Monthly Archives: October 2009

Certification Exam for Oracle Application Express

Joel Kallman just posted that Oracle are in the process of creating a certification exam for Oracle Application Express, this is a very interesting development (and something that we in the community have discussed for a few years now).

Whilst I’m still on the fence about the whole ‘certification thing’, I do see this as another commitment by Oracle to make Application Express a serious contender amongst some of the more publicised (shall we say) development tool offerings they have.

You can get directly to the pilot page here (but I advise reading Joel’s blog first).

Grab the APEX Listener

Just a quick note to say that the APEX Listener has been released as an Early Adopters download.

If you’re not familiar with it, this is a Java alternative to the OHS or Embedded PL/SQL gateway. However that is vastly understating some of the potential this has.

I was lucky enough to be given an early preview of this and was extremely impressed by how fast it was (I performed some in-house benchmarking on it). There are lots of reasons why I’d favour using the Listener over the Embedded PL/SQL gateway, such as –

1) Caching

2) More control over configuration

3) Ability to install it on a machine other than the same machine as the DB

The list goes on…so grab it, try it..give your feedback.