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Jun 23 2010   4:27PM GMT

Oracle updates its Web-based Application Express development tool

Shayna Garlick Shayna Garlick Profile: Shayna Garlick

Web-based application development is continuing to grow in popularity as developers search for cheaper ways to build apps and tools to help them.  At SearchOracle.com we recently examined four emerging Web development tools — Toad V10, Alpha Five V10, Oracle Application Express (APEX) and RAD Studio 2010 – and looked at their strengths and weaknesses.

Today, an update was announced on one of these tools. Oracle is giving APEX a Web 2.0 Boost, allowing developers to add some flash to their Web 2.0 applications in what one Oracle executive calls “the most significant release to date.”

APEX, which we touted for its ease of use and depth of features, now includes a new tool called Dyanmic Actions.  Developers can use this library of AJAX functionality to make their Web pages more interactive, with show/hide and type-ahead capabilities.

Oracle APEX 4.0 will also include a wizard to communicate with REST (representational state transfer) data sources from within an application, and improved themes and interfaces that work with XHTML and CSS standards.

According to Oracle’s press release on Oracle APEX 4.0, other new features and capabilities include plug-ins that will allow developers to incorporate custom components; Websheets that help share content and data on the Web; and the ability of developers to build and deploy applications using only a Web browser.

Which Web development tools do you use, and what do you think about them?

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