Oracle Application Express (APEX) 18.2 is now generally available! APEX enables you to develop, design and deploy beautiful, responsive, data-driven desktop and mobile applications using only a browser. APEX 18.1 was a dramatic step forward in the ease of integration with remote data sources, and the easy inclusion of robust, high-quality application features. Building upon this success, APEX 18.2 introduces a number of features as well as improves the overall quality of APEX.
Some of the improvements to Oracle APEX 18.2 include:
In Oracle APEX 18.2, the Create Page wizard has been extended to enable the creation of application pages for Side-by-Side Master Detail and a Dashboard. The Side-by-Side master detail form creates a single page master detail utilizing a side by side layout and report regions with modal edit windows. The dashboard enables the creation of a first-cut dashboard based on sample data which you can later customize using Page Designer.
Font APEX is a collection of over 1,000 high-quality icons, many specifically created for use in business applications. Font APEX in APEX 18.1 included a new set of high-resolution 32 x 32 icons which included much greater detail and the correctly-sized font would be automatically selected for you, based upon where it is used in your APEX application. Oracle APEX 18.2 also includes the ability to update Font APEX stylesheets and font files, independent of Oracle APEX releases. Font APEX is now available on GitHub.
In an era of always-available cloud services and enterprise applications, particular focus has been given in APEX 18.2 to significantly reduce the outage time of an APEX upgrade. A multi-phase reduced-downtime upgrade approach was first introduced in APEX 18.1, which resulted in a significant decrease in the overall outage incurred during the upgrade process. In APEX 18.2, this multi-phase upgrade process has been further refined, resulting in an even greater reduction in the already brief outage period for an APEX upgrade.
The workflow to request an APEX workspace has been dramatically simplified, improving the experience for users trying Oracle APEX for the first time. Additional settings have been added to the APEX configuration so that, out-of-the-box, reasonable defaults are used during the workspace request process, and very little information is required to get up and running with APEX!
To assist in the learning process, Oracle APEX includes a number of data sets which can be easily installed and used for application creation. In APEX 18.2, the Create Application wizard will be automatically populated with components built on top of the datasets. Additionally, some of the datasets have been expanded to include data in other languages, including Chinese, Czech, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Russian, and Spanish.
As in every APEX release, a number of enhancements and and bugs fixes have been made to the productivity and sample applications. Additionally, more than 150 bugs have been fixed in APEX 18.2, resulting in even higher quality and stability for APEX environments.
Application Express (APEX) is the low code rapid app dev platform which can run in any Oracle Database and is included with every Oracle Database Cloud Service. APEX, combined with the Oracle Database, provides a fully integrated environment to build, deploy, maintain and monitor data-driven business applications that look great on mobile and desktop devices. To learn more about Oracle Application Express, visit apex.oracle.com. To learn more about Oracle Database Cloud, visit cloud.oracle.com/database.