Comments on: Oracle's Forms Strategy – Does it exist? ODTUG 2005 Wrap Up (part 1) Friends of Oracle and Java Wed, 08 Jul 2015 07:37:03 +0000 hourly 1 By: Manjit Kumar Thu, 05 Jul 2007 15:44:13 +0000 /?p=642#comment-2222 I fully Agree with Ashish Ranjan. I was looking for a desktop solution on the similar lines with MSDE for a smaller application that is likely grow into a major application over a period of time(100% Sure). I have Oracle XE in place of MSDE but when I look towards FORMS/Reports as middle layer solution I do not have any such kind of offerings from Oracle on account of Oracle Application server which can allow me a limited functionality of Oracle AS clubbed with Forms/Reports services only at no cost to form a starter base for my application. I think Oracle is concentrating too much on enterprise side, that is obvious & good, but what about small applications whose foundation stone is being laid today and these child applications will definitely grow tomorrow demanding enterprise grade versions. You can not ignore child because you are designing for adults only.
I would request Grant not to ignore child applications which are in womb. Would love to see an XE release of Oracle application server clubbed with Forms/Reports so to give a perfect company to XE version of Oracle Database for child applications in womb, So that tomorrow when these child applications grow up into adult applications they are given smooth transition to enterprise grade offerings from oracle with proper paid up licenses.
There is a vide community of Forms/Reports developers out there who would love such an offerings instead of being forced into other directions.

By: Grant Ronald Wed, 11 Jan 2006 10:48:54 +0000 /?p=642#comment-2221 Check out

By: Rajanikanth Wed, 28 Dec 2005 14:11:14 +0000 /?p=642#comment-2220 More than the confusion regarding the future of Forms and Reports, am really curious what does it all mean for New Applications being developed? The pace at which Oracle is introducing newer versions and the tight integration means lot of investment for an uncertain future. Why not just develop in typical J2EE environment?

By: Lucas Jellema Thu, 15 Dec 2005 05:31:00 +0000 /?p=642#comment-2219 Grant,

I am really sorry for taking so much time for anwering your comments. Other things have been on my mind – but that is no excuse. It is impolite. So I apologize.

I wrote the original posting right after the ODTUG 2005 conference where in my experience Oracle Forms did not get any attention at all from Oracle. No presentations, hardly a mention in Christopher Job’s keynote. It was my feeling, not just in my own head but also from discussions with other conference attendees, that Oracle did not make things as clear as you probably would like them to be.

Perhaps you can answer some very straight questions:
– is Oracle still actively developing the Oracle Forms product?
– if so, what are new pieces of functionality to be expected in coming period? Or at least: in which areas can they be found?
– is Oracle still building NEW Forms modules in their E-Business Suite? (given the next item and the fact that Oracle Apps has been Forms’ biggest and most important customer, one would think that there currently is precious little impetus for enhancing the functionality; I would like to be mistaken here though)
– from an interview I did in 2004 with John Wookey I understand that a migration from Forms to the Java/J2EE technology stack is now planned; can you give an estimate as to when an Apps release will ship without any Forms technology in it?
– does Oracle recommend customers new to Oracle Forms to start using it? Or is a gentle ‘perhaps you’d like to consider our ADF stack instead’ more the party line?

After posing these questions, I finally went to the Oracle Forms Statement of Direction (September 2005), at: ToolsSOD.pdf.

I like the statement on one of two primary goals for moving Forms and Reports forward: “Allowing Forms and Reports applications to take full advantage of the application server services and inter-operate with J2EE applications”. I cannot find details on what this will mean in concreto: how much will happen, when will it happen, what’s the level of investment Oracle is making? A five man team that also does bugfixing and porting? Or 30 people working on this?

The SoD then states: “Oracle remains committed to Oracle Forms and Reports and as such has no plans to stop development of these products.” That is what I like to hear. But again it does not give me a better feeling for what the intensity of this development effort will be. Is it just a marketing message or is there a real commitment to a serious and active development effort. And what will that result in?

The SoD is making it a little bit more specific: “Oracle Forms and Oracle Reports will continue to be enhanced and will introduce new features in the future versions of the application server. Oracle’s development teams are already working on features for Forms/Reports 11g and beyond. This aligned with the commitment outlined above means that Oracle is already
committing development resources that will take Forms and Reports through to, at least, 2013.”

However, it leaves it unclear how much will happen. However, I feel confident that Oracle is not pulling the plug in the near future. The SoD concludes with: “Oracle is fully committed to support Oracle Forms, Reports and Designer for a very long period of time. The support cycle will now be aligned with the Oracle Application Server and Developer Suite. While Oracle Designer will not include new features, Oracle Forms and Oracle Reports will continue to evolve to allow customers to easily upgrade their applications to the web and benefit from the centralized deployment and shared services that the Application server provides.”

Could you, Grant, be more specific about what is really going to happen with Forms? Will it still be a vibrant, alive product? Does Oracle wants to continue to attract new audiences to it?

By: Grant Ronald Sun, 09 Oct 2005 12:09:57 +0000 /?p=642#comment-2218 Ashish – all (nearly all) Oracle software is available FREE for download from OTN for evluation…and Oracle
JDeveloper is totally FREE for production systems.

By: Ashish Ranjan Wed, 05 Oct 2005 14:53:32 +0000 /?p=642#comment-2217 apart from this , i do not know if oracle has any MSDE kind of strategy. Microsoft has given away MSDE free(free means deployment also, apart from development time) , which is a scaled down version of Sql Server with various restrictionsl; so in this case all the apps which want to use a desktop db use MSDE freely and later in case of bigger deployment the migration (no sql commands needs to be changed) is smooth to Sql Server and this strategy of Microsoft is bearing fruits a lot, atleast what i am seeing in India. I do not see that Oracle is pushing any kind of this type of strategy where a basic scaled down small version of database is FULLY free for development and deployment both. This will help them to fight with Jet (Ms Access) and MSDE market too, paying off when the apps depending upon these backends grow bigger and need to depoy actual full oracle db server.
Although i am a big oracle fan, but i am extremely sorry to see this fate of their non-existent strategy.
bye :-)

By: Grant Ronald Tue, 02 Aug 2005 09:19:20 +0000 /?p=642#comment-2216 Hi Lucas, still interested in your thoughts if our information is not visible enough.

By: Grant Ronald Wed, 13 Jul 2005 08:48:12 +0000 /?p=642#comment-2215 Lucas, still interested to hear how you think our message is not clear enough? Is it not visible enough on OTN?

By: Grant Ronald Tue, 28 Jun 2005 16:39:06 +0000 /?p=642#comment-2214 Lucas, I was a bit disappointed that you thought our strategy was not clear. You say “All Oracle would have to do for this, is send out a clear message. That it is and stays committed to Oracle Forms. ”
Well, have you visited the Forms otn page
The second sentence on that page is “Oracle remains committed to the development of this technology, and to the ongoing release as a component of the Oracle platform” We then have two links to the statement of
direction document and a viewlet.
Regarding migrationwe have said that we are
“However, given the architecture
difference between J2EE and Forms or Reports, Oracle has no plans to offer a complete migration
solution that would attempt to migrate applications built with these tools to J2EE.”
However given that there are still valid reasons to consider migration doesn’t it make sense to ensure
that the migration is as successfull as possible and that is why we work with a subset of migration companies
to share information.
I’m not really sure how we can make it clearer – happy to hear yor thoughts on how we would make this clearer
Grant Ronald