Oracle Forms community at Oracle Open World 2012

Less than 3 weeks before the biggest Oracle event in the world kicks off: Oracle Open World 2012!

I already wrote about some interesting events: ADF EMG Sunday and the Oracle Benelux Architectural event.

In case you’re into Oracle Forms, you can add an extra event to that: The Oracle Forms Community Event.

After the session of Mia Urman and Grant Ronald “CON5639 - Give Your Forms a Face-lift: Tips and Tricks for Oracle Forms GUI Modernization“(Tuesday, Oct 2, 11:45 AM – 12:45 PM – Marriott Marquis – Foothill F) there will be an “Ask the experts” event.
Here we will answer questions from the audience with Grant Ronald (Oracle Forms Product Manager) as our moderator and a panel of experts(with Lucas Jellema, Oracle Ace Director, as one of them) both solution providers and consultants.

I will be one of the experts too:
– 14 years of Oracle Forms experience
– Presented on several conferences and seminars on Forms and Forms Modernization(OOW, UKOUG, …)
– Presenting this year on OOW: UGF3783 – Oracle ADF Immersion: How an Oracle Forms Developer Immersed Himself in the Oracle ADF World

You can register and add questions using this form.

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.

 

All Things Oracle article: “What’s your choice for Oracle Forms?”

Last week on Oracle Open World we(iAdvise together with Grant Ronald) did a presentation on Oracle Forms Modernization.
We presented the possible options for an Oracle Forms application: modernize, upgrade, integrate or migrate.

In case you couldn’t attend the session or just want to know more about those options, you can read the following article on All Things Oracle: “What’s Your Choice for Oracle Forms?”

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 Forms Survey

I want to call all Oracle Forms developers and administrators to fill in this online survey about Oracle Forms.

The results will be published during Oracle Open World.
As I’m interested in this topic(Forms and Forms Modernization) and doing a presentation on Oracle Open World about Oracle Forms(session 08262 “What’s Your Choice for Oracle Forms: Modernize, Upgrade, Integrate, or Migrate?”), I’m looking forward to the results of the survey!

Oracle Forms File drag and drop javaBean

I created a JavaBean that implements a “dropbox” in Oracle Forms.
It can be downoaded from the PJC/JavaBean library of Francois Degrelle.

When dropping one or more files on it, Forms receives the path and filename of it.
In the following example video the JavaBean is used to upload a file to the database.
For the uploading part I used Webutil.