Oracle Forms continuously enjoys a lot of attention and engagement from a large active community, as well as commitment from Oracle. Looking at the distribution of presentations at the DOAG conference:
Obviously, a lot of attention on APEX, which is becoming our second development tool for new functionality and mobility, and thereafter classic Forms – both PL/SQL based.
Oracle PM Michael Ferrante confirmed Oracle’s commitment to Forms, as stated in the latest updated from August 31st 2017. Here a short snapshot:
In addition, he told that the current main version 12.2.x is based on Java 8 and is in premier support until Oct 2020 and extended support 2023. The Form version 12.2 still has a back compatible support for the Java plug-in, JRE), and thus the premier support ends at the same time, Microsoft ends support for Windows 10 and the Internet Explorer. Support and lifecycle end for both in October 2020.
One of many new features in the latest release of Oracle Forms is FADS (Fast Application Deployment service), a better distribution method of application based on Forms from development into production. The functionality allows you to create and distribute which is a packaged application, including all Forms, Libraries etc. needed for an application or a patch. This is Oracle’s first step to support Oracle Forms in the cloud. For version 12c though, the only way to run Forms in the Cloud is as IaaS, Infrastructure-as-a-Service (may apply the Hosting Template from Softbase).
Oracle is planning on a new main Forms release, Version 19 in Q4 2018. The terminology version 19 is derived from the new way of versioning Oracle products; now according to the Oracle fiscal year, starting October 1st. Forms19 will be based on Java 18 and have support over the next 8 years after that, i.e. into 2027 … Further releases are planned…