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FOEX Plugin Framework

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The FOEX Plugin Framework is an Enterprise Rapid Application Development (RAD) tool built on top of Oracle Application Express (APEX) and Sencha Ext JS.

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FOEX Plugin review by Alex H.
Alex H.
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"Powerful low-code solution on top of Oracle for serious business applications"

What do you like best?

FOEX allows us to build Apps that match rich Desktop/Forms applications in terms of their functionality. You can start quickly with a basic set of features and then add advanced capabilities over time. FOEX is listening to customer requirements and so, over the years, some of our ideas and requirements have found their way into the product.

While FOEX is built on top of Oracle, it is possible to integrate various datasources using REST and provide the end user with a coherent experience, regardless where the data is sourced from. Finally, their support reacts quickly to issues raised. FOEX has kept us ahead in terms of capabilities compared to other choices on the market, and the framework keeps evolving with new features.

What do you dislike?

We could do with more icons out of the box, although this is extensible and the latest release ships with Font Awesome which is a significant improvement over the previous icon set.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Get a few days training course lined up in order to learn how the framework ticks.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are implementing FOEX as a front-end for Oracle E-Business Suite Customers. This allows us to significantly streamline processes in the ERP system by tailoring the user's workflow and the Information displayed on the user interface to how the business really works, rather than wasting time in standard forms which are generic but not matching the information needs of the customer site. In the background, the system is tied to the standard API's of the ERP, so the customers end up with the best of both worlds - a fluid and efficient user interface and the data integrity and processing of the ERP system in the background.

Another use case we have taken on is the capability of blending various datas ources, such as adding information from Postgres, Elasticsearch and Kafka Streams into the FOEX framework. Rather than logging into multiple systems, the end users can control and interact with these datasources from within the FOEX framework.

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FOEX Plugin review by Emanuel C.
Emanuel C.
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"Superb framework"

What do you like best?

It takes advantage of everything that's great in APEX and improves on that, a lot. You can think of far more complex User Interfaces, Single Page applications. Pretty much fill every gap in APEX. Grids are more complete and easier to customize. Forms are smart enough to include navigation buttons to scroll through records. You get trees that will make you life a lot easier if you want to show hierarchical data. Also, if you see something in Ext.js that you need FOEX will probably support it as Additional configuration.

What do you dislike?

Customization via themes is not the best. It does come with a few options out of the box, quite nice options and easy to switch. The problem is that if you want to move outside of these options it gets complicates. It's not like classic APEX where you have the theme editor and you can customize it quickly.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The Sencha framework is a tried an true solution for all kinds of problems. FOEX combines the power of Sencha with the ease of use of APEX. If you don't know a whole lot about HTML, CSS and Javascript give APEX and FOEX shot because you can focus on your queries, packages and PL/SQL skills to build great web apps.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

FOEX is superb when it comes to migrating users from desktop environments to web. This type of people are used to spreadsheets and keyboard shortcuts. FOEX helps in smoothing the transition because it feels and somehow behaves like a desktop app.

What Low-Code Development Platforms solution do you use?

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FOEX Plugin review by Matteo S.
Matteo S.
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"Great product, made me much more efficient. "

What do you like best?

The FOEX Plugin Framework gave us the possibility to redevelop our complex backend applications without retraining our developers.

We made the decision to transition from Oracle Forms and Reports to Oracle APEX, but soon realized that some requirements could not be done without using 3rd party plugins for APEX. That’s when we learned about FOEX and how it enriches the APEX development environment.

FOEX helped us build data-centric screens which are similar to Forms in functionality, but look more modern. Since we don’t need to write so much code anymore, the apps we develop are also easier to maintain.

What do you dislike?

In addition to the FOEX Plugin Framework, they also sell a couple of addons as separate products. It would have been great to have that functionality included in the main software.

Not necessarily a dislike, but it would be great if they’d spend some time to create some video tutorials. Also the documentation should have more examples on how to use their components together.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you’re thinking of using APEX for more complex projects have a look at what FOEX can do for you before you start. If we’d known about FOEX when we started our first migration project it would have saved us at least 4-6 months of development.

Since the project was quite in an advanced stage, we decided to move ahead as planned and use FOEX for our next projects. Suffice to say the other apps we had to migrate took way less time to rebuild with APEX + FOEX.

