How to Use Global Variables in Form Personalization?

Here let’s say the requirement is to run a concurrent program through a custom menu from an oracle form and in that concurrent program parameters, we need to fetch some values from the oracle form itself. In that case we need to first assign the form values to some Global Variables and then use them in the concurrent program parameters. Here are the Steps:

1] Go to Form Personalization for that Form (Use: Help > Diagnostics > Custom Code > Personalize)

2] Create one custom menu (ex. SPECIAL15) on the triggering event: WHEN-NEW-FORM-INSTANCE.

3] On the triggering event: SPECIAL15, do the following actions:

  • Select Type as ‘Property’ and select Object Type as ‘Global Variable’.
  • Give a name to the global variable in the ‘Target Object’ tab. (Ex. G_ITEM_NAME, G_ORG_CODE)
  • Select the Property Name as ‘VALUE’.
  • In the value tab- Give ‘=:Block_name.Field_name’ (Use: Help > Diagnostics > Examine). This is the value which you want to put in the global variable.

4] Select Type as ‘Builtin’ and Select Builtin Type as ‘Launch SRS Form’.

5] Select your Concurrent Program in the ‘Program Name’ tab. Please note that you need to assign the Function – ‘Requests: Submit’ to the Main Menu of the responsibility to which your concurrent program is attached.

  • Use: System Administrator > Security > Responsibility > Define to find the Menu Name.
  • Go to System Administrator > Application > Menu and add the Function – ‘Requests: Submit’ at the end and Save.
  • Also don’t forget to attach the concurrent program to proper Request Group.

6] Go to the concurrent program parameters. Select the Default Type as SQL Statement in the Validation tab and give the default values as

  • select :GLOBAL.G_ITEM_NAME from dual
  • select :GLOBAL.G_ORG_CODE from dual

7] Save and Test the functionality.

An Alternate Way:

Create a PL/SQL function in the database that calls fnd_request.submit_request and commits in an AUTONOMOUS TRANSACTION. The function returns a message to the user, with the request_id.

1] Go to Form Personalization for that Form (Use: Help > Diagnostics > Custom Code > Personalize)

2] Create one custom menu (ex. SPECIAL15) on the triggering event: WHEN-NEW-FORM-INSTANCE.

3] On the triggering event: SPECIAL15, do the following actions:

  • Define a global variable for the message (Ex. XX_CONC_PROG_RESULT)
  • Assign the above global variable the following value: =SELECT <Your Custom PL/SQL Function> from dual. You can pass parameters to the function as: Block_name.Field_name.
  • Define a message to show as =:GLOBAL.XX_CONC_PROG_RESULT

API to Update Task Information in Oracle Projects

Here is one API to update Task Information in Oracle Projects. Here I have used the API to update the Task Manager Information.


  l_return_status                    VARCHAR(10);
  l_msg_count                        VARCHAR(240);
  l_MSG_DATA                         VARCHAR(240);
  l_rowid                            VARCHAR2(240);
  task_record                        PA_TASKS%ROWTYPE;
  task_struc_record                  PA_PROJ_ELEMENTS%ROWTYPE;
  l_last_updated_by                  NUMBER := FND_GLOBAL.USER_ID;
  l_last_update_date                 DATE;
  l_last_update_login                NUMBER := FND_GLOBAL.LOGIN_ID;
  pt_task_name                       PA_TASKS.TASK_NAME%TYPE;
  l_task_name                        PA_PROJ_ELEMENTS.NAME%TYPE;
  l_task_name1                       PA_PROJ_ELEMENTS.NAME%TYPE;
  l_project_id                       PA_PROJECTS_ALL.PROJECT_ID%TYPE;
  l_task_id                          PA_TASKS.TASK_ID%TYPE;
  l_task_manager_person_id           PA_TASKS.TASK_MANAGER_PERSON_ID%TYPE;
  l_output                           VARCHAR2 (2000);
  l_msg_dummy                        VARCHAR2 (2000);
  n                                  NUMBER := 0;


     l_project_id :=590;
     l_task_id    :=3355;
     l_task_manager_person_id :=136263;    --Koch, Dibyajyoti

      SELECT *
       INTO task_record
       FROM pa_tasks
      WHERE project_id =l_project_id
        AND task_id =l_task_id;

      SELECT *
        INTO task_struc_record
        FROM pa_proj_elements
       WHERE PROJECT_ID=l_project_id
         AND PROJ_ELEMENT_ID=l_task_id;

        INTO l_rowid
        FROM pa_tasks
       WHERE project_id =l_project_id
         AND task_id =l_task_id;

        INTO l_last_update_date
        FROM DUAL;

