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Strategies for Moving Legacy Systems to Mobile Devices: ODTUG Webinar

On Thursday, February 27th, I will be hosting part two of the “Mobile for Forms” ODTUG Webinar Series! Last week we did the Forms to APEX Mobile session and it was a great success. If you missed it, check out yesterday’s post. Definitely worth checking out.

For this next webinar, we’ll be exploring strategies for mobilizing legacy applications with ADF Mobile. We will be discussing the challenges of going mobile with legacy applications and give you strategies how to plan for mobilizing your applications.

Below is a prime example of mobilizing a legacy application. Here we we see the legacy application and the new application  that you can create as it appears on an iPad, with interesting and graphical features:








We will be discussing topics such as how to think mobile, designing for mobility and running Oracle Forms from ADF Mobile on mobile devices and tablets without redevelopment. Joining me will be Oracle Product Management Director, Denis Tyrell. We will do cool demos so you can see how easy it is to build iOS and Android applications from one code base while leveraging existing Forms systems and extending them to include device services, such as phone, SMS, camera, GPS!

Join us on Thursday, February 27, 2014: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST  the webinar is FREE but you must to register here.

We are looking to get more than the 184 participates from APEX webinar last week! :) Interested in seeing which webinar gets more participation.

So register NOW! 


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Running Oracle Forms From APEX: February ODTUG Webinar Series

As part of our effort to mobilize Oracle Forms customers, last week we did a new spin on things by presenting running Oracle Forms from APEX mobile. The webinar, presented with the APEX rockstar Roel Hartman, was a huge success! We had over a 184 people register and were pleased to see such positive responses from viewers.

APEX Evangelist and Oracle ACE Director, Roel Hartman shared his experience developing a modernized APEX application on an Oracle Form webservice generate by AuraPlayer. We also did a step by step demo on how to build the hybrid system that exposed the  trapped business logic from the Oracle Forms system to run it from an APEX application!

In case you missed it, you can view the webinar slides by clicking here. In the Webinar, we explored subjects such as:

  • The future of Oracle Forms Systems
  • APEX Integration
  • Forms Migration to APEX
  • Running Oracle Forms from APEX Mobile

You can see the webinar demos below

Creating Oracle Forms Webservice using AuraPlayer Wizard

APEX Mobile application running Oracle Forms Webservice by Roel Hartman

If anyone would like to have us do a live trial, running one of their Forms from APEX, just let us know by registering here.


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First Look at New Enhancement Patch for ADF Mobile – iOS7 and Support for Xcode 5

This week Oracle ADF Mobile Team has released a new patch.

What can I say? They keep this team BUSY. It  seems they release a new patch or enhancement, about every couple of months. And every release is a step forward for a more usable, reliable and cutting edge development environment. In this release, the new look and feel for iOS7 – is GREAT!, and the new look and feel for Android – again, nice.
Here is our first look into installing and working with the new release:
In order to use the new ADF Mobile release you have to install xcode 5 on your Mac, install it from the AppStore, just be aware that the installation requires a restart your Mac. Note, that you do not have to upgrade to Mavericks OS, you can remain on Mountain Lion for the mean time (which I have). We are not ones for drastic change :)
Once you have installed xcode 5.02, you must update ADF Mobile to the new release.  This is pretty simple just go to Help->Check For Updates->Official Oracle Extension and Updates, and select ADF Mobile.  It should have version number
After all the updates and restarts, are done, and you open Jdeveloper, you will have to set the iOS simulator SDK directory. You will now set it to  <xcode path>/iPhoneSimulator7.0.sdk
I was pleasantly surprised to see that my existing applications written in previous versions of ADF Mobile, worked fine after the patch installation. That was a big relief. It just means everyone should feel free to upgrade and get a MUCH cooler UI without much pain in the upgrade process. Truth be told, in only one application I had a few UI glitches, that looked like the css went nuts but it was easily solved by cleaning the project, re-building it, and re-deploying :-)
For the full list of new features you can checkout the official OTN page HERE
For the blog post by the ADF Mobile PM team click HERE

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The Future of Oracle Forms Community Survey

Future of Forms

Take the The Evolution of Oracle Forms Survey Now.

I can hardly believe it but its been over 2 years since we did our original Oracle Forms modernization poll for developers. Boy time  flies when your having fun!  Now we are once again joining with Oracle and the Oracle Forms Community to conduct the “Evolution of Oracle Forms” customer survey. We are doing this survey to really try and determine what are the needs of the Forms community in terms of what features, content and road-map you are all looking for going forward. We are especially interested in understand what technologies you have begun to integrate with, migrate to or new platforms deployed to. We are especially happy to have Oracle Forms product manager, Michael Ferrante on board. He feels so strongly about the future of Oracle Forms that he has offered to have a personalized talk with any customers who request it in the survey to discuss their individual Forms evolution challenges and how Oracle can help. It will also be great to see what other customers have started doing in their future Oracle Forms modernization strategy. We will publish a summary of the results in a blog post at the end of the survey. Please take this opportunity to show Oracle that the Forms community is still alive and kicking and we want attention and solutions moving forward. Help Oracle help you by making and even more complete Forms offering based on your feedback.