We had no budget for trainings, so we opened a trial account and went through the 2-day Developer Guide they provide. After that we asked for an online web meeting to discuss about a POC we wanted to build and used the developer forum to get answers to our questions. They usually reply within a day.

There is a bit of a learning curve at the beginning, but their team is willing to help. If you already know PL/SQL or have some experience with APEX, it should be relatively easy to learn your way around how FOEX works.

They call them FOEX apps (to highlight the fact that an app was built with the FOEX Plugin Framework), but essentially they are APEX apps which use FOEX plugins to do the work that would normally be done by the custom code you would have to write.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have a small team of developers who worked with Oracle Forms & Reports for the most part. It was really important to find a tool that would allow us to build web apps using a similar approach to how we used to develop them in Forms.

Improving development speed is the key benefit of FOEX. We can deliver POC’s and production ready apps much more faster saving us quite a few $$$ in the process.

Everything is AJAX-centric with the FOEX Plugin Framework, which is a major plus for our users since they don’t need to refresh the whole page when making changes.

FOEX Plugin review by Bharat P.
Bharat P.
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"FOEX is the Icing on top of Oracle APEX.."

What do you like best?

I am impressed with the speed with which a rich interface could be assembled with FOEX components and its ability to support functional design changes. FOEX framework eliminates cumbersome coding and seamlessly integrates pixel perfect feature rich components like grids, treegrids with just a few clicks. Easily binds with the Oracle DB objects for CRUD operations saving a lot of coding and testing time. The time saving applies to new development, maintenance since adding/removing columns/items/buttons/regions is also done with just a couple of clicks using the standard Oracle APEX builder Interface.

What do you dislike?

In my opinion, the plugins offered by FOEX need to be a part of every Oracle APEX developer's arsenal to be efficient and successful in delivery a highly functional and responsive business application. Putting a price to it is what I dislike as many customers believe Oracle APEX is free and they are paying for FOEX.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Our Client has complex data hierarchies with huge amounts of data that needs to be searched and displayed in a secure environment. FOEX has a good number of mature components like the tree, grid & treegrid that make it easy for the developers to 1) Integrate these components with Oracle APEX; 2) Provide high functionality with least amounts of code- just a SQL can help create a robust tree/folder hierarchy; and 3) Save development time- a few clicks and a few minutes to get a robust hierarchy on a web page. The end user gets a very responsive UI experience and an intuitive user interface!

FOEX Plugin review by Boudineau F.
Boudineau F.
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"APEX is a great productivity tool but completed by FOEX we achieve performances never reached before"

What do you like best?

We discovered FOEX to overcome the absence of grids in Oracle APEX but quickly FOEX became the only choice thanks to the incomparable richness of UI components.

FOEX allows you to build screens with an excellent user experience and fully responsive.

There is nothing to prevent APEX and FOEX mixing and the latest FOEX templates are very close to those of APEX allowing a good visual integration.

Also the integration of FOEX into the APEX Designer is remarkable and fully respects the APEX philosophy: as little javascript and css as possible.

What do you dislike?

Care must be taken not to duplicate APEX development partern in FOEX. With FOEX there is no longer need to submit page as everything is processed in AJAX call. The FOEX mechanism based on hide/show region of page and extensively using cache mecanism musst be absolutely respected.

It is possible to build very complex pages in a snap, but in this case you must be careful not to overload the screens with too much information.

To remedy the lack of a good smartphone support in Oracle APEX, FOEX could improve the listview management especially the xtemplate integration.

Recommendations to others considering the product

FOEX is truly the missing piece of Oracle APEX.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Thanks to FOEX we were able to stop the development of our own components and concentrate on the product. The tablet integration is good , we have been able to reduce the number of specific developments on this platform.

In 2 years we have completely rewritten our software package developed under java C# and php. It would have been unimaginable with a tool other than FOEX.

FOEX Plugin review by raymond a.
raymond a.
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"Took our development capability to a whole different level"

What do you like best?

FOEX gives us the capability to develop truely rich User Interfaces without having to resort to extensive Javascripting. It gives us a great framework on top of Oracle APEX. By having a consistent and integrated library of plugins for APEX, it also adds to a better acceptance by larger commercial organisations. Having all these plugins supplied and maintained by a commercial organisation guarantees business continuity and support.

What do you dislike?