      SELECT task_name
        INTO pt_task_name
        FROM pa_tasks
       WHERE task_id = l_task_id;

      SELECT name
        INTO l_task_name
        FROM pa_proj_elements
       WHERE proj_element_id = l_task_id;

      IF pt_task_name = l_task_name THEN
         l_task_name1 :=l_task_name;
        l_task_name1 := pt_task_name;
      END IF;


                    X_ROWID                        =>l_rowid,
                    X_TASK_ID                      =>task_record.task_id,
                    X_PROJECT_ID                   =>task_record.project_id,
                    X_TASK_NUMBER                  =>task_record.task_number,
                    X_LAST_UPDATE_DATE             =>l_last_update_date, --Updated Value
                    X_LAST_UPDATED_BY              =>l_last_updated_by, --Updated Value
                    X_LAST_UPDATE_LOGIN            =>l_last_update_login,--Updated Value
                    X_Task_Name                    =>task_record.task_name,
                    X_Long_Task_Name               =>task_record.long_task_name,
                    X_TOP_TASK_ID                  =>task_record.top_task_id,
                    X_WBS_LEVEL                    =>task_record.wbs_level,
                    X_READY_TO_BILL_FLAG           =>task_record.ready_to_bill_flag,
                    X_READY_TO_DISTRIBUTE_FLAG     =>task_record.ready_to_distribute_flag,
                    X_PARENT_TASK_ID               =>task_record.parent_task_id,
                    X_DESCRIPTION                  =>task_record.description,
                    X_CARRYING_OUT_ORGANIZATION_ID =>task_record.carrying_out_organization_id,
                    X_SERVICE_TYPE_CODE            =>task_record.service_type_code,
                    X_TASK_MANAGER_PERSON_ID       =>l_task_manager_person_id,--Updated Value
                    X_CHARGEABLE_FLAG              =>task_record.chargeable_flag,
                    X_BILLABLE_FLAG                =>task_record.billable_flag,
                    X_LIMIT_TO_TXN_CONTROLS_FLAG   =>task_record.limit_to_txn_controls_flag,
                    X_START_DATE                   =>task_record.start_date,
                    X_COMPLETION_DATE              =>task_record.completion_date,
                    X_ADDRESS_ID                   =>task_record.address_id,
                    X_LABOR_BILL_RATE_ORG_ID       =>task_record.labor_bill_rate_org_id,
                    X_LABOR_STD_BILL_RATE_SCHDL    =>task_record.labor_std_bill_rate_schdl,
                    X_LABOR_SCHEDULE_FIXED_DATE    =>task_record.labor_schedule_fixed_date,
                    X_LABOR_SCHEDULE_DISCOUNT      =>task_record.labor_schedule_discount,
                    X_NON_LABOR_BILL_RATE_ORG_ID   =>task_record.non_labor_bill_rate_org_id,
                    X_NL_STD_BILL_RATE_SCHDL       =>task_record.non_labor_std_bill_rate_schdl,
                    X_NL_SCHEDULE_FIXED_DATE       =>task_record.non_labor_schedule_fixed_date,
                    X_NON_LABOR_SCHEDULE_DISCOUNT  =>task_record.non_labor_schedule_discount,
                    X_LABOR_COST_MULTIPLIER_NAME   =>task_record.labor_cost_multiplier_name,
                    X_ATTRIBUTE_CATEGORY           =>task_record.attribute_category,
                    X_ATTRIBUTE1                   =>task_record.attribute1,
                    X_ATTRIBUTE2                   =>task_record.attribute2,
                    X_ATTRIBUTE3                   =>task_record.attribute3,
                    X_ATTRIBUTE4                   =>task_record.attribute4,
                    X_ATTRIBUTE5                   =>task_record.attribute5,
                    X_ATTRIBUTE6                   =>task_record.attribute6,
                    X_ATTRIBUTE7                   =>task_record.attribute7,
                    X_ATTRIBUTE8                   =>task_record.attribute8,
                    X_ATTRIBUTE9                   =>task_record.attribute9,
                    X_ATTRIBUTE10                  =>task_record.attribute10,
                    X_COST_IND_RATE_SCH_ID         =>task_record.cost_ind_rate_sch_id,
                    X_REV_IND_RATE_SCH_ID          =>task_record.rev_ind_rate_sch_id,
                    X_INV_IND_RATE_SCH_ID          =>task_record.inv_ind_rate_sch_id,
                    X_COST_IND_SCH_FIXED_DATE      =>task_record.cost_ind_sch_fixed_date,
                    X_REV_IND_SCH_FIXED_DATE       =>task_record.rev_ind_sch_fixed_date,
                    X_INV_IND_SCH_FIXED_DATE       =>task_record.inv_ind_sch_fixed_date,
                    X_LABOR_SCH_TYPE               =>task_record.labor_sch_type,
                    X_NON_LABOR_SCH_TYPE           =>task_record.non_labor_sch_type,
                    X_ALLOW_CROSS_CHARGE_FLAG      =>task_record.allow_cross_charge_flag,
                    X_PROJECT_RATE_DATE            =>task_record.project_rate_date,
                    X_PROJECT_RATE_TYPE            =>task_record.project_rate_type,
                    X_CC_PROCESS_LABOR_FLAG        =>task_record.cc_process_labor_flag,
                    X_LABOR_TP_SCHEDULE_ID         =>task_record.labor_tp_schedule_id,
                    X_LABOR_TP_FIXED_DATE          =>task_record.labor_tp_fixed_date,
                    X_CC_PROCESS_NL_FLAG           =>task_record.cc_process_nl_flag,
                    X_NL_TP_SCHEDULE_ID            =>task_record.nl_tp_schedule_id,
                    X_NL_TP_FIXED_DATE             =>task_record.nl_tp_fixed_date,
                    X_RECEIVE_PROJECT_INVOICE_FLAG =>task_record.receive_project_invoice_flag,
                    X_WORK_TYPE_ID                 =>task_record.work_type_id,
                    X_JOB_BILL_RATE_SCHEDULE_ID    =>task_record.job_bill_rate_schedule_id,
                    X_emp_bill_rate_schedule_id    =>task_record.emp_bill_rate_schedule_id,
                    X_taskfunc_cost_rate_type      =>task_record.taskfunc_cost_rate_type,
                    X_taskfunc_cost_rate_date      =>task_record.taskfunc_cost_rate_date,
                    X_non_lab_std_bill_rt_sch_id   =>task_record.non_lab_std_bill_rt_sch_id,
                    X_labor_disc_reason_code       =>task_record.labor_disc_reason_code,
                    X_non_labor_disc_reason_code   =>task_record.non_labor_disc_reason_code,
                    x_retirement_cost_flag         =>task_record.retirement_cost_flag,
                    x_cint_eligible_flag           =>task_record.cint_eligible_flag,
                    X_CINT_STOP_DATE               =>task_record.cint_stop_date,
                    X_GEN_ETC_SRC_CODE             =>task_record.gen_etc_source_code