Take the 5 question survey here 

In case you need added intensive we will be raffling off 2 prizes to respondents:
1) An Apple TV
2) A Leap Motion consoleSee how cool this is


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Load Balancer for Oracle Forms

While most of us think that  no one at Oracle is really paying attention to all us Oracle Forms folks, we have been proven  wrong. Here is a great example of how Oracle Principal Product Manager, Michael Ferrante, is getting us new features and functionality for our beloved product. Oracle Forms 11g now has support for  Oracle Traffic Director (OTD).  OTD is a layer-7 software load balancer that works quickly and reliably that can be setup as an entry point for all HTTP, HTTPS, and TCP traffic to app and web servers.  The Oracle Traffic Director has the ability to distribute requests from clients to servers through standard load-balancing methods.  It then routes the requests based on pre-specified rules, caches data, prioritizes all traffic and controls the quality of service provided.   This is a welcome addition since many Forms users has suffered in the past from Oracle Web Cache performance issues. To find out more about this new feature read the full OTD whitepaper from Oracle.


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Join the ODTUG Leadership Circle (Alternative tittle: Mia need friends her own age)

I am privileged to be attending the yearly IOUC conference which essentially brings together all the Oracle usergroup leaders from all over the world. It was amazing to see so many talented and respected individuals who have dedicated so many years to educating new users and bringing new content. They sat all together teaching and learning from each other.

However, while looking around one thing that struck me was that no one there seemed to be under the age of 45. It was hard not to ask myself, where are all of the young faces? While all of these individuals bring their years of experience with them, it cannot be denied that new blood young is in short supply and needed to move forward. Many sessions focused on how to get students, kids and undergrads into the Oracle development world but my question is where are all the 30 – 45 year olds :)

This is where ODTUG comes in. The ODTUG group has created an amazing new Leadership Circle program where older Oracle veterans can guide and mentor new leaders. Through the program younger people can throw their hat into the ring and become the next generation of Oracle leaders. New ideas and new energy are needed to continue innovation in the Oracle world and the user communities. It is essential that the people who live in the new social media world begin contributing their ideas, passions and “friend circles” otherwise we end up in a situation of stagnation. With all of this in mind I encourage anyone who is passionate about Oracle to apply to the ODTUG leadership program and help us shape the next generation of the user group leadership. I will end with the wise words of Tim Gorman my fellow board member who said today at the IOUC conference “Every leader should prepare their successor.”

So apply here TODAY


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Oracle Forms 11g New Features – ODTUG Webinar Dec. 12, 2013

Although Oracle Forms is a “mature” technology it’s still getting additional new features with every new version. Since most developers have not done any Oracle forms training since the early 90s I thought I’d do a webinar with ODTUG to get everyone caught up on the new features available now in Forms 11g R2.  Our FREE webinar will take place on Dec. 12, 2013 at 12:00pm EST but  it requires registration so sign up NOW! In the session I will cover new features from Forms 10g – 11gR2 (since I assume no one really implemented these new features). I have also invited Michael Ferrante, the Oracle Forms product manager, as a special guest who will join me in the webinar and share a sneak peak of highlights that we can expect in Forms 12c!

If you want to get a headstart on the webinar you can checkout more information about the new features available in Forms 11g:
(i) Using JavaScript  from Oracle Forms and to control Forms
(ii) Using AQ and Events to trigger Forms events
(iii) Running WebServices from Forms by using the Java import functionality of Forms

In the webinar I am going to summarize each of these features, but I strongly encourage you to complete the tutorials below about each feature as well if you want to know where to get started (click on the titles to visit each page).

 JavaScript Support Tutorial


  • Access to Oracle Forms 11.1.1
  • Access to an Oracle database with the SCOTT schema (EMP and DEPT) installed
  • Use of Internet Explorer 7 or later

This new feature allows you to set up and run an application that demonstrates Oracle Forms and JavaScript integration.  The demo application integrates simple Forms and a dHTML menu system that can control the Form and other dHTML objects that are in the same browser window (such as date picker and an image viewer).  This application allows you to demonstrate how Oracle Forms calls these browser widgets.

Approximate run time: 30 minutes  

Advanced Queues Support Tutorial


  • Access to Oracle Forms 11.1.1
  • Access to Oracle database that supports Advanced Queuing and XML
  • Access to a SYS user account

The new AQ support feature enables you to build a simple Oracle Forms 11g application with an event object and then integrate it with a database queue you create beforehand.  In this tutorial we create a simple chat application that demonstrates the new asynchronous events feature.  You build a simple Form that retrieves the payload from the queue then uses AQ to send and receive messages.

Approximate run time: 2 hours

WebService Support Tutorial


  • Oracle Forms  
  • JDeveloper

This tutorial shows how to call a Webservice from Oracle Forms 11g.  By using JDeveloper you will build the interface to the Webservice (Java client) with minimal amount of coding.  This simple demonstration will show how to create a stub for calling an external Webservice and then how to call that stub from Oracle Forms.

Approximate run time: 30 minutes

Any questions? If not join our webinar and  sign up NOW!

