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.

Oracle Open World 2012 and ADF EMG

Indeed, it’s almost “that” time of the year again, the week that San Francisco will turn red and is full of Oracle people.
There so much to do, but I still have to build my agenda.

But there are already some things to schedule…
One day, one Moscone room, one main topic…ADF EMG Sunday.
A whole day of interesting presentations on ADF, kicking off with our own:

UGF3783 - Oracle ADF Immersion: How an Oracle Forms Developer Immersed Himself in the Oracle ADF World - 9am-10am Moscone South room 305

As I wrote in a previous blog post, we created an ADF course to introduce ADF to Forms/non-Java developers.
So if you’re a Forms developer or you don’t have any java experience and want to get introduced to ADF, this will be the right session to start.

You’ll find a nice overview on Chris Muir’s blog of the other ADF EMG sessions that day.

This one will be very interesting:
UGF10464 - Oracle Fusion Middleware Live Application Development Demo - 12:45-3:45pm Moscone South room 305

A three hour live demo by Lucas Jellema, Lonneke Dikmans and Duncan Mills.
Check this out!!!

Oracle ADF Immersion

When taking a look at the tools Oracle used to develop its own products, we see that the E-business suite is build in Forms and Reports. Later, new modules were developed according Java EE standards.  Those new modules/applications were released on the same application servers that ran Forms and reports,  where they shared services and infrastructure.

Nowadays Oracle Fusion Applications is the new standard for business.
Oracle Fusion Applications is based on the Java platform, SOA and web 2.0 and is built with the Oracle Application Development Framework.
Not only Fusion Applications, but also My Oracle Support and Oracle Enterprise Manager are built with ADF.

Like Forms did in the past(and still does!), Oracle JDeveloper  offers a visual and declarative development environment for ADF.

And while Oracle uses it’s own framework to build it’s own Applications, probably a lot of companies will use the same tools to build their own Enterprise applications.

Forms and Reports developers are using Forms for years  and are very experienced in building Enterprise applications, but usual don’t have Java Experience or are even scared of Java(I know I was years ago when I read about concepts like “Polymorphism”).
iAdvise still has Forms developers and to let them experience ADF, we created the “ADF Immersion course”.
In this two day hands-on course we “immerse” them in  JDeveloper and ADF.
First day was all about ADF Business Components(entity objects and associations, view objects, Application Module, validation rules,…).
The second was about creating a User Interface: ADF Faces, ADF Model(bindings), application flow, data visualization.

A lot for a two day course, but it wasn’t meant to be as a real course. We tried to show that JDeveloper and ADF aren’t something to be scared of.  And that somebody with experience in building applications can easely start with ADF.
I think it worked out very well!  At the first try out we choosed a mixed audience of Forms developers and java developers and the best feedback we got was from a Forms developer who moved to Java years ago: “After this course every forms developer should be able to work with ADF”.
This is what we aimed for!
After the “real” courses we got the same feedback!
Mission accomplished :-)

Gartner Report: “Modernization and Migration Strategies for Oracle Forms”

Grant Ronald brought this Gartner Report to attention on his blog: “Modernization and Migration Strategies for Oracle Forms“.

It’s great to see that our message brought to our customers and at our presentations is confirmed by this Gartner analysis

  • Upgrade to the latest version – At the moment this is Oracle Forms 11gR2
  • Modernize and integrate
  • Migrate(ADF, APEX, Open Source, …)

If you want more information on this topic, you can read my article on All Things Oracle: “What’s Your Choice for Oracle Forms?“.

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.

Oracle Forms 11gR2 released

In a previous post I wrote that Grant Ronald announced the release of Oracle Forms 11gR2 in our Oracle Open World presentation.  He didn’t announce an exact date, but it would be very soon.

Well, here it is!

The new version can be downloaded from Oracle Technology Network.
The installation footprint is reduced, it can be integrated in Oracle Access Manager and some other new features.

 

 

* Update

Client support:

  • Browser support is no longer based on Operating Systems but strictly tied to the browser themselves, no matter which Operating Systems they are installed on.
  • Oracle Forms is supported on both 32 bit browsers with 32 bit Oracle JRE & 64 bit browsers with 64 bit Oracle JRE combinations.

System support:

  • Oracle Weblogic Server: WLS 10.3.5
  • Databases: Oracle 10.2.0.4+, Oracle 11.1.0.7+, Oracle 11.2.0.1+
  • 32 bit and 64 bit systems

More about certifications.

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?”