A great turnout for the seminar: more than 40 interested attendees, a mix audience of IT managers, project managers and developers.
Hof ter Delft was a nice location!
Grant Ronald, Oracle Senior Group Product Manager for the development tools division, opened the seminar with a keynote presentation.
He started with the Oracle Statement of Direction: Oracle has no plans to desupport Forms and Reports.
After this he gave an high level overview of what is possible with an Oracle Forms application: modernize, upgrade, integrate and migrate.
Grant ended with an overview of ADF.
My session was next, same subject as Grant, but a bit deeper into detail with demos and customer cases.
I showed how you could modernize an application using Pluggable Java Components and JavaBeans.
Those new features were shown in the integration demo, together with web service calls from Forms.
I ended with migration: reasons to migrate, strategy(eg. a customer case of redesign/rebuild in Apex), tools that can be used(eg. JHeadstart ), …
One lesson: migration is not an easy path…
The following session walked this path of migration, the one of a phased migration.
Wilfred van er Deijl(Commit Consulting)presented OraFormsFaces.
A presentation about where OraFormsFaces can fit in and how it works.
When you choose for a migration and you don’t want a big bang, OraFormsFaces can help you in doing new development in a new technology(eg. Oracle ADF) and keep your Forms investment.
OraFormsFaces let you integrate a form in a webapplication and passes info between those two technologies.
After a nice lunch Grant Ronald gave an introduction training to ADF:
- Building ADF Business Components
- Business validation
- Shaping your data
- Application Flow
- Building UI pages
This really showed the power of ADF to Forms developers.