Oracle upgrades Web apps tool

Oracle on Monday plans to announce availability of Oracle Application Express Release 3.0, which is a free tool for building and managing Web application using only a browser. Users with limited programming skills are able to develop secure Web applications that run inside an Oracle database and scale to support thousands of users, Oracle said. New enhancements and features in version 3.0 include: * PDF Printing

Oracle on Monday plans to announce availability of Oracle Application Express Release 3.0, which is a free tool for building and managing Web application using only a browser.

Users with limited programming skills are able to develop secure Web applications that run inside an Oracle database and scale to support thousands of users, Oracle said.

New enhancements and features in version 3.0 include:

* PDF Printing, for exporting a report region to PDF.

* Flash Chart integration, for incorporating Flash charts into Web applications.

* Microsoft Access Migration Workshop, to migrate Access applications to Oracle Application Express.

* Enhanced Web services capabilities, with support for document-style Web services such as those produced in the Oracle JDeveloper tool or Oracle BPEL Process Manager Web services.

* Drag and Drop Item Layout, allowing users to re-order items, change select attributes and add and delete items.

The tool supports development of AJAX-enabled (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML) Web applications. Also, version 3.0 works with Oracle Application Express packaged applications available for download on the Oracle Technology Network, such as Bug Tracker, Discussion Forum and Online Store.

The tool is integrated with Oracle Database 10g and Oracle 9i Database release 2. It can be downloaded on the Oracle Technology Network.

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