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Oracle TranslationHub neither supported for 12c Database, 12c Forms/Reports or 64 bit!

If you need TranslationHub (Windows only) for your forms and reports development and plan to move to one of the following

  • 12c Database for your TranslationHub repository
  • 12c Forms/Reports (only available for 64 bit Windows)
  • higher version of 64 bit 11g Forms/Reports

then please immediately stop! None of this combination works with TranslationHub!

For the last point I had created enhancement request 14155931 back in June 2012!

For the first point I had created a service request last week I and get following answer:

Unfortunately, OTH is no longer supported or being developed. Customers can continue to use OTH as-is.
About the errors, based on today’s standards, OTH has several limitations: 

  1. It is a 32bit product and expects to co-exist with a 32bit DB and optional Forms/Reports installation. 64bit installations will not work.
  2. Likely OTH will not work correctly on newer operating systems like Windows 8.1 or newer. It likely will also not be stable on Windows 7-x64 either, although it may generally seem to function.
  3. It may be possible to use a version 12 database as the target database for OTH projects, however this has never been certified and therefore shouldn’t be supported if issues arise.

Although Oracle currently do not have replacement for OTH, the Forms team is working on a possible alternative that may be available in the future. If customers require the use of OTH immediately, they should consider installing and using it in an environment that was previously certified for its use.
The Oracle Technology Network Forums should be considered (for the customer) if there are questions about OTH.
https://community.oracle.com/community/development_tools/forms

Product Management is aware of the importance of this situation.
Any news regarding OTH will be published on Forms’s OTN page, however, for the moment, unfortunately, there is not much we can help with, in Support.

As 11g Database and 11g Forms will run out of support soon in my opinion Oracle has immediately to provide a working 64bit TranslationHub for 12c Database and Forms as long you has no replacement for this tool.

What do you think?

Update: See the according discussion on the forms forum.

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#Javaland 2016 conference day 2

 

This was my second day:

Michael Tamm (optivo GmbH): Feature Toggles on Steroids

Very good summary off all topic’s covering feature toggles. Wish I had this summary 2 years before, were we have evaluated this. Unfortunately furthermore no solutions for declarative frameworks like Oracle ADF with it’s wizards and xml configurations, which later generated code. Ironic answer to my question: “Don’t use frameworks – use Java”

Alexander Casall (Saxonia Systems AG): User Experience for techies

Now comes someting completely different. As least I had expected. No techniques etc.. There are really german standards “Ergonomics of human-system interaction” in ISO 9241 – 110 (Dialogue principles) and ISO 9241 – 210 (Ergonomics of human-system interaction). I have to read this, if it really would help in development, or the presenter interprets this on its own. Nice and surprising presentation.

Adam Gowdiak (Security Explorations): Java (in)security (Keynote)

The presenter is really angry about Oracle and co. and the security in Java. Nevertheless it seems he has specialized only on this topic and earn this money on this. So I doesn’t know, if somebody or another product is better. What about security in OpenJDK? And what are now my alternatives? A little depressing keynote.

Lars Röwekamp (open knowledge GmbH): Courage to professionalism

I don’t know, what I had expected here, but this was a nice surprise too. The talk was about to find a common language between customer, analyst, developer and other roles. The patterns “Rich Entities” and “Value Objects” helps to find a way out of the helper, util and manager class hell and seems to improve the readability of the code for all stakeholders. But how will this fit in declarative Frameworks like Oracle ADF and it’s generated classes? Have to think about it. Very good speaker!

Wolfgang Weigend (Oracle Deutschland): Build and Monitor Cloud PaaS with JVM’s Nashorn JavaScripts

Unfortunately the worst presentation comes from Oracle itself. To be fair: this presentation should be held by Bruno Borges, which was prevented to come to Javaland. Tip: Never hold a presentation, which is created by another person, if you don’t know, what he know about the subject. But I’m not sure if I had understood more, if Bruno had held the presentation. I didn’t find a red thread in the slides. And I must add, I didn’t really find an alternative presentation in this time slot.

