Formspider 1.9 Event Video and Links

In a special virtual event this week, we introduced the new features in the upcoming version of Formspider. It was the most crowded online event we have ever done. Several attendees could not even find a virtual seat to sit on. :-)

Many thanks to everyone who attended. It’s been a blast to share the result of our work with you and get your invaluable feedback.

You can watch the recording of the webinar below:

Introducing Formspider 1.9 from Yalim K. Gerger on Vimeo.

You can view the slides of the presentation below:

New Features in Formspider 1.9 from Yalim K. Gerger

Formspider Webinar

For the past year, we’ve been working hard on the new version of Formspider. Join our special virtual event on July 7th and become one of the first people who’ll find out what we have in store for you.

Whether you are an IT Manager trying to modernize your legacy software, an Oracle Forms Developer looking for a new development tool that is suitable to your skill set, a PL/SQL Developer searching for a great way to build web applications or an APEX Developer who thinks that there must be a better solution, we’ll have something for you.

See you on July 7th.

Kind Regards,
Yalim K. Gerger
Founder

TEAM GmbH migrated their Oracle Forms Application to Formspider

TEAM GmbH, a Formspider customer from Germany, has successfully migrated their product ProStore from Oracle Forms to Formspider. We recently did a joint webinar with TEAM GmbH about their project. In particular we talked about the following topics:

– What other products did TEAM look at?
– Why did TEAM choose Formspider?
– What are the benefits of using Formspider?
– What is it like to work with the company behind Formspider?
– What was TEAM’s approach to Forms Migration?
– A demo of the application

The webinar was quite popular with over 50 attendees. TEAM Division Manager Frank Zscherlich and Product Manager Michael Wibberg answered many questions from the audience.

Below is the recording of the webinar. If you are looking for a way to migrate your Oracle Forms applications to a newer technology, I highly recommend you to watch it.

Oracle Forms Migration to Formspider from Yalim K. Gerger on Vimeo.

Below are the slides from the presentation:

Oracle Forms Migration to Formspider from Yalim K. Gerger

You can also watch a short demo of the migrated application.

Demo of an Oracle Forms Application Migrated to Formspider from Yalim K. Gerger on Vimeo.

Oracle Forms Migration to Formspider Webinar

Below, you see a short demo of an Oracle Forms application rebuilt with Formspider by five Forms developers from TEAM GmbH.

Join our joint webinar with TEAM GmbH and find out how they successfully rebuilt their product ProStore with Formsipder.

The webinar will be presented by Frank Zscherlich (division manager logistics, TEAM GmbH), Michael Wibberg (product manager, lead of product development, TEAM GmbH) and Yalim K. Gerger (Founder of Formspider).

In the webinar the following topics will be discussed:

– What other products did TEAM look at?

– Why did TEAM choose Formspider?

– What are the benefits of using Formspider?

– What is it like to work with the company behind Formspider?

– What was TEAM’s approach to Forms Modernization?

– A demo of the application

– A demo of the development experience with Formspider

Sign up now.

The Case for migrating your Oracle Forms applications to Formspider

We’ve been getting a lot of inquiries asking whether we have a tool that will automatically convert Oracle Forms applications to Formspider.

We don’t have an automatic converter. We don’t view this as a disadvantage at all. We are solving the modernization problem with a different approach:

Formspider does not automatically converts your Forms applications to web apps but it converts your Forms developers to first rate web developers.

We think this approach produces the best results and lowest cost in conversion projects. We’ve seen this many times.

Formspider is an application development framework just like Oracle Forms and just like Forms its programming language is 100% PL/SQL. (You can think of it as Oracle Forms built for 21st century.) Because Formspider works very similar to Oracle Forms (event driven architecture, Formspider built-ins instead of Forms built-ins etc…) it is an order of magnitude easier to learn for Oracle Forms developers compared to any other tool.

A conversion project using Formspider is not a complete rewrite where you start with a blank page. This is absolutely not true. Just to give few examples; All of your existing business logic implemented in PL/SQL can be reused in your new application. And because both Forms and Formspider are event driven and use similar API’s, code that manages the UI can be translated fairly easily. In other words, there is no impedance mismatch between the two products unlike between Forms and (say) ADF, .NET or any other popular web development framework.

There are several problems with automatically converting Oracle Forms applications to another tech stack:

1) The new target tech stack is not known by your team
I cannot overstate how important this is. You end up with an application that you cannot maintain. Your team, who knows the business, who knows what your customers want, who obviously can deliver a successful application to the users, needs training in the new tech stack. This means they go back to becoming junior developers for quite some time. (Even the most zealous ADF proponents admit to a year or longer learning curve.) This feeling of helplessness is very frustrating for experienced developers who know exactly what they wants to implement. It hurts the team moral and motivation during the project. It’s also very costly because, well, training costs money and the output of the developers lower significantly for months but their salaries do not.

2) The output of an automatic converter is usually of low quality
Almost always the target tech stack uses the web page paradigm instead of the event driven architecture of Forms. This impedance mismatch is very very difficult to overcome automatically and the customer ends up with a low quality application design that no engineer would architect by himself. This makes the application very difficult and expensive to maintain.

Moreover, if the target tech stack uses an object oriented programming language, this adds another magnitude of complexity because PL/SQL is not object oriented. This is why most automatic conversion projects start with the manual process of moving as much code to the database as possible.

