Should I move from Oracle Forms to ADF?

Even though this question has been asked and answered a million times, it still pops up on various forums regularly. It’s not that difficult:

Oracle Forms or ADF?

If you end up on the right-hand side of this flowchart, you start at the JDeveloper ADF Getting Started Guide to learn ADF.

If you end (more...)

The Tale of the Read Only Input Text Item

It always starts out easy:
"If variable x has value y, it is forbidden to update values in column z."
Easy! ADF is well suited for the task. Some Groovy based business rules on the entity, and it just works. Simple, declarative, transparent and instantly enforced everywhere the entity (more...)

Real-Life Oracle WebCenter

When asked about public-facing, real-life examples of Oracle WebCenter in action, Oracle has for the last couple of years presented universities (Université Laval, Texas A&M University). But it is now rumored that BAE Systems‘ site is running Oracle WebCenter.

As it should be, you can’t tell from looking at the (more...)

Preparing to Work With ADF

So, you have started something in Oracle ADF without the safety of a tutorial. How do you even begin thinking about planning how to start developing? Welcome to this short five step program that will have you flying off the cliff in no time ;-)

Before You Even Start!
Move (more...)

The Art of Self-preservation

This post is aimed at all those poor souls that find themselves facing Oracle ADF coming from a PL/SQL background (Forms, APEX or plain old database development).
Normal First Reactions
Despair. Most of us have felt it in the beginning, and it is considered perfectly normal. The feeling of constant (more...)

Updated Statement of Direction

...Of sorts. Actually, I did not even know I had one until now. But here goes:
My long absence from this blog are based on all the right reasons. Family. Life. You know, the things that matters. And some reasons slightly off. Like ADF. Yup, Oracle Application Development Framework. Just (more...)

WebLogic 12c: For Admins and Java-heads, Not for Me (Yet)

Oracle lists more than 200 new features in WebLogic 12c – unfortunately, I don’t get to use them.

The improvements fall in two main categories:

  • Management, Performance and High Availability (HA)
  • Java EE 6

As a developer, management and high availability is “somebody else’s problem” – I appreciate the work (more...)

Oracle OpenWorld 2011, part 1

After two days of ACE Director briefings at Oracle HQ, I’m starting the conference today with a presentation in the very first slot: 9.00 am in Moscone West room 2000. My topic is “Starting an Enterprise Oracle ADF Project”, and it covers the material in my book (slightly abbreviated (more...)

Fusion Middleware: Where is the U.S.?

I’m just back from the ODTUG Kscope11 conference in Long Beach, where I presented my regular tools overview presentation, a WebCenter session, an enterprise ADF development session and an ADF tuning session as well as various panels.

One thing I noticed very clearly is that almost all the non-Oracle presenters (more...)

Should I use APEX or ADF?

The important discussion where to use APEX and where to use ADF tends to get bogged down in an unproductive argument about the relative merits of PL/SQL or Java. However, this is not really the most important factor that should drive your decision.

Instead, you must first determine if your (more...)

Web 2.0 Solutions with Oracle WebCenter 11g (book review)

by Fábio SouzaHello People! This was supposed to be a post to celebrate the new year, but, as you all can notice, the things didn't happen the way I was expecting (again haha). Today I will talk...

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Things I Wish From Oracle in 2011

Oracle Fusion Applications!

It’s been “announced” at OpenWorld 2009 and again in 2010, and we have seen demos and screenshots – now is the time for Oracle to deliver. I want to see real-life Oracle Fusion Applications installations, so we can really have a look at how Oracle is building (more...)

Creating a centered page layout using ADF Faces (only)

by Eduardo Rodrigues It’s been a long time since I last posted here about my old friend: ADF. But now that I’m working in ADF BC’s awesome development team, I was already feeling the self-pressure...

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Why is ADF still not taking off?

The ADF framework has improved dramatically over the years, but mysteriously, it remains a niche product outside a select circle of Oracle enthusiasts. If you look at the Google Trends graph for the last couple of years (below), you see Forms slowly declining and APEX is slowing climbing at about (more...)

JDeveloper Overview and (book) Review

Dear visitors, I will pretend I forgot that I'm about a year without posting anything and I will go straight to the subject that I owe to you: The review of the book "Processing XML documents with...

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ODTUG Best Speaker Award

I’m honored and proud to have received the ODTUG Best Speaker Award (Presentation and Delivery) at the ODTUG Kaleidoscope 2010 conference for my presentation “What’s Hot and What’s Not – an overview of Oracle Development Tools”. Because this award is based on audience feedback, the award is actually awarded for (more...)

The secret WebLogic license (ADF on the cheap)

On one of the ODTUG mailing lists, we had a discussion about the cost of running ADF, so I thought I’d share the numbers I came up with.

The April technology price list shows:

  • A pure TopLink and ADF license for $5800 per CPU. You can run this on (more...)

Conference in Norway in April

I’ll be speaking at the Oracle User Group Norway Spring Conference, April 14 to 16. This great conference takes place on a cruise ship sailing from Oslo to Kiel and back. My topics will be

  • What’s Hot and What’s Not – An Overview of Oracle Development Tools
  • Forms to (more...)

ADF in bite-sized pieces

I had to start this sometime 'soon'. Over a period of time you kind of just catch on and wisen up to the fact that there are going to be similar questions asked over and over and over again.
So, here goes:
Now that it's all out (more...)

Things I wish from Oracle in 2010 (3): Set ADF Free

The third thing I wish for from Oracle in 2010 is a free ADF runtime license. I believe that the current licensing is limiting ADF to existing Oracle enterprise customers, and that’s too bad.

I am not looking for Oracle to make ADF Open Source – but just to get (more...)