Alexander Heusingfeld, Tammo van Lessen (innoQ Deutschland GmbH): When Microservices Meet Real-World Projects: Lessons Learned

Interesting presentation but the topic was missed. This had little to do with Microservice, more what a consultant or any person has to learn on his way from Junior to Senior: communicate, communicate, communicate. Especially when you want to change something.

Stephan Kaps (Bundesversicherungsamt): Flyway vs. LiquiBase – Battle of the database migration tools

I wanted to do this comparison several times before, but had never enough time. Now I’m relative sure that I will start with Liquibase in my next private project before I develop the application. This was the subjective winner of the battle too. I’m overwhelmed by the mass of features of both tools. Very good summary!

Architecture Kata

This was a nice workshop to plan the application and technical architecture of a given small set of requirements. Result for me: the many participants from a lot of other companies comes to very similar architecture depending on the assumption they made. In real life you have to communicate again and again with your stakeholders to get answered all of the questions and get quick feedback from them. I have urgently to refresh my knowledge of tools for UML diagramming and graphical presentations. And for structured proceeding maybe I should look for TOGAF training?

Conclusion

This was inspiring conference, which gives me a lot of fresh ideas and reminders for some spilled goals for my private and company projects. I think we’ll see us next year!

That’s it!

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#Javaland 2016 conference day 1

This year I have decided to give the Javaland conference a try. I’m not a java professional, but in the program was listed a lot of interesting testing presentations, so my company booked for me.

The location in Phantasierend Brühl near cologne was very fine. Unfortunately the conference rooms had not enough space this year so for some presentation you have to go to 2 rooms outside of the parc. Additionally it is not understandable, why there is not wlan for such a conference.

This was my first day:

Jeremias Rößler (ReTest): Behavioral Diff as new test paradigm

Why I don’t record a test with all information of my page objects, eliminate all variable parts until it is stable and reproducible and define this a my basic truth. If a code change break this test I check the problems, if these were expected or not. Good idea but – how many data created this and how long does it take to compare all this with previous successful run. I hope this new startup will give us effective tools for this paradigm.

Simon Maple (ZeroTurnaround): Is Your Profiler Speaking the Same Language as You?

When I can trust the Profiler, what are the basics of it and how can I ensure that the right data are available for it. Which traps exist, when instrumenting for tracing and logging. Nice insights, but I’m sure I have to reread the presentation to fully understand.

Exhibition Hall after lunch

Played around with a Jenkins docker instance and the new Pipeline Plugin (formerly named Workflow Plugin) at the Cloudbees booth. I had a nice short talk with Bernhard Cygan about some other Jenkins topics.

Tobias Kraft, Ralf Müller (exensio GmbH): Spock and Geb: Clear and comprehensible tests

This is an interesting combination of frameworks for human readable behavior tests. I’m not sure if it is really enterprise ready (do you use version 0.x?). Will this work with Oracle ADF development too? Have to check this as next opportunity.

Sven Ruppert (Macros Reply): Practical mutation testing

This seems to be the long searched key to find the right tests on the corner cases of our applications. I have mandatory to prove the mentioned PIT framework Very charismatic and tough presenter.

Roel Spilker (TOPdesk), Reinier Zwitserloot (medipc.nl): Lombok: The Boilerplate Buster. It’s a Kind of Magic!

Is this the way to hide generated and framework required code, like standard getters and setters, from the really interesting code, which implements my requirements? It is implemented as a java compiler plugin. Have to check immediately, if this will work with Oracle JDeveloper too. In Eclipse the structure shows the code of generated class, which contains the generated boilerplates via the lombok framework annotations. And what changes are required to fulfill now my static code analysis rules which work on the source code. Additional this was a very entertaining presentation.