                    p_calling_module	              =>'FORMS',
                    p_task_id                      =>task_record.task_id,
                    p_task_number	              =>task_record.task_number,
                    p_task_name	                =>l_task_name1,
                    p_task_manager_id	        =>l_task_manager_person_id,--Updated Value
                    p_carrying_out_organization_id =>task_record.carrying_out_organization_id,
                    p_pm_product_code	      =>task_record.pm_product_code,
                    p_pm_task_reference	      =>task_record.pm_task_reference,
                    p_location_id                  =>task_struc_record.location_id,
                    p_ref_task_id                  =>NULL,
                    p_project_id                   =>task_struc_record.project_id,
                    x_msg_count                    =>l_msg_count,
                    x_msg_data                     =>l_msg_data,
                    x_return_status                =>l_return_status

IF l_return_status <> 'S'
FOR n IN 1 .. l_msg_count
fnd_msg_pub.get (n, fnd_api.g_false, l_msg_data, l_msg_dummy);
l_output := (TO_CHAR (n) || ': ' || l_msg_data);
( 'Error: API Error while updating the Task: '
|| l_output
DBMS_OUTPUT.put_line ('Sucessfully Update the task');
DBMS_OUTPUT.PUT_LINE ('Other Error in Project: ' || SQLERRM);

The ADF Architecture

The Oracle Application Development Framework (ADF) is an end-to-end application framework that builds on Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE) standards and open-source technologies. It abstracts Java EE complexity and provides developers a declarative and visual development.

The Oracle ADF implements the Model-View-Controller (MVC) design pattern and offers an integrated solution that covers all the layers of this architecture with solution to such areas as: Object/Relational mapping, data persistence, reusable controller layer, rich Web user interface framework, data binding to UI, security and customization. Extending beyond the core Web based MVC approach, ADF also integrates with the Oracle SOA and WebCenter Portal frameworks simplifying the creation of complete composite applications.

The Oracle ADF architecture is based on four layers:

The Business Services layer:

  • It simply provides the access to data from various sources and handles the core business logic.
  • ADF has its own technology for this layer and we call this part as ADFbc (ADF Business Components). ADFbc facilitates backend service for query, create, update, delete operations and provide lot of features to implement validations and business logic.
  • This layer also can be implemented by
    • Simple Java Classes
    • EJB
    • Web Services
    • BAM
    • BPEL
    • Portlets etc.

