You can use your custom application to name your custom menus, concurrent programs, custom responsibilities, and many other custom components. For some objects, the application part of the name only ensures uniqueness across Oracle Applications. For other components, the application you choose has an effect on the functionality of your custom object.
Attention: You should not change the name of any application that you did not develop, as you cannot be sure of the consequences. You should never change the name of any Oracle Applications application, because these applications may contain hardcoded references to the application name.
Your short name should not include spaces. You use an application short name when you request a concurrent process from a form, and when you invoke a subroutine from a menu.
Suggestion: Although your short name can be up to 50 characters, we recommend that you use only four or five characters for ease in maintaining your application and in calling routines that use your short name. To reduce the risk that your custom application short name could conflict with a future Oracle Applications short name, we recommend that your custom application short name begins with "XX".
Enter the name of an environment variable that represents the top directory of your application's directory tree. Oracle Applications search specific directories beneath the basepath for your application's executable files and scripts when defining actions that reside in external files.
In general, your application's basepath should be unique so that separate applications do not write to the same directories.
However, you may define custom applications that will be used only for naming your custom responsibilities, menus and other components. In this case, you can use the basepath of the Oracle application that uses the same forms as your application. For example, if you are defining a Custom_GL application, you could use the GL_TOP basepath for your custom application.
See: Development Environment (Oracle Applications Installation Manual)