New Features in Oracle Visual Builder Studio
Here's an overview of new features and enhancements added recently to Oracle Visual Builder Studio (VB Studio).
- Release 24.01 - December 2023
- Release 23.10.1 - October 2023
- Release 23.10 - September 2023
- Release 23.07 - May 2023
- Release 23.04 - February 2023
As soon as new and changed features become available, VB Studio instances are upgraded in the data centers where Oracle Cloud services are hosted. You don’t need to request an upgrade to be able to use the new features—they come to you automatically.
Release 24.01 - December 2023
|DevOps||Option for project owners to change workspace ownership||A project owner can now change the ownership of any workspace that no longer has an owner. This is useful, for example, if the owner leaves the company or is unavailable when a merge conflict arises. See Manage Workspaces.|
|Email notifications for user group changes||Email notifications are now sent to users in a particular user group when that group is added to or removed from a project, or when that group's membership privileges are changed. See Manage Local VB Studio Groups.|
|Job and pipelines||
|Default Wiki home page||VB Studio now supports a default Wiki Home page. You can create the Wiki Home page when you start working on pages for the project or, if you already have several wiki pages, you can provide a more coherent structure under a new Wiki Home. You’ll also now find the My Drafts button on the Wiki Home page, which you can quickly access using the page’s breadcrumbs. See Create and Manage Wiki Pages.|
|Templates for merge requests||You can now use a description template to improve the quality of the descriptions used with merge requests. Templated descriptions help focus the reviewers’ attention on the changes made in the branch’s code. See Use Templates to Improve MR Descriptions.|
|Regular expressions in webhooks for event notifications||Regular expressions can now be used to define matching patterns for branches in the Slack, Hudson/Jenkins Build Trigger, and Hudson/Jenkins Git Plugin webhooks. You can still use the selector to choose a specific branch for configuration. See:|
|Visual Applications||Business objects||
|Extensions||Improvements for Edit Page in Visual Builder Studio workflow||When you use the Edit Page in Visual Builder Studio option to customize Oracle Cloud Applications, you can now take advantage of these enhancements:
|Support to customize constants/components displayed in Page Designer's properties||You can customize how constants and dynamic components are organized and displayed in the Page Designer's Properties pane. Instead of an alphabetical list of extendable components and constants that show in separate tabs, you can now use a new page-level Design Time editor to organize items in a particular order, even group them in sections. See Organize How Constants are Listed in the Properties Pane.|
|Business rule enhancements||
|Role-based security for App UIs||You can now use roles defined in your Oracle Cloud Applications instance to control access to your App UI, as well as to individual flows and pages in the App UI. See Control Access to Your App UI.|
|Local server for backends/service connections||You can now use a "local server" to override a backend's default server, allowing you to use a server definition more suitable for development. This way, you can connect to a server using (for example) Basic Authentication and add a static Authorization header that is used only during development, without those details going into the source code. See Add a Local Server to Use a Different Backend Definition During Development.|
|Extension ID in Deployments tab||The Deployments tab now includes the extension ID, which you can use in a build step to delete an extension. Previously, you had to retrieve the identifier from the
|Classic application extensions no longer supported||Classic application extensions are no longer supported. With this change, you can no longer create new classic extensions from the Workspaces page or the New Project wizard. If the older version of your Oracle Cloud Application has been migrated to the newer App UI structure, you can find the new version of your app, which typically has a URL in the format
|Common to Visual Applications and Extensions||Page Designer improvements||
|New behavior type for custom events||The
24.01 Runtime Version
This release of VB Studio uses Oracle JET 15.0.x libraries and components. We recommend that you upgrade your VB Studio apps to this latest JET version, as well as to the 24.01 Visual Builder Runtime, to take advantage of the full spectrum of 24.01 features. To see a list of what's new in JET 15.0.x, go to the JET Release Notes and select v15.0.0.
You can upgrade to the latest JET and Visual Builder Runtime versions from your app's Settings editor. See Manage Runtime Dependencies for Visual Applications.
