Upgrade Oracle Forms to 11g

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Presenter Dmitry Nefedkin - Oracle ISV Migration Center FMW consultant

- Oracle Forms releases/support/license policy
- Oracle Forms 11g architecture
- Oracle Forms 11g new features
- Oracle Forms 11gR2 upgrade steps
- Installation of the Forms 11g environment
Configuring the environment
Upgrading Forms Modules
Useful links

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Upgrade Oracle Forms to 11g

  1. 1. <Insert Picture Here>Upgrade Oracle Forms to 11g versionDmitry NefedkinOracle ISV Migration Center FMW ConsultantDmitry.Nefedkin@oracle.com
  2. 2. ISV Migration Center Team• Who we Are ISV Migration Center Team is a team of senior technical consultants based in Eastern and Central Europe and represents Oracles technical investment for partners.• Mission Statement Enable partners to rapidly and successfully adopt and implement Oracle latest technology• What do we Offer Whether you are selling Oracle technology, building business solutions, including hosted Internet solutions or providing system integration and implementation services for Oracle technology, IMC Team can help you succeed.• How can we assist We offer a wide range of free services for partners such as one2one assistance, webinars, seminars and hands-on workshops. ISV Migration Center blog: http://blogs.oracle.com/imcContacts:Ruxandra Radulescu, ISV Migration Center Manager, EE&CISruxandra.radulescu@oracle.com
  3. 3. Agenda• Oracle Forms releases/support/license policy <Insert Picture Here>• Oracle Forms 11g architecture• Oracle Forms 11g new features• Oracle Forms 11gR2 upgrade steps – Installation of the Forms 11g environment – Configuring the environment – Upgrading Forms Modules• Useful links
  4. 4. Oracle Forms Strategy• March 2012, Oracle Application Development Tools Statement of Direction (www.bit.ly/OracleToolsSOD ) – “Oracle has no plan to discontinue support of Oracle Forms. Furthermore, a new version of Forms, Oracle Forms 12c, is planned for delivery as a component of Oracle Fusion Middleware12c. “• Clear statement of direction: – Upgrade • Move to the latest versions of Forms to ensure support, certification, use new features – Integrate • Use non-Forms technologies when/as the business dictates • Provide “Forms-like” experience for building with Java technologies
  5. 5. Lifetime Support Policy for Fusion Middleware• http://bit.ly/OFMLifetime
  6. 6. Latest releases of Oracle Forms• Oct, 2011 – Oracle Forms 11.1.2.0 (11gR2) – Certified with Oracle Weblogic Server 10.3.5, Oracle SSO 10.1.4.3, Oracle Access Manager 11.1.1.5, Oracle Virtual Directory 11.1.1.5, Oracle Internet Directory 11.1.1.5• Feb, 2012 – Oracle Forms 11.1.1.6 (11gR1 PS5) – Certified with Oracle Weblogic Server 10.3.6, Oracle SSO 10.1.4.3Go to support.oracle.com to find the latest updates on the certifications
  7. 7. Should the customer license Weblogic Server when upgrading to Forms 11g?This is the extract from the Oracle Technology Global Price List Supplement.
  8. 8. Weblogic Server Basic license• The license for each edition of Oracle Internet Application Server and for Oracle Forms and Reports enables the right to full use of the WebLogic Server Basic license• This license has limitations to several Weblogic Server features, check in Oracle® Fusion Middleware Licensing Information 11g Release 1 (11.1.1), Appendix A WebLogic Server Basic• To verify that WebLogic Server is being used in accordance with the WebLogic Server Basic license you can run the script. See My Oracle Support article: Doc ID: 885587.1
  9. 9. Oracle Access Manager Basic license• This license is available within licenses for the following Oracle products: – Oracle Internet Application Server Standard Edition – Oracle Internet Application Server Standard Edition One – Oracle Internet Application Server Enterprise Edition• Oracle Access Manager Basic is only for providing single sign-on capabilities to Oracle Internet Application Server and for custom Java applications previously developed for Oracle Containers for J2EE (OC4J). Products outside of this scope do not have the right to use Oracle Access Manager Basic.
