On September 13th, we hosted the Formspider Day in Netherlands at the Ciber offices. It was one of the most incredible days in my life. Presenting to a room full of first class Oracle Architects, Developers and Managers was a privilege. We were also accompanied by 700 people who could not be at the event but joined us online and watched our live broadcast.
Presenting to a room full of first class Oracle Architects, Developers and Managers was a privilege
The New Home of PL/SQL Developers
We kicked the day off with an introduction of Formspider and its story.
After Forms, PL/SQL developers lost their home. They did not have a world class framework to build applications anymore. With Formspider, we are building the new home for PL/SQL developers. Instead of building a bridge that leads to another tool or keeping Forms barely alive with life support, we took the matter to our hands, swallowed the bitter pill. We are building the framework the PL/SQL community deserves.
We are building the new home for PL/SQL developers
We take what was great in Forms, we leave what’s bad in it. We look at other frameworks and take from them what we believe to be a step forward in application development. The result is Formspider; a framework that is designed for the future but learned the lessons of the past.
Seeing is Believing
Words can only take you so far. The room is full of engineers after all. In the second presentation we showed the applications built with Formspider that are currently in production. We answered every “Can Formspider do this?”, “Can Formspider do that?” question with a working example.
We answered every “Can Formspider do this?”, “Can Formspider do that?” question with a working example
Using is Even Better
One of the major claims we make is that Formspider is very intuitive to use for a PL/SQL developer. We put that claim to test with an hour long hands-on session. No matter how many times I’ve witnessed it, I still get the same joy when I see PL/SQL developers build their first Formspider app. You can read their thoughts on their faces: “God, finally. This actually makes sense.”
“God, finally. This actually makes sense.”
We can shout out for days that Formspider is great, perfect, amazing, best thing ever since sliced bread. After all, you might say, you built it, it is your baby, of course you’ll love it.
After the lunch break, the stage belonged to Michiel Arentsen, Manager of Application Development in Rhenus Netherlands. He shared his experiences with Formspider. He talked about how he is planning to move his 1000 Forms ERP to Web and why he thinks Formspider is the best option. In the end, he demoed the parts of the system he converted to Formspider. The application is simply amazing. A framework rises on the shoulders of its developer community. Michiel took Formspider to another level.
Michiel Arentsen, Manager of Application Development in Rhenus Netherlands, shared his experiences with Formspider
Under the Hood
So it all looks great from the surface. But what if it’s all just a nice paint job? What if all the garbage is brushed under the rug? Ronald Rood (OCM/Ace) was next on stage. He looked at Formspider with a DBA’s eyes. Security, upgrades, installation, deployment, support etc… He talked about many things we developers take for granted but actually become the decisive factor to make a system great. Formspider passed his tests with flying colors.
Ronald Rood (OCM/Ace) looked at Formspider with a DBA’s eyes
A Sneak Peak into the Future
In the last session of the day, we shared the road map of Formspider with the audience and showed a little bit of what we have in store.
You’ll see Formspider continue bringing innovations to PL/SQL community on three fronts:
- Increase individual and team productivity
- Increase quality of applications built by PL/SQL developers
- Enable PL/SQL developers to build for every software platform
Formspider increases individual and team productivity
Formspider increases quality of applications built by PL/SQL developers
During the day, we received excellent questions and invaluable comments. The event lasted two hours longer than originally planned, which is always a good thing. The feedback after the event was excellent. Several attendees who admitted coming with skepticism, had a complete U Turn at the end of the day.
We’d like to thank everyone who participated at the event from the bottom of our hearts. Our very special thanks go to Michel Arentsen, Ronald Rood and Marcel Hoefs. Without their support this event would not be possible.
PL/SQL is Back with a Vengeance
PL/SQL developers finally have a new framework that they can call their home. After 2000+ downloads, 1500+ Formspider Cloud signups, we know that our message is heard. We are not alone. PL/SQL is very much alive and is reclaiming its place in enterprise application development.
After 2000+ downloads, 1500+ Formspider Cloud signups, we know that our message is heard
It is time to buckle up for the PL/SQL community. The next two years is going to be an incredible ride.
Yalim K. Gerger