I was talking about Oracle Application Express with a friend who works for a large American bank, and he told me that they'd looked into using it for a new project they were working on and eventually decided against it. Interested, I asked him why, and he said that they'd carried out some performance tests and Apex had come out poorly in them. He said their load testing had revealed that Apex began to creak and stutter when you put it under a lot of strain.
I do not have the resources to carry out tests of my own, and so I must admit that what he said worried me a lot. The application I'm currently writing is intended for a small band of users, but if it is successful that number might ramp up pretty quickly. Should I be concerned? I hit Google, but couldn't find anyone else who seemed to have reached similar conclusions to my friend. Do you, dear reader, know of any tests that have been carried out showing how well Apex performs under pressure?
My friend's bank had a look at Oracle ADF, but eventually decided to go with Spring. Have you noticed how, these days, software companies seem to steal names for their products from brands of bottled water? I'm sure I've drank Spring Bottled Water before; and there must be an Apex Bottled Water somewhere too. And can't you just imagine the adverts for Vista? Vista Bottled Water: Good for drinking, even better for washing your underwear in.