Oracle APEX

Statement of Direction

This page was last updated on 6 August, 2018.

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Oracle Application Express (APEX) is a low-code development platform that enables you to build stunning, scalable, secure apps, with world-class features, that can be deployed anywhere. Oracle APEX is the native Web application development framework for the Oracle Database.
 
Oracle continues to invest in the development and support of Oracle APEX and new versions. The following is a roadmap for the upcoming release(s) of Oracle APEX.

Oracle APEX 18.2

Oracle APEX 18.2 is the first update to APEX 18.1 and includes numerous bug fixes and a number of new features and enhancements. It is planned to incorporate the following:

  • Improved workspace provisioning wizard, with additional options to streamline new service requests.
  • New side-by-side master detail page type available in Create Page wizard.
  • New dashboard page type available in Create Page wizard.
  • Improved warnings within REST Workshop to prevent loss of custom definitions.
  • More comprehensive JavaScript API documentation.
  • Ability to update Font APEX stylesheets and font files independent of Oracle APEX releases.
  • Installation of Sample Datasets will enable the creation of a sample application including dashboard and drill down reporting.
  • EMP / DEPT Sample Dataset will be available in English, Chinese, Czech, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Russian, and Spanish.
  • Updated productivity and sample apps.

Revised Release and Naming Conventions

Oracle APEX 18.1 was the first major release in calendar year 2018. The next release in the same calendar year will be APEX 18.2. Oracle APEX will no longer provide patch set releases, such as APEX 18.1.1, instead only offering full releases. The first release in calendar year 2019 will be APEX 19.1.
{Note: Patch set exceptions (PSEs) will still be delivered for major defects and generally communicated on the Oracle APEX Known Issues page. Some PSEs will be delivered in a PSE bundle, rather than individually. Be sure to read the solution provided and search for the bug number specified on the Oracle APEX Known Issues page. For PSE bundles review the readme to determine all of the bug fixes included in the bundle.}
 
This change in release strategy is of significant benefit to both cloud and on-premises deployments of Oracle APEX. The primary advantage of this release strategy is reduced downtime when upgrading an existing Oracle APEX installation. The architecture also provides the ability to immediately rollback if necessary. Utilizing patch sets, instead of a full release, requires significantly more downtime and with no easy way to rollback the patch set installation. This change in release strategy also provides a vehicle for features to be introduced sooner to our customers.

apex.oracle.com

apex.oracle.com is a free, hosted version of Oracle APEX which anyone can use, and you can get started in minutes. It offers an easy way to learn about APEX and Oracle Database, or develop prototypes with APEX. It is not intended for production applications, however, and is only provided for education and prototyping.

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