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  • Oracle Forms Developer and Oracle Reports Developer

    Guidelines for Building Applications

    Release 6i

    January, 2000

    Part No. A73073-02

  • Oracle Forms Developer and Oracle Reports Developer: Guidelines for Building Applications, Release 6i

    Part No. A73073-02

    Copyright 1999, 2000 Oracle Corporation. All rights reserved.

    Portions copyright Blue Sky Software Corporation. All rights reserved.

    Contributing Authors: Frederick Bethke, Marcie Caccamo, Ken Chu, Frank Rovitto

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  • Contents

    Send Us Your Comments .................................................................................................................. xiii

    Preface........................................................................................................................................................... xv

    1 Managing Your Applications

    1.1 The Software Development Lifecycle: An Overview.............................................................. 1-21.1.1 Using Project Builder to implement a management strategy............................................ 1-31.1.2 About Project Builder ....................................................................................................... 1-31.1.2.1 Understanding Project Builder terminology .............................................................. 1-41.1.2.2 How Project Builder affects existing development roles........................................... 1-61.1.3 Exploring Project Builder benefits.................................................................................... 1-71.1.3.1 Associating modules with an application .................................................................. 1-71.1.3.2 Automating actions based on file types ..................................................................... 1-71.1.3.3 Creating dependencies between modules .................................................................. 1-81.1.3.4 Assigning default connection strings to modules ...................................................... 1-81.1.3.5 Designating which modules are to be included in the final install set....................... 1-91.1.3.6 Sharing and porting project and subproject registry files .......................................... 1-91.1.3.7 Accessing other product components and third party tools ....................................... 1-91.1.3.8 Using source control packages .................................................................................. 1-91.2 Managing Project Documents During Design and Development .......................................... 1-101.2.1 Installing Project Builder ................................................................................................ 1-101.2.1.1 Installing the project and user registries ................................................................. 1-111.2.2 Creating a project ............................................................................................................ 1-121.2.2.1 Creating a project: Project Administrator ................................................................ 1-121.2.2.2 Creating a project: Team members .......................................................................... 1-161.2.3 Working with projects and project documents ............................................................... 1-181.2.3.1 Working with projects: Project Administrator......................................................... 1-191.2.3.2 Working with project documents: Team members.................................................. 1-201.2.4 Managing projects and project documents across multiple platforms............................ 1-211.2.4.1 Managing projects across multiple platforms: Project Administrator ..................... 1-22 iii

  • 1.2.4.2 Managing project documents across multiple platforms: Team members .............. 1-221.3 Managing Project Documents During the Test Phase............................................................ 1-231.3.1 On the development side................................................................................................. 1-241.3.1.1 The test phase: Project Administrator...................................................................... 1-241.3.2 On the test side................................................................................................................ 1-241.3.2.1 The test phase: Testers ............................................................................................. 1-251.4 Managing Project Documents During the Release Phase ...................................................... 1-251.4.1 On the development side................................................................................................. 1-261.4.1.1 The release phase: Project Administrator ................................................................ 1-261.5 Deploying Completed Applications ....................................................................................... 1-261.5.1 Before You Begin ........................................................................................................... 1-271.5.1.1 Terminology............................................................................................................. 1-271.5.1.2 The Oracle Installer files.......................................................................................... 1-281.5.1.3 The contents of the TEMPLATES directory ........................................................... 1-301.5.2 Making your application an installable product.............................................................. 1-311.5.2.1 Deploying your application on Windows ................................................................ 1-31

    2 Designing Visually Effective Applications

    2.1 Understanding the Process ...................................................................................................... 2-12.1.1 What are the stages?.......................................................................................................... 2-32.1.2 Defining user requirements ............................................................................................... 2-32.1.3 Planning the user interface ................................................................................................ 2-42.1.3.1 Creating your standards ............................................................................................. 2-52.1.3.2 Considering portability .............................................................................................. 2-62.1.3.3 Creating a prototype................................................................................................... 2-62.1.4 Building the user interface elements ................................................................................. 2-92.1.5 Gathering user feedback.................................................................................................... 2-92.2 Creating an Effective Form .................................................................................................... 2-102.2.1 Understanding forms.....................................................................................................