Thursday Feb 06, 2014

Oracle Application Express (APEX) 5.0 Early Adopter 1

Oracle Application Express 5.0 Early Adopter 1 is available now :

Major Enhancements include :

  • A new "Page Designer": a completely new IDE designed to greatly improve developer's productivity, allowing you to very quickly enhance and maintain pages within Application Express.
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Wednesday Jan 29, 2014

IMPORTANT: My Oracle Support Community and OTN Profiles Merge January 31, 2014

For My Oracle Support Community Users...

On January 31, 2014, we plan to migrate the My Oracle Support Community (MOSC) to the same platform used for the Oracle Technology Network (OTN) forums.
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Oracle Forms - A Closer Look at the JRE Security Warning(s) Related to JAR Signing and Manifests

Latest versions of JREs demand some new security requirements on JAR files used by applets. Because of these new requirements, Oracle  Forms users started to see several different Security Warnings lately, which didn't popup in the past. With a careless glance at these Security Warnings, one may not realize any difference between them. But for careful eyes, there are important distinctions between each. And of course each of them has its own specific solution. This article shows the current set of security warnings and explains how to deal with them.[Read More]

Wednesday Jan 22, 2014

Oracle Critical Patch Update January 2014 - Availability and Relevance

Oracle constantly reviews its products to harden against security threatening. Regularly an "Oracle Critical Patch Update Advisory" is published to inform about new patches and other actions to take. Oracle users are highly recommended to carefully review and to consider these advices.

With the January 2014 advisory, Oracle Forms and Oracle Reports for releases 11gR1 and 11gR2 are not effected by a new patch directly. Nevertheless, there are two items to take into account:

  • Corresponding Oracle Fusion Middleware components like database client, JDK, HTTP Server, ... may need patching. Find the details in Master Note on Fusion Middleware Proactive Patching - Patch Set Updates (PSUs) and Bundle Patches (BPs) MOS authentication neededDoc ID 1494151.1)
  • The January 2014 Risk Matrices - Oracle Fusion Middleware lists one item for Oracle Reports: CVE-2013-5785 dedicated to versions, & and gives best practices how to use the existing feature "Enable File System Access Control". Check out "Enable File System Access Control" - Fine Grained File System Access Control for the Reports Server MOS authentication neededDoc ID 1608683.1 for more details.

Security Alert Tickler Tip:
Keep updated on latest security announcements from Critical Patch Updates, Security Alerts and Third Party Bulletin and activate the Security Alert Tickler (RSS Feed)!


Tuesday Jan 07, 2014

Just Released - Fusion Middleware Forms & Reports 11gR2 Patchset 2 (

Oracle Fusion Middleware Forms and Reports 11G Release2 (11gR2) is now on patchset 2 with version number

This release can be applied as a patch on top of 11.1.2.x installation or as a new installation. Be sure to review the product Certification Guide for the latest updates on certified configurations and the latest updates to the Documentation Library.

You can download it from :

Monday Dec 16, 2013

Available Now! SQL Developer Release 4.0 - Production

Oracle SQL Developer Release 4.0 production version is released. Here is the new features.

Monday Dec 09, 2013

SQL Developer Data Modeler 4.0 (full release)

Just to forward the announcement:

SQL Developer Data Modeler 4.0 is now available. Thanks attending the Early Adopter initiative and providing comments and feedback!

Let's get you started.

Wednesday Oct 16, 2013

APEX Listener Release 2.0.5 is now available on OTN (Oracle Technology Network).

Oracle Application Express (APEX) Listener 2.0.5 is now available on OTN (Oracle Technology Network) 

Oracle APEX Listener 2.0.5 Download 

Thursday Oct 10, 2013

Oracle Day 2013

Oracle Day is a global event series that will be held in 75 cities worldwide. Events begin in mid-October 2013 and run through January 2014. These events are cross-stack, covering Oracle technology, applications, and hardware. This year our theme is “Innovation in Practice,” and attendees will hear engaging stories of companies who are driving innovation with Oracle’s help.

Oracle Day provides an opportunity for our customers to get a one-day, high-level overview of everything Oracle offers across the complete stack. It communicates Oracle’s high-level value proposition of driving innovation through simplified IT. It’s also a good opportunity for those who were unable to attend Oracle OpenWorld San Francisco 2013 to hear about the latest Oracle announcements firsthand.

Check out the schedule, then register here.

Wednesday Oct 02, 2013

Read the newly updated Fusion Middleware Lifetime Support Policy Document

The newly updated Fusion Middleware Lifetime Support Policy Document is now available.  This is Oracle's official way of communicating product end-of-life plans.

Major changes include:

  • 11g & 10gR3 'suite' date changes
  • New entries and updates for BI & EPM
  • Extended Fusion Middleware 11g Lifetime Support Policy Dates (Doc ID 1585582.1) explains the rationale for the extended 'suite' support timelines as well as the extended error correction support for 11gR1 PS6
  • 12c related Lifetime Support Policy changes were excluded during this round of updates.  The 12c additions will be added when the roadmap is finalized.

Friday Sep 27, 2013

A Case Study - Setting Up Oracle Forms 11g with OAM (Oracle Access Manager)

Article by Falilou Waidi, Principal Support Engineer, Oracle Corporation, France

Oracle Forms Services applications can be executed in a Single Sign-on environment using Oracle Access Manager 11g (OAM) and Oracle Internet Directory (OID) to eliminate the need for additional or different logins to access many applications during the same user session.

Oracle Forms Services applications in Oracle FMW 11g Release 2 can be protected by one of the following authentication servers:

  • Oracle Access Manager (OAM) 11g
  • Oracle Single Sign-On Server (OSSO) 10g
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Wednesday Sep 25, 2013

APEX Listener Release 2.0.4 is now available on OTN (Oracle Technology Network) !

Oracle Application Express (APEX) Listener 2.0.4 is now available on OTN (Oracle Technology Network) !

Oacle APEX Listener 2.0.4  Download Download

New Features

Developers Guide

Release Notes and Installation Guide


Enjoy it !

Friday Sep 20, 2013

Available Now ! Oracle Application Express (APEX) Release 4.2.3

It is a pleasure for me to share with you an announcement from Sunny Patel, Principal Support Engineer, Oracle Corporation UK

Oracle Application Express (APEX) 4.2.3 is now available on OTN (Oracle Technology Network) !

  • If you currently have Application Express 4.2, 4.2.1 or 4.2.2 already, then simply apply the 4.2.3 Patch:17347169 from MOS (My Oracle Support).
  • If you have Oracle Application Express 4.1.1 or earlier (including Oracle HTML DB Release 1.5) then download the entire install from  OTN
  • If you do not have Oracle Application Express installed yet, download and install the entire Oracle Application Express release from OTN now and start enjoying it !
Application Express 4.2.3 includes numerous bug fixes together with significant improvements and modernizations to the included Packaged Applications. There is also two brand new packaged application, Data Reporter and Opportunity Tracker. Each productivity application includes a "What's New" section which itemizes the updates made. For more, see Patch Set Notes.

Monday Sep 16, 2013

FMW Newsletter Sep 2013

The latest FMW newsletter has been published, 

Oracle Fusion Middleware Support News : Current Edition - Volume 9 : September 2013 (Doc ID 1347075.1)


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