Oracle BPM 12c Installation Improvements and Issues with Mac

Oracle BPM 12c is improved with a great installation process - simplified and stable. You only need to download single installation package, run a wizard and after several clicks it gets installed. All required products are installed for you out of the box, no extra configuration is needed - JDeveloper, BPM/SOA extensions, BPM/SOA schemas in Java DB. Developer can focus on his development tasks, no need to spend days to install and configure development environment. (more...)

MDS Support for Mobile Application Framework (MAF) in JDeveloper 12c (12.1.3)

MAF framework in JDeveloper 12c (12.1.3) comes with MDS support. This means, we can customise mobile applications in similar way as we customise regular ADF Web applications. I'm going to explain and demonstrate with sample application, how it works MAF 2.0. You can read about this more in MAF 2.0 developer guide, Customizing MAF AMX Application Feature Artifacts.

Sample application, tested with iOS platform - MAFMobileLocalApp_v2.zip. Original version of this (more...)

Red Samurai ADF Performance Audit Tool v 3.2 – Large Fetch and Full Scan Audit Optimizations

Red Samurai ADF Performance Audit tool was updated with new features. Current update v 3.2 is focused on improvements for Large Fetch issues auditing, additionally we are able to track Full Scans (when user is fetching all rows and row count exceeds a threshold).

There are two additional threshold parameters introduced - WAT (Wait Activation Time) and WFT (Wait Fetch Time). These two are used to track long activation and fetch times in more (more...)

ADF Mobile 12c (MAF) Support for Master-Detail Data Control

ADF 12c is shipped with renamed mobile platform framework - Oracle Mobile Application Framework (MAF). Previously this was named ADF Mobile. 12c MAF is based on ADF Mobile and provides additional functionality and improvements. Everyone familiar with ADF Mobile 11g, should get up to speed with 12c without issues. I would like to highlight one interesting improvement implemented in 12c MAF - out of the box support for Master-Detail relationship. In previous 11g release, master (more...)

ADF 12c (12.1.3) Line Chart Overview Feature

ADF 12c (12.1.3) is shipped with completely rewritten DVT components, there are no graphs anymore - they are called charts now. But there are much more, besides only a name change. Previous DVT components are still running fine, but JDeveloper wizards are not supporting them anymore. You should check ADF 12c (12.1.3) developer guide for more details, in this post I will focus on line chart overview feature. You should keep (more...)

ADF 12c (12.1.3) New Feature – ADF Query Item Reordering and Custom Operators

There are quite many new features in ADF 12c (12.1.3). One of them - ADF Query item reordering on runtime, user can choose the order to display criteria items displayed in ADF Query. View Criteria wizard in JDeveloper is updated, besides Criteria UI Hints (as we had before), now developer have access to Item UI Hints (here you can set item visibility, multiple values selection and removable support). Important addition - new tab (more...)

ADF BC 12c New Feature – Entity-Level Triggers

We have triggers support in ADF 12c! Powerful new feature is available - Entity-Level triggers. Previously it was often confusing if certain use case belongs to validation rule, or it is more generic business logic. Everything was implemented as part of validation rule in the EO. ADF 12c provides cleaner approach by supporting option of Entity-Level triggers, along with regular validation rules. Validation logic can be implemented as part of validation rule, non-validation (but still (more...)

ADF 12c (12.1.3.0.0) – View Object Declarative Mode is Default

Important event for ADF community - new release of ADF 12c (12.1.3.0.0). Quite many new features overall in the framework and there are some related to ADF BC. I will focus on ADF BC and highlight one new feature, which I think is very important to know. This is related to ADF BC VO mode, from now on - Declarative VO mode is a default. There is no longer Expert mode, (more...)

Time Selector for ADF Graph and Data Filtering

ADF graph with date/time data in X axis, could be configured with time selection and scrolling functionality. This could be very useful for such use cases, where we want to analyse specific set of data in the selected period of time. User could select a time range in the graph and display data from the selected range. We are going to include similar functionality into new release of our Red Samurai ADF Performance Audit Tool.

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ADF BC Reserved Mode for DB Connection Critical Applications

With this post I would like to explain how you can control ADF BC mode and switch from default managed to reserved mode and back. With default managed mode, there is no guarantee in ADF BC for DB connection to stay assigned for the user session. Why it is highly recommended to design your ADF application in such way to be compatible with default managed mode, there are exceptional scenarios when we want to guarantee (more...)