This maybe a personal bug bear, but I would have liked to see the calendar plugin to be part of the base license. Unfortunately it is an additional license, but I would have expected a calendar to be a basic functionality. We just implement the standard calendar from APEX in our application instead.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Anyone who develops APEX applications for a living, either as a consultant or in a organisation, should at least evaluate FOEX. Specifically if you have no interest in becoming a Javascript expert, but want to develop rich UI applications. I know that APEX still has this misconcepton of "small departmental" applications. But nothing could be further from the truth. Using APEX with FOEX you can go up against any .NET or Java Application and you will do it faster.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Our biggest issue was reducing the time to develop more complex business applications. Using standard APEX has limits (although version 5.0/5.1 resolved a few key missing capabilities). Building more complex screens forces you to either

a) develop your own plugins

b) use plugins developed by other people in the community, but could cause potential upgrade issues

c) write a whole lot of Javascript, which we believe reduces the longer term maintainability

Specifically Oracle Forms to APEX migration projects , which in the past might have been challenging and very time consuming, have now become easy. FOEX will give you the capability to offer the same type of User Experience like Oracle Forms, but even better.

But to be clear it is not only Oracle Forms to APEX migration projects, it is really any project. We have re-developed PHP and Java applications and improved upon them 10 fold.

Our other success has been developing a SAAS. Although not yet finished (but in beta) has given us tremendous confidence and fantastic feedback from the beta clients. We could not have done that without using FOEX.

FOEX Plugin review by Herbert R.
Herbert R.
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"accelerated rollout of modern, flexible and integrated portals"

What do you like best?

breadth of additional functionality provided to your Oracle APEX environment - from additional Region types, to Page Items, to a hugh amount of new Dynamic Actions allowing you to react to user inputs and guide them; the FOEX standard theme - which you can replace or change if need be - comes with a fresh, modern design.

the online forum is extremely helpful in guiding through more complex requirements.

What do you dislike?

more icons would always be nice, and - as a rule of thumb - not mixing APEX and FOEX objects (e.g. Foex Button with a Apex DA) is something one should not forget

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Fronting standard application with a portal that better summarizes the information relevant to the user; combine information from various different sources transparently to the user

FOEX Plugin review by Consultant in Banking
Consultant in Banking
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"Takes your APEX development process to a whole new level"

What do you like best?

The FOEX Grid is far more stable and provides much more flexibility than what you can find in the standard Oracle APEX.

I also like the free browser addon which comes with the FOEX Plugin Framework. It's easy to use and provides powerful wizards that make development in Oracle APEX so much easier. Even building a simple Master-Detail relation is just 1-click away.

What do you dislike?

Their documentation needs improvement - a common issue for (probably) most software vendors. There are many ways in which you can combine and use the FOEX components, but I've not seen anywhere a list of tips of best practices.

Sure, if you go to the developer forum you may get some hints, but often times you spend a good part of your day trying to figure things out, only to find out later that you need to use another component or setting. I guess I would like to see more concrete examples of how they recommend to use each plugin.

Recommendations to others considering the product

To use FOEX you first have to use Oracle APEX. FOEX is a great enhancement tool for APEX, but it's not a simple standalone product - you add FOEX on top of APEX and get a really powerful development tool comparable in features and functionality to other, more mature technologies (Java, .NET etc.)

Also the APEX community is supportive, but fairly small compared to what you can see for other technologies. I'm not trying to throw mud in anyone's face, but be prepared to battle a general lack of documentation & resources when you'll search for something APEX related on the web. As for FOEX - the support team is quite proactive and they'll help you find a solution pretty fast.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We wanted to find & use a rapid application development tool to redevelop our existing application suite, since maintaining the old application was quickly transforming into more than a full time job.

We had to deal with a tight deadline and the fact that we have a small team of developers, so we needed to find something that is comparable in functionality to Oracle Forms or ADF, but can be learned without spending a small fortune on training / workshops.

We initially thought that APEX can get the job done, but as our customer's requirements list grew bigger and more complex, so did our worries. We searched for plugins developed by the APEX community, since most are free to use, but these did not cover all our needs.

We began testing the FOEX Plugin Framework to see if the price tag was justified and managed to build a POC app within days. I was able to prezent the prototype to my team and got the OK from our manager to purchase the software.

FOEX Plugin review by Consultant in Computer Software
Consultant in Computer Software
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"A good alternative to ADF"

What do you like best?

The desktop application provided by FOEX, the rich functionality of their plugins and having Ext JS integrated makes it easy for us to develop large-scale web applications easily.

