Plans for Java 7 and E-Business Suite Certification
By Steven Chan-EBS Development-Oracle on Jun 04, 2012
[Update Dec. 11, 2012: JRE 7 is now certified with the E-Business Suite; see this announcement for complete details.]
[Update Oct. 19, 2012: All customers
can begin preparing for JRE 7 now by applying a Forms-based patch to
their E-Business Suite environments. For details, see: Planning Bulletin for JRE 7: What EBS Customers Can Do Today]
As of June 2012, Java 7 has not been certified yet with Oracle E-Business Suite. EBS customers should continue to run JRE 6 on their Windows end-user desktops, and JDK 6 on their EBS servers.
If a search engine has brought you to this article, please check the Certifications summary for our latest certified Java release.
Our plans for certifying Java 7 for the E-Business Suite
We plan on releasing the Java 7 certification for E-Business Suite customers in two phases:
- Phase 1: Certify JRE 7 for Windows end-user desktops
- Phase 2: Certify JDK 7 for server-based components
When will Java 7 be certified with EBS?
We're working on the first phase now. As usual, I cannot discuss release dates here, but you can monitor or subscribe to this blog for updates.
Current known issues with JRE 7 in EBS environments
Our current testing shows that there are known incompatibilities between JRE 7 and the Forms-invocation process in EBS environments. We have been working directly with the Java division on this for a while now. In the meantime, EBS customers should not deploy JRE 7 to their end-user Windows desktop clients. You should stick with JRE 1.6 for now.
But wait, you previously said...
Older JRE certification announcements stated:
Our standard policy is that all E-Business Suite customers can apply all JRE updates to end-user desktops from JRE 1.6.0_03 and higher. We test all new JRE releases in parallel with the JRE development process, so all JRE releases are considered certified with the E-Business Suite on the same day that they're released by our Java team.
You do not need to wait for a certification announcement before applying new JRE releases to your EBS users' desktops.
Yes, this is true. This standard boilerplate text was written before JRE 7 was released, so there was no possibility of misunderstanding. With the availability of JRE 7, that boilerplate needs to be revised to read:
Our standard policy is that all E-Business Suite customers can apply all JRE updates to end-user desktops from JRE 1.6.0_03 and later updates on the 1.6 codeline. We test all new JRE 1.6 releases in parallel with the JRE development process, so all new JRE 1.6 releases are considered certified with the E-Business Suite on the same day that they're released by our Java team.
You do not need to wait for a certification announcement before applying new JRE 1.6 releases to your EBS users' desktops.
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