Saturday, July 5, 2008

Oracle E-Business Suite on a Mac

One of my first concerns as a Oracle developer when considering switching to a Mac was if I would be able to access Oracle E-Business Suite. (Or Oracle Applications as many may know it by) Even though the official Oracle E-Business suite blog ( clearly states that is supports it, I know from previous experience that it can be quite a mission to work with Jinitiator (the java tool required to access Oracle forms), especially if you are a consultant and move between different sites who uses different versions of E-Business, and more importantly different Jinitiator versions. From different versions of Jinitiators that clash, to Firefox that don't recognize it, to Internet Explorer crashing on me, I always had problems on Windows, so surely getting it to work on a Mac must be quite a mission right? Wrong! Since E-Business on a Mac only uses Java and no Jinitiator its a breeze to use, and I could access E-Business with Safari without doing anything, or installing any plugins!

Apps Login screen

Apps Navigation Menu

Find Concurrent Request

Shipping Transactions

Quoting Module

Workfow Monitor

After it was sooo easy to login to E-Business from Safari, I thought there is no chance of Firefox working so easily. I fired up Firefox and logged into E-Business again without having to install anything. Awesome!

Oracle Financials in Firefox

Something I did pick up though which is very annoying is the default assignments of the F-keys in Mac OS X. Since its the default way to search in E-Business with the F11-key, but in Leopard's System Prefrences its set to Desktop. The easiest way to get rid of this problem is to go to System Preferences -> Keyboard & Mouse -> Keyboard Shortcuts -> Desktop, and deselect it.

My conclusion is that it is even easier to work on Oracle E-Business suite on Mac OS X than on Windows, and I would recommend any E-Business user who is thinking of switching, to seriously consider it!

Applications Versions Used:
Mac OS X Leopard: 10.5.3
Safari: 3.1.1
Oracle E-Business Suite: 11i
Java: build 1.5.0_13-119
Firefox: 3.0



Dear ,

First of all its a great to found this Blog.
Now i'm confusing to install oracle e-business 11i on my MAC 10.5.5 using safari 3.2.2 .
My oracle training provider use them local server by use wi-fi to connect and install oracle e-business suite.
PLease guide me to install oracle
(for example : windows user using http/ link to connect)


Marinus Snyman said...

I'm not sure what you mean by install? You won't be able to install Oracle Apps on your mac, but you'll be able to access the server from it. Thus you can use exactly the same link that Windows users use to access Oracle Applications. For example paste something like "http://orcrhdemo.domain.local:8000" in the Safari address bar. Hope this helps!

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Well I have tried many times to install the E-business suite but everytime I have faced one or the other error. So I finally switched to Windows mode but after knowing the facts that I was ignoring I will try the way you have explained. Thanks for helping me out.

Anonymous said...

Can you tell me how to work all the shortcuts like control+F11 to query etc <>

Anonymous said...

I have same question how does the shotcut key works