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About the Author

Vinod Krishnan

Vinod Krishnan has over eight years' experience in the Information Technology industry this exposed him to a wide range of technologies that include Java, J2EE, WebLogic, Fusion Middleware, SOA, and Webcenter.

He has been working with Oracle ADF Technologies since 2005, and enhanced his affinity towards ADF after he joined Oracle India. For the last five years, Vinod is actively involved in large implementations of next-generation enterprise applications, utilizing Oracle's JDeveloper and Application Development Framework (ADF) technologies. He holds a B.Tech. in Information Technology from Anna University, Chennai, India.

He is currently responsible for building and deploying applications using the Oracle Fusion Middleware technology stack as a Project Lead in Oracle America.

He is an Oracle Certified Specialist, and the technologies he has worked on include Oracle ADF, SOA, Webcenter, and Identity Management. His contribution towards Jdeveloper and ADF discussion forums is immense. With his experience, he has learned many tips and techniques that will help a new user to learn this technology without any hassles. He writes his own blog (http://vtkrishn.com) that discusses the tips and tricks with using Oracle technologies.

Vinod has had a multifaceted career, he has worked in positions such as Senior Consultant, Senior Applications Engineer, Software Engineer, and Solution Architect for MNCs such as Oracle, Capgemini, and Keane. Currently he is working as a Project Lead in Oracle America.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (April 25, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849689008
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849689007
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,750,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Serafeim Karapatis on May 31, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
My last review about a book on ADF was almost six months ago. Looking back in time, it seems that about every six months, for the past 3 years we have a new title release on ADF, which is a crystal clear sign of its maturity and adoption. However, while there are few titles focused on advanced topics or methodologies, there is also a need for helping out those who make or attempt their baby steps on the framework, since the official documentation of Oracle (developer's guide) probably is not too friendly at the first sight. Certainly there is a need for books to explain in simple words and by examples the ADF, so "rookies" can in short time can orientate themselves on the framework. A relevant book, and very good for introduction to programming in the ADF is the "Quick Start Guide to Oracle Fusion Development: Oracle JDeveloper and Oracle ADF (Oracle Press)" of Grant Ronald.

In such sense, the "Oracle ADF 11gR2 Development Beginner's Guide", authored by Vinod Krishnan, comes in the right time. It aims at technicians who make their first acquaintance with the ADF, without requiring any special knowledge beyond basic programming in Java. The pace is good, the book is rich in examples and screenshots, but there are also times that deals with technical details that may become overwhelming for a beginners title. The structure of the book is as follows: it includes eleven chapters. The topics developed in the form of: a description of the issue, performance of the execution ("time for action"), an explanation of how the solution works ("what just happened?") followed by a challenge to the reader to further explore things in the section "Have a go hero".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sten Vesterli on August 10, 2013
Format: Paperback
"Oracle ADF 11gR2 Development" is part of the Packt "Beginner's Guide" series and targets the newcomer to ADF. These guides contain a mixture of factual information, step by step instructions, quizzes and open-ended questions in order to encourage the reader to examine and experiment.

It covers all of the basics of ADF, from installation through business components, pages, task flows and bindings, ending with deployment and a number of advanced topics. The coverage of is a bit uneven - some topics are only covered briefly or out of sequence, while other topics contain in-depth information that don't really fit in a beginner's guide.

I like the quizzes - the answers are provided at the start of the book, so remember to skip over those pages if you want to do the quizzes later. The open-ended encouragement to explore more is unlikely to work if you are reading the book by yourself, because there is no summary or wrap-up. On the other hand, if you use this book in a study group with colleagues or have an experienced ADF developer to ask, they can be useful.

This book will not be the only ADF book you need. I don't think a beginner will be able to build applications after reading this, but he will know much more about ADF than before. Even as an experienced developer, I found new information in this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alexander Hansal on May 20, 2013
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After a thorough first chapter on installing JDeveloper and taking first steps in the IDE, Vinod lays out the concepts of ADF. The book facilitates learning by encouraging the reader to take action and become a true hero by taking their own steps.

Naturally, the book contains detailed instructions to create a sample ADF application. Once the sample application is up and running, Vinod takes us into a deeper dive on the ADF components such as Entity Objects, View Objects and Application Modules.

In chapter 4, while discussing validation, we are exposed to the first piece of (generated) Java code and the APIs of the ADF components. This is followed by solid chapters on data binding and user interface design with ADF pages.

A chapter on navigation flows is next, discussing ADF Task Flows in great depth.

The "skinning" chapter is most welcome, introducing the ADF skin editor.

Application security is also covered in a separate chapter, adding much value to the information provided so far.

The book's closing chapters are on deploying ADF applications and advanced features.

All in all, it's a solid and actionable book, with its content assured by reviewers Frank Nimphius and Sten E. Vesterli, most distinguished ADF experts in the community. If you want to ensure that your ADF knowledge is built on a solid foundation, this book is for you.
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I will say, first, that if you are entirely new to ADF and do not have a background with Oracle databases, this book is probably your best starting point. Of the titles I've read, it assumes the least and does the most to flesh out your understanding of how things work and why. Still, there are some serious shortcomings that could be problematic, particularly for the beginner, for whom this book was written.

Most significantly, while the example application is quite simple, its construction is, at times, difficult to follow. The author mixes explanations of what could be done with what you must do to progress with the example application. Frequently, things are referred to that haven't been built yet, or won't be built as part of the tutorial. On one hand, it is good that the author explains possibilities - different directions you could go based on different requirements. But, on the other hand, the author is nowhere near consistent about being clear as to when he is describing a procedure you could perform, and when he is describing a procedure you must perform to build prerequisites for later steps.

This is aggravated by frequent examples that don't follow useful use cases. It would have been much clearer and more useful to illustrate a planned application, then unfold the various steps along the way to its completion. Instead, the reader is led along a series of procedures with no clear direction as to where each fits into the completed project. In some cases, it is obvious, but, in particular, around Chapter 6, it starts to fall apart.

Editing is, in general, poor. For the most part, the errors don't present a problem.
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