Bert Jan Schrijver (JPoint): Continuous Performance: Automated Load Testing with Gatling

As our PoC of JMeter was not really satisfying especially for maintenance of test cases and the load testing should not cost anything at least at the moment, we should definitely this opensource tool a try. Especially the combination of the recorder and the presenter converter scripts to java looks promising. Maybe we could reuse the page object locators from our Selenium tests?

Hubert Klein Ikkink (JDriven): Writing Documentation with Asciidoctor Is Awesome

Focus on content instead of formatting in your documentation! With this tool it seem to be possible to really versioning and therefore to diff your documentation between commits. And still you can generate via templates modern output formats e.g. like HTML 5 or PDF. With a clever combination of features you can annotate your code with markers, to reuse this actual code between this markers in your documentation. And via ASCII art you can generate simple diagrams too. I will absolutely try this on my private projects soon.

Community Hall – Meet the libs

The motto was: show me your favorite opensource lib and I show your mine:

Sven Ruppert again – Proxybuilder: Change the behavior of deep code for different purposes of CDI eg. Metrics, Logging or testing. Maybe interesting for my future tests.
Roland Huß – Jolokia: JMX Bean access via JSON over HTTP, interesting but don’t know if I ever need this
? – Asciidoctor again: Jump additional over some of tool integrations
? – Keycloak: If I ever need a SSO or IDM solution for my private projects this will the first citizen in my tool chain.
? – Wildfly swarm: Interesting but actually I did not touch JBoss or Wildfly in my projects.

Dinner

Generally very good food, I had not expected this here. At dinner I meet at my desk with some staff of canoo, which set up the voting machines at Javaland too. Nice and diverting talk, thank you guys!

That’s it!

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“Bob the Builder: Build/Deploy of #ADF enterprise applications” – I’m a speaker at #DOAG2015:

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Today my presentation is confirmed:  “Bob the Builder: Build/Deploy of ADF enterprise applications”.

I will speak over our experiences with following

  • build tools
  • deployment tools
  • architecture
  • versioning & branching
  • continuous integration
  • hot deployment in development
  • compile & runtime dependencies

If you speak german and you are interested in some of this, you should come and attend DOAG 2015.

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Fix completion insight in JDeveloper 12.1.3: show return type again

Hi!

If you work with JDeveloper 12.1.3 you may missing the return type of methods in completion insight.

For an example you hit CTRL-SPACE after following code

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you see that at the start and at the end of the popup the available method names and parameter. If you have worked before with older versions of JDeveloper, you know that there is shown the return type of the method at the end. What a loose of productivity!

You run into Bug 19353293 : CODE INSIGHT : RETURN TYPE NOT SHOWN.

But no problem, there exist patch 19353293: CODE INSIGHT : RETURN TYPE NOT SHOWN, which solves the problem for you:

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Remember to install the patches for all of your developers!

Remember too, if you want to install more than one patch, there can be conflicts. Please test carefully, if all of your problems are solved for all patches after adding one more patch. Maybe you have to create a merge request in Oracle My Support.

That’s it!

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Find problems when you develop: using XRebel with Oracle ADF

Some days before ZeroTurnaround has released XRebel , a new tool to recognized problems in your web applications, when you make your developer test.

This was promising, so I give it a short try for Oracle ADF applications. For this blog I use the Summit ADF application, delivered by Oracle, but I have tried with our own application too. Test is done in JDeveloper 12.1.2.

After the download there are some easy steps of setup to do:

First thing is to change an existing or add a new run configuration:
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Then edit this configuration

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and add XRebel path as described in the documentation:

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Save the configuration by pressing OK two times.

Then open your Page and run it via the run configuration:

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As First you see one time a dialog to request and enter the trial license.

Then you see the XRebel widget on the left side and after waiting some little time the first issues are shown.

