OOW19: Oracle Forms News

Posted by Dirk Nachbar on Monday, September 23, 2019 with No comments
Since today many of the Oracle OpenWorld 2019 presentations are available under https://events.rainfocus.com/widget/oracle/oow19/catalogow19?

For Oracle Forms & Reports are 2 interesting presentations are available:

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In general there will be a new Oracle Forms Release, Oracle Forms, which will be also the Terminal Release for Oracle Forms 12.2.1.x. The Oracle Forms is announced for Q3/2019.

The most interesting new features from my point of view will be:

Forms Standalone Launcher (FSAL)
  • SSO Support :-)
  • Java 8 & Java 11 Support :-)
  • Showing Configuration Details on startup
  • Improvements in Cache Handling including an option to disable the Cache
Forms Application Deployment Services (FADS)
  • Support for SQLDeveloper 18.2+
  • Support for Oracle Databases 12.2+
  • WebUtil enabled Applications will be supported
Forms Runtime:
  • Text fields are increased to a max size of 2M

Moreover you can see from the OOW19 "Oracle Forms: What's New and What's Cloud" presentation, thats Oracle is pushing more and more for the Oracle Cloud Offering for Oracle Forms & Reports.
Oracle is promising that you will be able to get an Oracle Forms & Reports environment to be ready in under 15 minutes. With following stuff:
  • Oracle Database 18.3
  • WebLogic Infrastructure
  • Oracle Forms & Reports, but Reports are not configured, so in case you know what to do, you can add another 10 to 15 minutes to configure your Oracle Reports
  • JDK 8 Update 211

My personal Long Term Future for Oracle Forms assumptions are, based on the OOW19 presentation "Catalog ID: THT5008: Oracle Fusion Middleware Roadmap: See What's New and What's Coming" (Page 19) https://static.rainfocus.com/oracle/oow19/sess/1554316945388001WhJp/PF/THURS_1200_Oracle%20Fusion%20Middleware%20Roadmap%20See%20Whats%20New%20and%20Whats%20Coming_1568995098562001vCqc.pdf is that within the next 2 years we will see a Forms Release 14.1 (I still wonder who came to this Version Numbering???).