Better Control for ADF UI Shell Tab Closing Order

This is third post in the series about ADF UI Shell usability improvement, you can read previous one - ADF UI Shell Usability Improvement - Tab Contextual Menu. When you work with Web browser tabs, expected behaviour after closing the tab in the last position is the next tab available on the left side to be opened. However, this works differently in ADF UI Shell and could be improved. I will describe how.

Here you (more...)

ADF UI Shell Usability Improvement – Tab Contextual Menu

In my previous post - Improving ADF UI Shell - Tab Closing Icon Adjustment, I was describing how to implement ADF UI Shell tab closing icon to be located directly on the tab itself. Today I would like to share one more usability improvement - tab contextual menu. You could implement such functionality as - 'Close', 'Close All' and 'Close Others' with contextual menu invoked from the tab.

Sample application with ADF UI Shell (more...)

Improving ADF UI Shell – Tab Closing Icon Adjustment

Default tab closing icon in ADF UI Shell is located in the top right corner. Users are not really happy about this and there is a demand to have the same positioning as you can see in the Web browsers - directly on the tab. Tab placeholders are implemented in ADF UI Shell with af:navigationPane and af:commandNavigationItem components. Component af:navigationPane supports item removal, this means we can implement tab closing functionality directly in the tab. (more...)

Tab Navigation Performance in UI Shell and Multi Task Flow

I was investigating performance impact of navigating between tabs in UI Shell template. To compare, as alternative solution for UI Shell, I was using dynamic tabs with Multi Task Flow binding (Building Custom UI Shell with ADF 11g R2). When you switch between tabs in UI Shell, you could notice slight delay. This is normal delay (differently to browser tabs, where no delay), as there should be generated response from the server and (more...)

Personalising ADF Query with MDS User Persistence

I bet you are familiar with ADF Query UI having many criteria items. This may look irritating to the users, as there are so many options to use for the search. I will describe alternative approach in this post, with MDS user persistence and personalisation involved. It might be more user friendly, to offer only few criteria items by default and allow to add other items through ADF Query advanced option, together with MDS user (more...)

Implementing Dynamic Date Type Formatting with ADF BC

You may have a requirement to apply different format for date type attributes, based on username, as for example. Different users, may use different date formats - in such case, formatting for date type attributes must be set dynamically. This can be achieved, using approach described in my previous post - Controlling ADF BC Mandatory Attribute Validation Conditionally. I would extend explained technique and apply it for date formatting.

Sample application for download - DynamicFormatADFApp. (more...)

Comparing ADF View Object and Row Fetch Execution Times

I bet one of the most common doubts ADF developer, or may be DB admin, has - why VO SQL executes slower than the one identical from SQL Plus? This is often the case, but there is nothing VO SQL to blame about. Usually VO SQL executes in almost same time, as it would execute in SQL Plus - but there is extra added time of row fetch. When ADF UI page is rendering, data (more...)

Red Samurai ADF Performance Audit Tool v 3.1 – Drill Down Analysis Improvements

We have new improvements in Red Samurai ADF Performance Audit tool. Update 3.1 is focused on new features in drill down reports for Slow Queries and Large Fetches.

Current day occurrences (in red) for Slow Queries are calculated per individual VO instance, along with latest occurrences (in yellow) and total occurrences. This helps to track outcome of performance fixes and understand if additional tuning is required for specific VO instance:


It is possible to (more...)

Retrieving WebLogic Server Name and Port in ADF Application

It could come handy to know how to get WebLogic server name and port in ADF application. Particularly this could be useful, when running ADF application in the cluster and there is a requirement to track WebLogic node with application session instance running. Usually it is not enough to get server host, as cluster node is accessed through load balancer and server IP is different, not the one visible in HTTP session.

There is a (more...)

Adaptive Form with Dynamic ADF Attribute Value Binding

You can implement adaptive forms, generated on runtime using ADF Dynamic Form component in 11g R1 or 11g R2 (keep in mind - ADF Dynamic Form component is not supported with Facelets). In 12c you could use new ADF Dynamic Component to generate adaptive forms. All good, but customisation options are limited. For example, if you would need to define Value Change Listener for adaptive form UI component, this would be quite tricky as there (more...)