Getting up to speed with Oracle Application Express (APEX)

Want to start developing web applications with Oracle Application Express? Make sure you don't reinvent the wheel and adapt good practises from industry experts right from the start.

Here are some tips for beginners:

1. If you don't already have Oracle APEX installed, don't install it yourself, but get a free workspace within minutes on to be used for demo purposes.
To learn about Oracle APEX in the Oracle Cloud, you can use the always free tier on with two databases up to 20 GB database storage each without any cost.
For production purposes, we recommend that you pay 112 €/month (as of 16-APR-2024) for the Oracle APEX Service on the Oracle Cloud.

2. Start making your first apps using one of the Oracle APEX tutorials:
Hyand (German): (includes good practises!)
Oracle (English): (here is a good overview of these)

3. Take note of some the shortcuts from Oracle:

4. Install and explore all prebuilt apps from the App Gallery section in the Oracle APEX builder

5. Learn about how to build process-oriented apps based on BPMN 2.0 using the cost-free Oracle APEX extension Flows for APEX
Starting with APEX 23.2, there is also a build-in workflow designer/engine available. Click here to learn about the differences between Flows for APEX and APEX Workflow to suit your needs.

6. Watch some great sessions about Oracle APEX:

7. Read some great books for in-depth information and for reference:
Oracle APEX: das umfassende Handbuch für Entwickler (German)

9. Enroll in the free Oracle APEX course and get your certification:

10. Engage with the Oracle APEX community online:

11. Meet Oracle APEX developers personally at regional conferences:
ODTUG Kscope (USA/Canada)
APEX connect (Germany)
NLOUG APEX World (Benelux)
DOAG Conference (Germany)
APEX Alpe Adria (Austria/Croatia/Slovenia)

12. Events to stay in touch with Oracle APEX developers between the conferences:
APEX Meetup Groups

13. Gain/share more good practises:

14. Read Blog Posts about APEX/ORDS:

If you are starting with Oracle APEX, but don't have any clue about what a database is, I suggest you have a look here:


  1. Very good tips for beginners. Great praise for your commitment to the Apex Community :)


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