Oracle forms overview. Oracle internet platform consists of 3 components:
oracle application server (forms service + OC4J)
oracle developer suite (forms developer + object navigator + form module)
Oracle application server includes forms service
– new generation of tools that allow devs to deploy new and existing forms on the www
– one component is OC4J (oracle containers for J2EE) which allows users to view forms in a web browser
Oracle Developer Suite contains oracle forms developer which allows devs to create forms using
DATA BLOCK WIZARD
Object Navigator is the interface to form builder, it allows devs to create, edit, save and compile forms.
a form is composed of the following objects:
TEXT / buttons etc
A window is the familiar on-screen element with scrollbars, etc
a form can have many windows
a window can have many canvases
a canvas is the area where controls (eg text / buttons) are drawn.