Recently, an e-mail from the Oracle MetaLink team went out to MetaLink users, inviting them to try out the new Oracle MetaLink and get their feedback. The new MetaLink is not written with Oracle Application Express, prompting some customers to write an e-mail to me and ask me what’s going on. There was also a recent discussion on one of the ODTUG mailing lists about this very topic. Here are some statements which will undoubtedly be inferred from this change:
- Oracle is no longer committed to Oracle Application Express
- Oracle Application Express couldn’t handled the scalability needs of Oracle MetaLink
Let me say that both of these statements are false.
Oracle acquired many companies and products over the past few years. Included in these acquisitions was software to help manage the customer relationship. This really became a business decision of either continuing to maintain and extend custom-written software in Oracle Application Express and PL/SQL, or use the off-the-shelf software that Oracle sells. As Tom Kyte often references the “Buy versus Build” decision, this one was even simpler – “Buy versus Own”.
That’s the decision in a nutshell. Anything else inferred from this change would be factually incorrect.