Release 23.10.1 - October 2023
|Visual Applications||Option to create workspace without an environment||
You can now create an application workspace without an environment. This way, you get a chance to try out the visual development experience that VB Studio offers. While this setup has some restrictions—you won't be able to use business objects or deploy your app—you can define a connection to an external REST service, design your app's pages, and preview the app as it would appear to users. See Create a Workspace Without an Environment.
It's also possible to create a project without an environment. See Without an Environment.
The Fn version in the System Default OL7 for Visual Builder template has been updated to 0.6.26. See Software for Build Executor Templates.
Release 23.10 - September 2023
|DevOps||Option to request project membership||You can now request to join projects that you don't have access to just by clicking a new Request Membership option, available on a project's Actions menu on the Organization page. VB Studio will send a request on your behalf to the project owners and notify you when you've been added to the project. See Request Membership in a Project You Can't Access.|
|Changed options for Oracle Integration instances||On the Add Service Instance page, the default OCI compartment selection has been changed to Root and a Region selector has been added. See Add an Oracle Integration Instance to an Environment.|
|Enhancements for Builds and Pipelines||
You can now archive issues, which helps clean up old, obsolete, descoped, or decommissioned issues and avoids overloading the backlog. Archived issues display an Archived badge to the left of the summary text, but only in Agile backlogs, active sprints and reports. See Archive Issues.
|Visual Applications||Mobile apps deprecated||
Mobile apps have been deprecated in favor of Progressive Web Apps (PWAs)—although mobile functionality won't be entirely removed from the product until July 2024. Starting with 23.10, you can no longer create a new mobile app, but you can import an existing mobile app and deploy it as a PWA for use on mobile devices. See Run Mobile Applications as PWAs.
You can continue to use your existing mobile apps until July 2024 when mobile apps (including PWA-enabled ones) reach End of Life (EOL). To be able to use your mobile PWAs beyond July 2024, we strongly urge you to transition your mobile app as a web app and deploy it as a PWA. See Convert a Mobile PWA to a Web PWA.
|Extensions||Simplified access for HCM apps||Users extending Oracle Cloud Applications in the HCM pillar will land in a new Express mode when they access pages in VB Studio. Express mode is a slimmed-down VB Studio experience, meant for functional administrators who use business rules to determine the logic governing runtime behavior. A toggle switch in the Designer's header provides easy access to Advanced mode, which provides the full suite of Designer functions.
If you're looking to work with business rules in Express mode, What Can You Do with Oracle Visual Builder Studio in Express Mode? has everything you need. Advanced users can refer to Control Your Display with Business Rules.
|Common to Visual Applications and Extensions||Slots in fragments||A new Fragment Slot component, available in the Components palette, now allows you to add slots to a fragment where users can drop in their own content. A fragment with slots, when used on a page, reveals its slots on the canvas, the page structure, and as part of the fragment's properties. Fragment slots are similar to component slots and users work with them in much the same way. For visual apps, see Add Slots to a Fragment; for extensions, see Add Slots to a Fragment.|
|Enhanced payload for
|Usability improvements for action chains||
23.10 Runtime Version
This release of VB Studio uses Oracle JET 14.1.x libraries and components. We recommend that you upgrade your VB Studio apps to this latest JET version, as well as to the 23.10 Visual Builder Runtime, to take advantage of the full spectrum of 23.10 features. JET 14.1.x includes design updates for Timeline, Gantt, and Gauge components as well as a new Ghost chroming option for buttons. To see a list of what's new in JET 14.1.x, go to the JET Release Notes and select v14.1.0.
You can upgrade to the latest JET and Visual Builder Runtime versions from your app's Settings editor. See Manage Runtime Dependencies for Visual Applications.
