Oracle attempts to resurrect its Apex

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By  Published  September 8, 2006

Oracle has made a second attempt at launching its free Web application tool, following the earlier failure of its HTML DB development tool, which the company dropped after failing to enhance it.

Re-branded as Application Express (Apex) the software is release 2.2 of the web application development software which began life as HTML DB in February 2004.

The latter ceased to exist after Oracle stopped making enhancements to the product that would have ensured its survival.

Apex features several productivity enhancements and is designed to reduce the complexity of developing and deploying Web applications for Oracle users with limited programming experience.

The new release promotes the reuse of Web applications by enabling users to package applications and dependent objects such as tables, seed data, and images, into a single file.

Mike Hichwa, vice president of software development at Oracle told the Computerworld online news site that this time the company was committed to the future of the software and that it would not meet the same fate as Web DB.

“Oracle never killed Web DB; they never enhanced it,” Hichwa explained.

“We created a new product, Apex. There was a broken lineage, it was dropped, then picked up again. I apologise to users — we don’t plan on doing that again,” he added.

Among its enhancements Oracle Application Express Release 2.2 features an item finder that allows users to search within applications, component-level export, and an access control wizard to control access to applications, among other new capabilities.

It is a web-based application development tool integrated with all editions of Oracle Database 10g and Oracle9i Database Release 2 and enables users with limited programming experience to rapidly develop scalable web applications that can be deployed quickly to tens, hundreds or thousands of users.

“Many users in the region have turned to Oracle Application Express to create secure web applications as it is an easy- to-use tool with a broad range of capabilities,” commented Dana Murugan, senior director, marketing, Oracle Middle East and Africa (MEA).

“Building on the Oracle database offers customers the performance, reliability and scalability they require to develop and deploy web applications efficiently,” he added.

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