Forms Data Loader (FDL) is a tool to load data
from Excel or CSV files into Oracle Apps 11i / R12 through front end forms. It provides an easy to use and cost effective solution for loading
test or legacy data into Oracle EBS Applications. Although it is
specially built for loading data into Oracle
to load data in any application Forms running under Windows like SAP and
others. Requires no special technical knowledge and can be used by any
non technical end users as data is loaded through front end.
Comes with state of the art HTML Forms Data Loader to load data into HTML Forms or Oracle Applications Self Service Forms which provides 100% reliable loads without needing any complex setups
Compatible with Oracle Applications 10.7, Oracle Apps 11,Oracle Apps 11i & Oracle Applications R12
The answer is simple there is no direct way to modify data in Oracle Apps tables as Oracle Corporation says
Not Use Database Tools to Modify Oracle Applications Data
Oracle provides powerful tools you can use to create, store, change, retrieve and maintain information in an Oracle database. But if you use
Oracle tools like SQL*Plus to modify Oracle Applications data, you risk destroying the integrity of your data and you lose the ability to audit
changes to your data.
Because Oracle Applications tables are interrelated, any change you make using an Oracle Applications form can update many tables at
once. But when you modify Oracle Applications data using anything other than Oracle Applications forms, you may change a row in one
table without making corresponding changes in related tables. If your tables get out of synchronization with each other, you risk retrieving
erroneous information and you risk unpredictable results throughout Oracle Applications.
When you use Oracle Applications forms to modify your data, Oracle Applications automatically checks that your changes are valid. Oracle
Applications also keeps track of who changes information. But, if you enter information into database tables using database tools, you may
store invalid information. You also lose the ability to track who has changed your information because SQL*Plus and other database tools
do not keep a record of changes.
Consequently, we STRONGLY RECOMMEND that you never use SQL*Plus, Oracle Data Browser, database triggers, or any other tool to
modify Oracle Applications tables, unless we tell you to do so in our manuals. "
Oracle does provide Open Interface tables but, it is tedious exercise to load data using Open interface tables. Our tools are useful as they load the data from Front End Forms as though entered by a user and thus all the validations are performed.
Forms Data Loader loads the data using the following methods
Forms Data Loader fills data in Forms by simulating keystrokes as though type by a user. It provides a spreadsheet interface where you can enter the data and keystrokes to send to the forms. Building Load is quite easy, you can learn building data loads by just spending few minutes. We provide a series of demos which demonstrates how the loads are developed and how FDL works. Although it is specially focused to load data into Oracle ERP Applications, it can be used to load data in virtually any type of application form whether it is SAP or HTML or any other application More...
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 comes, It is because Oracle Forms will execute the load. You use Forms Data Loader just for developing the load.
Using this method you can load the data in Oracle Apps by performing the following Steps.
Run the Oracle Application Forms in record mode and enter 2 or more records in whichever form you want to load the data.
Open the recorded file in Forms Data Loader and add records by entering directly or by importing from a CSV file or Excel or any other delimited file
Then Play the file saved in Step 2 by running Oracle Application Forms in Playback Mode.
This method is accurate and handles all errors and nearly 10 times faster than macro loading.
HTML Forms Data Loader (HDL) is a separate tool, which comes with Forms Data Loader, to load data from CSV / Delimited / Databases into an HTML Form. It is a supplement to Forms Data Loader Tool which uses Macros to enter data in Forms. Since, HTML forms usually does not provide any Alt Keys (Hot Keys) it is quite difficult to load data into HTML forms using Forms Data Loader through Macros and Forms Record and Playback is impossible in HTML form. We used to get lot of mails from users expressing difficulty in loading data using Macros and they wanted a easy solution to load data in HTML forms. HTML Forms Data Loader is an answer to all these requests