Oracle Mobile Application Framework
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Understanding the Oracle Mobile Application Development Technologies

Oracle offers many tools for its customers planning to mobilize their business processes. The tools that are available for Oracle customers are MAF, APEX, Visual Builder & JET framework. Okay, that’s a lot. How do i choose one for application development? Which is the best development tool for our ERP? Which tool is the easiest for developing mobile apps? These are some of the questions one may get after knowing the technologies available. In this article, i will be discussing about these technologies so you have a better picture of the technology to choose and the related customization & development services that Algarytm provides to its customers.

Oracle Mobile Application Framework:

Oracle Mobile Application Framework (Oracle MAF) is a hybrid mobile framework that enables developers to rapidly develop single-source applications and deploy to Apple’s iOS, Google’s Android, and Microsoft Windows 10 platforms. Oracle MAF leverages Java, HTML5 and JavaScript to deliver a complete MVC framework with declarative user interface definition, device features integration and built-in security. Oracle MAF provides a visual and declarative development experience and maximizes code reuse resulting in faster development of mobile applications.

Features and Benefits

  • Develop once, deploy to multiple mobile devices and platforms including iOS, Android and Windows 10
  • Choose your preferred development language Java or JavaScript
  • Leverage Over 80 components for simpler development of richer user interfaces
  • Accelerate development through visual & declarative application development
  • Choose your preferred IDE – Oracle JDeveloper or Eclipse
  • Access native device services, such as phone, SMS, camera, GPS and more
  • Integrate both on-device and browser-based mobile interfaces into the same applications
  • Leverage existing skills to develop mobile applications using open standard technologies (Java, HTML5, JavaScript, CSS)
  • Supports both real-time and offline data access
  • Offline support using SQLite – encryption included
  • Build secure mobile applications with end-to-end encryption on a proven platform

 

Oracle’s mobile apps on App Store & Play Store are developed mainly using Oracle Mobile Application Framework. However, these apps offer a very little scope for customizations. As of now, customizations possible with MAF are:

  • Changes to
    • Brand Logos
    • Splash Screens
    • Custom Skins
    • Hiding or moving existing fields

See: Building Custom Oracle Mobile Applications for Oracle ERP

Oracle Application Express (APEX)

Oracle Application Express (APEX) is a low-code development platform that enables you to build stunning, scalable, secure apps, with world-class features, that can be deployed anywhere. With Oracle APEX and low code, your organization can be more agile – develop solutions faster, for less cost, and with greater consistency. You can adapt to changing requirements with ease. Empower professional developers and everyone else in your organization to be a part of the solution.

The apps you build are responsive out-of-the-box and are designed to work well regardless of screen size or form factor. Our comprehensive set of modern UI components are all built to Oracle’s accessibility guidelines, enabling you to provide an inclusive user experience for users with different abilities and requirements. In addition, features like Theme Roller and Live Template Options allow you to customize the styling and appearance of your application during runtime. With Oracle APEX, you can do all of this – without needing to become an expert in HTML, CSS, or JavaScript.

Oracle MAF Oracle Applications Development Technologies

APEX has been in existence since 2004 and is used to build complex web applications which can be used in most modern web browsers. The APEX development environment is also browser-based. Oracle itself has developed a lot of web applications using Application Express.

See: Mobile Application Development using Oracle APEX

Oracle Visual Builder

Oracle Visual Builder is a cloud-based software development Platform as a Service (PaaS) and a hosted environment for your application development infrastructure. It provides an open-source standards-based solution to develop, collaborate on, and deploy applications within Oracle CloudOracle Visual Builder Cloud Service is a development tool for creating web and mobile applications that lets you create an application by dragging and dropping components onto a page. It also allows you to manipulate the application and your business objects through the underlying source code, to create types and variables, to access REST endpoints, and to create action chains.
Here are some links to get started.

Oracle JET Framework

Oracle JET is targeted at intermediate to advanced JavaScript developers working on client-side applications. It’s a collection of open source JavaScript libraries along with a set of Oracle contributed JavaScript libraries that make it as simple and efficient as possible to build applications that consume and interact with Oracle products and services, especially Oracle Cloud services.

Features:

Oracle JET is a modular toolkit allowing developers to use as much or as little of the features as they desire. Watch a short overview of what Oracle JET can do for you.

  • Complete JavaScript development toolkit
  • Leverages popular open-source technologies
  • Full lifecycle management for template based SPA
  • Built in accessibility support
  • Support for internationalization (28 languages and 180+ locales)
  • Rich set of UI components
  • Advanced two-way binding with a common model layer
  • Powerful routing system supporting single-page application navigation
  • Smart resource management
  • Built-in mobile support

Application Development & Customization Services from Algarytm

In addition to building its own Oracle ERP mobile applications, which are completely customizable and easy to use, Algarytm offers application development and customization services related to Oracle MAF, APEX, JET & Visual Cloud Application technologies. To discuss your requirement, please send us an email to info@algarytm.com

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