and someone told me that <b>I</b> soon will be history ;o)
everything is going to be history one day or other. The question is "When ?"
I think that is is better to read the official information than listening to "someone"<br><br>
If you have the opportunity to lear some J2EE technologies, don't wait, because these news technologies are our future.<br><br></p>
In my opinion - it's a shame that "forms" will be history.
There is a lot of behind the scenes stuff that forms does automatically for you - and at the moment - I prefer this.
Doing what we do in our forms - I don't see it happening on web pages - and I would not look forward to doing our trickeries and GUI requirements in a Java application.
We don't do simple customer data entry forms, or take orders. We data entry and process a whole hell of a lot of data and report on it.
My job is solid here for a few more years in forms.. so I'm no fretting. I have a lot of functional system knowledge to get on board for any subsequent rewrites in any other technology of the day.
Right now - Oracle 10g stability (compared to 9i) and the hardware has finally caught up to handling our system sufficiently - Our 3 year hardware upgrade cycle is next year - I could have gotten away suggesting we do nothing and wait another. Things are running really smooth finally.
Oracle have no plans to discontinue development or maintenance of Forms. Oracle Applications will continue to use Forms for at least another 10 years and we have many tens of thousands of customers using Forms for applications with thousands of users all over the world. We would be undermining ourselves if we desupported Forms any time soon.
I have been using forms developer for 5+ years, but now i start doing things in j2ee.
I would like to add that, life of any tool must not be so small that developers always keep learning new technique of doing the same thing.
We use forms for fast development and user friendly env. in future there must be some tool with same charactristics, with no significant diff. of code and design, no matter if it is j2ee or something else