Oracle Forms is Alive and Kicking! Oracle Forms Modernization Day

This past Tuesday, I had the privilege of running the Oracle Forms user group conference. It all started when Grant Ronald (Oracle Forms and JDeveloper product manager) and I got to talking at Open World 2011. We were saying how Oracle Forms developers are a huge community but  the forgotten people. Every Oracle conference of recent years has been filled with sessions on ADF, SOA, APEX, BPEL and all other 3 letter curse words (OOPS  I mean buzz words). But for the past few years Forms has dropped off the “session titles” map.

Well we decided then and there to make a conference specifically geared to the Oracle Forms developers community. With the help of Eyal Shani, CTO of Oracle Israel and Ami Aharonovitch, head of the Israel Oracle User Group (our heroes), we set out to prove that the Forms development community is a force to be reckoned with.

And rest assured, there were plenty of nay sayers:  “No one still develops in forms”,  “You won’t get more than 50 people” – Sound familiar? Well, this Tuesday, I got to say those three precious words: “TOLD YOU SO! ” With nearly 200  developers who attended, the event was a rousing success.

The day began with a session by Grant on the strategic direction of Forms. In a clear and proud voice, he declared that Oracle Forms is alive and well and will continue to be for a good long time.

Ofer Krichman, CTO and infrastructure manager of Isracard (Mastercard in Israel) then shared an incredible customer story about how Forms-related technologies improved his business. It is rare for a manager at his level to have such a deep understanding of the 30 technologies under his management and we were all impressed. I think when he told the forum that removing the web cache doubled his performance, half the room fell off their chairs! It’s those little nuggets of wisdom that make these forums so useful. You can see the presentation here: Isracard Customer Story

Then I had my session on best practices for migrating and upgrading Forms applications. Truth is, I had enough information to do a 10 day course. With developers working in versions 3.0 – 11g, character mode, client server, IAS and weblogic, it was no easy feat to give best practices in under 30 minutes.  [Upon popular demand, we’re hoping to have another forum gathering to drill down further with more tips and tricks specific to different versions.]

We then had a live demo of Weblogic, Jdeveloper and a customer story and demo of my solution, OraPlayer. Yaron Ralevi  from Malam-Coral showed how he was able to use the OraPlayer solution to build a mobile app that runs his Forms business logic – in only a day. It was pretty cool view it here

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SO8wWWpF2_c&w=400]

Then, we had a session about the new features of Forms 11g that allow you to take advantage of SOA. I did a killer demo of an Oracle Form application with an embedded google map and weather. (This demo form will be available to download shortly). Finally, we had a half day master class by Grant on ADF development for Forms users.

In short a huge success it was standing room only! I don’t think I’ve ever seen a conference where so many people stay from 8 am – 5 pm and the room is at full attention.

Kudos to Oracle Israel for its commitment to its legacy customers!

We are doing a similar day in the UK  on Feb. 28   if  interested  you can register here: 

Let me know – What topics would you like to hear about in future Oracle Forms forums? Would you be interested in an ADF hands-on?

Mia

P.S. To take a look at some more pictures from the conference click here.

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David Buch
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David, our Senior Products Manager, is a highly experienced professional specializing in product definition, innovations, and development, with broad customer understanding, and skillful people management. He has over 20 years of R&D work experience, and continues to excel in his expertise. Before starting his career, David attended Bar-Ilan University where he studied computer science and economics. When he is not working, David enjoys spending his time as a professional tuba player joining symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles.

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A Relationship Manager, but a teacher by degree, Elizabeth is passionate about technology and always seeks to educate and improve the lives of others. During her years as a teacher, Elizabeth learned valuable skills that she applies to everyday life and her role at AuraPlayer: active listening, organization, preparation, and clear communication. Elizabeth is originally from the United States but currently resides in England. In her spare time, she loves exercising, spending time with her family and friends, and playing volleyball.

Nathalie Wasserman
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Natalie is proud to be AuraPlayer’s Operations and Chief Financial Officer. She takes pride in her work, and loves being a part of the AuraPlayer family. Prior to working at AuraPlayer, Nathalie worked at various companies as an accountant. She attended the University College London (UCL), where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in economics and business. She then went on to pursue a Master’s degree in Political Economies in Eastern Europe. 

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An expert in helping businesses seize their potential and grow, Gwen is committed to take AuraPlayer to the next level. With over 30 years of experience in the high technology sector and working with Fortune 500 companies, she works as an advisor for growing businesses to help enhance their value and reach their business objectives. She’s a dynamic member of our team, leveraging her sales and marketing, and P&L experience to our current and future product suite.

Gwen also serves on a several private company boards in Silicon Valley, and is an active member of the angel investment network, Golden Seeds.

Yossi Nakash
CTO & Co-Founder

A true developer, Yossi has been developing and coding in Java / J2EE, C++, .Net, and C# for over 15 years, focusing mainly on the RD side of things. Entering the Oracle World about 5 years ago, Yossi immersed himself in the world of Oracle SOA, Weblogic, ADF and ADF Mobile, as well as the Java side of things.

Prior to joining Mia to found AuraPlayer, Yossi held the role of RD team leader at RadView and was a Java developer at Motorola.