Oracle Forms, a component of Oracle Fusion Middleware, is Oracle's long-established technology to design and build enterprise applications quickly and efficiently. Oracle remains committed to the development of this technology, and to the ongoing release as a component of the Oracle platform. This continuing commitment to Forms technology enables you to leverage your existing investment by easily upgrading and integrating existing Oracle Forms applications to take advantage of web technologies and service oriented architectures (SOA).
Starting with Chrome version 42, Google has set the Oracle Java Plugin to "disabled" by default. Although it can be manually re-enabled until September 2015 (according to a Google blog post), customers using Chrome to run their Oracle Forms applications may consider using other browsers, such as Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, or Apple Safari.
Refer to the following for more information on Oracle's position and guidance regarding this change:
Although future Oracle Forms versions plan to continue using Java on the client tier, alternative client deployment options are planned to be offered. These new options are planned to allow administrators to choose between continuing to deploy through a browser (with the Java Plugin) or by excluding the browser/plugin combination and running natively on the desktop with Java alone. The option to avoid using a browser and plugin component of a Java installation will help to mitigate concerns of various browser and plugin issues.
The next release of Oracle Forms is planned for release later this year (2015).
Oracle Forms/Reports 11gR2 gets an extension to its Lifetime Support dates. Check out the latest updates in the new (April) Lifetime Support Policy.
April 30, 2015 at 1pm Eastern time: Due to significant demand, Oracle Partner, AuraPlayer has re-invited Oracle Forms Product Management to present an encore presentation of the session titled "Oracle Forms 12c and Beyond - New Feature Sneak Peak". In this session we will take a sneak peek into what new features Oracle is planning for future Oracle Forms releases, as well as a few existing ones. We will also share some sneaky tips for making your app look a fresher. Click here to register.
Are you unable to attend the above event, but are interested in hearing about the latest Oracle Forms updates? Then come see us at this year's KScope15events.
March 11, 2015 at 11am Eastern time : Oracle Partner PITSS has invited Oracle Forms Product Management to present a session titled "Oracle Forms – A Roadmap: Past – Present – Future". In this session we will cover the updated Forms product roadmap. We will share some tips that can help an old dusty application look fresher. We will also share some feature ideas currently being considered for future releases. <Register for 3/11 event here>
March 24, 2015 at 1pm Eastern time : Unable to make the March 11 event? Oracle Partner AuraPlayer has invited Oracle Forms Product Management to present similar topics in a session titled "Oracle Forms 12c and Beyond - New Feature Sneak Peak". In this session we will take a sneak peek into what new features Oracle is planning for future Oracle Forms releases, as well as a few existing ones. We will also share some sneaky tips for making your app look a little fresher. <Register for 3/24 event here>
ODTUG - KScope15 This year in South Florida - June 21-25 Don't miss this great event. And don't forget to mark your calendar for June 24th at 1:45pm. Session #14, title, "Oracle Forms Lives On - What Will You Do Now". Presented by the Oracle Forms Product Manager. You won't want to miss this session.
DOAG Germany November 18, 2014 - November 20, 2014 Show your ongoing support for Oracle Forms. Join us in Germany for this great event. Several Oracle Forms sessions throughout the event, including mine, "Your Application Isn't Dead, It's Just Tired". This session is scheduled for November 18 More information about DOAG can be found here.
Oracle Forms at OpenWorld 2014 This year's conference was more successful than previous years. We had a record breaking attendance at the "Forms Sneak Peek" session. Thank you to all the Oracle Forms loyal followers. Session slides can be downloaded from the Oracle Events web site here.
Session ID: CON2138 Session Title: Oracle Forms Sneak Peek