Recently, our QA team at Oracle was testing database upgrades, and the following error appeared in the database upgrade log while the APEX component was being upgraded:
...Installing Theme 1
API Last Extended:20130101 Your Current Version:20130101 This import is compatible with version: 20130101 COMPATIBLE (You should be able to run this import without issues.) --application/set_environment APPLICATION 108801 - Theme: Simple Red --application/delete_application
If you're following some Oracle blogs or Twitter, you'll see many blog posts starting with "OTN Appreciation Day : " today. You can read the story behind this initiative on Tim Hall's blog. "The blog post content should be short, focusing more on why you like the feature, rather than technical content."
For OTN Appreciation Day, I was told that it wouldn't be appropriate to write about my favorite Oracle feature (APEX, obviously). So I'll gladly promote my second-favorite Oracle Database feature...Oracle Text!
About a year ago I asked a question about cloning Oracle Databases in the APEX section of the Oracle Community. The question is here (no need to click the link, all of the content is also in this blog post):
I haven't received much traction, so I'm reformulating it as a recommendation. Perhaps I'll get more feedback in this form. I'll also point out an element I think is a bug in APEX...you'll have to read to the end to see that.