All things Oracle

There’s a new Oracle source available:  All Things Oracle.

The aim of All Things Oracle is to provide a gateway to the wealth of information and material available for Oracle developers and DBAs.
The site brings articles and other resources of Oracle experts.
Just to name a few:

All very experienced experts that will bring interesting articles!

I will also contribute to this site.
My specialities are SQL, PL/SQL, Forms and Forms Modernization, so expect articles on these topics in the near future on All Things Oracle.

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.

Forms Modernization, Part 1: Motivation for change

In the first part of our seminar we discussed some topics that forms customers want to change today.

These changes are mostly focussed on the island most forms applications and teams are working on today, such as:

    1) Internal services that are provided within the enterprise that could uplift the provided functionality to the end users.

    E.g. Order-information that is provided via a webservice of the existing legacy application. This information can be provided to the back-end and forms interface to have real time information provided to the accountancy-department that is using the forms app.

    2) External services that are provided by partners that could uplift the provided functionality to the customers and the business users.

    E.g. a good example of the ROI is explained in the ZLM Case Study.

    3) Existing pl/sql functionality that can be offered as a service to enterprise applications or external partners.

    E.g. the forms application handles the allocation of consultants of iAdvise. To be able to provide customers a better service we could offer the business unit managers, pre-sales and sales a real-time view on the whereabouts (no we don’t play tennis ;o) ) of the consultants. In other words, a customer is facing production problems and needs support asap, the sales person looks up which consultants are nereby the customers with the needed skills. Given the coordinates the sales-person can then call the consultant and give the customer a much better service without needing to cross to many channels to get the necessary information.

    4) Get on the fusion track and let your forms application talk to you jee, adf, apex, custom made application.

    You want to integrate new functionality which is provided through ajax, java server faces, event driven architecture, … to improve look and feel and to let end users profit from the added value such as asynchronous event handling, JavaScript integration, …

In other words when you start thinking about improvements you could make to your existing forms application, the ROI mostly is very obvious.

The investments made in human capital, architecture and infrastructure are protected whilst enabling integration of new technologies and improving your existing skill set and investments.

What I would like to know from other customers, developers, end-users, …:
Is anybody facing integration/modernization issues today within their Forms Apps that can’t be addressed using one of the following scenario’s: modernization, integration, upgrade to 10g/11g?

If so, please provide us this information so we can discuss the different scenario’s, aspects that are applicable to your specific case.

ODTUG Kaleidoscope 2009 – Must attend event of the year!

The previous year we went to ODTUG to talk about our quality assurance toolkit developed for ApEx. This year we’re going to talk about data integration services delivered using OBI EE, ODI and of course Oracle Warehouse Builder.

And I’m also very pleased to announce the ‘ADF Methodology for the Masses’ community will also present during this developers’ event.
During the sundown session of the ACE’s you will become more familiar with the program and of course we will try and provide the necessary take aways for everyone interested in ADF Development. If you’re interested in what we’ve achieved so far and would like to join our community to exchange experience and knowledge: the Oracle wiki page, the google group.

More than 150 technical sessions, more than 30 hands-on sessions and of course the chance to meet the community and exchange knowledge and experience … the ROI for any developer using Oracle technology is delivered during this conference.

So don’t hesitate, let’s register for ODTUG Kaleidoscope 2009 !

We’re attending, that’s for sure ;o)

ADF Methodology for the Masses – ODTUG 2009

I’ve added an abstract for ODTUG 2009 on the ADF Methodology Google Group and I would like to share the content of this abstract with the community as well.

Especially because your feedback is needed to keep the ball rolling and to check out how many people are using ADF today or are interested in an introduction.

The abstract:

A software development methodology is designed to assist experienced and uninitiated technology practioners to standardize their approach to software design & development. They can help highlight common decision points, outline best practices, promote code reuse, and propose standard deliverables among many other things.

This is a meeting of an ongoing group of experts and delegates first held at OOW08 based around ADF and the support of Oracle staff. We’d like to open the opportunity to the user groups to start participating in this event and ODTUG’s reputation as the key-Oracle development eventwould make this ideal.

Summary:
-) Quick Introduction of the ADF Methodology Group
-) Goals of the ADF Methodology
-) ADF as a topic:
a) Propose a standardised approach to ADF design & development beyond just the technical
b) Highlight common decision points, outline best practices, promote code reuse, and propose standard deliverables
c) Understand alternative technologies and how ADF fits in
d) Give a feel for the important topics with JDev 11g ADF (and how to learn about them)

-) Presentations regarding best practices, reporting possibilities, testing strategy, 11g take aways

Benefits:
-) Learn how to adopt ADF at an organizational level
-) Help to promote ADF and to inspire others to use ADF
-) Highlight samples, information, guidelines for ADF
-) Take-outs + where to go from here

The goal of the ADF Development Methodology Group is to propose just such a methodology for JDeveloper Application Development Framework (ADF) based projects. With the experience of real-world experts, including Oracle ACEs and Oracle staff, join us to put such a methodology together.

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.