The Real Future of Oracle Forms – Not the Demise of Forms! Response to LinkedIn Thred

There is quite a debate going around based on Simon’s linkedin post regarding the future of Forms; but when you read it you’ll see, he doesn’t actually talk about the future of Forms – he talks about the demise of Forms and its replacement with Oracle APEX. As someone who does believe in the future of forms, there are several things  I wanted to clarify.

Firstly, it mentions that despite the release of Oracle Forms 12c, Oracle (more...)

ODTUG Kscope15 Review: It was the best of times, it was the best of times!

Last week AuraPlayer headed south to attend ODTUG’s annual KScope conference in Hollywood, Florida. It was very exciting to play many pivotal roles; serving as an ODTUG Board member, an Exhibitor, a 2 time speaker and an Oracle ACE Director. The event was definitely a highlight – I truly learned a lot and, of course, had a lot of fun.

With that being said, so much happened that it would be nearly impossible to provide an (more...)

Oracle Forms at KScope 2015

Hi everyone! Mia has been hustling to prepare for her upcoming events and, as a result, struggling to keep the blog as updated as she would like. So, this is Jackie, Auraplayer’s Marketing Manager, serving as her stand-in blogger for the time being. Let’s hope I can do her justice :-)

It’s that time of year again; ODTUG’s 2015 KScope Conference is less than a month away. This year’s conference will be held from June 21-25 in Hollywood, Florida, at the (more...)

Finally Some Oracle Forms Answers! Open Q&A with Michael Ferrante Oracle Forms PM

  • When is Forms 12c coming out?
  • Is Forms dead?
  • Will Forms ever run without a Java applet?
  • Will we be able to run Forms on Chrome?
  • How can I deploy my form to mobile devices?

The list of pressing questions about Oracle Forms seems endless, but we will finally get you some answers!

ODTUG and the Oracle Forms community have coordinated a free Q&A webinar hosted by Michael Ferrante, the Oracle Forms project manager himself. He (more...)

New publication for Oracle professionals

OTech Magazine Winter 2014If you are working with Oracle software as a developer, DBA or application server administrator, you should read the new OTech Magazine.

The Winter 2014 issue is almost a book: 136 pages of high-quality technology articles by some of the leading experts in their respective fields.  My contribution is the article “From Requirements to Tool Choice” about how to choose the right Oracle development tools (ADF, APEX, or Forms).

And did I mention it (more...)

Oracle OpenWorld Submissions – The Full Monty

Here one day before deadline, I have entered almost my entire current catalog of presentations for consideration in the Oracle OpenWorld 2013 agenda. One new for this year: “Worst Oracle ADF Project Ever” ;-)

If you would like me to speak at one of your events, the following are the presentations (more...)

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...)

Long live Oracle Forms – New Statement of Direction

Oracle (Grant Ronald) published today (15th March 2012) an updated Statement of Direction for Oracle Forms and Reports.

The major statement within this Statement of Direction is:

Oracle has no plan to discontinue support of Oracle Forms. Furthermore, a new version of Forms, Oracle Forms 12c, is planned for delivery (more...)

The Future of Oracle Forms is … Forms !

FRM-92095: Oracle Jnitiator version too low – please install version or higher

A customer of mine who deploys Oracle Forms 10g  on the wild wild web, ran into a little problem.
They don't have control over the java plugin being installed on the client machine and with the latest java 1.7 update
they encountered the following forms error :

FRM-92095: Oracle Jnitiator version too low - please install version or higher

Doh - we're running java 1.7 - not Oracle's obscure Jnitiator.

This seems to be a know issue on metalink see 
FRM-92095 Error When Running Forms Using JRE 7 (JRE 1.7) [ID 1348436.1]

Oracle Forms 11g Release 2 ( now for Linux x86-64 available

Last week you could read in my blog post "Oracle Forms 11g Release 2 ( available" that Oracle Forms 11g Release 2 is available for Linux x86 and Windows x86. Now Oracle released also the Linux x86-64 version of Oracle Forms & Reports 11g (more...)

Oracle Forms 11g Release 2 ( available

Oracle released the latest version of Oracle Forms 11g Release 2 ( for Windows x86 and Linux x86 today.

The download can be found under:

There is also a short new features paper available under

The necessary installation documentation can be found under

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...)

The death of Forms?

At the UKOUG conference in Birmingham, I gave a presentation entitled “Life After Forms” for people wondering what to do about their Forms applications. The reason that people consider this is of course that the talk in the Oracle community tend to concentrate on the two new options: ADF Faces (more...)

Lawyers ate Oracle’s commitment to Oracle Forms

Oracle has for a long time offered “Statements of Direction” outlining their strategy in various areas. One the statements I have been following with interest is the one that applies to Oracle Forms and Reports.

The latest version of this reassuringly says about Forms and Reports: “Oracle has no plan (more...)

Free Forms to ADF conversion!

One of the three presentations I’ll be giving at the UKOUG Technology & E-Business Suite conference 2009 in Birmingham Nov 30 – Dec 2 is “Forms to ADF – Live!”. For this presentation, I am going to convert an existing Oracle Forms application to an ADF Faces (web) application.


Preparing for ODTUG Kaleidoscope

I’m off to Monterey for the annual ODTUG Kaleidoscope conference June 21 to 25. 

I’ll be presenting on “Simple SOA – A Real-Life Case Study” during the Web Architecture Symposium Sunday. If you want to twitter about this presentation (or even ask me a question during the session) please (more...)