Release 23.07 - May 2023
|Enhancements for Builds and Pipelines||
|Enhancements for merge requests||
|Visual Applications||Hybrid mobile apps and Apache Cordova custom plug-in removed||Functionality relating to hybrid mobile applications (deprecated since April 2021) has been removed from the product. This means that the use of build configurations to build native
|Extensions||Option to create new project when editing pages||When you use the Edit Page in Visual Builder option to customize Oracle Cloud Applications, you can now create a new project for your extension if one doesn't already exist. If one or more projects exist, we identify recommended projects for you based on the Oracle Cloud Application you're looking to work with. See Configure an Oracle Cloud Application.|
|Seamless sandbox management||Extension developers can manage sandboxes in their Oracle Cloud Applications environment without having to leave the VB Studio platform. The Sandbox menu in the header now allows you to publish, disassociate, and refresh a sandbox, enabling you to seamlessly manage the sandbox lifecycle right from the Designer in VB Studio. See Refresh a Sandbox, Disassociate a Sandbox, and Publish a Sandbox.|
|Common to Visual Applications and Extensions||Changed upgrade policy||Our upgrade policy has been changed to support applications built on the current runtime version as well as the three previous versions. Previously, it was the current runtime version and the two previous versions. See Upgrade Policy.|
|Switch environment in workspace||A few releases ago, we gave you the ability to switch your workspace to a new identical environment when your environment is down, decommissioned, or replaced. We've now extended that functionality to help you switch your workspace's environment right from the Designer, by using the Workspace menu in the header. For visual apps, see Switch a Workspace's Environment; for extensions, see Switch a Workspace's Environment.|
|Audit results in tree view||Results in the Audits pane now show in a tree view, instead of a column view. With this change, issues are grouped by artifact, helping you view all issues in a particular artifact. For visual apps, see Audit Application Code; for extensions, see Debug and Audit Your Code.|
|Support for pinning columns in dynamic tables||You can now "freeze" table columns in dynamic tables, so that a column will remain visible when horizontally scrolling within a table. For visual apps, see Configure How Columns Render in a Dynamic Table's Layout; for extensions, see Configure How Columns Are Rendered in a Dynamic Table Layout.|
23.07 Runtime Version
This release of VB Studio uses Oracle JET 14.0.x libraries and components. We recommend that you upgrade your VB Studio apps to this latest JET version, as well as to the 23.07 Visual Builder Runtime, to take advantage of the full spectrum of 23.07 features. You can upgrade to the latest JET and Visual Builder Runtime versions from your app's Settings editor. See Manage Runtime Dependencies for Visual Applications.
Release 23.04 - February 2023
- If you don't have access to VB Studio, here's how you can create a new VB Studio instance: Sign in to the Oracle Cloud Console, navigate to Developer Services, and look for Visual Builder Studio under the Visual Builder menu. See Set Up Oracle Visual Builder Studio Generation 2.
- If you are an existing customer, Oracle will migrate your Generation 1 instance to Generation 2. Stay tuned for customer communication.
Some new VB Studio features can’t be used until you’ve upgraded your Visual Builder Runtime and/or Server to 23.04. See 23.04 Feature Dependencies for more information.
|Identity/Access Control||Auto-synchronization of Oracle Cloud App roles disabled||As an administrator adding new users who can extend Oracle Cloud Applications with VB Studio, take note that synchronization of user roles from Oracle Cloud Applications to Oracle Identity Cloud Service (IDCS) is no longer automatic. Previously, users assigned Oracle Cloud Application roles such as ORA_FND_APPLICATION_ADMINISTRATOR_JOB and ORA_FND_APPLICATION_DEVELOPER_JOB were automatically assigned VB Studio IDCS roles and their membership synchronized from Oracle Cloud Applications to IDCS. Now users must be added to both Oracle Cloud Applications identity system and IDCS. See Set Up VB Studio Users.|
|DevOps||Last updated date for projects||The Project list now includes a column that shows each project's last updated date. Admins can use this information to remove obsolete projects to free up storage and clean up the project list. See See When a Project Was Created and Last Updated.|
|Enhancements for Builds, Jobs, and Pipelines||
|Search and sort Maven objects||You can now search and sort objects on the Maven page's Browse tab. See Search Maven Artifacts and Sort Maven Artifacts and Snapshots.|
|File size and LOC for Git files||From the Git page and its tabs, you can now see a file's size and how many lines of code (LOC) it contains in the tree and in the File and Blame view headers. You can also see icons that represent the file mode in the tree and headers. Despite still not displaying the actual content for symlinks, submodules, and LFS files, you can now see more useful information about these kinds of files. See Manage Files from the Git Page.|
|Updates for Merge Request comments||
You can set a new option in the Project Administration page to prevent merging MRs with Need Attention comments. See Set Review and Merge Restrictions on a Repository Branch and Approve or Reject a Merge Request.
