APEX presentation- Montreal march 18, 2010

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APEX presentation- Montreal march 18, 2010
There were very good news yesterday at the APEX presentation made by Oracle and the team behind sie-solutions (website). The most interesting features that will be available in the upcoming 4.0 release were discussed in the morning sessions. In the afternoon, there were 6 speed training sessions related to the following features:
  • Graphic look for an APEX application
  • Preparing an APEX application for smartphones
  • JQuery in APEX
  • Plugins
  • Dynamic actions
  • How to break down a database using poor programming habits within APEX
For Oracle Forms developers, the most interesting feature is what is called dynamic action, another term for trigger. I already raised that issue in this post a while back. In essence, I was concerned that in order to mimic a trigger behavior in APEX, you had to resort to javascript which a number of people are not comfortable with. Now, with the wizard in the 4.0 release, you should be able to implement some very interesting features in APEX. As far as plugins are concerned, it is the way to go if APEX is to grow. However, I raised an issue dealing with the fact that most companies won't use a plugin unless it is certified free from trojan, virues etc. The reason is that APEX is deployed in the database and as such a well (bad usage) crafted plugin would open the data in the DB to external mining. In this case, I think a plugin store similar to Apple store or Google market should be the way to go. Who is going or willing to manage it ? Anyway, excellent presentations by the team behind sie solutions.

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5 thoughts on “APEX presentation- Montreal march 18, 2010

  1. I have about a thousand of FMB and rdf, I see that investment in Oracle Forms / reports are always lower, I started thinking about a migration in APEX, I wanted to know your opinion.


  2. @rosario: I am no big fan of APEX. In terms of maintenance, I strongly believe that APEX apps are a nightmare. In your case, I would stick with Forms. Much easier to maintain.

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