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"The future of Forms is only just beginning!"
Quintessence Systems began in 1998 as a specialist in software migration focused on the migrating legacy Oracle applications to Java, based on our unique in2j technology.
But in 2010 we realised that a much greater opportunity beckoned: instead of migrating Oracle applications to Java, to modernize the software platform itself, and give existing Forms / Reports / PL/SQL applications a whole new lease of life.
That's why we are now committed to modernizing the software platform for Oracle® Forms / Reports / PL/SQL® using exclusively using JEE6 Enterprise Java® technology.
Our new YoServer software platform is due for release through 2012, comprising:
Projected future dates in italics.
- Q1 2014 - Release beta version of YoReports.
- Q4 2013 - Release beta version of YoForms, YoDeveloper.
- Q4 2013 - Extend demo instances to include YoReports.
- September 2013 - Make live demo instances of Yoforms / YoDeveloper available to partners, prospects, on our website.
- August 2013 - completed major re-factoring of YoForms with all new, rock solid communications and synchronization layer.
- October 2012 - Jamie Lokier appointed Chief Technology Officer after Quintessence's Technical Director, Don Smith, unexpectedly passed away. Oliver Tickell appointed CEO.
- October 2012 - Completed Yo/SQL, our PL/SQL-compatible complier / runtime - including both server-side and Forms-specific PL/SQL components, with additional functions equivalent to 'magic' Forms functions.
- September 2012 - Installed YoForms + YoDeveloper Apache Tomcat + Oracle XE 11g on the Amazon Cloud (64 bit Amazon Limux EC2 instance). Deployed simple Forms application from the remote virtual server to browser.
- May 2012 - Demonstrated YoForms to Forms specialists in meeting convened by Amis in Utrecht, Netherlands.
- April 2012 - Achieved fully working, limited functionality version of YoForms / YoDeveloper with look and feel of 6i and 10g accurately reproduced in all popular browsers.
- January 2012 - completed the 'tree view' facility which allows a developer to view and edit the data underlying a live YoForms session, using an interface modelled on Forms Builder - with the result instantly reflected in the session. This YoDeveloper feature will initially be supplied with YoForms.
- December 2011 - completed a limited-functionality version of YoForms for demonstration to partners and others at the UKOUG show in Birmingham.
- September 2011 - completed an 'alpha' version of YoDeveloper - already in use to help us build the remaining parts of YoForms more rapidly and reliably.
- August 2011 - tightened the integration of YoForms and YoDeveloper. This required us to redesign the core data structures that hold both forms and data, creating a more powerful, elegant, flexible and stable software engine.
- July 2011 - completed the session manager and admin console.
- June 2011 - built the FMB loader to read the original FMB / MMB files into YoForms.
- May 2011 - extended the PL/SQL compiler / runtime to include hundreds of the most important PL/SQL functions and Forms-specific extensions.
- April 2011 - created the PL/SQL compiler / runtime, which executes the PL/SQL embedded in Forms applications, complete with basic language constructs and core functions.
- March 2011 - Alpha version of YoForms completed. It successfully connects from browser to middleware to database, and back, retrieves, displays, updates and inserts database records, and reproduces the appearance and behavior of Forms in the three most popular browsers: Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome.
- 2010 - developed YoForms (desktop version rendered using Swing) as internal proof of concept.
- 2009 - launched jxtractor migration tool as support for Forms modernisation projects.
- 2008 - completed runtime for Oracle Reports, and extended Forms runtime to support undocumented features.
Carried out major corporate re-organisation including relocation to Oxford, England.
- 2007 - migration to Java of missile telemetry management system successfully completed at USAF Edwards Airforce, California.
- 2006 - first Forms migration to Java accepted at Deutsche Synchrotron (DESY).
- 2005 - completed / validated Oracle Forms runtime.
- 2004 - began to develop a full run-time for Oracle Forms in Java.
- 2003 - implemented within the in2j framework support for migration of Forms / Reports / PL/SQL into Java.
- 2002 - IBM ® validated in2j migration of Oracle PL/SQL to Java for DB2.
- 2001 - re-implemented the entire Oracle database function library in Java to allow Oracle SQL to be executed on any database (such as DB2, SQL Server, etc).
- 2000 - completed unique in2j technology for the 100% automated migration of server-side PL/SQL into Java.
- 1998 - Quintessence Systems founded in Maidenhead, Berkshire, UK.