Executing command line scripts from the Oracle Forms client – using WebUtil by Lucas Jellema


Our challenge: we are building the new ERP system – a pure HTML5 browser based application in Oracle ADF. This application replaces the current Oracle Forms based application. For more than a year and a half – the users will have a hybrid situation on their hands: some of their tasks are handled in the new application while others are still supported by the current application. It is clear that this dual application situation is not ideal. To make life easier for the users we at least want to offer smart short cuts and intelligent deeplinks from the Forms application to the new ADF application: at a growing number of screens in the Forms applications links will appear that allow the user to navigate to specific deeplink destinations in the ADF application to complete a task, retrieve relevant data etc. This deeplink should carry context: the business object that the user is working with in the Forms application should be prepared in the ADF application to provide the same context at the other end of the deeplink.

The Forms application runs as Java Applet in Internet Explorer on the desktops of the users. The new ERP system is designated to run in Google Chrome. The Java Run Time (JRE) plugin required to run Oracle Forms is no longer supported in the Chrome browser (or other modern browsers). That means that the deeplink navigation will not just mean a navigation to another URL from Forms – one that can be opened in the same browser. It also entails starting up Google Chrome – basically executing a command line operation (chrome.exe <target url>) on the user’s client system on which the Forms application is running inside Internet Explorer. Read the complete article here.

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