Also, reviewers can now edit and filter their comments. They no longer have to enter additional comments to correct or amend the ones they previously entered. This should help clean up many conversations. See Add a General Comment, Add an Inline Comment to a File, and Filter a Merge Request Conversation.
|Changed options for an environment's Infrastructure Services||Options such as Start, Stop, and Restart for Infrastructure Services (Oracle Integration, JCS, or OCI resources) have been removed from the Environments page because administrators are typically the ones who manage those services externally. So if you're a user without lifecycle privileges (required to perform tasks on those services), you won't run into red-banner errors. All users can continue to refresh an instance and check its current status. See Manage an Environment.|
|Visual Applications||Offline support for PWA-enabled web apps||When you use Grunt build tasks to deploy your applications, offline support for PWA-enabled web apps is now on par with that of mobile PWAs. The Grunt-based
|Extensions||Support for configuring customizers for constants||
When developing an App UI, you can now customize a constant so that users extending the page have a more suitable component to edit the constant's value in the Page Designer's Properties pane. Previously, the Properties pane always used text field components for editing the values of constants. See Configure How a Constant is Customized in the Properties Pane.
|OAuth user assertion authentication for service connections||Service connections in an extension can now use "OAuth user assertion" authentication as another mechanism for identity propagation. See How Does Authentication with Identity Propagation Work? For instructions on how to configure your app to use this form of authentication, see Connect to Oracle Cloud Service REST APIs Using Identity Propagation.|
|Environment's sandbox for a new workspace||When you use Edit Page in Visual Builder to change Oracle Cloud Application pages and you're accessing a workspace for the first time (that is, one was created but never opened), your workspace is automatically set to use your Oracle Cloud Application's active sandbox if one isn't associated with your workspace. See What's the Extension Lifecycle?|
|Common to Visual Applications and Extensions||Service connection enhancements||
|Option to change page templates||If you create pages from templates, either Redwood template patterns or fragments, you can now change the page's content at the click of a new Select Page Template button. This option allows you to remove everything from the page, including associated files, but keep the same page name. For visual apps, see Change Page Templates; for extensions, see Change Page Templates.
Note:To work with Redwood template patterns, the Redwood components associated with your application must be on 2301 or later. Template patterns are not available in version 2210 or earlier.
|Advanced category in Components palette||For discoverability reasons, all JET components are now available in the Components palette, with those that don't have design-time properties showing under a new Advanced category. Components in the Advanced category typically require you to manually code different aspects of their functionality. For visual apps, see The Components Palette; for extensions, see The Components Palette.|
|How to abort HTTP calls||We've added documentation to help you cancel long-running HTTP calls using
23.04 Feature Dependencies
This release of VB Studio uses Oracle JET 13.1.x libraries and components. We recommend that you upgrade your VB Studio applications to this latest JET version, as well as to the 23.04 Visual Builder Runtime, to take advantage of the full spectrum of 23.04 features. JET 13.1.x is primarily a bug fix release, but it does provide the means of formatting grouped data within a table. To see a list of what's new in JET 13.1.x, go to the JET Release Notes and (if needed) select v13.1.0.
Some VB Studio features also require the latest version of the Visual Builder server, which provides capabilities to host your app's business objects and their data through an embedded database, and manage access to external REST endpoints through the REST service proxy. You'll get the latest server version automatically when Oracle upgrades your Visual Builder or Oracle Integration server based on the upgrade window you chose for your instance.
|Data type changes for business object fields||
You can now change the data type for business object fields—functionality that allows you to use a non-numeric field as the object's primary key field. Previously, you could change data types only when creating business objects from a file. See Change a Field's Data Type.
