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A new name for Oracle HTML DB

That's right - Oracle HTML DB has officially been renamed to Oracle Application Express. You still don't need Oracle Application Server, and it has nothing to do with Oracle Express or Express Objects, but it does coincide with the name of Oracle Express Edition Database.

This renaming campaign came up once every few months or so when I was at Oracle, as we could never quite come to a consensus on what it should be renamed to. Looks like somoene finally made the call!

My only fear with this new name is that people will associate Application with Oracle Application Server, as in it's a required component (as I said before, it still isn't) and Express with "small and insignificant", which is clearly not the limitations of HTML DB - umm, Application Express. It's going to take some getting used to...


LewisC said…
Hi Scott,

I don't think I like the new name. HTML DB seems very descriptive to me. Oh well.

Scott said…
I don't think I like the new name. HTML DB seems very descriptive to me. Oh well.

I didn't name it! :)

One of the several issues that I had with HTML DB was that it implied that you had to know either HTML, the Database, or both - which is not the case - in order to use the product.

I think that many people will take to calling this name "ApEx" or "AppEx" - both of which are easier to say!

- Scott -
Frank Schmidt said…
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Scott said…
But I'm sure - at least version 3 will be renamed again. ;-)

Let's hope not, as I'll have to re-create all of my marketing material again! :)

- Scott -
Frank Schmidt said…
Hello Scott,

Sounds like a typical "oracle" name.

But I'm sure - version 3 will be renamed again. ;-)

LewisC said…
I kind of like ApEx. We should try to make that stick! heh

Jochen Zehe said…
wow, finally it changed. Though, there were better ideas in the forum than Application Express. But Apex sounds not too bad..
Anonymous said…
HyperText Express Now that a Name!
Colin Sheppard said…
Does this mean we should also rename the HTML DB Wiki to OAE Wiki?
Scott said…
Probably, as all of Oracle's marketing material has already been changed.

- Scott -
John Scott said…
The Wiki has now been updated to use Apex rather than HTMLDB, thanks to 'grep' and 'sed' for making the job so much easier ;)
Karl Malden said…
Where can I apply for my Oracle Application Express Card? I never want to leave my home without it?
Anonymous said…

You did a presentation on integration Oracle Application with htmldb. Is there any place I can get that presentation
Scott said…
You did a presentation on integration Oracle Application with htmldb. Is there any place I can get that presentation

Yes - it is posted here .


- Scott -

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