At OpenWorld 2015, Oracle announced Application Builder Cloud Service (ABCS), and they announced it again at OpenWorld 2016. In accordance with the general rule that products are available after no more than two OpenWorld announcements, ABCS is now here for everyone to sign up for.
Where does ABCS Fit In?
With ABCS, Oracle now has seven different development tools (the others are Forms, APEX, ADF, MAF, JET, and MAX). So where does ABCS fit into this crowded landscape?
Oracle bills ABCS as a “no-code” tool intended for the mythical “citizen developers.” Completely browser-based, ABCS allows anyone to build simple applications. Unfortunately, while the UI looks modern and cool, the data you can use in your ABCS applications are severely limited as described later in this article.
Getting Started with ABCS
You sign up for an Application Builder Cloud Service trial at cloud.oracle.com like for every other cloud service. ABCS is found under Platform > Application Builder.
As part of the signup process, you have to provide your mobile phone number so Oracle can send you an activation code. This is the step where you might get stuck – the text messages from Oracle have been known to disappear on the way. And unless you can get an activation code, you can’t sign up. Oracle also uses the mobile phone number as a unique identifier to ensure that you only sign up for one trial (at a time) for each product.
Once you have completed the signup process, you have to wait for Oracle to activate your trial. They say it takes a few hours – in my experience it has always been less than 24 hours, but others have waited several days. Obviously, Oracle’s idea of cloud is still different from everybody else’s; in the Oracle Cloud, some human has to do something before you can get started. Read the complete article here.
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