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Oracle Application Builder Cloud Service (ABCS for short) enables you (and your business users) to create rich web and mobile apps in a quick visual way from a browser with no-coding required (but coding is possible).
The UI that ABCS creates is based on Oracle JET, which many of our customers love because its responsiveness and lightness.
Some Oracle ADF customers have been on the hunt for a new client-side UI solution for their apps, and Oracle JET is certainly a technology that will work for those use cases.
A nice feature for Oracle ADF customers is that their data-access and business-service layer is built in a reusable way that is decoupled from the UI. And now, with the ability to expose ADF Business Components as REST service, they can use any modern UI framework to develop the UI including Oracle JET. There are already many blog entries with code samples on how to write JET apps that connect to ADF Business Components
But what if we could give you the simplicity of ABCS for the UI creation, the power of JET for the UI experience, and the ability to leverage your existing investment in Oracle ADF all without writing a single line of code manually?
Well, in the demo below I'll show you how you can reuse the logic you have in Oracle ADF Business Component and build a JET based UI on top of them in a declarative way with Oracle Application Builder Cloud Service.
Basically you get the best of each tool - and you don't need to write a single line of code !
In the 9 minutes demo I'll show you how to:
- Create an ADF Business Components layer on top of Oracle Database in the Cloud - (0:00)
- Expose the ADF Business Components as REST service - (1:45)
- Deploy the REST service to Java Cloud Service (JCS) - (2:19)
- Create an Oracle Application Builder Cloud Service application - (6:00)
- Add an ADF BC REST Service as a data source to the app - (6:30)
- Create the user interface to your application - (7:20)
(Times are indicated in case you want to skip sections you are already familiar with)
If you are interested in a bit of a background on why this is so simple, the answer is that ABCS was built to enable easy integration with Oracle SaaS leveraging the REST services they expose. To quickly build the full app with all the defaulting you are seeing in there (full CRUD with a simple drag and drop) ABCS needs to know some basic information about the data that it needs to render (primary key, data types, etc). Since Oracle SaaS is built on Oracle ADF, we built into ABCS the capability to analyze the describe that ADF BC REST services provide. This makes it dead simple to consume ADF REST service in ABCS, whether these services come from Oracle's apps - or your own ADF apps :-)
As you can see there is a great synergy between Oracle ADF, Oracle Application Builder Cloud Service and Oracle JET.
Want to try it on your own? Get a trial of Oracle Application Builder Cloud Service here.
This question came up a couple of times from users so I figured I'll document how to achieve a layout that shows a list of items and allows you to pick an item from this list to show the details of this item on the same page.
The default layout that ABCS creates is a list on one page with the ability to select an item and go see the details or edit that record on another page.
To combine the two into a single page, start from the edit or the details page that ABCS created.
On this page you then add the table or list for the same object, and set the link on a field to do the edit or details - this basically means that you'll do a navigation to the same page.
If you now run the page you'll be able click items in the table and see their details on the same page.
Here is a quick demo of how it is done:
Note that if you want this to be the default view that people see when navigating to your app - just update the navigation menu of your application to reflect this.
So I just have to write about a feature of the Oracle Database; but which one to pick? The way Oracle implemented SQL, or the programming language inside the database PL/SQL or the tools and options that make the database awesome?... I thought some time about it and for me personally next to the database itself, it was really APEX that changed my life, so I just have to write about it.
In this post I want to share why I love Oracle Application Express (APEX) and why I consider this the best feature of the Oracle Database *ever*.
The goal, I believe, of a database is to capture data and do something with it; either to get insight in your data or share it again in different formats with others... and Oracle Application Express is just the easiest way to do this! In no time you create a web application with some forms that capture data directly in your database. And in even less time you share and get insight in your data through beautiful reports and charts. You just need a browser... it's secure, fast, scalable and you can use the full power and features of the database - APEX is the window to your data!
This blog entry is about a nice little new feature that was introduced into ADF in the 18.104.22.168 version, and didn't get a mention in the "what's new" document.
Self dismissing messages are popping up everywhere these days (when you get an email, when you have a new calendar invite etc), and you might want to use this UI pattern in your ADF apps too.
There is a new property for af:popup components - autoDismissalTimeout - that allow popups to automatically dismiss after a certain number of seconds that you can specify. This is very useful for all sort of messages that you want to show to the user, but you don't want to require the user to do any activity to dismiss.
Here is an example of such a message that you can associate with a save button:
And here is the code you'll need to do this:
<af:popup id="p1" animate="true" autoDismissalTimeout="2">
<af:panelGroupLayout id="pgl1" layout="horizontal">
<af:image source="stat_confirm_16.png" id="i1"/>
<af:outputFormatted value="Your changes have been saved" id="of1"/>
One more (small) reason to adopt the new versions of Oracle ADF!