Moving to the evaluation phase, a couple of Java-based frameworks (such as Grails and Vaadin) were taken into consideration, but due to time and resource constraints, they were quickly discarded.
Next, Oracle Application Express (APEX) was evaluated as a potential solution. The team noticed that while Oracle APEX was satisfying their requirements in terms of presenting the data, it still had some limitations they had to overcome when setting up the Master–Detail–Detail views they needed. In the search of a tool that would complement APEX’s standard functionality, Sutton Tools learned about the FOEX Plugin Framework while attending Oracle OpenWorld.
After a quick online research about the company and its solution, the team signed up for a free trial to test the framework’s capabilities. Using the FOEX Desktop Demo as a starting point they were able to quickly build a sample product management application with information-dense pages which include the relevant details that their marketing team needed, all in one screen.
Furthermore, the development team noticed that FOEX enabled them to build complex pages which presented compacted amounts of data in a table format and facilitated an easy setup for creating the Master-Detail-Detail views they needed. With a successful proof of concept, Sutton Tools decided to use the combination of APEX and FOEX and moved to the development phase.