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Why convert to APEX?
no-cost database feature
). And that allowsyou to save around $ 5000 per year onmaintenance fee for the Forms and ReportsServer, and about $ 1200 per year perdeveloper on the licenses for the Internet Developer Suite.
What does the Forms to APEXconversion offer you?
The Forms conversion provides a rapid launch of a modernisation project. Apart
APEX3.2: The Oracle Forms toAPEX conversion
by Roel Hartman, Logica
ersion 3.2 of Oracle Application Express (APEX) is the most recent version of this successful Web-based Rapid Application Development tool. A key new feature is the ability to convert Oracle Forms (and Reports) to APEX pages.
How does the Forms to APEXconversion work?
First, you need to convert the OracleForms – and their menus, templates and libraries – to XML. This can bedone using the Forms to XMLUtility: frmf2xml.bat, a DOSbatch ﬁle, which is a standard part of an Oracle DeveloperSuite installation.In APEX you have to create anew workspace, and link thedatabase schema of theapplication to it. After logginginto the new workspace in APEX, there is a link on themain page: Application Migrations.Previously,this link was only used whenconverting MS-Access applications, but now the conversion of Forms is added tothat menu. After clicking on that link you create a new Migration Project and the ﬁrst XML ﬁle canbe uploaded to the project. Subsequently,you upload all the other XML ﬁles to the
Conversion is supported from Forms version 9i upwards.
Figure 1: Flow Chart Forms to APEX conversion
“...the result of a conversion projectis similar to manually built APEXapplication and is just as easyto maintain.”