  10. 10. Agenda• Oracle Forms releases/support/license policy <Insert Picture Here>• Oracle Forms 11g architecture• Oracle Forms 11g new features• Oracle Forms 11gR2 upgrade steps – Installation of the Forms 11g environment – Configuring the environment – Upgrading Forms Modules• Useful links
  11. 11. Understanding the Architecture Client/Server Forms “Thick” Client Database Tier Win2000 Win NT Win XP Motif Mac UI Presentation Forms Appl. Logic FMX Engine Data Manager File PL/SQL EngineNo more Client/Server version since January 2005 !!!
  12. 12. Forms Runtime3-tier architecture Client Tier Middle Tier Database TierWeb Browser Application Server Database Server UI Presentation Applic. Logic Forms FMX Engine File Data Manager PL/SQL Engine JVM
  13. 13. Forms Runtime 3-tier architecture Client Tier Middle Tier Database Tier Web Browser Application Server Database Server Applic. Logic Forms FMX Engine File Data Manager PL/SQL EngineUI Presentation
  14. 14. Forms Services Client Tier Application Tier Database Tier HTTP Oracle WebLogic Server Managed Server Client 1 Web Container Forms Servlet HTTP Listener Forms Listener Servlet Client launches Forms application using a URL
  15. 15. Forms Services Client Tier Application Tier Database Tier HTTP Oracle WebLogic Server Managed Server Client 1 Web Container Forms Servlet HTTP Listener Forms Listener Servlet HTTP Server hands request to MOD_WEBLOGIC which forwards request to Forms Servlet
  16. 16. Forms Services Client Tier Application Tier Database Tier HTTP Oracle WebLogic Server Managed Server Client 1 Web Container Forms Servlet HTTP Listener HTML Forms Listener Servlet Forms servlet returns HTML page that contains Forms Client Java Applet
  17. 17. Forms Services Client Tier Application Tier HTTP Oracle WebLogic Database Tier Server Managed Server Client 1 Web Container HTTP Listener Forms Servlet Forms Runtime 1 Forms Listener Forms Servlet Runtime 2 Forms Listener Servlet: Creates a new servlet session, Starts a Forms Runtime Process
  18. 18. Agenda• Oracle Forms releases/support/license policy <Insert Picture Here>• Oracle Forms 11g architecture• Oracle Forms 11g new features• Oracle Forms 11gR2 upgrade steps – Installation of the Forms 11g environment – Configuring the environment – Upgrading Forms Modules• Useful links
  19. 19. Oracle Forms 11gR1 new featuresAsynchronous Event Calls• Forms registers interest in an asynchronous event (Event name, Type, Scope)• New When-Event-Raised triggerDemo: http://bit.ly/Forms11gExtEventsDemo
  20. 20. Oracle Forms 11gR1 new features Integration with Client Side JavaScript• Call JavaScript from Forms Web.Javascript_eval_expr, Web.Javascript_eval_function• JavaScript can raise Forms events – When-Custom-JavaScript-EventDemo: http://bit.ly/Forms11gJavaScript Forms Client Forms Procedure Server calls
  21. 21. Oracle Forms 11gR1 new featuresIntegration with Enterprise Manager Grid Control 11g
  22. 22. Oracle Forms 11gR2 new features• Integration with Oracle Access Manager 11g – for authentication and authorization of your Oracle Forms applications• Reduced Installation Footprint – limit the number of products and servers installed on the machine, still allowing a developer to build, run and test their apps• Performance and Monitoring – Schedule Forms Runtime Prestart – Log performance metrics to database tables for later analysis – Enhanced Network Statistics Support
  23. 23. Oracle Forms 11gR2 new features• Support for Unicode Columns – New Forms datatype NCHAR corresponds to the SQL datatypes NCHAR and NVARCHAR2• Support for URLs in Image Items and Iconic Buttons – READ_IMAGE_FILE built-in (Icon Name property)• Disable/enable visibility of the default menubar and the window title bar – guiMode configuration parameter of the forms applet
