I was tasked recently with creating a "wizard" style dialog that would ask a user a few questions and allow them to select a couple of spreadsheet files and finally import that data into our database.

After a day or so I got this working and during UAT the users loved it and have asked for a similar style dialogs in other parts of the app, I've created a small demo for our other developers to use in order to help them create the wizards easily, if there is any interest I can post the code here or perhaps the Formspider team can add it to thier site???

Is there any plans to add a "plug in" ability to Formspider?

Cheers Simon

asked 05 Aug '16, 06:06

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Hi Simon,

Yes please, it would be very nice of you, if you could prepare a demo and send it to us. We can then put it to the demo page or even to the blog if you don't mind writing a little bit of a background about what you do with Formspider at Babcock. It doesn't have to be long. I'm looking forward to it.

About "plug ins". There are plans for plug-ins but what we will do won't be anything like Oracle APEX plug-ins. We think that approach has multiple issues. Some of which are:

  • It leads to JavaScript soup quickly.
  • Upgrading any dependency (Formspider, browser etc...) might cause the plug-in to break
  • Managing plug-ins i.e. getting support for a plug-in might be a problem
  • It encourages PL/SQL developers to resort to hacks to get the app out the door instead of encouraging them to use good design principles which in turn makes maintenance of the application harder.
  • Security might be an issue

So if/when we implement some sort of plug-ins, we want to have a solution for most if not all of these issues. We've got a few ideas. 2017 will be a busy year. :-)

Kind Regards,


answered 05 Aug '16, 10:32

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