December 22, 2004
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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