Oracle Open World 2012: the first day

I hope today was the hardest day of the trip…
We landed In San Francisco on saturday afternoon.
From the airport to Moscone West for our conferences passes because we had our presentation at 9am on sunday morning.
A late dinner and off to bed, but after being awake for 24 hours, something called jetlag wakes you up in the middle of the night.
And like I said, we had to be at Moscone South at 9am for our session: “Oracle ADF Immersion: How an Oracle Forms Developer Immersed Himself in the Oracle ADF World“.
It was a session for ADF EMG, hosted by Chris Muir.
A nice turnout for a sunday morning, allthough I don’t think all 120 pre-registered were there that early.
I hope we could convince some Forms developers that they really can start with ADF and that they will conquer the barriers like the Oracle Forms Community blog writes.

The other sessions I followed of the ADF EMG were very interesting:

  • ” A Peek into the Oracle ADF Architecture of Oracle Fusion Applications”: Simon Haslam had invited Ken Mizuta of Oracle Applications and he answered questions about how they developed and set up Oracle Applications.
  • And the 3 hour live demo: “Oracle Fusion Middleware Live Application Development Demo ” of Lucas Jellema, Ronald van Luttikhuizen, Guido Schmutz, Luc Bors and Aino Andriessen.  Very interesting to see how they worked out a complete application with BPM, SOA and ADF.

Also two announcements at the ADF EMG sessions:

And of course at the end of the day there was the Keynote of Fujitsu(mainly about Big Data) and Larry Ellison.
A lot of strange faces when Larry had a remote control to change slides…everybody seemed to think ‘no more “Next slide, please!”?’, but then it happened…he said it.  On purpose?  Maybe :-)

Larry did some announcements:

  • IaaS(Infrastructure as a Service)
  • Private Cloud: you own cloud behind the firewall
  • Database 12C: the first multi-tenant database
  • Exadata X3 with……..26TB (flash)memory!

Off to bed now!

BeNeLux Architectural Networking Event at Oracle Open World 2012

The events at Oracle Open World are rolling in.  Here’s a very interesting one in case your from the Benelux(Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxemburg): BeNeLux Architectural Networking Event.

 

Target audience
Anybody who would like to discuss projects, architectures, product combinations, or technical issues is welcome to attend.

There will be some experts that will help you with your questions, among them: Wim Coeckaerts (Sr. Vice President, Linux and Virtualization), Jeff Davies (Sr. Principal PM Product Manager, SOA & BMP), Scott Howley (VP, Middleware), Xavier Verhaeghe (VP Emerging Technologies & Security) and many more(see the event page for the list).

In case you want to talk to us, iAdvise will also be present.

Oracle Forms 11gR2 announced

Today I had my session about Forms Modernization.
It was a big room and, although it didn’t seem that much, about 80 attendees.

Grant Ronald came on stage to explain that Oracle still doesn’t de-support Oracle Forms.
In fact, he made an announcement: Oracle Forms 11gR2 is released very soon.
The installation would be easier, integration with Oracle Access Manager, linenumbers in the PL/SQL editor and some more new features.

A lot of questions after the session and good critics.
So I’m pretty happy.

Oracle Open World starts today!

And I’m the lucky one that is in San Francisco!

So, what’s on for today…
Wake up, breakfast, presentation rehearsal and off to Moscone to register.

And we kick of with ADF EMG sunday.

This should be interesting when you take a look at that list of speakers.

And of course later on today the keynote by Larry Ellison.
Very curious about that!

Like I said before, tomorrow is my own presentation:

  • Session: What’s Your Choice for Oracle Forms: Modernize, Upgrade, Integrate, or Migrate? (session id 08262)
  • Time and place: Monday, 12:30 PM, Marriott Marquis – Golden Gate A

This will be an interesting session for all Forms developers and users!

In case you’re not attending Oracle Open World, follow this blog and the iadvise twitter for regular updates from OOW.

If you want a complete overview from people attending Oracle Open World, come to the OpenXperience day on 21 October in Diegem, Belgium.
Visitors of Oracle Open World will bring you the most interesting information and hot news.

 

Oracle Open World, build your schedule

As Oracle Open World is coming closer, it’s time to build your schedule…
Be prepared because there are so many choices.

So, here are some presentations I’m interested in and planning to attend.

Of course there’s my own presentation on monday.

  • Session: What’s Your Choice for Oracle Forms: Modernize, Upgrade, Integrate, or Migrate? (session id 08262)
  • Time and place: Monday, 12:30 PM, Marriott Marquis – Golden Gate A

When you are a developer working with Oracle Forms or an IT manager and have an Oracle Forms application, this is probably the session you should attend when you have questions about the future of Oracle Forms.
Together with Grant Ronald(Group Product Manager in Oracle’s Application Development Tools Division) we’re going to show you the possibilities of Oracle Forms in the future, not only with a presentation, but also with customer cases and demos.

