New Extensions for JDeveloper 11g

Some of you may know that I wrote 2-3 years ago some JDeveloper extensions for helping out with BAM data object creation (BAM Table Migration Extension), Oracle ESB diagram documentation (ESB Tools), JDeveloper Project Copying (Project Tools), Python Development (Python Addin).

It’s been some time since I last touched those extensions and finally I decided to take the bull by the horns.

What I ended up were four new extensions for JDeveloper 11g:

These extensions are now included in the official JDeveloper extension exchange and can be installed using “Check for Updates…” functionality. Be sure to check the “Open Source and Partner Extensions” update center.

To summarize what these extension do:

BAM Table/View Copier

BAM Table/View Copier is an extension to help creating BAM data objects using any relational database as “template”. An example: you have almost perfect table in your Oracle DB or Access DB and would like to use that table or view structure as BAM Data Object. Just BAM Connection on your application workspace, navigate to database navigator, choose table or view and press context menu. You will see “Copy to BAM…” which will ask you about the BAM connection to use and target BAM folder to store the data object.

Extension will copy also all data from the table so don’t be surprised. If you don’t want to copy the data, make an copy of the table (create table mytable as select * from wantedtable where 1=2) and copy the empty table.

BAM Table/View Copier also makes it possible to design BAM Data Objects using graphical JDeveloper Database designer. Just create the tables or views on relational database first and then use this extension to copy the structures as data objects. Of course you won’t be able to model all those fine grained data object lookups etc in JDeveloper but you would start your work this way.

SCA Diagram Tools

By default you cannot print or save SCA composite diagram graphics directly from JDeveloper. SCA Diagram Tools gives you possiblity to save composite diagram as PDF, JPG, BPM or PNG.

SCA Diagram Tools also makes it possible to zoom in/out using wheel mouse and pressing CTRL button at the same time. This is not enabled by default but you can do so by choosing “Enable Wheel Mouse Zoom” from SCA Diagram Tools submenu. This might be also good addition to those that have eyesight problems.

Printing the SCA composite diagram is also possible using this extension.

Python Extension

Created originally by Brian Duff for JDeveloper 9i. Migrating the plugin from 9i to 10g took a major rewrote. I did this 2008 and now migrated the python extension from 10g to 11g.

Python extension lets you develop python/jython scripts and run them directly in JDeveloper. Also you can switch on Python Console that enables you to interactively execute any Jython commands from Python Console. You could e.g. call JDeveloper internal API’s interactively if so wanted.

Jar Search Extension

When migrating sources from 10g to 11g there are times where product development have refactored their jar classes so that the old libraries no longer exist.

I created this extension to help searching for JAR files that contain the wanted java class. This was written from ground up to be used as JDeveloper extension so you can e.g. cancel the search if it takes too much time to look for JAR files recursively.

Please note that this extension is not for searching the contents of JAR entry files, it is searching the JAR entries and their filenames, which makes it lot faster than normal search.


Pankaj said...

Can you please put the updated copy of the Project Tools (for project copy) for the 11g Jdeveloper if you have already done it?

It will be very useful.


Harri Kaukovuo said...

good suggestion. It's just been a matter of priorities. Being now an entrepreneur sets a bit more focus on customers assignments...

I'll put it on my to-do list.

Regards, Harri

Anonymous said...


any plans to migrate extension to use with Jdev12c?