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Using transient attributes to improve the usability of Query Panel

A simple demo application that uses transient attributes to format(re-arrange) fields displayed in model driven query component is attached here
In this sample application, query panel displays an 'Employment Date' field (which is a transient attribute) and the value keyed in for this field is mapped to a bind variable. This bind variable can be used by the Criteria Items to form the required 'where clause', based on the use case requirement. Please note that, 'display property' of Criteria Item can be controlled from the UI Hints tab (UI Hints tab -> Rendered Mode-> All/Basic/Advance/Never). In the attached sample application, first two criteria items are not displayed to the user, but the actual query is getting generated basen on these two items only.
SELECT .... FROM JOB_HISTORY JobHistory WHERE ( ( (JobHistory.START_DATE < :bndVarEmplDate ) AND (JobHistory.END_DATE > :bndVarEmplDate ) ) )
ViewCriteria and the resulting Query Panel
[Runs with Or…

What you may need to know about Nested Application Module

Nesting of Application Module

Oracle ADF provides a modular application development platform where you can logically group the business services in to 'work units'(AKA ApplicationModule) and compose these individual modules to from a larger system based on use case requirements. This feature of composing/nesting ApplicationModules inside a root ApplicationModule is very useful when you build huge enterprise solutions. To learn more about this, please read section 9.4 Defining Nested Application Modulesfrom Fusion Developer's Guide. This blog article talks about a specific use case scenario where a page consumes services exposed from multiple ApplicationModules and examines how the nesting of ApplicationModule eliminates some weird errors and improves system performance

A case study

Let me share an interesting use case scenario related to this topic. In this case, a specific flow was using complex stored procedures to update database tables, and another alternate flow was u…

Layout Tips - Stretching components to fit browser window

ADF Faces is packaged with rich set of layout managers which makes layout problems trivial. If you really want to have a feel of ADF Faces Layout components, please go through this ADF Faces Demo. If you come from Java Swing world, you can see lots of familiar faces here as well. I really like the ADF Faces stretchable layouts with which you can easily build hassle free, browser friendly web applications. Recently, I noticed an interesting post from Matt Cooper on exploring the richness of PanelStretchLayout - Stretchable Tiled Layout . This idea is very useful when you need to stretch multiple child components based on the browser size.

A Case Study

At this time, let me share some basic tips on lay outing components on a web page built using ADF Faces by taking a simple example.

Consider a use case where you need to build a web page as shown below.

Apparently, screen is split in two parts - left hand side contains basic search functionality and right hand side contain a tabbed pane. …