2 What's New in this Release

Learn the features, enhancements, and changes made to Oracle Forms

The following sections introduce the new and changed features of Oracle Forms and Reports, and provides pointers to additional information:

New Features

This section contains information about new and changed features that are being introduced in the release, features that have been enhanced, and changes to existing features.

Oracle Forms

The following list provides an overview of new features and enhancements:

Refer to the Oracle Forms product page on Oracle.com for more information.

Oracle Forms Standalone Launcher Improvements

In this release, we have made the following improvements to the Oracle Forms Standalone Launcher (FSAL).

Single Sign-on Support

Starting with this release, FSAL supports single sign-on (SSO) using Oracle Access Manager.

Improvement of Cache Handling

We have improved cache handling in this release. The algorithm used to determine if a cache update is necessary has been significantly improved thereby improving application startup performance. Locally stored cache is also now stored in uniquely named directories. This will help to prevent applications that share similar JAR names but different content from overwriting each other.

Administrators can now use the new ignoreSaaCache parameter to specify whether the Oracle Forms Standalone Application Launcher (FSAL) should ignore files downloaded from the Forms server and cached on the Java client machine from which the Launcher is being run. For more information on the parameter, see the Working With Oracle Forms guide.

Support for Java Version 11.0.2

The Oracle Forms Standalone Launcher is now compatible with Java versions 11.0.2 (LTS) and later.

Forms Application Deployment Services Enhancements

In this release, we have made the following improvements to Forms Application Deployment Services (FADS).

Support for WebUtil-enabled Applications

Starting with this release, Oracle Forms Application Deployment Services (FADS) correctly deploys C libraries, such as DLLs for WebUtil-enabled applications.

Enhanced Database Support

In 12.2.1.3, Oracle Forms Application Deployment Services (FADS) was not able to generate PL/SQL modules (PLL) when connecting to a version 12+ database. All databases certified with this Forms release are also supported for use with FADS.

Increased Allowed Text Length for Text or Display Items

The Maximum Length property for Text and Display items has been changed from 65534 to 2097151.

Improved WebUtil File Transfer Rate

When transferring files using the file upload and download features of WebUtil, the transfer rate has been increased by as much as 30% for both transfers between the user and middle-tier and between the user and database.

Updated Database Client Software

This installation includes an update to the database client software installed with Fusion Middleware. The database patch set included is 12.1.0.2.190716. If you execute the opatch lsinventory command, the patch identification number for this update will appear as 29494060 on Linux or Unix and 30220086 on Microsoft Windows.

Deprecated Features

This section provides information about features that have been deprecated and desupported in Oracle Forms and Reports.

For information about features that have been removed from Oracle Forms, see Preparing to Upgrade.

Deprecation Notice for Oracle Reports

Oracle Reports has been deprecated as of Fusion Middleware 12c Release 2 (12.2.1.3.0). This means that no further development of Oracle Reports is planned for the future. In future releases, Oracle is not planning any functional enhancements for Oracle Reports other than critical bug fixes.

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