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Where do the JDeveloper extensions go?

October 10th, 2012 No comments

Where does the downloaded stuff go after you installed JDeveloper extensions, like SOA Composite Editor, Oracle BPM Studio, or AIA Service Constructor?

On Windows you can find them here:
JDeveloper extensions location


Shouldn’t you be able to access the AppData directory, follow these instructions:

  • Go to the folder options, on Windows7 by clicking the Organize menu and the Folder and search options.
  • Choose the tab view.
  • Choose Show hidden files, folders and drives.

VirtualBox improve virtual machine performance

September 20th, 2012 No comments

VirtualBox improve virtual machine performanceVirtual Machines are a great way to test stuff or use valuable tools in a separate environment. Think of test driving an OS, like Ubuntu 12.04 or Windows 8. Other examples include using pre-build appliances to use Oracle SOA Suite and BPM or WebLogic Server and Java tools.

Improve VirtualBox appliance performance

These Virtual Machines can be quite demanding for resources on your PC or laptop. Fortunately there are ways to speed up VirtualBox appliances. Besides increasing the allocated CPU power and RAM there are a few less expected things you can do:

  • Create fixed size disks – A preallocated disk will have less fragmentation. Adding of files to the virtual disk will be faster (spaces is already reserved). The downside is that a fixed-size disk uses more space on your hard disk.
  • Exclude the Virtual Machine directory from the virus scanner – Scanning there from the host isn’t very useful either. So add this directory to the exclusion list.
  • Put the VirtualBox files on non-system disk – Put the VirtualBox files on a non-system disk. The virtual disk and your hosts’s OS won’t be competing to read from or write to these same disk.
  • Make shure the Intel VT-x and AMD-V setting is ON – These are processor extensions that improve virtualization performance.

Installing an all 64 bit JDK JDeveloper set on Windows7

September 4th, 2012 1 comment

You might know that JDeveloper is supported on 64 bit versions of Java and Windows since release Fusion Middleware is supported on JDK7 both 11g and 12c versions since May 2012. So I decided to try to install an 64 bit JDK7, 64 bit JDeveloper on Windows 7 64 bit.

Since most of my JDeveloper work is aimed at SOA Suite, BPM and non-ADF Java, I choose the JDeveloper 11g IDE. On the JDK site I started with JDK7u6. However a security thingie got in the way and I switch to JDK7u7. I’m assuming you have a PC/laptop/VirtualMachine running a 64 bit version of Windows7.

Install JDK7 update 7

The latest JDeveloper support/certification info states:

  • 64 bit JDK supported for Windows as of JDeveloper
  • For JDK 6, update 24 or later is recommended
  • For JDK 7, update 3 or later is recommended

However due to the security vulnerabilities in all earlier JDK 7 versions (on all OSes and their browsers) it is recommended to install only JDK7 update 7 and up.

Download JDK 7 for Windows 7 64bit. To install JDK7 on Windows7 double click the downloaded file.

Install JDeveloper

Since we have chosen a 64 bit JDK ourselves we downloading the jdevstudio11116install.jar from OTN Developer Tools site.

Before installing we check whether the correct JDK version will be used (from the command prompt (cmd)):
C:\Oracle\jdk7u7\bin>java -version
java version "1.7.0_07"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.7.0_07-b10)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 23.3-b01, mixed mode)


And then to install JDeveloper from the command prompt (cmd):

C:\Users\deltalounge\Downloads>java -jar jdevstudio11116install.jar
Extracting 0%...................................................................

Then a GUI starts and the most important screens are:

Install SOA Suite, BPM and AIA extensions

Follow the guidance of these post to install JDeveloper extensions:

And you are ready to go.

JDeveloper 11g with BPM Studio extension

April 26th, 2012 No comments

To create Oracle BPM processess with JDeveloper you need to install the BPM Studio extension. This is similar to installing the SOA Suite extension.

Ensure that the desired version of JDeveloper is installed. You can download JDeveloper here. Should you be unsure on how to install JDeveloper check the SOA Suite quick start guide to guide you.

Install JDeveloper BPM Studio extension

Install JDeveloper in a seperate Middleware Home. When starting JDeveloper choose the “Default” role. To enable JDeveloper to perform development for the SOA Suite and develop and deploy SCA composites you have to install an extension called SOA Composite Editor. When you want to develop BPM processess you need to install BPM Studio extension following these steps:

  • Select Help > Check for Updates
  • Click Next
  • Select Oracle Fusion Middleware Products and Official Oracle Extensions and Updates and click Next
  • Select Oracle SOA Composite Editor and Oracle BPM Studio 11g and click Next
  • Check the update has finished and click finished
  • Restart JDeveloper and you’re good to go

JDeveloper BPM Studio extensionShould you choose to install these extensions from a local file make shure you have the correct version for your JDeveloper and SOA Suite install. You can find these extensions in the JDeveloper Update Center. There is also a JDev extensions blog.

AIA Service Constructor in JDeveloper 11g PS3

March 30th, 2011 No comments

JDeveloper 11g needs extensions to work with SOA Suite / SCA Composites and AIA 3.0 (for example the Service Constructor). An earlier post describes how to use SOA Suite extension in JDeveloper 11g. This post will show you how to install the AIA Service Constructor.

The AIA Service Constructor can be acquired using the menu Help | Check for updates, clicking Next, and selecting Oracle Fusion Middleware Products. SelectAIA Service Constructor and click next to start the download.

Verify the installation of the extension using the menu Help | About, and click on the tab Extensions:

Altering JDeveloper preferences

Now we have to make the aia.jar known to the SOA stuff. In order to do this we use the preferences, using the menu Tools | Preferences.... The is aia.jar in the ...\Middleware\jdeveloper\lib directory.

After these changes JDeveloper needs a restart.

Install JDeveloper 11g SOA Suite extension

January 6th, 2010 3 comments

To some of us it came as a surprise that SOA Suite design time stuff was no longer an integral part of the Oracle IDE. To use BPEL, Mediator, Human Task, and Adapters the soa-jdev-extension is required. So we have to install the JDeveloper SOA Suite extension from 11g on.

Install SOA Suite extension in JDeveloper

The SOA extension can be acquired using the menu Help | Check for updates, clicking Next, and selecting Oracle Fusion Middleware Products. Select Oracle SOA Composite Editor and click next to start the download. Since the extension is over 200 MB this could take a few minutes depending on the speed of your internet connection. When the download has finished, the version number details are shown and you’ll click finish to start using it.

Install from local file

Update wizard

Update wizard

If the download described above is not working for you, try the install from local file option.
Go to the Fusion Middleware Products Update Center to select the correct version of the Oracle SOA Composite Editor to go with your version of JDeveloper 11g. If you’re using JDeveloper 11g R2 you’ll find it here. The file is called

Download the extension, and instead of selecting the Search Update Centers option during step 2 of the upgrade you choose the Install From Local File option and the appropriate file. This is displayed in the screenshot. From here on it is a Next - Next - Finish operation.

Install other JDeveloper extensions

Other JDeveloper extensions like the AIA Composite Application Framework, PHP extension, and the SQL Developer extension can be found in the update center.