  24. 24. Oracle Forms 11gR2 new featuresIntegration with Oracle Real User Experience Insight
  25. 25. Agenda• Oracle Forms releases/support/license policy <Insert Picture Here>• Oracle Forms 11g architecture• Oracle Forms 11g new features• Oracle Forms 11gR2 upgrade steps – Installation of the Forms 11g environment – Configuring the environment – Upgrading Forms Modules• Useful links
  26. 26. Installing Oracle Forms 11.1.2 (11gR2) environment1. Install Oracle Weblogic binaries2. Install Oracle Forms 11.1.2 binaries3. Configure a Weblogic Domain and an Oracle instance4. Post-installation checks
  27. 27. Installing Oracle Forms 11.1.2 (11gR2) environmentStep 1 - Install Oracle Weblogic binaries• Important points to be considered before downloading the software : – Determine your operating system versions : 32bit or 64bit – Specific WebLogic Server installers for Windows 32bit and Linux x86 32bit platforms include 32bit JVM/JDK – To install Oracle WebLogic Server onto a 64bit system use the WebLogic Server generic installer (wls1035_generic.jar) that does not include a JVM/JDK, hence, a certified 64bit JDK must be installed previously• After the installation you will have: – Middleware Home (MW_HOME) – Weblogic home (MW_HOMEwlserver_10.3)
  28. 28. Installing Oracle Forms 11.1.2 (11gR2) environmentStep 2 - Install Oracle Forms 11.1.2 binaries• Download Oracle Forms/Reports 11.1.2 binaries for your platform (from OTN or edelivery.oracle.com)• Start the installer and choose Install Software – Do not configure option (this install just binaries)• Specific ORACLE_HOME will be created inside MW_HOME
  29. 29. Installing Oracle Forms 11.1.2 (11gR2) environmentStep 3 - Configure a Weblogic Domain and an Oracleinstance• Start Configuration Wizard from Forms ORACLE_HOME: $ORACLE_HOME/bin/config.sh (cmd) . You can also use Configure Classic Instance menu item in the Windows Start Menu.• The wizard will configure an Weblogic Domain (for java components) and an Oracle Instance (non-java components – OHS, WebCache…)• You should choose from configuring for development or for deployment (more on this on the next slide)• You can also specify link to OID and specify SSO integration type (Oracle SSO or OAM 11g)
  30. 30. Installing Oracle Forms 11.1.2 (11gR2) environmentStep 3 - Configure a Weblogic Domain and an Oracleinstance•Deployment –dedicated WLSmanaged serverfor both Formsand Reports. EMAgent and OHSare installed•Development –Forms andReports servletsare deployed onWLS AdminServer. No OHSand EM Agent
  31. 31. Installing Oracle Forms 11.1.2 (11gR2) environmentStep 3 - Configure a Weblogic Domain and an Oracleinstance•Specify thelocations of yourbinaries (OracleForms home);•Pick the nameand the locationof the OracleInstance;
  32. 32. Installing Oracle Forms 11.1.2 (11gR2) environmentStep 3 - Configure a Weblogic Domain and an Oracleinstance•Weblogicdomain will becreated, so youneed to provideit’s name,location and theadministrativeuser credentials
  33. 33. Installing Oracle Forms 11.1.2 (11gR2) environmentStep 3 - Configure a Weblogic Domain and an Oracleinstance•Check only thecomponents thatyou need in yourenvironment•Here is theexample of theavailablecomponents forthe developmentconfiguration
  34. 34. Installing Oracle Forms 11.1.2 (11gR2) environmentStep 4 - Post-installation checks• After completion of the Configuration Wizard your Forms environment will be up and running (both Weblogic server(s) and OPMN-managed components)• You can access – Test Form – Weblogic Console – Fusion Middleware Control (if you has configured for deployment)