For business objects that use your own schema, this functionality is now available for all data types, where previously it was only supported for the Datetime type. See Change the Data Type of a Field Based on a DB Column.
|Custom audit fields for business objects||
It's now possible to use your own fields to audit your business object's history. While this functionality is available for native business objects, it's most useful for business objects that use your own schema when you have existing DB columns that you want to use for auditing. See Set a Field for Auditing.
It's also useful when you create business objects from a file, when your file has audit information that you can use to track the object's history, instead of the default audit fields. See Set Audit Fields for an Imported Business Object.
You can upgrade to the latest JET and Visual Builder Runtime versions from your visual application's Settings editor. See Manage Runtime Dependencies for Visual Applications.
New Features in Oracle Visual Builder Add-in for Excel
The version of Oracle Visual Builder Add-in for Excel bundled in VB Studio 24.01 is 3.6. To see what's new in this release, go to the add-in's documentation page and click 3.6.0.
Visual Builder Studio supports the latest version of the Chrome browser running on Mac OS X and Windows. Other browsers and platforms are not supported.
Applications created using Visual Builder Studio can run on any browser supported by Oracle JET. For details, see What platforms are supported by Oracle JET?
Take note of features that have been deprecated and are no longer supported in VB Studio:
|Area||Feature||Description||Notice of deprecation||End of support|
|DevOps||Software packages for Build executor templates||The SOA 188.8.131.52.0 software bundle is deprecated in the 23.10.0 release; support for it will be dropped in a future release.||23.10 - Aug 2023||Planned for a future release in 2024|
|The JDeveloper Studio 184.108.40.206.0 software bundle is deprecated in the 23.10.0 release; support for it will be dropped in a future release.||23.10 - Aug 2023||Planned for a future release in 2024|
|The FindBugs software bundle was deprecated in the 23.07.0 release. Starting with 22.10.0, this version is no longer available.||23.07 - April 2023||23.10 - August 2023|
|The JDeveloper Studio 11 software bundle was deprecated in the 23.07.0 release. Starting with 22.10.0, this version is no longer available.||23.07 - April 2023||23.10 - August 2023|
|The Docker 17 software bundle was deprecated in the 22.10 release. Starting with 23.01.0 (Nov 2022), all instances of this bundle were automatically upgraded to Docker 20.||22.10 - Aug 2022||23.01 - Nov 2022|
|The Docker 1, Java 7, Node.js 10 and 12, Python3 3.6, SQLcl 19, and Oracle ATG 11 versions of software packages used in Build executor templates have been deprecated since 22.04 and are no longer available.
Where possible, users are encouraged to move to later versions of these bundles:
|22.04 - Feb 2022||22.07 - May 2022|
|Java versions for Build executor templates||The Java 18 software package, which Oracle dropped support for in December 2022, has been replaced with a Java 19 package. The following automatic updates have been made:
||23.01 - Nov 2022||23.04 - Feb 2023|
|Java 1.8.x is deprecated in the 22.10.0 release. Java 17.x has been added as the default to all system build executor templates. Oracle recommends that you upgrade any of your jobs that currently use Java 1.8.x to one of the later supported versions.||22.10 - Aug 2022||22.10 - Aug 2022|
|OL6 for Build executors||Support for running Build executors on Oracle Linux 6 (OL6) has been deprecated since 22.04. Existing Build executor templates that were created for OL6 will be migrated automatically to use Oracle Linux 7 (OL7). The following software, which only runs on OL6 in those templates, will also be migrated:
||22.04 - Feb 2022||22.07 - May 2022|
|Forms 220.127.116.11||Build executor template support for Oracle Forms 18.104.22.168.0 has been dropped since 22.01. Starting with 22.04 (February 2022), templates that included Forms 22.214.171.124.0 have been automatically migrated to use Forms 126.96.36.199.0 instead.||22.01 - Dec 2021||22.04 - Feb 2022|
|SSH tunnel for JCS deployment||Support for using the SSH tunnel protocol in build steps for deployments to an Oracle Java Cloud Service (JCS) instance has been dropped. The Oracle WebLogic RESTful Management Interface protocol is now the only supported protocol for JCS deployments.||22.01 - Dec 2021||22.04 - Feb 2022|
|Visual Applications||Alta theme||
Apps created on VB Studio version 20.07 or earlier were created with Oracle JET's Alta theme as the base theme. The Alta theme was deprecated in JET 10 and will not be supported beyond JET 13. To be able to publish new versions of an Alta-based app beyond January 2024 (when JET 13 reaches End of Life), we strongly urge you to transition your app to use the Redwood theme. Starting with JET 14, only best-effort support will be available for Alta; no bug fixes or new features will be provided for Alta-only issues.
