Oracle updates APEX application development kit

Version 4.1 features an array of improvements

Oracle has updated its Application Express tools for quickly building Web applications on top of its database, the company announced Thursday.

APEX, as the software is referred to, is somewhat of a successor to Oracle's Forms development software, although the latter remains in fairly wide use.

It is offered as an option for Oracle's database at no charge. However, developers don't necessarily have to shell out the money for a commercial database license, as it can also be used with the free-of-charge Express Edition.

That database version omits many specialized features found in the enterprise edition and places limitations on the amount of user data, but is likely robust enough to support the type of department-level applications commonly built with APEX.

The new edition of APEX, 4.1, comes about one year after the release of 4.0, which added an AJAX library for livening up web pages with dynamic elements, as well as a wizard for linking applications to REST (representational state transfer) data sources.

Version 4.1 adds an array of refinements and new features, including improved error handling. Now when a database error occurs, an application can be made to display a message describing the problem in plain language, versus a string of technical abbreviations and codes.

Other new features include tools to help end-users upload information from spreadsheets into an application; expanded capabilities for adding plug-ins; and improved mobile application support.

Not all the kinks may be ironed out of version 4.1, however. A user posting in an official Oracle forum on Thursday reported at least one "very ugly" bug in the release's installation documentation.

An Oracle spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment regarding the reported bug.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags databasesOraclesoftwareapplicationsapplication developmentDevelopment tools

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Chris Kanaracus

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?