Good luck and feel free to post any questions!


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UKOUG Tech13 Slides in Case You Missed My Sessions

ukoug_logoToday was an incredible content filled day at the UKOUG Tech13 conference where I attended and conducted some great sessions.  My sessions were very well received and had several surprises.

1) In my Oracle Forms to ADF Mobile session we had a full house. All chairs were occupied! Granted they did give us a small room but still :)
2) In my Oracle Forms modernization session I had over 50 participants.  All were very happy to hear that Forms is not dead and even happier to see how many other participants were in the session and in the same boat as them.

3) Out of all the customers attending both sessions only 2 of them were running client server versions of Forms! Of course one of them was still running some form 3.0 systems but still … an impressive statistic. It gives me hope that we are on our way to modernization.

4) In both sessions the crowd sat in total silence staring intently at the slides. I couldn’t tell if:

a) They were enthralled and trying to absorb every word.
b) I had lost them completely and got too technical.
c) They had fallen asleep with their eyes open.
d) They were British and I’m not used to quiet crowds. I’m used to louder Israeli and American audiences :)

I want to thank all of you who joined my sessions and for showing your support.

A copy of the session slides can be downloaded here:

Session: Take Your Oracle Forms on the Road Using ADF Mobile  – Download the Slides 

Session:  Strategies to Move Forward with Oracle Forms: What Now? What’s Next?  –  Download the Slides

The demo can be viewed here:

If you have any specific questions or Oracle Forms challenges that you want to discuss feel free to contact us at info @

And if your interested in learning more you can register for our New Features in Oracle Forms 11g and 12c – ODTUG webinar on December 12, 2013 Register HERE


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Oracle Forms at UKOUG Tech13 – Modernization in Manchester

Well my bags are packed and I’m ready to go ….
I am actually busy packing for my trip to Jolly old England, Manchester to be exact, for the UKOUG Tech13 conference.

The agenda could not be any better for a Forms to Java/ADF evangelist like myself. I have put down below my top picks for the conference sessions if you are a Forms lover like myself. I hope to see you all there.

And as always if anyone wants to meet up for a coffee or beer (am versus pm) you can comment below!

For those of you not going to UKOUG Tech13 you can catch my modernization session online by registering HERE


General sessions and keynotes

Fusion Middleware Strategy and Future Direction
Mr Regis Louis 02/12/2013 11:30 – 12:30  Track SOA 1
Development Tools
Mr Andrew Clarke 03/12/2013 16:15 – 17:15 Track Roundtables 2
Oracle Fusion & Cloud Applications: A Platform for Building New User Experiences Mr Noel Portugal 03/12/2013 17:45 – 18:30 Track Engineered Systems 2

Oracle Forms Modernization

Take Your Oracle Forms on the Road Using ADF Mobile Ms Mia Urman 02/12/2013 12:40 – 13:25 Track Development 1
From Character Based Forms to Oracle SOA and BPM Suite: The Journey of the Dutch Court Systems Mr Roland Verdonk 02/12/2013 15:25 – 16:10 Track SOA 1
Strategies to Move Forward with Oracle Forms: What Now? What’s Next? Ms Mia Urman 02/12/2013 15:35 – 16:35 Track APEX 1

Life After or Integration with Forms

Forms Developer? Learn ADF Here!

Mr Sten Vesterli

02/12/2013 14:25 – 15:25 Track Development 1

How to Learn Oracle ADF

Mr Grant Ronald

02/12/2013 09:00 – 09:45 Track Development 1

Learning Oracle ADF: How to Write Code

Mr Grant Ronald

02/12/2013 16:50 – 17:35 Track Development 1

BPMN, BPEL or Maybe Java – What Should I Use to Implement my Project?

Mr Guido Schmutz

03/12/2013 14:45 – 15:45 Track SOA 2

Thick-DB for Forms, ADF, APEX and .NET Migrations

Mrs Madi Serban

03/12/2013 17:30 – 18:30 Track ADF Java 1

Building Applications for Android and iOS the Fusion Way

Mr Grant Ronald

02/12/2013 11:30 – 12:30 Track Development 1



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The Results Are In – And so am I – ODTUG Board of Directors

boardI’m happy to report I was elected to the ODTUG board this week; I’m honored and excited to be joining such an amazing group of people to lead the Oracle Developer community through the technology world jungle.

I first became involved in ODTUG in 2011 when I started a campaign to get Oracle Forms sessions included in the KSCOPE agenda.  I continued my involvement this year at KSCOPE 2013 when I served on the ADF Content Committee under the great John King.  I wanted to join the ODTUG board to give a voice to two under-represented groups  (i) Women in the high-tech and (ii) Oracle Developers using traditional tools (Oracle Forms/Reports). I hope to do them proud. Being a member of the board is also a great opportunity to expand my reach in assisting Oracle Forms users to adopting next generation technologies such as ADF, Jdeveloper, Mobile and Cloud.

To learn more about the ODTUG board and its other members  you can also check out this blog post about the recent elections by current board member, Cameron Lackpour.

Thanks to all of those who voted for me!


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