On Tuesday March 24 2015, Michael Ferrante of Oracle presented the roadmap of Oracle Forms 12c and beyond in a webinar organized by AuraPlayer. Although his talk was protected by a “Safe Harbour” statement, some interesting topics were mentioned. Of course, it’s always possible that not all of these features will be included in the final release.
Current and future support
The first subject was “Current and Future Support”. Extended support for the current version 11g R2 is expected to end in 2017. The release date of Oracle Forms 12c is still to be determined, but Oracle is aiming for a 2015 release. 12c will be supported for at least 5 years after release, meaning at least until 2020.
Finally, the new features that were presented included:
- Improved Single sign-on Integration
A user only needs to login once with the login session being used across multiple applications. This means that the Forms application can be more easily integrated into a heterogeneous environment.
- Browserless mode
A browser is not required anymore. Oracle Forms can use its own browser to avoid any browser incompatibility issues.
- Integration of Forms2XML
Before, the Forms2XML application was available as a stand-alone command line application. In 12c, it will be integrated in the Forms builder.
- Improved usability of the Forms Builder
The user is able to drag and resize items within the canvas with increased flexibility.
As mentioned above, the Oracle Forms 12c release date is as of yet unkown. Oracle will publish the webinar online in the near future.