To check the theme used by your web or mobile application, navigate to the application's Settings editor and look for the Theme field. If Theme is set to Alta, take time to redesign your app using the Redwood theme before support for the Alta theme ends.
22.01 - Dec 2021
Planned for Jan 2024
|Implicit grant for backends and service connections||
The Enable implicit grant for Service Connections option used for backends and service connections in a web app has been deprecated. The change does not impact existing apps that enable this option—though it won't be available for new web apps starting from June 2024. If your existing web apps use the Enable implicit grant for Service Connections option, we recommend updating them.
The Enable implicit grant for Service Connections option was used in conjunction with the Delegate Authentication setting found in a backend or service connection's server configuration. It enabled a direct Implicit OAuth flow with IDCS for Oracle Cloud Application REST APIs when a service connection used by the web app was configured for Delegate Authentication. Implicit OAuth is no longer a recommended option. If your existing apps use this option, take action as follows:
No action is needed if your web apps don't have Enable implicit grant for Service Connections enabled and if none of your backends/service connections are set to Delegate Authentication.
24.01 - Nov 2023
|Planned for Jan 2024|
||24.01 - Nov 2023||24.01 - Nov 2023|
|Mobile apps||Functionality relating to mobile applications has been deprecated and removed from the product. Starting with 23.10, you will no longer be able to create a new mobile app, but you can import an existing mobile app and deploy it as a PWA. You can continue to use your existing mobile apps until July 2024 when mobile apps, including PWA-enabled ones, reach End of Life (EOL). To use your mobile PWAs beyond July 2024, we strongly urge you to transition your mobile app as a web app and deploy it as a PWA for use on mobile devices.||23.04 - Feb 2023||Planned for July 2024|
|Hybrid mobile apps and Apache Cordova custom plugin||Functionality relating to hybrid mobile applications (deprecated since April 2021) has been removed from the product. This means that the use of build configurations to build native
||21.07 - April 2021||23.07 - April 2023|
|Select One component||The Select One (oj-select-one) component, deprecated since JET 8.1.0, has been removed from the Components palette and is visible only if you select the Show Deprecated option. Switch instead to Select Single (oj-select-single).||22.04 - Feb 2022||N/A|
|Oracle SaaS R13 Light Theme||The Oracle SaaS R13 Light Theme application template has been deprecated, although we will continue to support it until version 22.01 reaches End of Life (EOL). See Updating an Oracle SaaS application template for more information.||22.01 - Dec 2021||N/A|
|navigateToPageAction action||The navigateToPageAction action is deprecated in 21.07. When you upgrade your app to version 21.10 or later, any existing action chains that use navigateToPageAction are automatically migrated to navigateAction (introduced in 21.07).||21.07 - May 2021||N/A|
|Internet Explorer 11||Visual Builder runtime has deprecated the use of Internet Explorer 11 since 19.4.3. Users who try to access a deployed Visual Builder application from Internet Explorer will see a deprecation warning. Starting with 21.04, Oracle Support will no longer address issues pertaining to Internet Explorer 11.||19.4.3 - Aug 2020||21.04 - Feb 2021|
|OCI Process Automation||Built-in support for Oracle Process Cloud (Gen 2) (which includes Process-based quick starts and actions such as Start Process and Perform Task) does not extend to OCI Process Automation, which is a different product. If you are building visual applications connecting to OCI Process Automation instances, you must create a backend based on your instance, then create service connections for the REST APIs you want to use in your visual application.||N/A||N/A|
