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).
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 –
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.