Data Binding Objects and Metadata Files (continued)
One additional metadata file is META-INF/adfm.xml. This file is the registry for the data controls and is only used at design time. The Data Controls panel uses the file to locate the DataControls.dcx file that appears in the data model project when data controls are created manually (this does not apply to ADF BC data controls, which are created automatically.) The adfm.xml file is deployed with the rest of the application but is ignored at run time.