Break New Ground

Announcing Oracle Visual Builder Platform

Shay Shmeltzer
Director of Product Management - Oracle

We are happy to announce the release of the Oracle Visual Builder Platform – a complete and integrated environment for development teams to develop and deliver cloud native applications. The Visual Builder Platform integrates the features of Oracle Visual Builder and Oracle Developer Cloud Service to cover the full development lifecycle from planning all the way to delivery and hosting.

The platform consists of a development interface and a runtime/hosting service, Visual Builder Studio and Visual Builder service respectively.

Visual Builder Studio

Visual Builder Studio integrates an agile collaborative team development platform with code management and CI/CD automation, extended with visual development experience for web and mobile applications.

Oracle Visual Builder Studio includes specific features that streamline the development lifecycle for Visual Builder developers with project templates, environments management, and a set of dedicated build steps and CI/CD pipelines for publishing and managing Visual Builder applications.

These features integrate directly with the visual development experience for web and mobile user interfaces provided by Visual Builder’s editors. Visual Applications developed with Visual Builder leverage Oracle JET’s rich set of components, further accelerating the speed at which development teams can deliver innovative user experiences.

Visual Builder Studio Project Page

Visual Builder Studio and Oracle Cloud Applications

Oracle’s development teams are leveraging Visual Builder Studio to create the next generation of Oracle Cloud Applications. Visual Builder Studio also acts as the interface for power users and developers to configure and customize new modules delivered by Oracle Cloud Apps teams.

In addition, Visual Builder Studio provides a set of features that make it an ideal solution for building extensions to current and future Oracle Cloud Apps – including a built-in catalog of services enabling easy access to Oracle Cloud Applications’ business objects.

Relying on industry standards, Visual Builder Studio can consume data from any REST-based data source, enabling customers to create extensions that mash-up data from Oracle Cloud Applications along with custom and external sources of data easily.

Beyond Visual Apps

In Visual Builder Studio, development teams will find everything they need to manage the full lifecycle of all the artifacts that participate in the ecosystem of extending Oracle Cloud Applications.

For project planning, Visual Builder Studio includes an issue tracking system, Agile boards and Sprint management utilities, along with wikis for information sharing.

To improve code lifecycle management, VBS offers hosted private Git repositories accessible from any git client, merge request process management, and online peer code review.

To help automate delivery processes, VBS includes powerful CI/CD engine with support for pipelines that integrates popular build and test frameworks, as well as utilities that help manage infrastructure as code leveraging standards such as Docker, Kubernetes, and Terraform.

Visual Builder – A Powerful Runtime Platform

Visual Builder provides an easy to use scalable platform for teams to host visual apps. Beyond hosting web and mobile apps, teams have the flexibility to store data in an embedded or a separate Oracle database, and host reusable business objects that expose REST interfaces and business logic to that data.

Deployment of applications across Visual Builder instances and environments can be streamlined by leveraging CI/CD pipelines defined in Oracle Visual Builder Studio.


Take out the new Visual Builder platform for a spin and see how it can help you deliver cloud applications faster – start a free trial here. And visit the documentation pages for Oracle Visual Builder Studio and Oracle Visual Builder.

Oracle Developer Cloud customers will automatically receive an upgrade to use Oracle Visual Builder Studio without any impact to their existing functionality.

Oracle Visual Builder customers can spin up a free instance of Oracle Visual Builder Studio and point it to their existing Visual Builder instance to start leveraging the new functionality.

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Comments ( 17 )
  • Kannan Ranganathan Wednesday, May 27, 2020

    Is it part of OIC?
  • Shay Shmeltzer Wednesday, May 27, 2020
    Kannan - Visual Builder Studio is a free separate service, that plugs to the VB instance that is part of OIC. So you'll spin up a Visual Builder Studio instance and it will find the OIC instance you have and use that as the runtime part.
  • Partha Saha Thursday, May 28, 2020
    I had the same question as Kannan, thanks for clearing it up Shay.
  • Sreeram Tuesday, June 2, 2020
    Can we get just Visual Builder Studio without OIC?
  • Shay Tuesday, June 2, 2020
    Sreeram - Visual Builder Studio is an independent service that any Oracle Cloud account is entitled to as a foundation service.
    You don't need OIC to have the service functionality in place.
    If you want to deploy visual applications you'll need either an instance of Visual Builder or an instance of OIC to have a place to deploy those apps.
  • Ivan Friday, June 5, 2020
    Is Visual Builder Studio the same product which was called Oracle Developer Cloud Service?
  • Alex Friday, June 5, 2020
    What is the difference between VB and Apex. It looks like a lot of functionality can be developed in either tool. Any guidelines when to chose one over the other?
  • Sourav Sengupta Saturday, June 6, 2020
    Will Visual Builder be used in extension of SaaS applications?
  • Shay Shmeltzer Sunday, June 7, 2020
    Ivan, Visual Builder Studio is based on Developer Cloud Service and replaces it while adding many new features.
  • Shay Shmeltzer Sunday, June 7, 2020
    Alex, Both VB and APEX can be used for building apps, but there are many differences in the way they do this. A key difference is the language used - VB is JavaScript, APEX is PL/SQL.
    VB also has built in integrations with the service catalogs from Oracle SaaS and Oracle Integration Cloud, as well as with Process Cloud. Visual Builder also allows you to create on-device and PWA mobile apps.
    And one more difference is that VB produces code that you can directly edit and also manage through Git integration.
  • Shay Shmeltzer Sunday, June 7, 2020
    Sourav, Yes Visual Builder Studio is going to be used for personalization and configuration of new modules in Oracle Cloud Applications.
  • Fernando Wednesday, July 1, 2020
    The cost is not clear to me, on the one hand they say it is free, but when I look at the Oracle cost calculator I get only the option of $ 1,700 approximately and it does not give me options or even to be able to use it only for example 2 hours per day and pay only for that, how is it really? If this is the cost, I don't see it well, thanks
  • Shay Shmeltzer Wednesday, July 1, 2020
    Fernando - pricing depends on the functionality you need.
    Git, Issue tracking, agile boards, wiki are free.
    CI/CD automation - the cost is the VM you spin in Oracle Compute and the storage it uses to run the build and store artifact. When not used that VM can be taken down.
    Visual Development of apps - need a Visual Builder instance to do this and have a place to deploy the app.
  • Rajeev Tuesday, July 7, 2020
    Hi Shay,
    Can we spin up a free instance of Oracle Visual Builder Studio without having DevCS
  • Shay Shmeltzer Thursday, July 30, 2020
    Rajeev - yes you can spin up a free Visual Builder Studio service even if you didn't use DevCS. The core functionality of VBS (Git, Issue tracking, Agile, Wiki) is a free to anyone with an Oracle cloud account.
  • walid Monday, September 7, 2020
    Hi Shay,
    have you an offer for vbcs only? The deployment will be on-site and the rest services to be consumed will be external to oracle cloud (on promise ords services). If a development team works with this option, how much can it cost.We do not have an oracle cloud account but we can acquire one. but not need deployment container... and need integration tools... What type of cloud account will satisfy that? Oracle say x calls per hour, but really in a dev process with team (4 developers) how much could that cost?
  • Shay Shmeltzer Monday, September 7, 2020
    Walid - You can use the platform (Git, CI/CD, Issues, Agile etc) for any type of development.
    You can take the artifact you produce from the CI/CD and deploy them locally if you want.
    In terms of cost - it will only be the compute/storage cost used for the CI/CD part.
    This is really a minimal cost since you can use a minimal configuration of compute and storage.
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