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  • 1.  Oracle Forms/Reports Builder

    Posted 29 days ago
    It's been awhile since I was last a member and I'm still getting used to the new site layout so I'll apologize now if this question has been asked and answered.

    We are on EBS 12.x and the last Roadmap I saw regarding the Oracle Development tools that support custom Forms and Reports was the 10.x Development suite.  That suite, to my knowledge, was (and is) the only "certified" version of the product that can be used for creating / sustaining your custom Forms / Reports.

    Has that changed?  That product was build on Windows NT technology and we're now on Windows 10.

    Now I already know there are other options like Application Express and J-Developer.  Plz don't get me started on my soap box about staying up to date on technology.  I would love to move to something current but I don't expect that to happen anytime soon.

    Thanks all!


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    CJ Messick
    Sr. Computer Info Tech Specialist
    Diversified Technical Services, Inc. (DTSI)
    San Antonio TX
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  • 2.  RE: Oracle Forms/Reports Builder

    Posted 28 days ago
    Okay, I just saw the response by Mia Urman on thread "Oracle only supports Windows 7 for Forms and Reports Developer 10g" which basically confirms my worst fears.  The issue w/ the dev tool we have for Forms / Reports is that it no longer receives patches from Oracle.  Nothing...to include security patches.  As it's basically declared end of life by Oracle for that generation of tools and the support matrix DOES NOT include the EBS flavor of that product it leaves one scratching their head.  Does Oracle still support it or not?  That Oracle supports it for Win7 is a non-starter, the world has moved on to Win10.

    I mentioned this ugly scenario to the then VP of the ATG at Oracle.  The central issue appears to be that the Forms team (which updated their product) does not talk to the ATG team regarding EBS.  I suspect due to the push (at the time) to move people to J-Developer and OAF custom forms as well as BI Publisher.  While the latter makes a LOT of sense the former does not.  J-Dev smart folks are not readily available and that tool is not an easy one to learn.  That means organizations tend to stand pat on existing technology.

    But what does one do when your security administrators says "If Oracle no longer provides patches for it then you can't have it on our network."  And they're actually right about that.  Mr Martel is indeed correct that using APEX is a really smart play...I just wish I could convince my client of the same.  Still trying though.

    CJ


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    CJ Messick
    Sr. Computer Info Tech Specialist
    Diversified Technical Services, Inc. (DTSI)
    San Antonio TX
    (210) 565-1171
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  • 3.  RE: Oracle Forms/Reports Builder
    Best Answer

    Posted 28 days ago
    Hello CJ,

    Like many EBS organizations, I think you need to start moving your customers towards APEX.  If you know Forms and Reports, you'll find yourself at ease with APEX as it requires SQL and PL/SQL skills to get started at first, with no JDev client downgraded version to use, supported by Oracle and great to users!

    The EBS-APEX white paper by David Peake cannot be more clear for the non believers about Oracle supporting APEX in the context of EBS.

    The Oracle Store is an APEX application in front of their EBS instance!  Not sure what else I can say...

    Feel free to have those security administrators call me if you need help!
    Good luck...

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    Sylvain Martel
    EBS-APEX Practice Director
    Insum
    Plattsburgh NY
    (514) 679-5200
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