  35. 35. Installing Oracle Forms 11.1.2 (11gR2) environment Step 4 - Post-installation checks• Accessing FORMS from the browser – Development install: • http://<adminserverhost>:7001/forms/frmservlet – Deployment install: • http://<formsmanagedserverhost>:9001/forms/frmservlet
  36. 36. Installing Oracle Forms 11.1.2 (11gR2) environment Step 4 - Post-installation checks• Accessing WLS console http://<adminserverhost>:7001/console
  37. 37. Installing Oracle Forms 11.1.2 (11gR2) environment Step 4 - Post-installation checks• Accessing EM console (deployment install only) http://<adminserverhost>:7001/em
  38. 38. Agenda• Oracle Forms releases/support/license policy <Insert Picture Here>• Oracle Forms 11g architecture• Oracle Forms 11g new features• Oracle Forms 11gR2 upgrade steps – Installation of the Forms 11gR2 environment – Configuring the environment – Upgrading Forms Modules• Useful links
  39. 39. Configuring Oracle Forms 11g environmentConfiguration is already done by installation. You only need to customize Forms Services• formsweb.cfg• default.env• forms.conf• registry.dat
  40. 40. Configuring Oracle Forms 11g environment• formsweb.cfg – Located into : • $DOMAIN_HOME/config/fmwconfig/servers/WLS_FORMS /applications/formsapp_11.1.2/config – Specifies runtime parameters for Forms apps – Client-server equivalent of command line options – All parameters listed in the documentation : • Deployment Guide for Forms Services http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E24269_01/doc.11120/e24477.pdf
  41. 41. Configuring Oracle Forms 11g environmentformsweb.cfg• Runtime parameters• All settings can be set in thedefault section• Application sections overridedefault• You can have many environments using the single installation
  42. 42. Configuring Oracle Forms 11g environment• default.env – Located into : • $DOMAIN_HOME/config/fmwconfig/servers/WLS_FORMS /applications/formsapp_11.1.2/config• Specifies runtime environment variables• equivalent of environment variables or Windows Registry entries• each application can choose to use its own ENV file with the envFile setting in formsweb.cfg: envFile=summit.env
  43. 43. Configuring Oracle Forms 11g environment• default.env• Environment variables• Each app section can have an env filesummit.env File…ORACLE_HOME=E:OFMW11gR2Forms32Oracle_F ormsORACLE_INSTANCE=E:OFMW11gR2Forms32inst1 1gR2DevFORMS_PATH=D:Orders…
  44. 44. Configuring Oracle Forms 11g environment• forms.conf – In 11g, forms.conf is the Oracle HTTP listener configuration file for Oracle Forms Services • It defines WebLogic handler mappings for the Managed Server where the Forms Services applications are deployed – forms.conf is an Oracle HTTP Server directives file. In Oracle Fusion Middleware, the forms.conf file is included in the Oracle HTTP Server configuration directory at$ORACLE_INSTANCE/config/OHS/<OHS INSTANCE NAME>/moduleconf
  45. 45. Configuring Oracle Forms 11g environment• forms.conf (when OHS is NOT installed) – Located into : • <INSTANCE_HOME>configFormsComponentformsserver – Includes Virtual Paths
  46. 46. Configuring Oracle Forms 11g environment• Registry.dat contains the default font, font mappings, and icon information that Forms Services uses. – Located into : • $DOMAIN_HOME/config/fmwconfig/servers/WLS_FORMS/application s/formsapp_11.1.2/config/forms/registry/oracle/forms/registry • Can be modified via FMW Control – Specifies icon path – Equivalent of Registry Entry UI_ICON – Font mappingdefault.fontMap.appFontnames=Courier New,Courier,courier,System,Terminal,Fixed,Fixedsys, …..default.fontMap.javaFontnames=MonoSpaced,MonoSpaced,MonoSpaced,Dialog,MonoSpaced, …..
