Oracle to buy Sun for $7.4B


Posted by Hafed | Posted in oracle | Posted on 20-04-2009

Information technology company Oracle Corp said Monday April 20, 09 it is buying Sun Microsystems Inc in a cash deal the company valued at $7.4 billion after IBM abandoned its bid to buy SUN earlier this month.

That is the latest news and the one I expected. Just this past saturday, during a Java lecture, a student was wondering whether Java had any future and I said that Oracle should be buying SUN given the fact that the whole Fusion strategy is predicated on Java. As far as the price is concerned, I was a bit off mark since I was expecting the deal to be close to $10B.

At any rate, MySQL and Java are now Oracle properties, if the deals goes thru. That shows at least that the top guys at Oracle know what they are doing. Brilliant moves.

Breaking news: JAVA could soon be in the hands of IBM


Posted by Hafed | Posted in oracle | Posted on 18-03-2009

IBM is rumored to be in the final stage of acquiring SUN which everybody knows is behind JAVA. So what could be the effect on Oracle development tools if this deals materializes ?

Looks like it is going to be a highly complicated issue that could even see JAVA being forked to maintain its independence from any one vendor. Could this bring Oracle to shift its focus from JAVA as the main development language for its Fusion strategy or better see Oracle take a lead in a new JAVA ?

Generating FormsDoc and FMB module compare functionality


Posted by Hafed Benteftifa | Posted in Forms, oracle | Posted on 14-06-2008

For the last two weeks, I have been working on ironing out the two functionalities in MouliForms that I think are very useful for an Oracle forms developer:

  • Generating documentation on the Forms modules that make up an application. This is similar to Javadoc for those that are familiar with JAVA. In this case, I choose to generate an HTML page for each module. This will give the liste of Program Units (procedures, function and packages) linked thru an index page.
  • FMB module compare: In most cases, we have a before and after version for the same module and we want to have an exact picture of what has changed as far as the objects are concerned.
    While the basic functionality is there (changes are reflected in Red), I am still having some troubles with object properties. It seems to me that the developers at Oracle did not lay out a proper mechanisms for object-property categorization.
    I managed to rewrite the whole property palette (with the BEFORE and AFTER columns) but there are still some unwanted properties that do appear at the wrong place-object.