Fun with Node.js and APEX

By February 4, 2015 Uncategorized

A couple of weeks ago I release a video that showed people how to get up and running with Node.js and Oracle on the App Dev VM. This post builds on the work done there and demonstrates some of the power and flexibility of Node.js and the Oracle Database Node.js Driver.

Last week I started thinking about a new project for the Oracle Database Node.js Driver. I have a lot of experience with Oracle Application Express (APEX) and I wondered if it would be possible to use the driver as the basis for a new APEX listener powered by Node.js.

APEX, for those that don’t know it, is a declarative environment for creating web applications on the Oracle Database. APEX is included with the Oracle Database license, including the free XE edition. At any rate, APEX runs in the database and thus requires some kind of “web listener” to proxy communications between the Oracle Database and the client. You thinking what I’m thinking??? Let’s do it with Node!

The thing I’m most excited about with Node.js is flexibility. I already see many people in the Oracle community finding new ways to leverage Node and the vast ecosystem of JavaScript libraries and frameworks now available (good example). I hope to capture a lot of this activity in an upcoming webinar series.

Back to the the Node.js APEX listener… I was able to get the basics working! Keep in mind: This code is NOT ready for production use (not even close). But it is pretty cool!

Check out the video to see it in action and follow these steps if you’re interested in giving it a whirl:

  1. If you haven’t already done so, watch this video and follow the steps to get Up and Running with Node.js and Oracle
  2. In the VM, open a terminal and enter the following:
  3. Login with hr/hr/oracle
  4. That’s it!

I had a lot of fun putting together this proof of concept. The response was great – there is clearly a lot of interest in the community for using Javascript and the Node.js driver in creative, new ways. However, since I wasn’t hired to build product, but instead to help Javascript developers use Oracle Database more fully, I hereby hand off this POC to anyone interested in moving it forward. I will now dive back into creating an unending flow of content related to the world of JavaScript and Oracle!

 

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