  47. 47. Configuring Oracle Forms 11g environmentTransform .ico into .gif – Icons must be converted into .gif or .jpg files – Package .gif into a Java archive .jar file > cd <location with the .gif> > <ORACLE_HOME>jdkbinjar cvf myicons.jar *.gif – Copy the jar file into <ORACLE_HOME>formsjava – Add the jar file name to the ARCHIVE parameter of the right section in the formsweb.cfg – Set the Applet parameter ImageBase=codebase  Archive=frmall.jar, myicons.jar  imageBase=codebase
  48. 48. Agenda• Oracle Forms releases/support/license policy <Insert Picture Here>• Oracle Forms 11g architecture• Oracle Forms 11g new features• Oracle Forms 11g upgrade steps – Installation of the Forms 11g environment – Configuring the environment – Upgrading your Forms Modules• Useful links
  49. 49. Upgrade ProcessSome notes on the starting point• Upgrading from Oracle Forms before 4.5 – It is not possible directly. – Convert first modules to Oracle Forms 4.5 before to convert them to Oracle Forms 6i and finally convert them to Oracle Forms 11g.• Upgrading from Oracle Forms 4.5 or 5 to Oracle Forms 11g – It is not possible directly – Convert first modules to Oracle Forms 6i and then convert them to Oracle Forms 11g.
  50. 50. Upgrading Forms ModulesTools Available• Forms Builder (Interactive)• Forms Compiler (Batch)• Forms API (Programmatic/Batch)• Migration Assistant (Optional)
  51. 51. Upgrading Forms ModulesForms Builder (Interactive)• Open the Form Module in the Forms Builder• Compile the Module• Save the ModulePro: Instant feedbackon any errorsCon:Least time efficient
  52. 52. Upgrading Forms ModulesForms Compiler (Batch)• Create batch or shell script, run it, check the outputset ORACLE_HOME=I:OFMW11gR1PS1Oracle_Formsset PATH=I:OFMW11gR1PS1Oracle_Formsbin;%PATH%set FORMS_PATH=F:Workshop_Forms_Upgrade_10g_11gMaterialsummit_10gR2_11g@ECHO OFFrem COMPILE FIRST REFERENCE FORMEcho compiling Library .....for %%x in (*.pll) do start /w frmcmp MODULE=%%x MODULE_TYPE=LIBRARY USERID=summit/summit@v11 BATCH=yes COMPILE_ALL=yes window_state=minimizeEcho compiling Forms Modules .....for %%x in (*.fmb) do start /w frmcmp MODULE=%%x MODULE_TYPE=FORM USERID=summit/summit@v11 BATCH=yes COMPILE_ALL=yes window_state=minimizeEcho compiling Menu Modules .....for %%x in (*.mmb) do start /w frmcmp MODULE=%%x MODULE_TYPE=MENU USERID=summit/summit@v11 BATCH=yes COMPILE_ALL=yes window_state=minimizeECHO FINISHED COMPILING
  53. 53. Upgrading Forms ModulesForms API (Programmatic/Batch)• Forms API (Programmatic/Batch) – Since Forms 5.0 – Programmatically manipulate Forms modules – Written in C – For advanced users – You can use it just to upgrade from one version to another • Load the module, Compile the module, Save the module – Build C projects to upgrade the whole set of modules : Forms, Libraries, Menus
  54. 54. Upgrading Forms ModulesForms API (Programmatic/Batch) import oracle.forms.jdapi.*; ….• Forms JDAPI (Programmatic/Batch) – public static void main(String[] args) Since Forms 9i { FormModule fmd = – Programmatically manipulate Forms FormModule.open(args[0]); modules Jdapi.connectToDatabase(args[1]); – Written in Java fmd.save(args[0]); try { – For advanced users fmd.compile();• You can use it just to upgrade from one } catch (Exception ex) { version to another ex.printStackTrace(); } – Load the module, Compile the // Clean Up module, Save the module Jdapi.shutdown();• Add a library pointing to <ORACLE_HOME>jlibfrmjdapi.jar to } the Project
