What is Oracle WebDB used for ?

What exactly is Oracle WebDB used for ? I never heard of it but need a little background on it.

I found
WebDB Basic concepts, but that's not helping all that much.

I have been using Oracle Designer for the past 6 months, creating Web modules. But it's a legacy tool and the organization where I used it needs to replace it, like 5 years ago.

I have recently been investigating Oracle APEX, and installed this  at home and looked around. That to me looks like it's in the same genre of Designer - screens, reports, etc. (roughly like Access too, but web-based).

Oracle WebDB looks old as the hills though - who still uses it, and for what ?
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slightwv (䄆 Netminder) Commented:
I played with it when it first came out and it was, well, crap.

WebDB was Oracle's first entry into the world of database driven web products.

I think it was created around 1999/2000.

It has undergone MANY changes/names over the years.

I think APEX is probably it's closest thing in today's market.

To answer the last part:  I'm sure someone is still using it today but I've never seen or read about ANYONE that has ever used it.

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Gadsden ConsultingIT SpecialistAuthor Commented:
slightwv, thanks for the quick reply, just what I was looking for.

>>I'm sure someone is still using it today but I've never seen or read about ANYONE that has ever used it.
- except for the potential client I am being considered for, so I am doing some research. I thought Oracle Designer was old as the hills, but Oracle WebDB looks older but not wiser.

I'll leave this open until tomorrow.
slightwv (䄆 Netminder) Commented:
FYI:  The copyright on the doc link you provided is 1999.

Pretty good guess on my part!!!  My original guess was from memory when I remembered playing with WebDB.  I remember getting the CD as an insert in my Oracle Magazine and had to see what it did.

That was also when I only knew how to spell HTML and Javascript and I knew WebDB was crap back then!!!

Now I know more than enough Javascript and HTML to be more than dangerous and have heard decent things about APEX but haven't personally used it.

>>- except for the potential client I am being considered for, so I am doing some research.

I hope the pay would justify learning 1999 technology that would only be useful to that one client...

I could learn to get fire by waiting for nature to generate it and learn how to preserve it but I prefer a lighter!!!

Rubbing two sticks together is a useful skill in the event you are in a natural disaster but waiting to stumble across fire and keeping it going is more than a little absurd.

WebDB is hoping to stumble across something burning and hope you can keep the embers burning...  For me to learn that, the pay would have to be really really really good.

Otherwise, I would prefer to learn a skill that could benefit me tomorrow and into the future!

Maybe Oracle 12c Multi-Tenant databases,  RAC,  DataGuard, ASM, etc...

Take a look at the Oracle Certified Masters (OCM) credential and look at what you need.  I would focus on those skills.
Gadsden ConsultingIT SpecialistAuthor Commented:
>>The copyright on the doc link you provided is 1999.
- yes, I saw that, that was my first tip-off . . .

>>have heard decent things about APEX but haven't personally used it.
- I installed it at home and that went pretty well. They have good sample applications (like Access does), and it looks like a manageable skill to learn, and also marketable.

>>I hope the pay would justify learning 1999 technology that would only be useful to that one client...
- yeah, I'm having 2nd thoughts.

Thanks for the tips !
Gadsden ConsultingIT SpecialistAuthor Commented:
additional (and supporting) info from the Oracle guys.
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