Thinking Anew

The Community is One of Oracle APEX's Best Features

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After reading the article “The R community is one of R’s best features“ by David Smith, I felt there were a lot of similarities between the R and Oracle APEX communities, and hence, was inspired to pen a copycat post. So here it is:

But there’s more:

  • Slack - grab your invite by signing up as an apex.world member, and chat realtime with other members of the community.
  • OTN Community Forums - probably the oldest social platform to have your questions answered.
  • Twitter bot that monitors and tweets StackOverflow’s Oracle APEX questions so that they get maximum reach.

I happen to think that there’s much synergy between these two powerful platforms. Why? Let me attempt to convince you why Oracle APEX makes a great Research Data Management platform in a few bullet points:

  • It allows research groups to quickly create, collect and securely manage data.
  • Standards-based development without the fuss.
  • Install the Quick SQL package app, and use markdown-like text to generate data models, and even sample data!
  • Start from low code and advance to lots-of-code if required.
  • Integrates readily with other systems and technologies through the use of web services, e.g. R, which I discussed in this earlier blog post.
  • Analyze the data exclusively in R using a package like ROracle
  • Start for free (forever) or scale up later by paying for more advanced features.

That’s a lot of bullet points. Just one more. Much like R:

“[The] community is one of greatest assets of [Oracle APEX], and is an essential component of what makes [Oracle APEX] useful, easy, and fun to use. And you couldn’t find a nicer and more welcoming group of people to be a part of.”

Last but not least, if you are an R enthusiast who is curious to find out more about Oracle APEX, please feel free to reach out to me.