The Model layer:

  • This layer connects the business services to the objects that use them in the other layers.
  • Oracle ADF provides a model layer implementation that sits on top of business services, providing a single interface that can be used to access any type of business services listed above.
  • It consists of two components, data controls and data bindings.
    • Data controls abstract the business service implementation details from clients.
    • Data bindings expose data control methods and attributes to UI components, providing a clean separation of the view and model.

The Controller layer:

  • This layer provides a mechanism to control the flow of the Web application and handles user input.
  • For example, when you click a Search button on a page, the controller determines what action to perform (do a search) and where to navigate to (the results page).
  • We have two controller options in JDeveloper.ADF Controller provides an enhanced navigation and state management model on top of JSF.
    • The standard JSF controller
    • The ADF Controller
  • JDeveloper allows you to declaratively create task flows where you can pass the application control between different types of activities, such as pages, methods on managed beans, case statements, or calls to other task flows.

 The View layer:

  • The view layer is the top most layer, that user sees and interacts with.
  • It contains the UI pages used to view or modify that data.
  • For Web based interface Oracle ADF offers a rich set of over a 150 Ajax enabled JSF components that simplified the creation of dynamic and appealing user interfaces.
  • It also supports Apache myfaces Trinidad components, Java and ADF Swing components and also has ADF Mobile components that are specifically built for Mobile applications.

Install Oracle JDeveloper Studio for ADF Development

Here are the steps to install the new Oracle JDeveloper Studio version to design and develop ADF web application development.  I have put the installation steps only for Windows Os.

Recommended CPU, Memory, Display, and Hard Drive Requirements

  • Operating System: Windows 7, Windows XP – Service Pack 3
  • CPU Type and Speed: Pentium IV 2 GHz or faster
  • Memory: For 32-bit systems: 2 GB RAM, For 64-bit systems: 3 GB RAM
  • Hard Drive Space: 3GB


1] Update your JDK

This version of JDeveloper requires JDK 6.0 or later. You can download and install it manually from the below link. However JDK 6 Update 24 is installed automatically when you use the platform-specific installer.

Java SE 6 Microsoft Windows Installation

2] Download the Windows Installer (jdevstudio11121install.exe)

You can download Oracle Installer from the Oracle Technology Network (OTN) web site

Oracle Installer can be used to install Oracle JDeveloper Studio, the ADF Runtime, and Oracle WebLogic Server 11g Release 1 (10.3.5) on your system.

3] Launch the Windows installer

To launch the Windows installer, double-click the jdevstudio11121install.exe file. Click Next to begin the installation process.

4] Choose Middleware Home Directory

You can create a new Middleware Home directory, or select one from a list of existing Middleware Home directories. If you choose a directory that already has Oracle JDeveloper and Oracle WebLogic Server components installed on it, you are taken directly to the Choose Products and Components screen to select additional components to install.

If you choose to create a new Middleware Home directory, the default provided is C:\Oracle\Middleware.

5] Choose Install Type

Select either Complete or Custom depending on the type of installation you want to perform. Selecting Complete will install Oracle JDeveloper Studio, Application Development Framework Runtime, and Oracle WebLogic Server on your system.

6] Confirm Product Installation Directories

View the directories that the components will be installed in. To make changes, click Back and navigate to the desired screen, or click Next to continue with the installation.

7] Choose Shortcut Location

Select the Start Menu folder where you want to place your shortcuts. You can select one of the following options:

  • “All Users” Start Menu folder-Select this option to provide all users registered on this machine with access to installed software. Only users with Administrator privileges can create shortcuts in the All Users folder.
  • Local user’s Start Menu folder-Select this option to ensure that other users registered on this machine will not have access to the Start menu entries for this installation.

8] Installation Summary

It displays the components that will be installed and total disk space that will be utilized.

9] Installation status

It displays the progress of the installation.

10] Installation Complete

Select Run Quickstart to open the Quickstart window once the installation process has ended. Click Done to end the installation process.

To start Oracle JDeveloper Studio on Windows, use any of the following methods:

  • From your Start Menu, select All Programs, then select Oracle Fusion Middleware, and then select JDeveloper Studio
  • You can also start JDeveloper from the command line by running one of the following commands:
    • MW_HOME\jdeveloper\jdeveloper.exe
    • MW_HOME\jdeveloper\jdev\bin\jdevw.exe
    • MW_HOME\jdeveloper\jdev\bin\jdev.exe (to display a console window for internal diagnostic information)


For Detailed Information:

Refer : Installation Guide for Oracle Jdeveloper 11g Release 2 (

Have a great ADF Learning!