Rather than ignore a potentially damaging report about Oracle Application Express and hope no one notices it, I wish to expose it to the light of day.
I read a blog post the other day on the offical Oracle blog site. This blog post referenced a paper from an industry analyst. The majority of the paper is about Oracle Forms, the current offering, the road map and planned longevity of Oracle Forms, and a listing of numerous new features being added to Oracle Forms which customers can use to capitalize upon and further extend their investment in Oracle Forms.
A very small portion of the paper mentions Oracle Application Express - 202 words, to be exact. However, in these 202 words, the author seems to conclude that:
- APEX is only good for simple CRUD applications
- APEX is not well-suited for applications with complex business logic
After reading this paper, though, I'm not sure what I find more bothersome - a) the conclusion by an analyst who was fed incorrect and/or misleading information about Oracle Application Express and believes it to be Oracle WebDB from 1998, or b) an Oracle blog would highlight a white paper that basically says "if you wish to move from Oracle Forms and you're not interested in Oracle Fusion Middleware, then please use .NET." An odd direction, indeed, to suggest to customers who have invested heavily in SQL and PL/SQL.
I will let the successes of our customers be all the evidence that is needed to prove both of them wrong.