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Boston College Application Express (APEX)

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What is Oracle Application Express?

Oracle Application Express, Oracle APEX, formerly HTML DB, is a rapid web application development tool for the Oracle database. Simply utilizing a web browser and limited programming experience, you can quickly develop and deploy professional applications. Application Express is a handy tool to build secure web-based applications in a conveniently web-based application development environment.

Where is Oracle Application Express being used at BC?

APEX is used across Boston College in over 30 departments to build and maintain database-driven applications on the web to provide customers with a very simple to use web-based environment. Some of these systems interface with the Data Warehouse as well as other environments like PeopleSoft HR, Financials, and FolderWave. Boston College ITS currently hosts over 100 APEX applications in the production environment for departments, including:

  • Institutional Research
  • Office of International Programs
  • Graduate School of Social Work
  • Capital Projects
  • ODSD (Student Clubs)
  • University Advancement
  • Student Services
  • Office of Residential Life
  • School of Education
  • School of Nursing
  • Boston College ITS areas
Who Manages the APEX Environment on Campus?

BC ITS Application Services manages the development, deployment and maintenance of the APEX environments.

The team delivers applications via a lifecycle approach, including

  • Project Management
  • Requirements Definition
  • Analysis
  • Design
  • Development
  • Deployment
  • Support

Apex in the Classroom

Several courses are now taught at Boston College using Apex.  Courses may be found in the Carroll School of Management, Computer Science, and Woods School.  The table below shows offerings to date.  Courses are taught using the latest version of Application Express.


Professor Name


Course Title


Course ID Number


McLaughlin, John Database Management ADIT136001
Spang, Jack Database Systems & Applications ISYS3257/CSCI2257
Sterpe, Peter Systems Analysis & Design ISYS4258/CSCI2258
Wyner, George Data Analytics II ISYS7720

Associate Professor Ed Sciore, Department Chair for the Computer Science Department, has also written two books on this technology.   Clicking on the icons below will link to Amazon where the books may be purchased. 

Understanding Apex 4.2 Development Book Understanding APEX 4.2 Application Development Book
Apex 5 Application Development BookOracle APEX 5 Application Development Book


Current BC APEX User Group members can find more information at the BC APEX User Group Site.

For more detailed information about APEX, or if you would like to become a member of the BC APEX User Group, please contact