Thursday, October 06, 2011

OOW2011 - Announcing the APEX Marketplace

With the Oracle Database Cloud Service, Oracle also announced the APEX marketplace - a sort of App Store for APEX or APpEX Store if you like. When the Cloud Service is released, there will be number of free APEX Applications available for install. These are all created by Oracle itself and are very similar to the "Packaged Applications" that where available on OTN earlier. So if you're wondering why they're not available up there anymore and where they are gone: You got your answer now!
Just like any other APEX Application you can (probably) still export that application and install it on your own environment. But they will ne "locked down", although it's not quite clear what that actually means. Probably, to prevent support issues due to your own changes, you aren't allowed to make changes. BTW, not all Markterplace Applications will be available on OTN, some will, others won't ..
Another, not yet implemented, idea is that you can also upload your own application into the Marketplace. The application will be reviewed by Oracle before it's made available. Your application won't actually be up there, but an interested user will be redirected to your own site and be able to download it from there. And the idea is that you can either provide these applications for free or charge for it. Don't expect it to make you a millionaire, but, hey, that should go dollar-by-dollar anyway...
As a teaser a screenshot of the applications that will be available from the start:



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