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From the default configuration (which can be changed with the gear in the widget) there seems a problem with the size of the session and with SQL Queries. If you drill down to the queries tab on the SQL page you see the execute queries, sorted by execution time, maybe the app should execute some of the queries at least not before changed to the tab, where it is used?

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If you look at the session size, then interesting is, that most of the session size is hold on the ODL log manager. Maybe oracle should think about this result, maybe there is a better way to hold this data.

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So download XRebel and give it chance on your ADF application.

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Deploy your ADF Mobile App to a virtual Android device from JDeveloper IDE

If you tired from the android emulator speed you may have read Chris Muir’s article ADF Mobile: Avoiding the Android Emulator with AndroVM.

In the meantime the successor of AndroVM is GENYMOTION.

If you have configured the port forwarding section from the AndroVM or use GENYMOTION, then you have to deploy your ADF Mobile app first to apk-File and manually install this into to the virtual android image via the android sdk command adb. The virtual Android device must be started to do this.

To do the last step from JDeveloper IDE directly with 1 click following steps help to reach this:

  1. Convention over configuration: Name all of your deployment profiles for android with the same name, eg. all adf mobile samples use the name “ANDROID_MOBILE_NATIVE_archive1”
  2. Create in JDeveloper an external tool
    1. Select from the menu Tools -> External Tools … -> New
    2. Select Tool Type: External Program

    3. Select Program Executable: adb.exe from your Android SDK
      Enter Arguments: install ${workspace.dir}\deploy\ANDROID_MOBILE_NATIVE_archive1\${file.name.no.ext}.apk

    4. Enter Caption for Menu Items, eg.: Install apk file to virtual Android device

    5. Select Add Items to Menus: Navigator Context Menu

    6. Select Enabled When Specific File Types are selected: Application

Now you first deploy your Application to an Android package:

Then you can install this via application context menu directly to your virtual android devive:

Now you can test your app in the virtual Android device:

That’s it!

Chrysanth WebStory Published by WebStory

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Have released PMD Jdeveloper Extension 5.0.5

I have finished now my work on integrating last PMD version 5.0.5 into JDeveloper.

This is available now for JDeveloper 11.1.1.6 upwards, 11.1.2.x. and 12.1.2. There is no new functionality, as the most work intensive part was the rewriting for PMD 5. There has changed a lot of api functionality.

Please give it a try, you can download it via the standard update center “Open Source and Partners Extensions” in JDveloper itself

update_center_11.1.2.5050

or directly from the PMD SourceForge.net Project Page.

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Fasten your Oracle Forms and Reports 11g Server start on Unix derivates

Do you see a slow start of your weblogic managed server for forms & reports on unix derivate? We have this problem on Suse SLES 11 and forms and reports 11.1.2.

In November I attended the annual DOAG (German Oracle User Group) conference in Nuremberg. There I’ve heare an interesting presentation from Jan-Peter Timmermann about “Performance with Forms 11gR2 Weblogic 10.3.x”.

One snippet of the presentation was an bug in the jdk which slows down the start of managed weblogic servers. It has to do with the random number generator during loading the OPSS Policy Provider for security. This issue is discussed in detail in this blog: http://www.itonguard.com/20090313/weblogic-starts-slow/.

These are the relevant log files before as an example for forms:

####<21.12.2012 07:38 Uhr MEZ> <Info> <WebLogicServer> <localhost> <> <[ACTIVE] ExecuteThread: '0' for queue: 'weblogic.kernel.Default (self-tuning)'> <> <> <> <1356071911941> <BEA-000000> <WebLogic Server "WLS_FORMS" version: WebLogic Server 10.3.5.0  Fri Apr 1 20:20:06 PDT 2011 1398638  Copyright (c) 1995, 2009, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.>
####<21.12.2012 07:38 Uhr MEZ> <Info> <IIOP> <localhost> <WLS_FORMS> <[ACTIVE] ExecuteThread: '0' for queue: 'weblogic.kernel.Default (self-tuning)'> <<WLS Kernel>> <> <> <1356071912371> <BEA-002014> <IIOP subsystem enabled.>
####<21.12.2012 07:40 Uhr MEZ> <Info> <Security> <localhost> <WLS_FORMS> <[ACTIVE] ExecuteThread: '0' for queue: 'weblogic.kernel.Default (self-tuning)'> <<WLS Kernel>> <> <> <1356072024665> <BEA-090894> <Successfully loaded the OPSS Policy Provider using oracle.security.jps.internal.policystore.JavaPolicyProvider.>
####<21.12.2012 07:41 Uhr MEZ> <Notice> <WebLogicServer> <localhost> <WLS_FORMS> <main> <<WLS Kernel>> <> <> <1356072069175> <BEA-000360> <Server started in RUNNING mode>

You see, that initializing the OPSS Policy Provider, which seems to use the random number generator, needs 2 minutes.

Now we will make a simple change in the Oracle Middleware JDK Runtime file (we have here SUN JDK 1.6.0_26 64bit)

<JDK Home>/jre/lib/security/java.security

Comment the original line as followed, an add a the marked new line:

#securerandom.source=file:/dev/urandom
securerandom.source=file:/dev/./urandom

Now see the results for forms:

####<21.12.2012 07:57 Uhr MEZ> <Info> <WebLogicServer> <sdu10037> <> <[ACTIVE] ExecuteThread: '0' for queue: 'weblogic.kernel.Default (self-tuning)'> <> <> <> <1356073038615> <BEA-000000> <WebLogic Server "WLS_FORMS" version: WebLogic Server 10.3.5.0  Fri Apr 1 20:20:06 PDT 2011 1398638  Copyright (c) 1995, 2009, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.>
####<21.12.2012 07:57 Uhr MEZ> <Info> <IIOP> <localhost> <WLS_FORMS> <[ACTIVE] ExecuteThread: '0' for queue: 'weblogic.kernel.Default (self-tuning)'> <<WLS Kernel>> <> <> <1356073039121> <BEA-002014> <IIOP subsystem enabled.>
####<21.12.2012 07:57 Uhr MEZ> <Info> <Security> <localhost> <WLS_FORMS> <[ACTIVE] ExecuteThread: '0' for queue: 'weblogic.kernel.Default (self-tuning)'> <<WLS Kernel>> <> <> <1356073042034> <BEA-090894> <Successfully loaded the OPSS Policy Provider using oracle.security.jps.internal.policystore.JavaPolicyProvider.>
####<21.12.2012 07:58 Uhr MEZ> <Notice> <WebLogicServer> <localhost> <WLS_FORMS> <main> <<WLS Kernel>> <> <> <1356073086151> <BEA-000360> <Server started in RUNNING mode>

You see the loading of OPSS Policy Provider takes now no relevant time and the startup time in our case decrease from 3 to 1 minute. We see same improvement for the reports managed server.

Remember, your mileage may vary if

  • Your are not on a affected unix derivate.
  • You use not an jdk with this bug. Unfortunatly in the blog is not described the bug number.

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Oracle Reports Designer 11g 64bit on Windows7 64bit very buggy – Use Reports 32bit instead!

As I have seen in Oracle certification matrix Forms & Reports 11g 64bit is supported under Windows7 64bit. So I tried to install it and to work with it. Unfortunatly there are serious bugs in it, please read for more information MOS Doc ID 1395965.1:

  1. After starting Reports Builder, trying to open “Data Model” or “Web Source” will crash the Report Builder
  2. Impossibility to create a Query based on a Pluggable Data Source (PDS) in reports builder
  3. Reports Builder spins on CPU (grabbing full power of one CPU) when “Copy/Paste” functionality is used in Layout Model

For 1./2. is a workaround to disable all Pluggable Data Source (PDS) in cauprefs.ora, if you don’t use that feature.

But for 3. is no workaround besides to use Forms & Reports 11g 32bit!

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