The Oracle APEX roadmap highlights the future direction for upcoming releases.
The following list outlines the general roadmap for upcoming releases of Oracle APEX.
Built-In Data Generator
Design data generation blueprints that reference data from existing tables, or from over 30 built-in sample dataset categories, then intelligently generate data in CSV, JSON or SQL formats, or insert sample data directly into tables within your schema.
Support for integrated workflow capabilities that provide human workflow with actionable emails, unified task list, and connectivity to external services with pre-built connectors.
Visual Application Logic
Oracle APEX will provide a visual representation of application logic including page flow and client side interactions.
Reporting and Analytics
Easily leverage analytic features of Oracle Database to make predictions and discover trends in your data.
Use wizards to add machine learning algorithms to your APEX applications, with over 30 algorithms supporting regression, classification, time series, clustering, feature extraction, and anomaly detection.
Runtime Application Customizations
Oracle APEX will enable runtime customization of labels and other attributes of apps on production deployments that will be persisted across application upgrades.
Integration with developer lifecycle services
Plan for improved integration with cloud-based and on-prem source code control and CI/CD pipeline automation, including support for artifacts, build pipelines, GIT, etc.
Improved printing and PDF export capabilities
Expanded configuration and user interface options for report printing, and interface to PDF printing service with ORDS.
Expanded Capabilities in APEX Service Cloud Console
Improved integration of APEX within cloud service console to enable easy access to monitoring, alerts, and other common tasks.
Extended Support for MySQL
Oracle APEX will extend support for MySQL Databases by enabling the MySQL SQL dialect to be used for advanced capabilities of APEX. This includes the ability for end-user driven report customizations such as pivots, control breaks, filters, faceted search, and more.
Release Plan and Naming Convention
Oracle APEX 18.1 was the first major release in calendar year 2018. The next release in the same calendar year was APEX 18.2. This same naming convention is used in subsequent years, therefore, the first release in calendar year 2020 is APEX 20.1. Oracle APEX no longer provides patch set releases and instead only offers full releases.
Note: Patch Set Bundles will be delivered for major defects and generally communicated on the Oracle APEX Known Issues page. These Patch Set Bundles may be updated numerous times when new fixes are added to the bundle, and can be reapplied as needed. Be sure to read the solution provided and search for the bug number specified on the Oracle APEX Known Issues page to determine all of the bug fixes included in the bundle.
This change in release strategy is of significant benefit to both cloud and on-premises deployments of Oracle APEX. The primary advantage of this release strategy is reduced downtime when upgrading an existing Oracle APEX installation. The architecture also provides the ability to immediately rollback if necessary. Utilizing patch sets, instead of a full release, requires significantly more downtime and with no easy way to rollback the patch set installation. This change in release strategy also provides a vehicle for features to be introduced sooner to our customers.
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