Loading Data by
using Oracle Forms Record and Playback Method
Using this feature Forms Data
Loader can be used to load data accurately and several times faster than Macro
Loading. It is more reliable, the load will stop whenever an
error occurs, because although load is build using Forms Data
Loader it is executed by Oracle Forms.
Using this method you can load the data in Oracle
Apps by performing the following Steps.
First Setup Oracle Forms for Record and
Playback. If you have not configured Oracle Forms for record and playback then
do so before proceeding. Click here for Setup
In a windows client and
login as user for whom you turn on recording and open the
required form and enter at least 2 sample records please
follow the given guidelines while recording
Guidelines for Recording
- Please enter at least 2
similar records. i.e. enter the data in same no of
fields in the same order in both the records.
- If you have entered
data in 10 fields in first sample record then enter
data for 10 fields in second sample record also. Do
not skip fields and do not use extra fields while
entering second record.
- Do not use different
ways to select check boxes or radio boxes. If you
have used mouse to select a value for a check box or
radio box field then use mouse to select the same
check box or radio box field in second record. If
you have used keyboard then use keyboard to select
check box or radio box fields in both the sample
- Use Keyboard shortcuts
as much as possible instead of mouse clicks while
- Enter data directly in
LOV fields as much as possible instead of selecting from
- Do not switch between
forms while recording
- Exit Oracle Application
as soon as you finished entering sample records.
- For Drop down lists
enter as many sample records as different values in the
drop down list you want to use.
Open the recorded file in Forms Data Loader, FDL will ask
you to identify the First Field and Last Field of repeating
section as shown below. Here Select the First and Last Repeating
Fields of the First Sample record you have entered in the above
step while recording the file
the First and Last field of the repeating section is
crucial for correct execution of load.
Once you have identified the first and
last field of repeating section Forms Data Loader will show a
spreadsheet showing the records you have entered in forms as
Now you can add records to the
spreadsheet by directly typing or importing from Excel CSV files
or from any delimited file. You can also copy and paste the data
from any spreadsheet.
Once you have populated the spreadsheet save the
file. When you save the file Forms Data Loader will generate the code necessary
for playing the file in Oracle Forms. You can click the
button to view the code.
Now take this file to the machine where
forms server is running and copy it to the location usually
directory by giving the name which you have specified in "play="
option in profile settings while configuring Oracle Forms for Record and
If you can directly open forms without going
through sign-on pages then you can type the record and play file in the address
itself like for example
Oracle Forms will start loading the records as
soon as forms is open. Step 5 is not needed if you are opening the forms directly.
Now login to Oracle Application as a user
for whom you have set the profile setting for playback and open the desired
form. Oracle Forms will start loading the records as soon as forms is open.