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How to dial a phone number from Oracle Mobile Application Framework?

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Sometimes you need to dial a number from within a mobile app and for my surprise that functionality was not directly exposed through the Oracle Mobile Application Framework APIs. Oracle MAF provides a component called Link (Go) available under the General Controls palette that can be used for navigation between pages but it can also be used to enable linking to external URLs. Using the tel: URL scheme with the Link (Go) component gives you the capability to dial phone numbers from within an Oracle Mobile Application Framework app.  So, here is how to do it: On your MAF page, drag and drop a Link (Go) to the Panel Page and then set the URL in the component properties to the desired phone number. You can also use a Managed Bean to set the value if you want to do some processing before displaying the number to be called.

If you have mixed UI content on your Oracle MAF app and you want to get the same behavior on a HTML page you just need to add the following on your source code: <a hr…

New Oracle Mobile Application Framework (MAF) Academy Course

If you want to get into mobile application development with Oracle Mobile Application Framework (MAF), there is a new Oracle Developer Academy course available for you.This new course includes an introduction to the Mobile Application Framework and teaches you how to design a MAF-based application, integrate with device capabilities, how to develop with web services and how to secure a MAF application.
In this FREE two-hour interactive online course you'll learn and master the design, architecture, interoperability and security of Oracle Mobile Application Framework based applications.
Hurry up and get yourself educated on the Oracle mobile application development framework.
Here is the link to the course: http://bit.ly/MAFCourse
Have fun!

Working with Device Information in the Oracle Mobile Application Framework

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With the proliferation of new device models, form factors and operating systems, you may be thinking about the challenges to make your application work handle all of these different device properties information as there may be features that rely on specific characteristics or capabilities.
As an example, how frustrating it would be for the user trying to use a mapping feature if the device doesn't support geolocation? Or, just getting the device screen height and width to make sure the content fits nicely and also dynamically present different things on the smaller / larger real state you have available. As a developer, it's your responsibility to make sure everything works and looks good on all devices (even though this is a hard task).
The Oracle Mobile Application Framework (MAF) utilizes Apache Cordova to provide access to device properties, SMS, Email, Contacts, Camera, Pictures/Photo Library, Geolocation, Accelerometer, Network, etc. that can either be accessed from Ja…

Oracle Mobile Application Framework Hands-On Workshops

We are kicking off the US-based series of the Oracle Mobile Application Framework hands-on workshops that are going to cover the details of the platform and get you started with Oracle mobile development in a heartbeat. By the way, this is a FREE event!
These are one-day workshops where you will get technical insights into the new product enhancements, see live demos, and best of all, get hands-on experience with mobile app development.  All you need to do is register for the workshop, pre-install/configure the development environment (MAF) on your laptop and you will be ready to go (don’t worry, we’ll send you detailed instructions on how to do this as well as contact information, should you need it). We also plan to set this up so that you can BYOD to test out your completed app (details will be provided in the invite). Here are the links for the currently scheduled workshops so that you can register. If you don’t see your city listed be sure to send me an email letting me know where y…

Mobile Emulation on Google Chrome

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If you want to see what your web page will look like on a mobile device and also do debugging during development on your desktop, here is a very useful resource for you.

Google Chrome allows you to emulate different mobile devices, screen resolutions, user agents and things like touch screen, geolocation and the accelerometer.

To enable Mobile Emulation on Google Chrome, open the Developer Tools, go to Settings and enable "Show 'Emulation' view in the console drawer".



Then, press 'Esc' to bring up the Developer Tools console drawer and finally select the Emulation tab. You'll find four sections: Device, Screen, User Agent and Sensors.


A quick test to understand this powerful feature can be done by simply navigating to www.google.com, select a device (i.e. Google Nexus 5) and then click Emulate. You'll be able to see that Google Chrome will show you the mobile optimized version of the Google website.

To go back to the original settings, just hit Reset …

Mac OS X Boot, Sleep and Wake Time and Date

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For several times I wondered what was the exact time my machine booted, woke up or slept. So, I did a little investigation to find out that's actually very simple to get those answers.
Using the Mac OS X Terminal, you can run the following commands:


- For System Boot Time, use: systcl -a | grep kern.boottime

You should get results similar to the picture below





- For System Sleep Time, use: sysctl -a | grep sleeptime
You should get results similar to the picture below  




- For System Wake Time, use: sysctl -a | grep waketime

You should get results similar to the picture below




I typically use the "uptime" command (just type uptime on the Mac OS X Terminal) to find out how long my machine has been powered on.
Lastly, you can get a short history of the machine boot using the "last reboot" command (just type last reboot on the Mac OS X Terminal) to get the last three boots of the system.

You can get the same information reviewing system log files but I think opening th…

Debugging Oracle ADF Mobile Applications - Part I

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I've been involved with the Oracle Mobile Application Framework (a.k.a. ADF Mobile) lately and one of the things developers typically ask me during my talks is how to debug mobile applications created with the Oracle framework.

To give you a little bit of context, the Oracle Mobile Application Framework does generate a hybrid app (native container + HTML/JavaScript) so standard debugging techniques apply here. The Oracle Mobile Application Framework has some other capabilities like running Java code on the device but that's a topic for another post.

So, there is more than one way for debugging Oracle-generated (read hybrid) applications depending on the platform your are own and the target device you are working on. I'll try to isolate specific use cases on different posts so you don't get distracted with irrelevant stuff.

The first one on the list is debugging Oracle Mobile Applications on iOS and Mac OS X.

The ingredients are:

- Oracle JDeveloper 11.1.2.4.0
- XCode …

An Introduction to Oracle Mobile Suite

Here is a quick overview and introduction to the Oracle Mobile Suite. There are basically four areas that the Oracle Mobile Suite helps with your mobile strategy:
Development of multichannel applications with Oracle Mobile Application FrameworkData and services integration across the enterprise with Oracle SOA SuiteUniform information security across all layers of enterprise and mobile applications with Oracle Identity ManagementDeployment and management (cloud and on premise) of multichannel applications with Oracle Cloud Application Foundation The video below shows the core capabilities of the Oracle Mobile Suite and how can you benefit of it.


Getting Started with HTML5 WebSocket on Oracle WebLogic 12c

The current release of Oracle WebLogic (12.1.2) added support to HTML5 WebSocket (RFC-6455) providing the bi-directional communication over a single TCP connection between clients and servers. Unlike the HTTP communication model, client and server can send and receive data independently from each other. 
The use of WebSocket is becoming very popular for highly interactive web applications that depend on time critical data delivery, requirements for true bi-directional data flow and higher throughput. To initiate the WebSocket connection, the client sends a handshake request to the server. The connection is established if the handshake request passes validation, and the server accepts the request. When a WebSocket connection is established, a browser client can send data to a WebLogic Server instance while simultaneously receiving data from that server instance. 
The WebLogic server implementation has the following components:
 The WebSocket protocol implementation that handles co…