UKOUG: cold, snow and Oracle Forms

Birmingham is cold these days, even white.
That’s something else than sunny San Fran in September during OOW.

I didn’t find the time yet to write about sessions.
But surely will in the next days.

There were some interesting sessions(the one more interesting than the other) on forms.
Most about migration(to ADF, to Apex),  but they all agree, it’s not easy and not done with one press on the button.
What you can also read this in a previous post.

If you want to know what else you can do with your forms application, check out our session:
Forms in the middle of middleware
14.15-15.00
Hall 6
Co-presenter: Grant Ronald.

When you’re interested in a future with a forms application, come by and learn how you can extend your forms investment.
There will be a lot of demo’s in the presentation, even a live demo of a customer’s application.

 

Hot or Not … – Java For Enterprise Apps

A new article has popped up on the world wide web titled ‘Java is a Dead-End for Enterprise Apps‘ … this will certainly juice up some communities :-)

If you read along in the article you will find different interesting aspects regarding enterprise application development. The discussion that’s unveiled in the article regarding ‘Java is too complex for business application development’ is something I won’t get into. What I do find interesting in the article are the different technologies and frameworks being discussed such as JavaFX, Ajax, Spring, Hibernate, … and the focus on richer User Experience that leads to new frameworks and new insights.

The end-user wants to do more in his data entry / web applications … He wants to be able to interact in an intuitive and integrated way with co-workers, interchange data with other applications enterprise-wide and most of all reuse existing services within the company to reduce the manual workload.

In other words when we look at the applications of yesterday, today and tomorrow we see a steady leap towards interchangeability, interaction, social networking with a clear focus on Business Process Reengineering and let’s not forget most of all user-experience is key.

As mentioned in the article Business Process Modeling is becoming more and more a decisive factor in defining the strategy of a company and it’s IT development. In other words business process reengineering (BPR) is needed to rethink how work is done today within the organization in order to improve customer service, cut operation costs and improve agility and interchangeability.

For a more compelling story, have a look at: Java the Javatar … a must see for every IT consultant.

Designer and Forms 11g

More and more customers want to upgrade to Forms 11g, but then questions come like:
“There’s no Designer 11g, do we have to say goodbye to Designer?”
“Can we generate 11g Forms from Designer?”
“When we want to keep using Designer, do we have to stay on Forms 10g?”

A lot of questions…

What can we find on this topic?

First there is the  “Statement Of Direction” :

“As stated in earlier versions of this document, since Oracle Designer 10g there have been no
major new features although the product continues to be supported and development effort is
focused on stability and bug fixes. Oracle Designer is not released as a component of Oracle
Fusion Middleware 11g but will remain as a component in the Oracle Developer Suite 10g.
Future releases of Oracle Designer and support timelines will be within the Oracle Developer
Suite 10g release.”

There’s no new development, but Designer is still supported.
That’s some good news, we don’t have to throw away Designer right now ;-)

And of course there’s the Designer page on OTN, where the latest version can be downloaded.
The latest patch version is 10.1.2.6, released in May.
In the Release notes are two features that are very intresting concerning Forms 11g

“The Design Capture tool in Oracle Designer 10.1.2.6 captures Oracle Forms 11g FMBs.”

“Configuring Oracle Designer to Work With Oracle Forms 11g”

So, it’s possible to continue working with Designer 10g and start using Forms 11g.
Implementing or capturing new Forms 11g features(external events, new triggers like when-custom-javascript-event) will be a problem in Designer 11g.

Designer is a good tool to keep everthing centralised from ERD to Form and keep everything well documented.   I would not throw that away right now.

Feel free to add your thoughts on this subject…

BI Publisher caching results problem

If you are experiencing behavior that indicates that your report is being cached and you can’t refresh it then it could be that a reporting setting is indicating that it can cache your result set.

To check this setting go to “Edit Report” and look at the bottom in the list of options. You will find a check-box with the label “Enable document cache”. Unchecking this check-box will probably solve your problem.

By default, all Oracle Enterprise Repository reports uses Document Caching to reduce database roundtrips on the generation of report data. While the data is cached, the rendered report may not always show the most recent activities in Oracle Enterprise Repository. Setting the cache expiration changes depending on how frequently BI Publisher needs to refresh the data for the second and subsequent rendering of a report.

It is possible to change the default cache expiration (30 minutes) under Admin -> Server configuration -> Cache Section.

More information can be found in the BI Publisher.