Patch Set 5 Released!
Oracle recently released Patch Set 5 for Fusion Middleware. This includes my primary area of interest WebCenter Content. This technically started rolling out to Oracle eDelivery and then OTN sometime on February 22nd, 2012. I was a little late to the blogging game so instead of “announcing” the release let’s do a quick link roundup about this release from some of my favorite community members! While this list isn’t comprehensive, it does come from a lot of people that have taught me a lot down the years so add them to your blog roll if you haven’t already.
JDeveloperFirst up, JDeveloper PS5 with Site Studio for External Applications (SSXA). Notice in the shot below there is a dedicated RIDC connection you can now add to projects. This could be handy for all kinds of things!
Also in JDevleoper PS5 (and I think it acts this way in the 11gR2 releases as well) you can now set the default built-in WebLogic Domain password to something you know and will remember when you first start the integrated server. It used to be that the default password for the integrated server was weblogic1 and this was a major issue for those first setting out to use the product. New users would be very frustrated trying to find out why they couldn't login as weblogic user to test that first site they tried to build. Love this!
Having booted up the integrated WebLogic server we see our contribution mode banner is now updated with the new product branding (WebCenter Content). This is also updated in the content server user interface as well.
During the setup of our sandbox we obviously enabled Site Studio and SSXA. It appears as though those components now ship with all the sample Custom Element Forms right from the start. No more loading up the Site Studio Samples site from OTN just to grab these Custom Element Forms! This made my day.
Folders and Desktop Integration
Of all the updates the Framework Folders and Desktop Integration Suite (DIS) changes are my favorite so far. As mentioned before, Webmonkey runs down a lot of the features for us, but let’s see what it looks like. One thing I want to point out though is that DIS works with Framework Folders and that Framework Folders overcomes a lot of the performance problems people used to experience with “Folders” in the past (previously called Contribution Folders). This bears repeating because it opens a lot of doors and numerous customers have been waiting on these two features to converge.
Once you have DIS installed you’ll see an icon on the desktop (similar to how DIS has always worked) and you’ll double click that to open Windows Explorer which now has a “WebCenter Content Servers” node. Clicking that node will show you the list of servers you have configured for your desktop (initially it will be blank, right click the blank white area and select Add Server).
If you have Rules and Profiles (custom check-in screens, etc.) enabled you’ll be able to use them in a drag and drop fashion right from your desktop by opening the “New Check-In” node.