Way back when we started working on 10.1.3 I ran a thread on OTN asking people what were the top 5 features on their wish-list for JDeveloper 10.1.3.
We got about 150 people contributing to this thread over a long period of time.
I then went to go through the list of features and tried to pick the features that got the most requests. (yeah, I know we should have a database which will allow people to vote for features). In any case the thing that people wanted to see the most in JDeveloper wasn't refactoring, or code folding, or more UML diagrams it was .....
Yeah, documentation is one of those features that is never discussed in the new features documents and the promotional material you see for a tool.
But people need it.
So in this release we did a lot of work on documentation.
It starts with things like the cue-cards and the improved online help interface, and goes through a more thorough tutorial for ADF, and a complete application with source (SRDemo), and it ends with a couple of books each over 600 pages called the ADF Developer Guide.
One version of the book focuses on using ADF with a technology stack composed of JSF, ADF Faces, TopLink, and EJB3.0
and the other will replace TopLink and EJB 3.0 with ADF BC (this one is still not out there but it is on its way - just keep an eye on Steve Muench's blog for updates).
The ADF Developer Guide is a must read for anyone who is going to work with the ADF Framework.
And you know what, even if you are not going to work with ADF - I urge you to read the first chapter just to understand what the ADF framework is and what is the solution it offers. I think a lot of people out there are missing out on a framework that already solves one of the key things Java developers are missing - the binding of business services to the user interface.
If you want to learn more about ADF we have a new home page for it at: