Dependable & Data-centric application development or rapid development? What is your priority?
In the domain of web development, one often has to choose between two equally important aspects, browser-friendly & data-centric web applications or fast development via fast prototyping.
You no longer have to choose since Oracle APEX now gives you the best of both worlds. Web applications are an intricate part of every business in the meantime. Users choose web applications over desktop application due to their responsiveness, i.e., their easy accessibility on desktop or mobile devices alike.
The need for storing & handling data has increased manifolds over the years, which is why database systems are extremely important to ensure an organization’s smooth working. Oracle, a distinguished database manufacturer is renowned for the ‘Oracle Database’ which allows users to read as well as write significant amounts of data. Upon realizing the growing requirement of fast development of web applications, Oracle incepted the online development environment ‘Oracle Application Express (APEX)’, a no-cost plugin for Oracle Database.
The Amalgam of Development Environment and Database
Oracle APEX is a rapid web application development tool for the Oracle Database. It’s a browser-based interface, declarative programming framework which is easy to grasp and empowers you to quickly develop effective and robust applications.
Being browser-based, Oracle APEX is independent of the operating system underneath. Installed on Oracle Database, Oracle APEX has direct access to the corresponding database, which means no persistence layer is required to exchange data between the database and the developed application.
Owning an Oracle Database is a prerequisite of gaining access to Oracle APEX, which is why it is most advantageous for organizations that already operate Oracle Database.
Programming Made Easy
Oracle Database lets one avail packages and functions that equip developers to augment their databases by writing source code with PL/SQL. Invented by Oracle, PL/SQL extends the common SQL functionality with features known from distinct programming languages.
An Advantageous Headstart – Rapid GUI Prototypes
As a default layout theme for the graphical user interface (consecutively GUI) Oracle APEX comes with the Universal Theme and the Theme Roller as an easy-to-use tool to adapt the Universal Theme individually. There is no need to spend time on the GUI at the very beginning. Thus the developer can directly start with implementing the business logic.
This is the reason why Oracle APEX is feasible to create rapid GUI-Prototypes without logic. Thus prospective customers can get an idea of how their future application will look.
Keeping Up with Globalization
Multilingual applications are gaining momentum rapidly. Acknowledging the hype, Oracle improvised and equipped Oracle APEX with powerful translation utilities to translate entire applications with ease. The default language, the language in which APEX application is originally developed, is translated without effort or error. All the labels, buttons, region titles, every detail is translated.
Maximized Security – Authenticate & Authorize
Oracle has developed a powerful yet easy-to-use approach to secure web applications developed using Oracle APEX. A user must request access to read or edit data, this process is called authentication. Different authentication schemes are applied to ensure complete security. After authentication, the next step is authorization. Authorization schemes manage what permissions a user has. Almost everything in Oracle APEX like pages, regions, items, buttons, validations, processes can be restricted with an authorization scheme.
To sum up, Oracle APEX is a powerful development environment created as a no-cost plugin for Oracle Database. It is ideal for accelerated development and rapid prototyping. Being a powerful yet easy-to-use platform that enables the development of multilingual, secure and high-functioning web applications which are independent of their dimensions.
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