3) Automated converters are expensive
Best to my knowledge these converter tools are not cheap at all. These tools come with bundled services (they never get the job done 100% automatically) so you also pay for consulting services on top of the conversion fees.

Formspider customers around the World have been upgrading their Forms applications with Formspider successfully for years. The same team who built and maintained the Forms applications builds the application in Formspider. They get excited and motivated because finally they have a tool that they can use to build what they want. They feel empowered instead of helpless. The cost savings we provide might be up to hundreds of thousands of dollars depending on the size of your application. I have seen this over and over again many times:

Put Formspider in the hands your Forms developers and they will modernize your Forms applications with the highest return on investment.

Yalim K. Gerger

Formspider Security Webinar

We are hosting a free webinar on November 25th about security in Formspider applications. Join our webinar and find out about Formspider’s security infrastructure and how it helps developers build secure applications easily.

In the webinar, the following topics will be covered:

– Formspider Security Architecture
– Built-in countermeasures in Formspider for OWASP Top 10 Security Vulnerabilities
– Introduction to Formspider Authentication and Authorization Repository

The webinar is free but space is limited. Sign up now.

TANI uses Formspider

TANI is a subsidiary of the Koç Holding. It provides value-added integrated marketing solutions for offline, digital and mobile platforms.

Business Need

TANI wanted to improve the efficiency of their business unit and help them make better decisions. As part of this goal TANI decided to upgrade the current campaign management application which is used to manage the online banner ad campaigns of their customers.
Specifically TANI’s goals in this upgrade were:

  • Increase the data entry/modification speed in the application

  • Improve the reporting capabilities in the application

  • Improve the application’s UI with a fresh and modern look.

The Challenge

The core campaign information in the database spans three tables which are tied to each other in a master-detail-detail relationship. For any campaign, the data in the master row, the detail rows and the detail-detail rows must be validated, committed or rolled backed in the same logical transaction.

The current application did not support batch validation and commit of the entire campaign and therefore was prone to human errors.

The Solution

Since Formspider has an integrated model layer that supports transactions, building a master-detail-detail screen which enforces data validation over three tables was a breeze. The Formspider application easily validates and commits updates to a campaign in the same logical transaction preventing data entry errors.

The Campaign Edit Screen

The master-detail-detail screen also greatly improved the data entry speed of the application because the user could edit the entire campaign information in one screen.

Reporting capabilities of the application also increased significantly thanks to the Formspider grid and its built-in features such as ordering, hiding and filtering of columns.

The Campaign Search Screen with Enhanced Reporting Capabilities

The new application featured a brand new look&feel in harmony with TANI’s corporate colors. As with every Formspider application, the new campaign management application is a single page application functioning 100% with AJAX giving it the modern effect TANI desired.

New Fresh Look that matches TANI's Corporate Guidelines

Conclusion

Formspider was a natural fit for TANI IT Department because it was already relying on the Oracle Database and PL/SQL for most of its business logic implementation.

Formspider enabled us to deliver TANI a high quality application that features a master-detail-detail data entry screen with validations spanning multiple tables with a fraction of the cost it would take using other technologies.

The application enabled TANI business units to work more efficiently and helped them make better decisions while serving their customers.

New Formspider Webinar

We’d like to invite you to our free Formspider webinar on October 21th. In the webinar, you’ll get a chance to find out how Formspider can help you build great web applications with PL/SQL and why we think Formspider is better than APEX.

More importantly, current Formspider customers will join the webinar and talk about their experience with the product.

This time, we scheduled the webinar in a more convenient time slot for South and North American users. Users from other parts of the World are welcomed to join. The webinar will be held in the evening for African, European users and late at night for Asian and Australian users.

The webinar is free but space is limited. Sign up now.

Formspider Webinar

We’d like to invite you to our free Formspider webinar on October 7th. In the webinar, you’ll get a chance to find out how Formspider can help you build great web applications with PL/SQL and why we think Formspider is better than APEX.

More importantly, current Formspider customers will join the webinar and talk about their experience with the product.

The webinar is free but space is limited. Sign up now.

Announcing Formspider Desktop 1.8

Today, we are thrilled to announce the new version of Formspider. Formspider 1.8 opens up possibilities that are currently unavailable to APEX developers.

Built-in Version Control

Formspider 1.8 integrates the prominent version control system Git to Formspider. Formspider developers are now able to manage the source code of their applications (both Formspider application objects and PL/SQL code) right within the Formspider IDE.

Formspider Version Control Highlights

Formspider 1.8 makes managing different versions of your code base incredibly easy. It has the following benefits:

  • Great Team Productivity
  • Create and work on different branches of your application. Clone your application and have your team edit the same Formspider application objects and PL/SQL code units at the same time without overwriting each others updates. Pull changes from other developers and merge them easily right in the Formspider IDE using the Merge Wizard.

  • Painless Release Management
  • Release maintenance versions of a production application while working on new features.

  • Instant Set Up, Seamless Integration
  • Formspider automatically installs Git, features both a point&click user interface via the Formspider IDE and a PL/SQL API. Be it SQL Developer, SQL Navigator, PL/SQL Developer or TOAD, Formspider Version Control works with any PL/SQL development tool.

For more information please read How to use Formspider Version Control and How to do a Merge in Formspider in the Learning Center.

Download Formspider Desktop 1.8 now.