integrate Webtier HTTP Server with Oracle Forms
If a remote HTTP Server is used, an additional step of integration with Forms has to be completed by following the steps in 220.127.116.11 Configuring OHS on a Separate Host.
After the Webtier HTTP Server is restarted, the integration can be tested through URL: http://hostname:port/forms/frmservlet? , where hostname is the hostname where the Webtier HTTP Server is installed and the port is the Webtier HTTP Server listen port. Once Forms is accessible this way, the integration can proceed.
If the HTTP Server that comes with the Forms installation is used, only the accessibility test of Forms through HTTP Server is needed.
II. Install and configure Oracle HTTP Server Webgate for OAM
There are two ways to integrate the HTTP Server with Webgate.
1. Manually: follow the steps from B.2 Configuring Oracle HTTP Server 12c WebGate.
2. Automatically: Run the E.1 Oracle Forms Configuration Helper Script
III. Select the partner application registration approach
A. Manual Method - Use OAM Admin Console
1. Log in to the OAM console. - http://hostname:port/oamconsole
2. On the Welcome page, click on New OAM 11g Webgate
3. Provide all the details such as the Base URL, which should be http://hostname:port , where hostname is the hostname of the Webtier HTTP Server machine and the port is the Webtier HTTP Server listen port. Ensure that the Auto Create Policies check box is checked.
While creating the webgate agent, add the following URL to the Protected Resource List:
The parameter values for the Webgate agent will be created on the OAM machine in DOMAIN_HOME/output/<agent name>. There will be two files created, cwallet.sso and ObAccessClient.xml. These files need to be copied to the Webtier machine in WEBTIER_INSTANCE/config/OHS/ohs1/webgate/config. The cwallet.sso file needs to be copied in BINARY mode and the ObAccessClient.xml file needs to be copied in TEXT mode (for UNIX systems). After copying the files a restart of the Webtier HTTP Server is necessary.
B. Automatically using the Forms Configuration Helper Script
a. Download RREG.tar located on the Oracle Access Manager Server in OAM_HOME/oam/server/rreg/client and untar under the Oracle FMW 12c $FMW_HOME directory.
b. Set the MW_HOME and JAVA_HOME environment variables.
UNIX: export MW_HOME=/u01/Oracle/Middleware/Oracle_Home
Windows: set MW_HOME=D:\Oracle\Middleware\Oracle_Home
c. Run the script:
./frmconfighelper.sh enable_sso OAM_hostname OAM_adminport Forms_hostname httpserver_port Forms_DOMAINHOME httpserver_instance
where OAM_hostname is the hostname where OAM is installed, OAM_adminport is the Admin server port for OAM, Forms_hostname is the hostname where Forms is installed, httpserver_port is the listen port of the HTTP Server that is used to access Forms, Forms_DOMAINHOME is the Forms domain home and httpserver_instance is the name of the instance of the HTTP Server.
Note: If running the frmconfighelper.sh script, the webgate agent will be created automatically and all the necessary files will be copied to the HTTP Server instance, so no extra manual steps are required.
After running the script, a restart of the environment is required: Node Manager, Admin server, WLS_FORMS and HTTP Server (in this order)
C. Choose the Forms Identity Store type for storing Resource Access descriptors.
- Oracle Platform Security Services (OPSS) - Oracle Platform Security Services (OPSS) is configured as the default Forms Identity Store, so no action is required.
- Oracle Internet Directory (OID) - The user opted to use .
If choosing Oracle Internet Directory (OID) as the Forms Identity Store, proceed with accessing the Associate/Disassociate page:
- Start Fusion Middleware Control.
- Navigate to the Forms Home page.
- From the Forms menu, select Forms Runtime LDAP Associations.
- The Forms Runtime LDAP Associations page is displayed.
- Enter the Oracle Internet Directory Host details:
| OID Host
||Select the Oracle Internet Directory Host from the list or select New Oracle Internet Directory (OID) host to add new host details.|
|New OID Host||Host name of the Oracle Internet Directory server. This field is enabled if you have selected to add new Oracle Internet Directory (OID) Host.|
|New OID Port||Port number on which Oracle Internet Directory is listening. This field is enabled if you have selected to add new Oracle Internet Directory Host.|
||Oracle Internet Directory Administrator username|
||Oracle Internet Directory Administrator password|
|Use SSL Port||Select this box if the connection to the Oracle Internet Directory Host should use SSL (in which case the port number provided should be the SSL port).|
- Click Associate and restart WLS_FORMS managed server.
IV. Enable SSO for Forms applications in formsweb.cfg
In order to protect Forms applications via SSO, the formswerb.cfg file needs to be modified.
Using the recommended method of managing formsweb.cfg, open Fusion Middleware Control and enable single sign-on for an application:
- Start Fusion Middleware Control.
- Select Web Configuration from the Forms menu.
- Select the row that lists the configuration section for your application.
- In the Section region, select sso in the Show drop down list.
- In the Section region, select the row containing ssoMode.
- In the Value field, enter webgate or TRUE.