  55. 55. Upgrading Forms ModulesMigration Assistant – A utility provided with Forms 11g. – Provided as a command line utility (<Middleware Home>asinstbinfrmplsqlconv.bat) and in GUI mode – Wizard interface alerts you if using obsolete features – Makes changes if possible – Saves FMB in Oracle Forms 11g format – Use before Forms Builder or Compiler, but not necessary – Forms Compiler will find errors if you don’t use Migration Assistant
  56. 56. Upgrading Forms ModulesMigration Assistant – GUI Mode
  57. 57. The Upgrade Process – Migration Assistant• Migration Assistant – Batch sampleset ORACLE_HOME=I:OFMW11gR1PS1Oracle_Formsset PATH=I:OFMW11gR1PS1Oracle_Formsbin;I:OFMW11gR1PS1asinst_1bin;%PATH%set FORMS_PATH=F:Workshop_Forms_Upgrade_10g_11gMaterialsummit_10gR2_11g;I:OF MW11gR1PS1Oracle_Formsformsset CLASSPATH=I:OFMW11gR1PS1Oracle_Formsjlibfrmjdapi.jar;%CLASSPATH%for %%i in ("*.pll") do call frmplsqlconv module=%%~nxi log=conv_%%~ni.log userid=summit/summit@v11for %%i in ("*.mmb") do call frmplsqlconv module=%%~nxi log=conv_%%~ni.log userid=summit/summit@v11for %%i in ("*.fmb") do call frmplsqlconv module=%%~nxi log=conv_%%~ni.log userid=summit/summit@v11
  58. 58. Upgrade Process from C/S to the Web• Features which work differently when Web deployed : – HOST – ORA_FFI – Read_Image_File – Text_IO – Tools_Res  Run on the Server not on the Client !!• Alternatives : – Java Beans – WebUtil
  59. 59. Upgrade Process from C/S to the Web• Features which Performance Implications : – Synchronize Built-ins (network traffic) – Timers (1 roundtrip per execution) • ie: 1 timer per second x 500 users = 500 roundtrips/sec) – Tabbed Canvases (large initial download size) • ie: Use hidden Stacked Canvases on each Tab to defer download (Visible=No, Raise on Entry=Yes) – Alternatives : • Java Beans • Pluggable Java Component (Pjc) • External Events with AQ (New in 11g)
  60. 60. Upgrade Process from C/S to the Web• Features which don’t work on the Web : – Mouse Triggers (When-Mouse_Move,When_Mouse_Enter/Leave) – Icons need to be converted into .gif or .jpg – VBX / OCX – OLE containers – Sound Items• Alternatives : – Java Beans – WebUtil
  61. 61. Agenda• Oracle Forms releases/support/license policy <Insert Picture Here>• Oracle Forms 11g architecture• Oracle Forms 11g new features• Oracle Forms 11g upgrade steps – Installation of the Forms 11gR2 environment – Configuring the environment – Upgrading your Forms Modules• Useful links
  62. 62. Useful links• Oracle Forms page on OTN: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/developer- tools/forms/overview/index.html• Oracle Forms 11gR2 documentation: http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E24269_01/index.htm• Oracle Forms 11g demo pack: http://download.oracle.com/otndocs/demos/forms/11g /demos_11g.zip• Oracle Forms Community - Pluggable Java Components & Java Beans library: http://forms.pjc.bean.over-blog.com/
  63. 63. QuestionsDmitry NefedkinOracle ISV Migration Center FMW ConsultantDmitry.Nefedkin@oracle.comISV Migration Center blog: http://blogs.oracle.com/imc

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