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The Future of Forms
Eat Your Own Dog Food

Oracle Tips by Burleson Consulting

December 22,  2004
John Garmany

Did you ever wonder how some relatively new Oracle products develop so fast.  As Oracle terms it, it because they eat their own dog food.  In other words, use your own tool to develop your products.  If your tool is not good enough, then make it good enough.  The Application Server was developed because of the need to support the web based e-Business Suite.  JDeveloper is progressing so fast because Oracle requires it to be used internally.  Notice that the Developer Suite has continued to be developed but not at the pace seen in JDeveloper.

     I found an interesting web log summarizing an interview with John Wookey Senior Vice President, Applications Development at Oracle Corporation.  There are a lot of interesting revelations.  Below are all quotes from the discussion.

* Currently Apps certifies on 8.1.7, 9iR2 and 10g. Support for 8.1.7 will not last much longer, which means that developers within the Apps group can start using all of 9iR2.

* Instead of having the operational database bear the weight of frequent data-unload to the data warehouse as well as suffering from a time-delay between operational events..., Daily Business Intelligence aims for delivering analytical capabilities right from the operational database. Materialized Views can be used for pre-aggregations – and through the query rewrite technology, such Materialized Views need not even be exposed to the BI Applications – to speed up reporting.

* Oracle Apps “bets the bank” on Java Server Faces (JSF), Oracle 10g JDeveloper ADF (Application Development Framework) and UIX 3.0.

*  Oracle Apps makes use of Oracle Designer for Database Design and Generation. They have never actually used Designer for Forms Generation, although they invested a lot of time in trying to do so.

* There will be no automated migration path from Forms to Java/J2EE. As Oracle statements in its SoD on Development Tools, the architectures of the two technology stacks are plainly too distinct to seriously consider such a migration path.

This interview goes on and on.  It is a must read for shops developing Oracle based applications. 

The entire article is here:

A must read!


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