For those looking to upgrade to the latest Oracle Forms version, here is a brief look at some of the notable new features introduced in the latest versions, 188.8.131.52 and 184.108.40.206. You can find an extensive list of all the new features in Oracle Forms 12c New Features whitepaper and the What’s New in this Release section in the release notes of 220.127.116.11 and What’s New in this Release section in the release notes of 18.104.22.168.
In addition to the 9 runtime colour schemes already delivered in Oracle Forms, there is now functionality to create your own custom colour schemes.
The canvas colour can now have a gradient applied to it. With the canvas background colour set, the developer can set which direction the gradient flows and the difference in colour throughout the gradient.
Multi-record blocks can have alternative colour row banding applied, making it easier to distinguish between rows.
Tabs can now have icons included next to the tab name.
The size of the forms toolbar, and the buttons it holds, can now be increased meaning increasing the images of these buttons will no longer result in the images being clipped due to the buttons not matching the size of the images. This will assist applications with meeting accessibility requirements.
Some other GUI/Visual features include:
As well as integrating with Oracle Reports, Oracle Forms can now integrate with Oracle BI Publisher. Developers can now choose to generate reports with one of these reporting services or even both. This could be useful if you are looking to convert your reports from Oracle Reports to BI Publisher reports, as per Oracle’s recommendation with the deprecation of Oracle reports after version 22.214.171.124. I will release a blog in the future that has more information about licensing implications between BI Publisher and Oracle Forms.
Oracle Forms now allows the playing of audio files, although it is recommended that Java 8 is used to be fully supported
There are a number of new ways of deploying your Oracle Forms application:
Other functional features include:
Author: Gavin Bell
Job Title: Development Consultant
Bio: Gavin is a Development Consultant at DSP-Explorer. Having attained a BSc in Computing he embarked on a career working with Oracle technologies and specialising in SQL and PL/SQL programming. In previous roles he has worked with Oracle Forms and Reports (v9-12), Oracle Retail (v13) and APEX (v4.2-18.2). Here at DSP-Explorer he is part of a highly skilled development team providing APEX development solutions and training to both UK and international businesses.