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Oracle Forms

The Oracle Forms course is designed to give delegates practical experience in using Oracle Forms to develop and deploy database applications. The main features and components of an Oracle Form are investigated and implemented.

Skills Gained

The delegate will learn and acquire skills as follows:

  • Using the Oracle Form Builder productively
  • Generating text items, buttons, radio groups and other interface items
  • Creating toolbars, canvases and windows
  • Writing triggers to enhance application functionality
  • Calling standard built-in procedures and functions
  • Developing program units and code libraries
  • Generating objects for re-use in other projects
  • Controlling Data Block relationships explicitly
  • Using debug tools
  • Building multiple-form applications
  • Generating custom menus
  • Generating and manipulating runtime record groups
  • Defining Data Blocks based on queries and procedures

Who will the Course Benefit?

Programmers and other software development personnel who need to write Oracle Form applications which interface with an Oracle database.

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Learning Objectives

To provide the skills needed to design, develop and deploy end-user Oracle Form applications which interact with an Oracle Relational Database.

Pre-Requisites

Requirements

A good understanding of Oracle SQL and practical experience in using the Oracle PL/SQL programming language to implement procedures, functions and packages are required. Experience of working in a GUI environment will also prove advantageous.

Pre-Requisite Courses

    • Oracle SQL
    • Oracle PL/SQL
    • Oracle PL/SQL Stored Program Units

Course Content

DAY 1

Course Introduction

  • Administration and Course Materials
  • Course Structure and Agenda
  • Delegate and Trainer Introductions

Session 1: INTRODUCTION

  • What is Oracle Forms?
  • Oracle Form Builder Components
  • Application Code Partitioning
  • Exercise: Preparing to Work with Oracle Forms

Session 2: GETTING STARTED

  • Creating an Oracle Form
  • Running an Oracle Form
  • The Runtime Interface
  • Performing Queries
  • Updating Records
  • Exercise: Creating and Running an Oracle Form

Session 3: THE FORM BUILDER INTERFACE

  • The Main Menu
  • The Object Navigator
  • Basic Components of a Form
  • Property Palettes
  • The PL/SQL Editor
  • The Layout Editor
  • Exercise: Using Oracle Form Builder Tools

Session 4: BUILDING A FORM

  • Basic Steps in Development
  • Creating a Data Block
  • Customising the Layout
  • Setting Properties For Data Blocks and Items
  • Adding Trigger Code
  • Running the Oracle Form
  • Exercise: Building a Simple Oracle Form
  • Exercise: Building a Master-Detail Oracle Form

DAY 2

Session 5: TRIGGERS

  • What is Navigation?
  • Navigational Triggers
  • Item and Block Validation
  • Commit Form Triggers
  • Query Triggers
  • Trigger Types and Scope
  • Trigger Code
  • Global, System and Bind Variables
  • Handling Errors
  • Exercise: Implementing Navigational Triggers
  • Exercise: Implementing Commit-time Triggers
  • Exercise: Implementing Query Triggers

Session 6: INTRODUCING STANDARD BUILT-INS

  • Unrestricted Built-in Procedures and Functions
  • Restricted Built-in Procedures
  • Calling Built-ins
  • Getting and Setting Properties at Runtime
  • Using Internal Object IDs
  • Error Handling
  • Exercises: Enhancing Oracle Form Applications using Built-ins

DAY 3

Session 7: MORE INTERFACE OBJECTS

  • Basic Controls - Text and Display Items
  • Iconic Push-buttons
  • Check Boxes and Radio Groups
  • List Items
  • Image Items
  • Alerts
  • Editors
  • Record Groups and LOVs
  • Hierarchical Trees
  • Exercises: Creating Additional Interface Items

Session 8: PROGRAM UNITS

  • Oracle Form Module Program Units
  • PL/SQL Libraries
  • Database Procedures
  • Exercise: Using PL/SQL Libraries
  • Exercise: Using Database Procedures

DAY 4

Session 9: CANVASES AND WINDOWS

  • Content Canvases
  • Stacked Canvases
  • Toolbar Canvases
  • Tab Canvases
  • Handling Windows
  • Exercise: Generating Canvases and Toolbars
  • Exercise: Handling Multi-Window Applications

Session 10: RE-USING COMPONENTS

  • Visual Attributes
  • Property Classes
  • Copying Objects
  • Subclassing
  • Object Groups
  • Object Libraries
  • Exercise: Creating and Using a Property Class
  • Exercise: Creating and Using an Object Library

Session 11: DATA BLOCK RELATIONSHIPS

  • Relation Object Properties
  • Creating Relationships Manually Procedures and Triggers for Coordination Modifying Default Functionality Exercise: Creating and Modifying a Relation Object

Session 12: DEBUG FACILITIES

  • Running in Debug Mode
  • Creating Break Points
  • Monitoring Application Data

DAY 5

Session 13: MULTI-FORM_APPLICATIONS

  • Calling Other Forms
  • The OPEN_FORM Procedure
  • The CALL_FORM Procedure
  • The NEW_FORM Procedure
  • Related Built-ins
  • Passing Data between Forms
  • Creating Parameters and Parameter Lists
  • Exercise: Calling Oracle Forms and Passing Parameters

Session 14: Creating CUSTOM MENUS

  • Menu Modules, SubMenus and Menu Items
  • The Menu Editor
  • Menu and Menu Item Properties
  • PL/SQL in Menu Modules
  • Menu Item Built-ins
  • Menu Security
  • Menu Parameters
  • Popup Menus
  • Exercise: Generating a Custom Menu

Session 15: USING OTHER DATA SOURCES

  • Data Source Types
  • Using a FROM Clause Query
  • Using Procedures which return REF Cursors
  • Using Procedures which return PL/SQL Index-By Tables
  • Implementing DML using Packaged Procedures
  • Exercise: Defining and using FROM Clause Query
  • Exercise: Defining and using a Packaged Procedure

Session 16: RECORD GROUPS

  • LOVs and Record Groups
  • Record Group Types
  • Creating Run-time Record Groups
  • Built-in Procedures and Functions
  • Record Groups and Lists
  • Exercise: Using Run-time Record Groups

Notes:

  • Course technical content is subject to change without notice.
  • Course content is structured as sessions, this does not strictly map to course timings. Concepts, content and practicals often span sessions.

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