does oracle forms have any future?For existing Forms/Reports applications: yes
For new applications: no.
For new applications: no.This is not correct! I am aware of several "New" Enterprise Class applications that are being developed solely in Oracle Forms/Reports. Oracle Forms/Reports is not dead with respects to "New" application development.
I also don't think it's dead, I know few customers which have migrate from uniface to forms 10g(1-2 years ago).
And now I have a customer that have migrate from 6i to 11g (with around 300 forms)
It's definitely not dead for existing applications, or maybe even for enterprises that already have Forms and are building new applications. But I don't think Forms is growing in the number of customers. I haven't seen any new Forms customers in years anyway.
We see growth in Apex right now, at least in small to medium sized enterprises. ADF is just way too complicated for this Forms developer ;-)
Totally off topic:
Let's see if I can use the letters c and f again in a post....
Forms is not dead, it just smells funny ! ha ! ha !
(sorry fox, I could not resist...)
Realy It's complicate to build new applications using other tools.
I think oracle form will be in the future and most of programmer using oracle forms. and it's not easy to start learning
new tool like ADF or others.
I'm afraid I agree with InoL : existing applications that use Forms will probably continue to do so but new applications won't be built using Forms ... at least I haven't come across any in the past few years.
On the other hand... COBOL programmers are still in high demand after everybody declared it dead. So, in the end the few Forms programmers remaining may be in for a treat!
But to continue the comparison: COBOL is mainly used in legacy apps.
I remember attending a ADF session from Oracle around 2003, where they were promot
ing ADF like anything. There I had asked a similar question about the Future of Forms. He replied by 2007 Forms will no longer be supported . Lo here we are in 2013 and still there are new releases of Forms and its still going strong, and its contemporaries like VB long been dead.
Its a fact ADF is very complicated and not easy for a Forms developer to switch to it.
RAD yes its still Forms, but not getting Forms developers might be a reason for some customers to look for other technologies.
So, in the end the few Forms programmers remaining may be in for a treat!
I agree ..