If you ever used or looked into ADF BC (p.k.a BC4J)...

All the people in the house who are using ADF BC (BC4J) for more than a year - please stand up.
To you I say (as Ali G would have said) - Respect.
How did you ever managed to do this before the new ADF Developer Guide came out?

I remember back in 1999 when I first started using BC4J, the only way I found to learn this framework, is by "borrowing" one of the instructor books that Oracle University gave to the instructor of the BC4J course. That was the closest thing to a book format guide to this framework - but as good as it was for basic things, it never went too deep into the technical details.

Over the years I met many customers who were evaluating BC4J, and some of them even if they recognized the power of the framework decided not to use it because of lack of documentation. It was hard to get a new developer up to speed with the concepts, and although customer who did went over the initial learning hump always said BC4J is great, many customers didn't do it, and many probably didn't even get to the evaluation stage because of this.


Fast forward to Jun 2006 and now you got the "Oracle ADF Developer Guide for 4GL/Forms Developers" - or as I like to call it "Your ADF BC bible". Remember all those notes and samples that Steve Muench published on his blog/ Remember the ADF Binding Primer? The simplifying J2EE with BC4J? remember all those otn question and answers?
Well hopefully now you can get all of it from a single place and in a book format.

This book is a must read for anyone who is going to be doing development with ADF BC and the ADF Framework.
It has over 1000 pages but I would encourage you to invest the time to read it before you start doing any serious development with the ADF framework. It will save you time in the long run.

So go ahead and get it from our new ADF Learning Center on OTN.

Comments:

Ha, I get it. This year my company gave up on ADF due to lack of documentation. Although i guess that Oracle's position changed. Before the guide came up the motto was : "There is a lot of documentation, just check JDeveloper help".

Posted by Daniel Melo on June 20, 2006 at 01:01 AM PDT #

At the dev-department in my company, we are currently split between proprietary ADF and more open J2EE solutions. Having a huge Oracle database as backend obviously speaks for ADF, but the learning curve is insane and only now are tools starting to become stable. One huge project is now on hold because the UIX migration support for 10.1.3 is a joke and we dare not trust sufficient support for 10.1.2. I agree with Daniel, documentation is severely overlooked and in fact, I have found the best place to go for actual real-world help, to be blogs by Muench and his like. Why there are no hard prints of, for instance adfdevguide.pdf (which btw. has not been updated in 6 months) is a riddle to me. Striking a deal with lulu.com or another on-demand publisher should be duable for a 50.000 employee company. Shay, I might come off a bit hard at times, but it is only because it often feels like we are not being heard and your blog is a very inviting place to post some feedback! :)

Posted by Casper Bang on June 22, 2006 at 10:44 AM PDT #

You can get hardcopies of the books here: http://oraclestore.oracle.com/OA_HTML/ibeCCtpItmDspRte.jsp?a=b&item=728689

Posted by Shay Shmeltzer on June 22, 2006 at 10:50 AM PDT #

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