Getting Started With Oracle JET and Oracle Cloud by Jose Rodrigues


We’ll kick off this year with a new blog series in Red Mavericks, devoted to a more pure development thread with Oracle development tools (broadly speaking).

I was most impressed with Oracle’s own JET MOOC, which provided with a nice introduction of the toolkit, and allowed me to clean up those spider webs from my programming background and returned to the good old keyboard bashing routine. This posed a significant difference from what I’ve been doing in the last 10 years, which were mainly filled with Workflow and BPM projects.

The Oracle JET MOOC also helped me return to a language I only grasped some 20 years ago… JavaScript. And since JavaScript is all the rage nowadays, it was the perfect excuse to (re)learn it using today’s programming patterns.

Finally, the Oracle JET MOOC ended up with a very important message: give something back to the community and help others! So it only seemed fitting that I would take some of my time to set up something that could help others that, like me, are not (or no longer) into programming, and particularly into JavaScript. So this new blogging series is born.

My goal is to publish a new article every 2 weeks, but if I manage to get a bit more time I’ll try to reduce it to a week’s interval.

The Oracle JET

Oracle JET is a toolkit released by (surprise…) Oracle, which addresses the need to build Enterprise applications in JavaScript. Its main focus is the frontend, with backend services being used mainly via REST web services.

As mentioned several times by Oracle, JET is not a framework, but rather a toolkit, a collection of frameworks that have been put together, tested and enhanced to develop and deliver high-quality enterprise applications. So JET is not a direct substitute for AngularJS or React. It uses its components, such as JQuery and KnockoutJS, to address the same needs as those two JavaScript frameworks.

Because the target is to build enterprise applications, JET incorporates thoroughly tested components that have been on the market for quite some time and are mature. This contrasts with the “Java Framework flavor of the week” approach, in which people adopt the newest framework because it’s the best thing since the invention of the wheel. Don’t get me wrong: going for the newest coolest stuff can be great. There are loads of applications in which using one of these newer frameworks can greatly reduce your work and deliver very good results. But, within organizations, there are several things to consider when choosing frameworks, such as how many resources are available in the market with that kind of knowledge (something that typically is very low on recent frameworks), what kind of community support is available, how do frameworks work with each other to accelerate development (and what side effects or bugs are there), etc… Organizations go for stability and maturity above all, because that ensures quality and risk reduction. Read the complete article here.


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