We have eagerly been waiting for the release of APEX 3.0 , Last week, APEX 3.0 was made available for download. We use APEX extensively for internal application development and are porting many oracle forms applications that were internally developed to APEX. The users love APEX, the IT people love APEX, I as a DBA love APEX. We were looking forward to the PDF printing most of all, the ability to build PDF reports in APEX was going to be a huge feather in the cap for oracle and there was serious talk about having a vendor port a major application from a Delphi fat client to APEX, the vendor was on board, everything seemed to line up.
Then we installed APEX 3.0, the upgrade and installation on our test environment went perfectly, no problems at all. We start to read the documentation about the PDF printing, and we realize. We need to install XML/BI publisher to take advantage of the robust PDF printing that was all the rage. Well, that burnt us. Yes we can install the FOP stuff and do really basic reporting, but we had hoped the PDF generation was part of APEX 3.0.
We have had XML/BI publisher on the radar for awhile, knowing we will have to go to it with our Oracle E-Business suite upgrade later this year. I guess I had upgrade our evaluation copy to the newest version and see what has changed and try and figure out some business cases for spending the C$45,872 per CPU for XML/BI publisher.
We still love APEX 3.0, wonderful product, if your not using it, you should figure out a reason to.