Wednesday Jan 29, 2014

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]

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 

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
[Read More]

Monday Sep 16, 2013

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 :

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:

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 11.1.2.2+ 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 (11.1.2.1.0) 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]]"

Wednesday Apr 03, 2013

Just Released - Fusion Middleware 11gR1 Patchset 6 (11.1.1.7)

Oracle Fusion Middleware 11 G Release 1 is now on patchset 6 with version number 11.1.1.7.
Download it from

  • Oracle Technology Network (OTN) - FMW downloads
  • Oracle Software Delivery Cloud ( OSDC)
  • My Oracle Support (MOS) - Patches - 11.1.1.7 for Portal, Forms, Reports, Discoverer patch 16471668

Find more announcement details in Note 1535341.1. It is strongly recommended to move forward to the latest patchset to benefit from latest feature set and product defect fixing.

Considering 11.1.1.7, Oracle Reports users should check Alert Note 1522543.1.


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