The more you work with Oracle Application Express (APEX), the more likely it is that you'll have a question how to do something with it. We field questions from internal and external customers, as well as Oracle Support, every day. A lot of them. These typically aren't basic questions, but instead, they focus on some specific customization or specialized area of functionality. Sometimes, they're bugs in APEX. Sometimes, they're functional questions which are covered in the APEX documentation, but not always so lucidly. And other times, they are simple how-to questions (e.g., how do I add workflow to my application? how do I integrate with Oracle eBusiness Suite? how scalable is APEX?, etc.).
While we always enjoy talking with customers and doing our best to make them successful, it's impossible for us to be able to help all customers globally on a 24x7 basis. Like you, we're very busy on a daily basis. But this is where the global Oracle APEX community really shines. There are many users of Oracle APEX around the world who are always willing to unselfishly and graciously help others. We see this every day. But how do you engage with the vast Oracle APEX Community? I've listed a number of resources below.
- apex.world - If you're into Oracle APEX and not on apex.world, then something is wrong. apex.world is the community-authored and community-hosted site for everything APEX. It combines news, a Twitter feed, jobs, plug-ins, and a number of discussion groups through Slack. About the only downside is that there isn't a searchable archive of all past questions and answers on Slack, but it's a very easy way to engage with Oracle APEX developers from around the world.
- Oracle Technology Network - Oracle provides a number of discussion forums on the Oracle Technology Network, and there is a dedicated one for Oracle APEX. The Oracle APEX discussion forum has been active for more than 15 years. If you have a question about Oracle APEX, chances are very high that your question has been asked and answered on this discussion forum. You should consider searching the forum before posting a new question. However, if your question is new, you'll find many luminaries from the Oracle APEX community who are willing to share their time and expertise.
- Stack Overflow - Stack Overflow has long been a discussion site for the software development community, and in the past couple of years, there has been a surge in the number of Oracle APEX-related questions asked and answered there. You can either search for "oracle apex" or "oracle application express", or simply do a tag search for oracle-apex.
- Twitter - Many APEX developers from around the world sign on to Twitter on a daily basis. While this isn't the best forum to ask detailed questions (as you're limited to 140 characters), it's a great way to see what's going on in the Oracle APEX community. And I personally have had numerous video calls with potential customers from around the globe, all simply initiated from a simple question posed on Twitter. If you use the hash tag #orclapex, it will surely be noticed by the Oracle APEX community. And you can easily search for the #orclapex hashtag on Twitter too. If you decide to sign up for Twitter, be sure to follow account @oracleapex.
- LinkedIn - Although not as active in terms of technical question and answers, LinkedIn is a great place to get connected with other members of the Oracle APEX community and see who is doing what. I highly recommend Oracle Application Express - The Official Group on LinkedIn.
- Facebook - Also not as active in terms of technical questions and answers, Facebook is still an excellent place to see all of the Oracle APEX enthusiasts from around the world. There are over 10,000 followers of Oracle APEX on Facebook.
- Google+ - Oracle APEX fan Tony Fatouros has been slowly building an APEX community on Google+, it now has over 1,000 members and discussions can also be initiated there too.
- Oracle Support - And let's not forget - if you are a customer paying for support from Oracle, you can also initiate requests via My Oracle Support. The Support analysts typically may not be able to help you with "how do I write this in APEX?" type of questions, but they have developed a large knowledge base of issues, work arounds, and other commonly encountered support issues.
I'm sure there are other forums for help which aren't listed here, so please feel free to include them in the comments. For anyone new to Oracle APEX, you should understand that there is a vast and helpful community of developers and enthusiasts who want to see you become equally successful. And now you know where to start.