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Oracle APEX

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Oracle APEX

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Alpha Anywhere

We use Alpha Anywhere to develop large scale business applications. So far, we haven't found any real limitations. This is exemplified by my response to my customers who frequently ask, "Is it possible..." I always interrupt them before this sentence goes any further by telling them, "with our development platform, anything's possible" (then we have to discuss whether the time/cost is worth the added benefit of what they're requesting).
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Oracle APEX

I would recommend it completely if you need the production of functional sites quickly. Simple approvals flow through different hierarchical levels can be simulated through groups and roles, but if the need is more complex flows for robust systems, I would advise opting for other programming frameworks.
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Pros

  • Our company had been creating small business applications since the 1980's, when we used DBase IV (don't laugh... that's what was available). Then, we got more "sophisticated" with Microsoft Access. Clearly, we would always be limited with what we can do with those two programs. By accident, during an Internet search, we saw and ad for Alpha Anywhere (back then, it was called Alpha V). After working with the 30 free trial for just two weeks, we retired Access, for good. The best part was Alpha's flexibility in its use of "back end" data tables. That allowed us to use existing Access tables as we redesigned the front-end program (Alpha ships with its own DBF system, but we prefer SQL-Based tables). You can choose, SQL Server, MySQL, Oracle, Access, Paradox (actually, too many to name) for your tables. You can even create links to Excel spreadsheets or QuickBooks Tables. It's outstanding!
  • Alpha allows developers to create very large and very complex programs. However, it's also a great choice for RAD (Rapid Application Development) for those who need to be up and running quickly or for less experienced programmers. Actually, the interface truly allows for "codeless" development of your application (more on that later). That means you can design a fully functional application, without typing a single line of code. They have some examples on their website.
  • My favorite part of Alpha is that it is constantly adding features and functions that allow us to do more with our applications. In fact, one of my biggest problems is that I need more time to learn and practice the added features as fast as they are introduced
  • Prior to Alpha Anywhere, we never considered creating/developing "mobile" applications (for tablets, smartphones, etc.). Alpha created a unique "panel" system that makes those application work great... and allows for the design of very sophisticated Apps.
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  • Allow you to use data from your Oracle Database to pre-fill forms or reports.
  • It allows you to write data back to the Oracle Database.
  • It is extremely fast! We have over 100 concurrent users in our APEX application and never get complaints about performance.
  • It is highly configurable and can be used to create all kinds of different applications.
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Cons

  • Whenever I'm asked to criticize Alpha Anywhere, my first comment refers to the documentation. For sure, they've made some improvements, this year, but I still wish it were better. Because I moved from another development package, I really had to start learning from scratch... I've been at it, for years, and I still feel like I have a way to go. The good news is that Alpha has a very active Message Board and there are lots of people who generously give their time to answer questions and help solve problems. There's no "tech support" line to call for help. Alpha DOES offer a paid "mentoring" service, which I used, several times. Unfortunately, my experience with the mentors wasn't as positive as I hoped it would be.
  • Alpha needs to improve its "templates" to make them more modern for users. I've never had a complaint from users, but I'd like my applications to have a newer, flashier look.
  • Alpha advertises itself as "codeless" programming. It is! You can certainly develop an entire application without writing a single line of "code." Unfortunately, that application will be pretty basic. If you're a serious developer, you'll want to learn "javascript" and "XBasic"... it'll come in very handy, as will an understanding about how to create SQL views and queries (and, Stored Procedures), etc.
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  • Sometimes it is so simple that it doesn't offer the desired functionality
  • At the beginning it may be a bit difficult to work with the customizations required starting from the basic applications offered inside the installation
  • It may be difficult to insert "advanced" customizations on the page (eg: web scripting for effects or popups)
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Oracle APEX10.0
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You don't have to renew it. If you have an Oracle database (even the free XE version) you have Apex. Its so easy to use it would be daft not to.
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Usability

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its easy to use as a developer and applications designed using apex are easy and intuitive to use as an end user. Even non-coders can build good applications, the more code you can write the more you can enhance the application but you can get up and running quickly with almost no technical know how.
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Very active and knowledgeable community support includes quick and helpful responses from the Oracle employees on the product development team. I've never had to raise an official support request - everything is dealt with via forums and user groups - or via direct emails. The supposrt commuinty is one of the great things about Apex.
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Its as simple as running a SQL script in the database. No existing applications are affected
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Alternatives Considered

Alpha Anywhere is a more robust, complete and lower cost solution for rapid desktop, web and mobile application cross platform development.
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I've experimented some fully custom applications, made with web technologies and Java. For sure they were more powerful than ApEx, but they cost more in terms of development days and of maintenance since they were quite complex. ApEx, instead, is really simple and its knowledge can be transferred fast. Both of these technologies fit in different situations, depending on requirements, budget and time at disposal for the implementation. But for sure, since consulting is always racing against time, I think that ApEx wins in almost all the occasions.
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Return on Investment

  • Alpha is our sole Development Platform. It has enabled us to contract for some pretty large jobs. AND, we are regularly told, by our customers, that our programs have helped them improve their organizations, workflows and profits.
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  • ApEx license if free, since the product comes with Oracle database, so it doesn't itself involve an investment
  • ApEx, for its simplicity, has a really good impact on business (non-technical) users, on access to technical appliances
  • ApEx development is simple to learn, as well as to use
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Pricing Details

Alpha Anywhere

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
Alpha Anywhere Editions & Modules
Alpha Anywhere
On-premise Edition
Alpha Anywhere Business
$1,499/year
Alpha Anywhere Business Pro
$2,499/year
Alpha Anywhere Enterprise
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Alpha TransForm (no-code component)
35/month
2. Volume Discounts
SaaS Edition
Alpha Anywhere
$1,499/year
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Oracle APEX

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Oracle APEX Editions & Modules
Oracle APEX
Additional Pricing Details