OGH APEX Dag 2012

This monday I gave a presentation at the OGH APEX Day about a Forms to APEX migration together with my colleague Ronny Boeykens.

Everything went smoothly, except when my laptop decided to install some windows updates and restarted out of the blue :).

Our presentation was kind of a follow-up on the ‘Forms Modernization’ presentation of my colleague Gert Poel, where they illustrated what the possibilities are when you want to modernize your Forms applications.

In our presentation we explained that APEX can be a worthy substitute for Forms, by showing some examples of a business case.

OGH APEX Dag - Can APEX replace forms

OGH APEX Dag - Can APEX replace forms

I also saw some interesting presentations during the day:

First off was the keynote by Patrick Wolf, where he gave a nice glance at the features we can expect in APEX 4.2.
The things that stood out the most for me were:

  • jQuery mobile will be fully integrated.
  • It will be possible to attach multiple themes to one application, so you can have a mobile and desktop theme in your application.
  • Subscription will be possible on theme level: Thank you!
  • The max. number of items on a page will be raised to 200. Offcourse Patrick noted that when you have more then 100 items on your page, you seriously have to consider if your page is still usable!
  • You will be able to download packaged applications from the Oracle Cloud.

Next up was the presentation of Roel Hartman, that showed some interesting things you can do with HTML5. Especially the websockets, where you can push data from your database to your webpage was really cool. Also the local storage caught my eye.

I also liked the presentation of John Scott, that demonstrated the possibilities of the error handling feature in APEX 4.1. I’m still waiting for the result of the last demo though :).

A big thank you to the organization, everything was perfect! I really enjoyed the day and saw some interesting things.

Oracle Forms… the saga continues.

Last week Oracle announced the “Oracle Application Development Tools Statement of Direction“.

Oracle stays commited to the Oracle Forms customers, saying Forms will be part of Oracle Fusion Middleware 12c.
That’s right!  There will be a Forms 12c version.
And even Reports will be part of it.

My previous blogpost “Oracle Forms: upgrade…modernize…integrate” shows that you can go on with Forms and now for sure with a new version and support coming up.

On 29 March, ODTUG(Oracle Development Tools User Group) are running a webinar for Forms Developers.  One of the speakers is Grant Ronald who will give a overview on the future plans for Oracle Forms.
The other speaker is Mia Urman of OraPlayer.

You can register here for the webinar.

 

Oracle Forms: upgrade…modernize…integrate

iAdvise already did several presentations and seminars about Forms and Forms Modernization.
And it’s good to see that companies get the messages we are talking about.

We’ve visited a customer who still had some questions on the future of Forms.
They received complaints of users that the UI isn’t “sexy” enough, but besides that there’s nothing “wrong” with the application.

That’s why we told them there’s no need to migrate to another technology.
The demos we did about upgrading, modernizing and integration and of course the statement of direction of Oracle(Oracle Forms will not desupported) showed that we are right.

Now they’re planning the upgrade from Forms 10g to 11g.
After that they’ll take a look at how they can modernize the application(look&feel) and how they can integrate with their other applications.
That’s the way to go!

If you want to read more about our view on Oracle Forms, check out the article “What’s your choice for Oracle Forms” on All Things Oracle.