A productivity toolkit on top of Oracle Application Development Framework (ADF) that saves months of development time by dramatically improving the way developers make transactional Java web applications, Oracle JHeadstart provides a set of sophisticated, reusable components that automatically implements best practices and automates ADF development tasks through powerful utilities and generators.
A: When Oracle JHeadstart was launched in 2003, it was one of the first products to introduce the automation of all user interface development tasks to the Java world. Oracle JHeadstart has stayed innovative because it helps developers take advantage of new features when a new release of ADF is introduced. For example, for existing Oracle Application Development Framework 10g applications, taking advantage of new Oracle Application Development Framework 11g features requires a degree of redesign. With Oracle JHeadstart, this becomes easy. Also, Oracle JHeadstart recently introduced the Forms2ADF generator that helps Oracle customers to migrate their Oracle Forms to ADF.
Q: Can you think of an example where Oracle has helped one of its customers become more innovative?
A: With the help of a complex application that was developed in a relatively short time using Oracle JHeadstart, one of our customers is saving money by being better able to plan, execute, and monitor their translation work—and they have a lot of that.
Q: What's innovative about the project you're working on now?
A: I'm scheduled to begin working on a new product for the health insurance industry, where there are large differences between countries and regions. Our product will have a user interface that offers specific flexibility and customization options, so that more customers can benefit from our high-performing health claims processing capabilities while still being able to tailor the application to their needs.
Q: What do you think are the key attributes of an innovative person?
A: An open mind, strategic vision, a positive outlook on life, common sense, and perseverance in spite of opposition.
Q: What period in history was the most innovative?
A: The Renaissance because it meant the end of the Middle Ages and the beginning of the modern era.
Q: What innovative product are you excited about?
A: Google services like Picasa, Google Docs, Gmail, and Google Notebook. I like them because they bring the concept of Network Computing to the masses. In 1995, Larry Ellison announced a vision of a low-cost Network Computer where the vast majority of the applications would reside on a server (host) computer. Google services implement a variation of this concept, and let the applications and their data reside on the internet. It does not matter anymore on which PC or in which intranet you are working, your documents, photos, e-mail etcetera are always accessible, and can easily be shared with your family and friends.