Fusion Middleware 11gR1 – Patch Set 5 is available (at last) – First impressions

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It had been announced at Oracle Open World 2011 and sort of promised for December 2011 – a promise or at least a suggestion reiterated in early December even. But for whatever reason, it slipped – not shipped – and Christmas break that perfect time of the year for playing with new software came and went. Now at last, it has arrived. As of midnight CET on 22nd February, PS5 (11.1.1.6) was published on OTN and eDelivery (https://edelivery.oracle.com/EPD/Download/get_form?egroup_aru_number=11493752) for download.

One of the reasons for the delay was the certification of FMW 11gR1 PS5 with Fusion Applications that was done over the last few months. Apart from the additional wait time (that is now over), this is quite good and important news: when Fusion Applications certifies software components, they put those components through very rigorous and extensive tests. Additionally, when Fusion Applications adopt a specific release – even a PS release – it makes that release more important to Oracle. So we now know that PS 5 has both been tested to the max and is of strategic importance to Fusion Applications and thereby to Oracle. Adopting PS5 for us mere mortals is therefore a safe bet – safer than some other PS or even major releases may have been.

Oracle states that PS5 is not a major release with lots of new functionality – but still, a lot of interesting stuff was made available, including functionality previously only available in intricate ways (for example Feature Pack for PS4, BPM customers that politely asked support etc.) that is now accessible in an easier way.

So there I was, tracking Twitter, tweeting a little myself and downloading, downloading and more downloading:

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And of course: browsing through the documentation library (http://t.co/fyV6HAHM) and comparing the 11.1.1.5 documentation with the 11.1.1.6 release to find differences and hence new features.

Some early impressions and finds from the documentation:

What’s New sections in Documentation

Installing

As the software downloads started to roll in, I started to install as well. JDeveloper 11gR1 PS5 obviously

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with the SOA, WebCenter and BPM extensions.

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In the SOA BPEL Editor I discovered the entrance point for one of the new features: BPEL Component level testing. More on that feature at a later moment.

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About Author

Lucas Jellema, active in IT (and with Oracle) since 1994. Oracle ACE Director for Fusion Middleware. Consultant, trainer and instructor on diverse areas including Oracle Database (SQL & PLSQL), Service Oriented Architecture, BPM, ADF, Java in various shapes and forms and many other things. Author of the Oracle Press book: Oracle SOA Suite 11g Handbook. Frequent presenter on conferences such as JavaOne, Oracle OpenWorld, ODTUG Kaleidoscope, Devoxx and OBUG. Presenter for Oracle University Celebrity specials.

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