What do you dislike?

I don't like the fact that we have to pay extra for some plugins: Translation and Reporting addons

Recommendations to others considering the product

You can use the FOEX Plugin Framework in combination to APEX as an alternative to to ADF or Java or .NET or other enterprise web development tools that are out there.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We needed to redevelop our Forms applications and have initially considered ADF, but we didn't have the time or budget to spend on retraining our developers.

We choose to work with APEX , which is free, but quickly realized that we needed more than what the standard tool could offer. That's when we began to search for plugins to enhance APEX and found FOEX.

We used APEX & the FOEX Plugin Framework to migrate/redevelop a Forms & Reports app that had over 500 pages and sub-pages with a team of 5 developers. I estimate that it took at at least 50% less time to rebuild it with APEX/FOEX, than if we'd choose ADF.

FOEX Plugin review by Administrator in Publishing
Administrator in Publishing
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"A great productivity tool for Oracle developers"

What do you like best?

The best part about using the FOEX Plugin Framework is that it gives us a lot of flexibility when it comes to building complex applications.

Within the software suite that we provide to our customers we have data-centric pages, with many Master-Detail-Detail relations, so using the plugins that FOEX provides made it really easy for us to build what our customers want.

We also like the FOEX Developer Addon – a free browser extension which they provide. It provides powerful wizards that you can use within the APEX Application Builder and create feature-rich pages really fast.

What do you dislike?

They need to improve on documentation and examples, especially on their YouTube channel. We come from using Oracle Forms so it would have been helpful to see a detailed example of how to migrate an app from Forms to APEX/FOEX.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This tool, in combination with APEX, can compete successfully against ADF or Forms. If you have a small team of developers that needs to make the switch from Oracle Forms you might find it easier to work with APEX & FOEX, than getting started with ADF or other development tools.

If you’re looking to develop mobile-only apps, perhaps you should consider using other tools since even they recommend to use their software for developing apps to run on desktop, laptop and tablet.

We managed to successfully redevelop our Forms applications and move them to Oracle APEX with the help of the FOEX Plugin Framework.

Having a small team of developers pushed us to go out and search for the tools we could use to build and easily maintain our software suite, since our customers want functionality improvements, but also a better looking app which works in the same way on different screen sizes.

From an HR point of view, for us it became harder to find good developers and we needed a way to save at least part of the investment we made in Forms.

FOEX helped us solve this issue, since developers with good knowledge of Forms can start to become proficient with this tool in 1-2 weeks + we could reuse some of the business logic we already had in place.

FOEX Plugin review by Administrator in Computer Software
Administrator in Computer Software
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"FOEX Plugin Framework for developing applications"

What do you like best?

I find FOEX Plugin Framework very useful for software developers who want to improve their skills and speed up development. I personally use the full desktop application available only in FOEX, the rich functionality and rich design as well as the friendly UI.

What do you dislike?

I would love to have more demos and examples of the FOEX Plugin Framework.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Its really friendly communication with the support team and they help me solve problems in a very short time. FOEX and Oracle Bangla partnership will benefit both companies with knowledge sharing, solving development challenges for delivering the best software to our customer in a short time span.

FOEX Plugin review by Ibrahim S.
Ibrahim S.
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"Foex framework evaluation review"

What do you like best?

very powerful and professional development tools as it needs just Oracle PLSQL experience in order to start building a complex business applications.

What do you dislike?

the developer is restricted by what the tools can produce , some times the developer needs to have a flexibility in terms of having new UI design not delivered by the tools.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

we were able to build financial, administrative and general insurance business applications which considered a very complex applications in terms of features and business functions.

FOEX Plugin review by Consultant in Information Technology and Services
Consultant in Information Technology and Services
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"Development Flexibility, fast and visualization with Foex Plugins on Oracle Apex."

What do you like best?

Flexibility, fast development and visualization are the key of the product.

What do you dislike?

If I want use the foex Plugin with a application running in production, We can not use. We will create again with the foex plugin. We think that is important have a component to migrate for use it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

There are many benefits with the plugins like development fast, flexible and visualization.

FOEX Plugin review by Consultant in Information Technology and Services
Consultant in Information Technology and Services
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"Very rich and useful"

What do you like best?

All graphs components and CRUD componens

What do you dislike?

The fact that you guys don't have BI components

Recommendations to others considering the product

I have no recommendations

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We solved the Analytics part of our software

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