When you create a new visual app, VB Studio automatically sets your runtime dependencies to the latest Visual Builder Runtime and JET versions. If you’ve already deployed (shared or published) an app, however, it’s up to you to decide when to upgrade, as long as you do so within a certain time period. As a general rule, VB Studio supports applications built on the current Runtime Version, as well as the three previous versions. So for 24.01, for example, VB Studio supports not only the 24.01 Runtime Version, but also apps built with 23.10, 23.07, and 23.04. Once 24.04 comes out, however, support for the 23.04 Runtime Version will drop off, so we'll ask you to upgrade those apps before you can work on them in the Designer. If you choose not to upgrade at that time, you run the risk that newer browser versions will break your app. You also won’t be able to take advantage of any important security and performance improvements. For all of these reasons, we encourage you to build time into your development cycle to keep abreast of current changes, and to make sure you upgrade your app (you should version it first) before support for your current runtime version expires.
See Manage Runtime Dependencies for Visual Applications for details on how to upgrade.
VB Studio brings you all the functionality previously available with Oracle Developer Cloud Service. You also get the ability to build web and mobile applications in the Visual Builder Designer, as well as to extend certain Oracle Cloud Applications to customize the UI for your business needs.
VB Studio offers end-to-end functionality for your development team, from planning releases and managing development backlog, to hosting source code in Git, to designing, building, testing, and deploying cloud-native applications to your Oracle Cloud Applications and Oracle Cloud instances.
For Former Developer Cloud Service Users
If you were a Developer Cloud Service user, the following table will help you understand the primary differences between Developer Cloud Service and VB Studio:
|How Developer Cloud Service and VB Studio Differ?||Find out more:|
|You don’t need to migrate your Developer Cloud Service projects. A VB Studio instance replaces your Developer Cloud Service instance, and you can continue to use your existing projects and corresponding DevCS features just as they are, without any impact to you.||Using Oracle Developer Cloud Service has been restructured and rewritten for VB Studio and is now called Managing Your Development Process with Visual Builder Studio. If you’re an administrator, you’ll want to check out Administering Visual Builder Studio as well.|
Of course, you can still use VB Studio to build apps with a third-party IDE or code editor and use VB Studio as the code repository, just as you did with DevCS. You can also use VB Studio to test, deploy, and maintain those apps throughout their lifecycles—nothing’s changed there.
|Building Web and Mobile Applications explains how to use the VB Studio Designer to build web and mobile apps.|
|If you purchased Oracle Cloud Applications subscriptions that have front ends built with JET components, you can also use the VB Studio Designer to extend those apps to customize them for your business needs.||See Extending Oracle Cloud Applications.|
|Developer Cloud Service used tags to associate service instances with environments. In VB Studio, you’ll need to add service instances again to environments, because the service instances associated with the environments were removed as part of the upgrade. The environments themselves were not removed, just the service instances associated with them.||
For information about how to add a service instance to an environment, see Manage an Environment.
For Former Visual Builder Users
In VB Studio, you still use the Designer to create your visual applications, but the infrastructure surrounding that process has changed significantly, as described here:
|How Visual Builder and VB Studio Differ?||Find out more:|
|In VB Studio, you and your team belong to an organization. Within that organization are projects, which help to organize the work for a given endeavor. A project contains a Git repository, where your source code is stored, along with build jobs that package up your app’s artifacts and deploy them to the target environment. Each project also contains tools to help you manage your visual application’s lifecycle, like an Agile board, issue tracker, team wikis, and more.||What Is Oracle Visual Builder Studio?|
|Whereas Visual Builder used to contain the runtime environment where you could test and deploy your visual applications, VB Studio requires you to have a separate Visual Builder instance to serve as your runtime environment, and to establish communication between the two services.
