Oracle starts 2011 very strong with a major release of FMW 11g Patch Set 3 (PS3). Officially this is a patch but Oracle always adds new functionality to a PS release. First, FMW PS3 is a full release and not a patch on PS1 and PS2. All the products can be directly installed on WebLogic 10.3.4. Big High Five from the administrators and developers. In this post I will tell you the important new features and provide you the PS3 links so you can download or read more about this release.
I start with WebLogic, ADF , SOA Suite and OSB. At this time Oracle did not publish the new features and bugfixes of WebCenter (will be released later) & BPM.
WebLogic, Version = 10.3.4 and in this release Oracle provides a WebLogic Apache Maven Plug-in. This plugin allows you to perform deployment operations similar to those supported by the command-line utility. And in 10.3.4 WebLogic has support for JPA 2.0 Providers.
ADF, with version 188.8.131.52.0 Oracle supports ADF on IBM WebSphere , Significant update to ADF Desktop Integration (Microsoft Excel Client) and Design-time support for creating JMX data controls.
SOA Suite version = 184.108.40.206.0 . The SOA Design plugin in JDeveloper now support BPEL 2.0, The BPEL editor in JDeveloper can generate BPEL 2.0 code and introduces several new activities. SOA Suite can now be run on IBM WebSphere Application Server. And the last is the single server do it all feature, previous called single domain (OSB in PS2 already supported this). This is so called developer release installs BPM, SOA , ADF and EM on one single WebLogic Server (The adminserver), this will reduce the required memory on 1 machine.
OSB also version 220.127.116.11.0. Oracle Service Bus provides support for the Oracle JCA Adapter for Files/FTP , this feature is nice when you have to work with big files and works better then the native file transport with big files. HTTP transport has been enhanced to provide access to individual query parameters in the query string.
The download page is different then that of PS1 & PS2. For PS3 Oracle made a new page with all the FMW products, here is the link http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/indexes/downloads/index.html.