- Click Apply to update the formsweb.cfg file.
Wednesday Feb 10, 2016
By Alexandra Vornicu-Oracle on Feb 10, 2016
Oracle Forms and Reports 12c have been recently released. Everybody talked about it.
To call Oracle Reports from Oracle Forms application, the most secure approach is to use the RUN_REPORT_OBJECT built-in. Because the user’s database connection is implicitly passed from Oracle Forms to Oracle Reports on the middle tier server, there is no risk of interception as when passed such information in a URL.
Sample code and detailed information can be found in any of these documents:
White Paper: Integrating Oracle Forms 10g and Oracle Reports 10g
White Paper: Oracle Forms Services - Using Run_Report_Object to call Reports with a Parameter Form
White Paper: Oracle Fusion Middleware 11gR1 & 11gR2 -Integrating Oracle Reports with Oracle Forms
Specific to 12c version , a new environment variable is needed in Oracle Forms 12c to be able to call reports using RUN_REPORTS_OBJECT() built-in.
The new variable name is COMPONENT_CONFIG_PATH and its value should be the fully qualified path to the Reports Tools Component.
For example: DOMAIN_HOME/config/fmwconfig/components/ReportsToolsComponent/<reports_tools_component_name>
From Forms point of view, it will be necessary to add the new environment variable to the Forms environment configuration (that is, default.env).
Read more about this in:
Oracle® Fusion Middleware Release Notes for Oracle Forms and Reports 12c
2.3.8 Oracle Reports Integration Requires New Environment Variable
Thursday Jan 28, 2016
By Alexandra Vornicu-Oracle on Jan 28, 2016
Just in case tracing is needed, here is a summary of steps needed to enable Reports Server Engine/Server/Servlet trace in Oracle Reports 12c:
Open the Enterprise Manager console.
From the WebLogic Domain menu, select "System MBean Browser".
Depending on the type of trace needed, choose the corresponding section below:
|In-process Reports Server engines||Go to "Application Defined MBeans"
Expand "oracle.logging --> Server: WLS_REPORTS --> Application: reports --> LogConfig":
|In-process Reports Server and Servlet||
Go to "Configuration MBeans"
|Stand-alone Reports Server and Engine||
Go to "Configuration MBeans"
Re-start the Reports Server.
Log Files Location:
Reports Servlet trace file: DOMAIN_HOME/servers/WLS_REPORTS/logs/reports/rwservlet_diagnostic.log
In-process Reports Server trace file: DOMAIN_HOME/servers/WLS_REPORTS/logs/reports/rwserver_diagnostic.log
In-process Reports Server Engine file: DOMAIN_HOME/servers/WLS_REPORTS/logs/reports/rwEng-X_diagnostic.log
Stand-alone Reports Server trace file: DOMAIN_HOME/servers/[Reports Server Name]/logs/reports/rwserver_diagnostic.log
Stand-alone Reports Server Engine file: DOMAIN_HOME/servers/[Reports Server Name]/logs/reports/rwEng-X_diagnostic.log
More information on this topic can be found in: Note 2070743.1
Thursday Jan 21, 2016
By Alexandra Vornicu-Oracle on Jan 21, 2016
WebUtil main purpose is to provide a simple way to achieve client side integration while running Oracle Forms on the web.
It also simplifies the upgrade of existing applications to the web and enhances the capabilities of web based Oracle Forms applications.
WebUtil has an overriding goal to produce a utility that any Forms developer could use to carry out the complex tasks on the client browser machines by simply coding PL/SQL. With WebUtil, everything the programmer needs to do is exposed through a PL/SQL library.
WebUtil main features are:
- Text_IO - Read and write text files on the client machine.
- Tool_Env - Read client side variables
- C API on the client - Interface with client side C.
- Host - Run Host commands on the client machine
- OLE2 - Integrate with client side OLE (e.g. Word and Excel)
- Enhanced Host commands - Host command call back into Forms
- Browser functions - Integrate with the browser.
- File transfer - Move from between the client, application server and database
- File Manipulation - Manipulate client side files.
- Client machine information - Read information from the client machine
- READ/WRITE_IMAGE_FILE - Read and write client side images
- Get_File_Name - Use a file selection dialog on the client machine
- D2KWUtil features - Client side interface into the D2KWUtil package.
General information about WebUtil like:
Where can I download WebUtil?
What is WebUtil?
The Goals of WebUtil?
can be found on OTN
While configuring WebUtil, jacob.jar can be included or not.
The configuration requires jacob.jar when Microsoft OLE functionality is needed.
Microsoft OLE functions are used primarily in Forms by Forms Developers who wish to interact with Microsoft applications such as Word or Excel from Forms.
If OLE functions are not needed, following note can be used: Note 1644754.1 WebUtil Demo with No Jacob Dependency/ No OLE Features.
Otherwise, depending on the Forms version used, WebUtil configuration can be completed using:
Note 1093985.1 : How to Configure WebUtil in Forms 11g or Note 2070183.1 : How to Configure WebUtil in Forms 12c