VB Studio manages the runtime environment instances that serve as your development, test, and production environments in the Environments page. Within the Environments page, you can view the status of the various service instances that have been added to your environment.
If you’re an administrator, see Set Up VB Studio for Developing Visual Applications to find out how to hook up your runtime to VB Studio.
If you’re an app developer, see Share, Publish, and Deploy Visual Applications.
|Your work in the Designer now takes place in a workspace, which is an entirely private area within a project that only you can access. The workspace brings together everything you need to build your visual app: a private branch within the Git repository and a VB Studio environment that points to your Visual Builder runtime instance.||If you’re an app developer, see Create Visual Applications in VB Studio.|
|If you want others to collaborate with you in developing your project's apps, your project owner will need to add them to the project and you’ll need to commit your workspace to a branch in a Git repository that is shared with these project members.
To facilitate collaboration, the Designer in VB Studio includes built-in support for Git with a Git menu in the toolbar that accesses the Git commands you’re likely to use most frequently (Pull and Push, for example). There's also a new navigator tab (Git Panel) that provides a view to uncommitted changes in your workspace, and tools to resolve issues when your changes conflict with other changes in the Git repository branch that you want to commit to.
|If you're a project owner, see Add and Manage Project Users. If you're an app developer, see Manage Your Visual Applications With Git.|
|In Visual Builder, the Stage and Publish actions were key parts of your development cycle. In VB Studio, however, you use Share to share your application with others for testing purposes, and Publish to push your changes from your local Git repository to the master branch of your remote repository (that is, the project's version) and deploy it to the Visual Builder runtime environment.|
|For business objects, VB Studio maintains one database schema per workspace. As a best practice, we recommend that you use the same workspace and branch to create and edit business objects in a visual application.||See Work with Business Objects.|
|VB Studio provides the following options to manage your visual application’s business object data:
||See Manage Business Object Data During Development.|
|You can use the visual applications you built in Visual Builder within VB Studio by importing them, then performing a few post-import tasks.||See Learn About Migrating to Oracle Visual Builder Studio.|
|VB Studio manages connections to backend services differently to Visual Builder, where a Visual Builder administrator added these services to the Tenant Settings page.
In VB Studio, the steps to create a connection depend on the backend service. If your visual applications need to access REST services from an Oracle Cloud Applications catalog, you add the Oracle Cloud Applications instance to the runtime environment.
If the Visual Builder instance that you use in your environment is provided by Oracle Integration, visual applications in VB Studio inherit the catalog of Integration and Process backend services.
|See Manage Backend Services in Your Visual Application.|
||If you want to use the Grunt tasks described here to build and deploy a visual application to a Visual Builder runtime instance, see Build and Deploy Your Application.|
|Although you’ll now do almost all the administration tasks for your visual applications in VB Studio, someone with administrator privileges for the Visual Builder runtime needs to sign in to the Visual Builder runtime to do certain tasks. Examples include configuration changes to connect your Visual Builder runtime to an Oracle DB instance with more space, or to configure a custom domain if users access an application deployed on the Visual Builder runtime from a custom app URL.||If you’re a Visual Builder runtime administrator, sign in to the Visual Builder runtime to complete the following tasks, that are described in Administering Oracle Visual Builder Generation
Extending Oracle Cloud Applications
If Oracle built your Oracle Cloud Application using Oracle JET, you can extend that app to customize it for your business needs. You can also create your own pages and page flows based on the Redwood theme, and deploy them alongside Oracle apps in your Oracle Cloud Applications instance.
To find out if you have such an app, see if you have an Edit Page in Visual Builder Studio option in your Oracle Cloud Application’s edit menu. If you do, click it to jump over to VB Studio and start creating your extension. To help you along the way, have a look at What Do You Want to Do in VB Studio?
Like everything built in VB Studio, the source code for your extension is stored within a project’s Git repository, and you work on your own branch of that repo in the context of your own private workspace.
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