What else is interesting on OOW:

  • ADF Enterprise Methodology Group (EMG) Sunday: 6 tracks about one subject: ADF
  • Presentations by Grant Ronald: starting with ADF?  Check his sessions and look how “easy” you can develop in ADF.
  • Four Ways to Transition from Oracle Forms to Oracle ADF by Wilfred van der Deijl(Monday, 03:30 PM, Marriott Marquis – Golden Gate A)
  • Reaching Out from PL/SQL by Lucas Jellema(Tuesday, 10:15 AM, Marriott Marquis – Salon 7)
  • Spend Some Quality Time on Your Oracle ADF Application by Aino Andriessen(Thursday, 12:00 PM, Marriott Marquis – Golden Gate A)
  • More interested in database(programming)?  Tom Kyte and Steven Feuerstein are “must see” presenters.

OOW 2010: Moving forms to ADF

When working with Oracle Forms these days and you’re not satisfied with the application anymore, there are some possibilities you can do:

  • upgrade
  • modernize
  • integrate
  • migrate

On our OOW session tomorrow(Oracle Forms in the Middle of Middleware, 1pm, Marriott Marquis Room: Salon 9), we will talk about the first three possibilities, upgrade, modernize and integrate.

But today I went to the session of Grant Ronald: Moving from Oracle Forms to Java and Oracle Application Development Framework
A session about migrating Oracle Forms to ADF.
The strategy of oracle is NOT desupporting Oracle Forms, on the contrary, they’re working on new features for 11g R2.

But when you consider migrating, do it for the right reasons.
Three kinds of reasons: the good, the bad and the ugly

Reasons to choose for migration can be

  • forms doesn’t meet the requirements anymore
  • there’s need for re-development
  • adopt leading edge, modern technologies

Reasons NOT to choose for migration:

  • there’s a heavy forms investment you don’t want to throw away
  • happy with data entry (and to my opinion forms is one of the best choices for data entry applications)

Wrong reasons:

  • forms will be desupported -> A clear answer of Grant Ronald: THIS IS NOT THE CASE!
  • upgrading your forms application will result in big problems
  • rewriting the application will save $$$

So migration is an option for your forms application, but Grant stated it several times in his session: DO IT FOR THE RIGHT REASON.

About migrating forms to ADF…
The technologies look similar…
Grant made a comparison between a dish washer and a washing machine.
Both have the same measurements, do similar things(wash something and dry it), etc.
But who puts his clothing in a dish washer?  Or cups and glasses in a washing machine?
So thechnologies look similar, but are different:

  • Java applet <> HTML/javascript
  • PL/SQL <> Java
  • Stateful <> stateless
  • No separation of UI and data elements <> seperate UI and data elements

Do not ignore those differences when looking at migration!

ADF is a framework and does a lot of things for you(like log on to the database, you don’t have to write the code) which is pretty nice.
But hey, Forms does also things for you, it’s also a framework.

You can build applications in ADF that look like forms application and have the same behaviour, but is that the reason to migrate, to work the same way?

When migrating there are some more challenges, eg reusability of table/views, procedures/functions, PLL, triggers.  What about forms built-in functions?

So, of course migration is an option for your Oracle Forms application, but ask yourself a question: Why migrate?
Take a look at all the options, before going to migrate.  It’s not an easy path to walk…

Check also the paper Grant wrote about migrating: Migrating Oracle Forms to Fusion: myth or magic bullet

Oracle Open World 2010: Forms in the Middle of Middleware

People attending Open World to have a closer look at fusion technologies and how to integrate them in your existing applications, need to check out the following session:

  • ID#: S315945
  • Title: Oracle Forms in the Middle of Middleware with Oracle Product Management
  • Track: Application Servers, Application Grid, and Development
  • Date: 22-SEP-10 Time: 13:00 – 14:00
  • Venue: Marriott Marquis Room: Salon 9

Together with Grant Ronald we will talk you through the possible scenario’s to modernize your existing forms applications. After each scenario we will demo the functionalities and showcase some of the success stories we’ve conducted together with our benelux customers.

The different scenario’s include upgrading to 11g to use the event-driven architecture, integrate with existing applications such as apex, .net, google maps, bpel, …

In other words if you’re using fusion technologies such as BPEL, OSB, ADF, … you can easily integrate these with your existing forms applications using the new features provided in 11g.

ADF Methodology Group

Together with Chris, Andrejus, Wilfried and several other ACE’s and ACE Directors we’ve been discussing the need for an ADF Methodology.

Chris has started up this thread, and finally on ODTUG we’ve decided to kick-off on Open World Unconference. We will be running an ADF Methodology session at Oracle OpenWorld as part of the un-conference program.

You can read about this session in this Oracle wiki page.
This is definitely a must attend session for anyone who is doing ADF work – you can register here.
That said aside, our Google group is also worth reading in the meantime, you can check it out here.