Adapt – Learn New Things

Nothing lasts forever.  Sand-piles crumble.  Companies rise and fall.  Relationships change.  Markets come and go.  It’s just the nature of things.  Adapt or die.  Personally, I like this feature of life…can’t imagine anything worse than stagnation.  There’s nothing better to me than exploring and learning new things.

As Oracle continues their push into cloud-based enterprise applications, we’re seeing some of that fundamental change play out in the (more...)

Accessing ADF Iterator Binding from Value Change Listener

This is a quick hint about how to access ADF iterator binding from value change listener method. Let's say you have generic value change listener, reusable with any kind of input components and you want to get information about underlying ADF BC View Object structure in that listener. Value Change Listener provides access to UI Component, we should evaluate component expression and look up in the bindings for component binding name.

Here is the sample (more...)

ADF DVT: Editor for easily creating custom base map definition files (hotspot editor)

Using a custom image as the base map for the ADF DVT Thematic Map component, such as is supported as of release 12.1.3, is very interesting. Visualization is extremely powerful for conveying complex aggregated information. Using maps to associate information  with particular locations – using shape, color, size as well – is very valuable. Being able to not only use a geographical map but any image (with sensibly identifiable locations) is even better.

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ADF DVT: Creating a Thematic Map using a Custom Base Map with hotspots

One of the interesting new features in ADF DVT 12.1.3 is the option to use a custom image as the base map for the Thematic Map component. This enables us to visualize information and support interaction in a wide variety of visual contexts. The custom image we use can represent a geographical layout, but it can really be anything we like. A map of the shopping mall, a picture of a mannequin, a (more...)

ADF DVT – Past, present and future of ADF Data Visualization with Katarina Obradovic-Sarkic

imageOn Thursday 14th of August, the AMIS office was the venue for a session for the ADF community. Oracle Product Manager Katarina Obradovic-Sarkic was the key presenter at an event dedicated to ADF DVT, the data visualization components in ADF. In this event, Katarina went over the many use cases for data visualizations. She told and showed how various Oracle products make use of the visualizations – and how functional requirements from internal product development (more...)

UKOUG Tech 14 in Liverpool

I’ll be going to the UKOUG Tech 14 conference in Liverpool in December to give one of my favorite presentations: “APEX or ADF? From Requirements to Tool Choice”. I’m also leading the Development Tools roundtable, which is always lively at the UKOUG conference. If you want to discuss your options as a developer in the Oracle world, UKOUG Tech 14 is the place to be.

APEX or ADF? From Requirements to Tool Choice
APEX or (more...)

Data Caching Implementation for ADF Mobile MAF Application

If you are building mobile application with web service call integration, you must take into account data caching strategy. Without data caching, mobile application will try to establish too many connections with the server - this will use a lot of bandwidth and slow down mobile application performance. This post will be focused around the scenario of implementing simple data caching strategy. In my next post, I'm planning to review MAF persistence framework from Steven (more...)

ADF Thematic Map in ADF 12c (12.1.3)

ADF Thematic Map component from DVT library was updated in ADF 12c with marker zoom option and area layer styling (ADF 12c (12.1.3) new features). I have decided to check how it works and implemented quick sample application - ThematicMapApp.zip.

I was using world GDP data (SQL script is available together with sample application) and displayed it using ADF Thematic Map. World country borders are hidden on purpose, borders are (more...)

Standard ADF BC Passivation/Activation for Transient View Object

If you want to implement transient View Object in ADF BC, you must make sure it will be passivation/activation ready, otherwise you may loose data. There are several ways how to achieve passivation/activation for such View Objects - override passivation/activation lifecycle and handle transient View Object rows programmatically or reinitialise transient View Object rows from Application Module prepareSession method. There is one more solution, I'm going to describe it in this post. It is based (more...)

Handling Rollback Operation for ADF Input Components with Immediate Property

One of my colleagues is implementing advanced dynamic ADF BC/ADF UI functionality. To force validation to be invoked properly, he must use ADF UI input components set with Immediate=true property. This allows to keep validation messages always displayed, even if user navigates to edit another dynamic ADF UI input attribute, until form is submitted or canceled. However, as by JSF design - usage of input components with Immediate=true, blocks execution of command components, if there (more...)

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...)

Use tree binding accessors to show detail rows

Tree bindings can be very handy, for example to combine details in the same row as the master. Let’s assume we have the following starting point based on the HR schema:


We see the department in a form layout with navigation buttons, with a table under the form showing information about the employees. As you can see in the screenshot below in the ApplicationModule, there is also a Jobs detail under the EmployeeView.


If you (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...)

Find problems when you develop: using XRebel with Oracle ADF

Some days before ZeroTurnaround has released XRebel , a new tool to recognized problems in your web applications, when you make your developer test.

This was promising, so I give it a short try for Oracle ADF applications. For this blog I use the Summit ADF application, delivered by Oracle, but I have tried with our own application too. Test is done in JDeveloper 12.1.2.

After the download there are some easy steps (more...)

WebLogic 12cR3 articles

WebLogic 12cR3 was released towards the end of last week, so this weekend I had an install-fest.

I also did some minor amendments to some existing articles.