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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Oracle OpenWorld 13: Learn. Connect. Explore with Oracle Support and Services

September is upon us and that can only mean one thing - OpenWorld is just around the corner!

It is a great opportunity to Learn. Connect. Explore with Oracle Support and Services

Oracle Support and Services will be at Oracle OpenWorld in full force this year with 500 Services experts, 40+ sessions, a Support Stars Bar, a My Oracle Support Community Meet up, and demos of powerful new support tools. Learn best practices for maintaining Oracle Fusion Middleware, how to utilize Oracle Fusion Middleware products in a private cloud environment, tips for running Oracle Fusion Middleware in critical environments, and more.

Check out the Services and Support Oracle OpenWorld website to discover how you can take advantage of all Oracle OpenWorld has to offer!

We hope to see you in San Francisco later this month!

Share your findings! - Oracle SQL Developer 4.0 Early Adopter 2 is now available

Oracle SQL Developer 4.0 Early Adopter 2 is now available. Besides JDK 7 support, this release includes Database Performance Monitoring features to manage snapshots, baselines and enhanced reporting options (ADDM  & ASH).
Anyone is welcome to raise findings, issues and comments - please log them on the OTN Forum marked with an "EA2" prefix in  the subject line.

Here are a few links to get you started :

Thursday Aug 22, 2013

Oracle Forms Product Management Invites you to Oracle Forms DemoGrounds booth in Oracle Open World

I am delighted to share the invitation from Mr. Michael Ferrante (Principal Product Manager, Oracle Forms) to the Oracle Open World - September 22–26, 2013 in San Francisco.

In addition to having the Forms Product Manager in attendance, they are planning to also have a member of the Forms Support team and the Director of Forms Product Development on hand.  So get your questions and ideas ready and come visit the Oracle Forms DemoGrounds booth.

The focus of the booth this year is The Future of Oracle Forms Applications and Developers !

Your participation to the following poll is greatly appreciated :

For news and announcements from first hand, please follow @oracleopenworld on twitter.

Thursday Aug 15, 2013

Oracle Fusion Middleware (FMW) Support Newsletter

Distributing news has come a long way, from handcarved stone or metal "Acta Diurna" during the Roman Empire (1st century), to handwritten Kaiyuan Za Bao ("Bulletin of the Court") on silk in China during the T'ang Dynasty (8th century), to paper in Europe in the 16th century.

Not that long ago, you sent the dog outside, and he returned with a slobbery newspaper.

Where do you get your news today? If you're like most people, you might watch TV or check several websites each day for political news, recent disasters, tech news.

We try to stay out of politics. We certainly hope you won't have any disasters with Oracle products (!), and to help prevent this we publish technology news quarterly to give you the latest information from Oracle Fusion Middleware Support.[Read More]

Monday Aug 12, 2013

Available Now ! Oracle SQL Developer Data Modeler 4.0 Early Adopter

 The Early Adopter release of Oracle SQL Developer Data Modeler 4.0  is now available on OTN (Oracle Technology It completes as important add-on release 4.0 of SQL Developer. It comes with an interesting set of new features.

More details:

Tuesday Aug 06, 2013

Knowledge Management Feedback

Who doesn't like to get feedback?

After a wonderful concert, we stand up and applaud to show that we are very pleased with the performance of the orchestra.

The children get motivated by the feedback they got from their parents. The feedback is very critical to improve their success in the future.

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Wednesday Jul 17, 2013

Oracle Forms PJC Wizard goes JDeveloper Extention

An interesting piece ...

for Oracle Forms developers  targeting "Modernization of Oracle Forms".
PJCs (Pluggable Java Components) are one method changing the look&feel and functionality of Oracle Forms applications without modification of the application logic and sources itself. Change requirements and customizations can be implemented working on a wrapping Java layer.

To make it easy, the Oracle Forms PJC Wizard is around. Using JDeveloper the wizard guides along the PJC creation in some simple steps.

Forms PJC Wizard 1.0 is now considered as official Oracle JDeveloper Extensions. Available in the JDeveloper Update Center, installation and updating goes in synch with other JDeveloper components.

Forms PJC Wizard

Use Oracle JDeveloper update feature or get Forms PJC Wizard on the Update Center.

Friday Jul 12, 2013

Available Now ! Oracle SQL Developer 4.0 Early Adopter

The Early Adopter release of Oracle SQL Developer 4.0 is now available on OTN (Oracle Technology Network) with a lot enhancements on functionality and usability.

Highlighting some of the new feature areas :

  • Find Database Object - Search
  • Command Line
  • Cart
  • Reports
  • UI Enhancements
  • Data Modeler 4.0
  • JDK 7 Support

Here are a few links to get you started :

Enjoy !

Tuesday Jul 09, 2013

JRE Updates and Oracle Forms - JRE 1.7.0_25 & 1.6.0_51

Java is a very dynamic area. We see frequently updates and enhancements. Typically new functionality is added, often with scope security, so definitely worth to consider.
For Oracle Forms end users, it is safe and recommended to follow those JRE maintenance updates for their clients - certainly within the certification range for client platforms (System Requirements and Supported Platforms for Oracle Forms and Reports 11g Release 2 ( Certification Matrix ).

For JRE 1.7.0_25 & 1.6.0_51 Oracle Forms administrators and end users must be aware of this potential impact:

  • Some WebUtil HOST calls may not work.  Specifically those which include strings that contain spaces and/or special characters (e.g. > < * & |).
  • Messages like "Missing Permissions manifest attribute for: http://machinename:port/forms/java/frmall.jar" and "Missing Codebase manifest attribute for: http://machinename:port/forms/java/frmall.jar" indicate that the JAR file manifest files will now require  new entries. New Forms JARs need to be obtained via Oracle Support.
  • Calls from html Java script into a form may throw a warning "Block potentially unsafe components from being run?".

Find the heads-up for Oracle Forms system administrators and more details in "Requires My Oracle Support (MOS) Login Release of JRE 1.7.0_25 & 1.6.0_51 and Impact on Forms 11g [ID 1563023.1]]"

Thursday May 16, 2013

Your First Stop to Get the Most out of Proactive Support Services

If you asked me for a single address to bookmark to get the most out of Oracle Proactive Support Services, the first one I would suggest is note :

Get Proactive with Fusion Middleware [ID 1388293.1]

This document stands upon three pillars: Prevent, Resolve and Upgrade. Let's take a brief look at each of them ...[Read More]

Wednesday Apr 24, 2013

Aggregated Content - The Information Centers

My neighbour Ozay and I, each have one small garden. Because it is spring time in the Northern hemisphere, we rolled up our sleeves and prepared to get dirty.  We have engaged in a healthy competition to decide who will be able to produce healthier and more abundant tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and eggplants this year?

Every year around this time, we start searching in the internet for the best hints. Oh my goodness, there are so many sites out there that are written for this subject! When I start reading, many times I start to branch from here to there, and sometimes hours go by before I realize that I was surfing pointlessly, having lost the essence of what I was originally searching for.

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