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The Top 6 Oracle ADF Coding Best Practices

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One of the best things about working with Oracle software is that it has a community of programmers as well as best practices that could help you ensure that you are doing great on your implementations.  It helps new developers come up with applications and codes that help them make the most out of their Oracle investments.

As an ADF developer, you would need to learn several things with Oracle Application Development Framework.

The best practices you should know

  1. Version control with subversion. You should be trained on how to do version control when working alone or with teams.  Not only will you need to organize the different versions and configurations, you will also need to know how to make a repository for subversion and how to perform basic operations.
  1. Knowing the common issues that are present when using subversion.  On top of these, you would also need to be aware about the many common issues that crop up when you use subversion with Oracle ADF.  This includes agreeing on common standards to be used, monitoring the external dependencies of your applications or those resources or components that do not come from Oracle JDeveloper, such as third party libraries and database objects, and knowing the different chokepoint in the development process.  You should also ensure that team members are communicating properly even when you use version control strategies.  Do not make the mistake of thinking that version control is a substitute for coordination and open communication.

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  1. Using Ant to build Oracle ADF applications and projects.  Oracle JDeveloper supports the creation and development of Ant build files and can execute them from within the interactive development environment.  As such, you can use Ant to build your Oracle ADF projects simply and without hassles.  You can, however, choose to use Ant outside of the Oracle JDeveloper IDE and to do that you must be familiar with Ant concepts and ojdeploy.
  1. Testing with JUnit.  You know that testing the components of your applications is very important to ensure that these are working properly.  This is true whether you code a new component or change an existing one.  So you should know how to test your applications using JUnit.  JUnit is a program that can help you conduct unit testing for your software.  It writes test cases in Java and these tests may be run automatically as soon as you make changes to your software.  To do this, you should know what JUnit extensions to install, what to test and how to create the unit tests.
  1. Using Selenium to test Oracle ADF user interface. Using JUnit, you can test your Web user interfaces with Selenium.  This would help you make sure that your user interfaces work the way they should without having to involve real people in doing so.  That means you will no longer have to do manual testing, which takes longer and are more prone to mistakes.  Plus, it helps you save money.
  1. Continuous integration using Hudson.  One of the problems when it comes to working with at least two programmers is that they often have conflicting codes.  Code integration issues can be a big headache, especially when these integration issues are detected long after the code has been written.  With Hudson, you can have continuous integration. Codes from various developers are put together and run so that it would be easy to correct offending code.

Knowing all these would help prepare you to build customizable and personalized applications by way of Oracle Metadata Services.

Want to know more? Contact Four Cornerstone today and learn more about how to create and maintain Oracle ADF projects and applications from Oracle experts!

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