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Forms Builder: Why do you need 2 application servers to run an Oracle Form
So I was able to successfully install Oracle Forms and Reports (11.2) in my machine.
First I installed WebLogic Server 10.3.6. This is an application server.
Then I installed Oracle Oracle Fusion Middleware Server. This is from ofm_frmrpts_win_220.127.116.11.0_64_disk1_1of2.zip and 2of2 which is the Forms & Reports builder installation disks. However, this seem to be installing another 2 application servers called Forms & Reports.
Here I had to give a Home directory under Middleware home. I gave Oracle_FRHome1.
It says it is installing Forms, Reports, Forms Builder & Reports Builder.
What is Forms & Reports??? Are they 2 more application servers?? Why do we need these additional application servers?
However, when this installation is finished Oracle Forms & Reports builders are still not installed. I know this because I can't find them in the Start Menu -> Programs.
In order to install Forms & Reports builder (i.e. Developer) I have to run another configuration tool bin directory inside my Oracle home. The file to run was C:\Oracle\Middleware\Oracle_FRHome1\BIN\config.bat .
Now this launches are another installer dialog box. Here step 4 has Weblogic Server Location as c:\Oracle\Middleware\wlsserver_10.3 and Oracle Instance Location as c:\Oracle\Middleware\asinst_1. The Oracle Instance Name is given as asinst_1. I press Next and the installation completes and now I can see the Forms Builder and Reports Builder (as Start Reports Builder bat file) in the Start Menu.
This final installation also have installed an Oracle Forms Server and an Oracle Reports Server.
My questions are:
(1.) Why do we need Weblogic server and 2 others servers for Forms and Reports?? I.e. Oracle Forms Server & Oracle Reports Server??
(2.) What about OC4J?? Isn't it installed now??
(3.) If I just want to run a form created by my Forms builder in my PC what do I need?? Is it WLS or the 2nd application server called Oracle Forms Server??
I am new to Oracle Forms so I want to know how these things are set up and what is needed by what to run a form?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.