FormsTool

FormsTool

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FormsTool FAQ

Here are a couple of answers to the most common questions that we receive. Please contact us at support@orcl-toolbox.com if there is anything still unclear or not answered in this FAQ!



Installation & Integration
Q: I get an error on startup that no valid Oracle Forms API can be found, how can i solve this?
A: Most likely the issue is that your Oracles \bin directory is not in the systems PATH environment variable, or that your \\HKLM\Software\Oracle registry doesn't contain any of the necessary entries for your Oracle Forms installation. Eventually a reinstall of Oracle Forms will most often solve the issue. Please contact support if you need more help fixing the issue.

Q: Do FormsAPI Master/FormsTool have command line support?
A: Yes, except for PowerSearch everything can be started/controlled by command line. Check the help files under the keyword "Command line"

Q: How do I do an unattended installation?
A: The command line for doing a silent unattended installation is [FormsTool30b248.exe /Silent /Log="c:\Windows\SetupLogs\FormsTool.Log" /Dir="C:\Program Files\FormsTool V3.0\"]
Once installed you can copy the license key from a registered version to that newly installed location. To do that register your copy and make sure you choose the "License everyone" option. This will create a file called LicenseFAV3.dat (for FormsAPI Master) and LicenseFTV3.dat (for FormsTool) inside the directory where the tool is installed. Copy that file if you don't want the user to enter the license key manually.

Q: How do I do a shared network installation?
A: Install to a network share that your user can access. Make sure you chose the "register everyone" option when registering the tool. Users can then start the tool from that network share. There is no need to register or copy any DLL files locally, no windows registry entries need to be created. Simply executing the tool will work.

Q: Can FormsAPI Master/FormsTool be integrated with any of the leading source control system?
A: Depends on the source control system. As long as they allow you to call us with command line parameters then you will be able to integrate. There is a fantastic article about that available on a third party site here (araxis is not related in any wat to orcl-toolbox)



Developer Compare
Q: Why do I often get Error #1 when loading PLSQL Libraries?
A: This is a bug of the Oracle Open API Library. PL/SQL Module handling since it's inception in Oracle Forms 6i API always has been flaky. I noticed that it often helps to convert the plsql library to text format (*.pld) and back to binary (*.pll). Often the libraries then load without the #1 error.

Q: What can i use it for?
A: The easy answer is "To compare changes between two modules". But Developer Compare can also be used for a couple of other things, like extracting a change log, for code reviews, for quality control review. Some even use it to merge changes when multiple developers work on the same module or to replicate latest changes into their base Forms modules that were customized for certain customers.

Q: What type of files can be compared?
A: Forms Modules, Object Libraries, PL/SQL Libraries, Menu Modules, Report Modules, SQL Text Files.

Q: Why do my Items of type ListBox sometimes show up as changed when comparing?
A: It's a bug! We currently don't handle comparison of elements correctly that have the same names on the same level! This can only happen for List Elements and in rare cases for Datasource arguments/columns for blocks built on stored procedures.



Power Search
Q: What's so special about PowerSearch?
A: PowerSearch handles searches smarter. Don't worry about spaces and linefeeds when you search for something. The PowerSearch uses a regular expression search engine that is specifically tuned for PL/SQL searches!.