Category Archives: Product

Formspider vs. Apex

Every product is built to solve a problem. Before its implementation, its creators ask a question and come up with an answer which is the product. How should we stick nails to a wall was the question the creator of the hammer asked. This question can be asked pragmatically by looking back in time. For [...]

A Three Levels Deep Story

When I was in Netherlands, attending the Future of Forms event at the Amis office, the number one thing everyone asked me was whether Formspider supports building three levels deep master detail screens (an MDD screen). Apparently, it is very annoying to build an MDD screen with Apex. In one of the sessions, the presenter [...]

The Vision for the Formspider Framework

Defining the Problem With the demise of Oracle Forms as a credible development environment, PL/SQL developers are deprived of their ability to build modern applications that meet the current needs of their organizations. Unfortunately, the available alternatives are hard to learn, less productive, less capable, and require far more hardware than Oracle Forms. None of [...]

Create Beautiful Charts with Formspider

Formspider enables you to create gorgeous charts declaratively. Creating charts has never been easier for PL/SQL developers. Moreover, Formspider charts are implemented 100% in JavaScript. There is no Flash at all. So the charts you create with Formspider, work perfectly on mobile devices that do not support Flash, as well. Make sure you check out [...]

300 Installations

Today, we are happy to announce that Formspider surpassed 300 installations worldwide in less than seven months. The response to our value proposition from organizations and developers that use PL/SQL has been phenomenal. Everyday, more and more PL/SQL developers embrace Formspider and appreciate its benefits. Formspider turns your PL/SQL team into super productive Web 2.0 [...]

Benefits of Formspider: Great Performance without Great Effort

A reasonable developer should not have any trouble building an application with excellent performance. Back in the Oracle Forms days, the only way you could make an application perform poorly was to do something that an experienced developer could easily avoid or fix when discovered, such as write a bad query. In JavaEE environments, you [...]

Benefits of Formspider: Productive Development Environment

It should not take any longer to build an application than it used to. Back in the old Oracle Forms days, a developer could build a moderately complex screen in about a day. That same screen takes a week to build in a JavaEE framework and the probability of that application actually working when you [...]

Benefits of Formspider: Single Development Environment for all Platforms

Excluding accommodations for differing capabilities, defining the application should not be dependent upon the deployment platform. The technology to develop the same UI changes from platform to platform. Web, mobile and desktop technologies vastly differ in the way in which they define user interfaces. If a screen is developed in Java Swing, there is no [...]

Benefits of Formspider: Single Programming Language

Formspider uses only PL/SQL as its scripting language. As long as data is stored in the database, code written in the database will have a huge advantage over code written in the middle tier. In the Oracle environment, developers know PL/SQL. Therefore PL/SQL is the natural language of choice for application development. One of the [...]

How does Formspider work?

The PL/SQL Irony PL/SQL has never run on client machines and never will. This unchangeable, indisputable fact that seems like the most obvious disadvantage of PL/SQL is in an ironic way its biggest advantage. This very fact is the reason Oracle Forms was a platform independent application development framework. Software engineers at Oracle had to [...]