The Application Express 4.0 Early Adopter's program at http://tryapexnow.com has been a smashing success, so far. 2,440 workspaces have been requested and created on this instance, and a plethora of feedback has been received. Our customers have reported both bugs and made numerous feature suggestions, some of which you will see implemented in Application Express 4.0 production. So thank you for this tremendous amount of participation - this is further proof that Application Express has such a vibrant community.
In the coming weeks, we will be refreshing the Application Express 4.0 Early Adopter's Instance with an updated build of Application Express 4.0. One of the significant features to be enabled in this build will be Oracle Application Express Websheets.
Although it has been our intention to preserve the existing workspaces when we install the new Application Express 4.0 environment, the odds are about 97% that you will need to sign up for an entirely new workspace and schema - that is, nothing from the current Early Adopter's will be preserved. An application export *may* work in the updated instance, but that is not guaranteed either. Certainly, though, all of the submitted feedback from our customers will be preserved and available. We'll provide advance notice of at least a couple weeks before this refresh (really, "rebuild") of the environment will take place. And this new environment will happen in a database with an AL32UTF8 character set.
Thank you for your many contributions to the success of Application Express 4.0.