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FormsAPI MasterFormsAPI Master helps you to programmatically modify and analyze Oracle Forms and Reports Modules. An easy to learn scripting language (similar to PL/SQL) gives you full access & flexibility over Oracle's Forms Open API. FormsAPI Master is a powerful add on tool for the Oracle Developer Suite that allows you to automate and track changes in Oracle Forms and Reports modules!
Automate complex tasks by writing scripts
Write simple PL/SQL like scripts to modify Forms and Reports modules
The Oracle Forms Open API functions and procedures exposed through the scripting engine allow you to do
everything (and more!) to a Forms module than what can be done by opening it up in Forms-Builder.
You can create, change, and delete items and properties and apply and automate complex changes to large applications in minutes.
The scripting language used has a PL/SQL like syntax that will make it very easy for Oracle developers to use the tool and get proficient in writing scripts on their own in virtually no time. FormsAPI Master comes with a large selection of tutorial scripts that will teach you all you need to know. The script engine has hundreds of small helper functions and classes exposed to it that make writing scripts a breeze. The built-ins will give you access to Oracle database connectivity, Excel functions, PL/SQL parser/tokenizer (for easier modification of program units and triggers) and many helpful string processing functions that will make it simple to get your work done.
Endless possibilitiesThe possibilities with FormsAPI are truly endless. Here are just a few examples of what is possible and has been done with FormsAPI Master:
- Resize your old legacy 640*480 screens to 1024*768 or whatever resolution you like!
- Make sure your application runs on Unix & Windows (lowercase icon filename, menus and library filenames, etc ...)
- Make a visual make-over of your old design, Use a new color scheme, icons, add PJCs, and background graphics to give your application modern up to date look!
- Translate labels, captions, titles, prompts, texts and list items of your Forms module into another languages and make it multilingual!
- Attach new libraries and detach old ones
- Analyze and gather change impact information
- Check your application conforms to "good practices" - every item has a visual attribute assigned, every button/menu item/radio button has a shortcut, fields have the proper height, etc ...
- Add a new line of code to the "When-New-Form-Instance" trigger in every module
- Replace the obsolete run_product calls in Forms9i with report-objects
- Batch compile all your modules
- Convert boilerplate texts to prompts
- Patch module information for version control directly into the module
- Integrate the DeveloperCompare tool with many leading Change Management Systems
- ...and many more ..
Making change happenIn normal application development environments you think twice before making changes to your whole application system that are not absolutely necessary. Mostly because if you have to do all the work manually it will take weeks or months .. or is simply impossible to do. This is where FormsAPI Master really shines. The tool gives you the power to apply all sorts of complex changes to your whole application system often within hours. Think of FormsAPI Master as a tool to increase your development team by 500 junior developers. You will need to tell them exactly what to do (by writing a script) but once they know they will execute the work for you in mere minutes and in perfect quality (nothing gets overlooked!) instead of weeks or months.
Worth the investmentMany of our customers are able to claim a ROI (return of investment) with the time saved through automation on their very first project. Depending on your project requirements FormsAPI Master can save you weeks or even months of human developer time! Many of them buy it for a big Forms version upgrade project, but then find other uses for FormsAPI Master scripts almost on a weekly base. There is no doubt that FormsAPI Master increases productivity and quality of your applications by a large factor.
More tools for everyday useFormsAPI Master also comes with a variety of other useful tools. The Compare and the Search tool for example are two of the tools that many developers can use almost daily.
CompareVisually compare and merge differences in objects, properties, and code in Forms or Reports Modules.
No more guessing what changes broke the new version of a module - with this tool you know the answer within seconds! It's also great for other common structured development practices such as Code Reviews, TwoStream Development and Change Management. The DeveloperCompare utility is a handy tool that will save you hours of frustration and work!
SearchSearch through hundreds of modules(Forms,Reports,text files,etc) in minutes.
PowerSearch handles all the common search problems (whitespaces, comments, strings, wildcards, etc) for you by using special rules that take PL/SQL syntax into consideration and even allows you to edit the results directly in the search window. A special Property-Search mode even allows complex search criteria based on multiple property values.
Batch New in V3.0 (partially implemented only!)Automate common tasks such as compiling, converting, upgrading, extracting, etc.
The batch tools is a collection of useful functions that can make life as a Oracle developer easier. The functionality is currently still under development but i hope to have most of it covered over the next few months.