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Oracle updates free Web development tool

Oracle Application Express now offers Microsoft Access migration and .pdf printing support.

Oracle today released a new version of

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The .pdf printing feature lets users export report sections to .pdf files as well as Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and HTML. With Flash Chart integration, users can build interactive charts directly into Web applications. The drag-and-drop layout feature lets users quickly re-order items, change select attributes and add or delete terms.

In addition, the software's new Microsoft Access Application Migration Workshop feature lets users turn Microsoft Access-based applications into Application Express applications, according to Oracle.

C2 Consulting, a Los-Angeles-based Oracle partner that specializes mainly in helping companies get more out of Oracle products, uses Application Express to build and deploy applications for its customers.

C2 president Anton Nielsen says the tool is also good for testing out ideas for applications because it lets users quickly come up with working prototypes for testing environments that can later be tweaked or refined. Nielsen says the system also provides a very simple-to-use interface.

"One thing that a lot of folks like about it is that it's easy to get up and running," Nielsen said. "Oracle in the past has had some issues with that regard [but] in this case Oracle Applications Express just comes right up."

Nielsen said that he'd like future releases of Oracle Application Express to offer integrated support for The new version of Oracle Application Express is available for download from the

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