Statement of Direction
Oracle continues to invest in the development and support of Oracle APEX. This page highlights the roadmap for the upcoming releases.
Key features planned for this upcoming release include:
Enhanced Popup LOV
The built-in popup LOV component will be modernized to allow for dynamic, shared LOVs to include multiple columns and enhanced search capabilities.
Expanded Shared LOVs
Shared LOVs will be extended to support REST Enabled SQL and Web Source data sources.
Easy Filterable Reports
A powerful new way to filter and display your data. The faceted search will make it easier for your users to find the data they want.
REST Enabled Interactive Grid
The built-in support for REST Enabled SQL and Web Sources will be extended to Interactive Grids and allow read and write access to remote data sources.
Data Loading into Existing Tables
The data upload functionality in SQL Workshop will be extended to allow uploading native Excel, CSV, XML and JSON documents into existing tables.
Upgraded Oracle JET
Oracle JET will be upgraded to the latest available version.
Built-in configuration option for APEX Office Print (AOP)
The built-in report printing capabilities in Oracle APEX will be extended to allow for configuring AOP as an alternative print server.
Improved reporting and capture of developer change history. Updated Productivity and Sample apps.
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. Oracle APEX will no longer provide patch set releases, such as APEX 18.1.1, instead only offering full releases. This same naming convention will be used in subsequent years, therefore, the first release in calendar year 2019 will be APEX 19.1.
Note: Patch set exceptions (PSEs) will still be delivered for major defects and generally communicated on the Oracle APEX Known Issues page. Some PSEs will be delivered in a PSE bundle, rather than individually. Be sure to read the solution provided and search for the bug number specified on the Oracle APEX Known Issues page. For PSE bundles review the readme 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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