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The New Visual Builder Studio - Introduction for Visual Builder Developers

Shay Shmeltzer
Director of Product Management - Oracle

Oracle announced the availability of Oracle Visual Builder Studio this weekend, and if you are a current developer working with Visual Builder - you should learn more about how this service can help your development team deliver better Visual Builder applications faster.

Visual Builder Studio builds on the functionality previously available in Oracle Developer Cloud Service (such as Git repositories, CI/CD automation, issue tracking and agile planning) and adds to it a set of features specifically aimed for developing Visual Builder Applications (or Visual Applications for short). The result is an ideal platform for teams that want to improve their development flow, and automate the delivery of their apps.

Here are some of the key new features that will be of interest to you as a Visual Builder developer.

Visual Application Project Template

This new Project Templates makes it very easy to setup a project for your team with the base artifacts you need to manage and deliver code. Including a template app in a git repo, build jobs to package and deploy the app, and an environment set to point to your Visual Builder instance.

New Project Templates

Environments

Visual Builder (and Oracle Integration Cloud) instances can be mapped to your project environments, so you can see the status of your server, and drill down to see the apps deployed on them. You can manage those apps from this interface allowing you to lock, export/import data, and even undeploy apps.

Environments

Designer tab with Workspaces

A new top menu option in VB Studio is the Designer tab, in which you can create worksapces - the equivalents of your own local git clones of the application - in which you develop and add your code changes. From that tab you can directly invoke the visual designer interface for working on your app. This visual designer will initally look very similar to the one you are currently working on, but on further inspection you'll notice some new additions including...

Deep Git Integration

Visual Builder Studio places Git at the heart of your development cycle. Your application code is stored in a git repository and all your changes are managed through branches. The git menu now includes additional git commands (such as switch branch) and removes the need to setup connection to the git repo as this is now built-in. In addition, a new git panel section in the IDE shows you the git status of your application files, and will help you visually merge code conflicts between branches.

Conflict Resolution

A new Publish button enables you to merge code changes from your branch into the master branch, including the ability to start a code review process for your changes, so other can review, comment and approve or reject changes.

Visual Builder CI/CD Automation

Visual Builder Studio includes a set of build steps that will allow you to declaratively define a build/deploy/manage cycle for your apps across servers (instead of manually writing grunt tasks). Build steps include pacakge and optimize your source, export/import data, and lock/unlock/undeploy for an app. In addition you can now deploy your app to VB instances using the "Oracle Deployment" option.

Visual App Build Steps

There is More

All of these capabilities integrate with the other features of Visual Builder Studio that include:

  • Manage team members and their roles
  • Issue tracking system
  • Agile dashboards and development sprint tracking
  • Wikis for sharing info
  • CI/CD for other project artifacts

If you are currently using Visual Builder and are interested to try out Visual Builder Studio, have a look at our documentation for the setup steps and tutorials.

 

 

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