What is Visual Builder?
Visual Builder (VB) is a cloud service that enables you to rapidly create and host web and mobile applications with minimal coding required. Users can visually create an application using a collection of built-in user-interface controls, and bind the UI to existing REST services or custom business objects they create from within the tool. Users publish their application with a click of a button to provide access to end-users. In addition role based security can be defined for the application to control access to pages and data.
Do I need to have an Oracle SaaS subscription to use VB?
No. While out-of-the-box integration with Oracle SaaS is a key value proposition, VB can be used completely independently from Oracle SaaS to create standalone applications. VB allows users to define custom business objects for use within applications. VB can also access data from other external REST services.
As an Oracle SaaS customer, what makes VB an attractive addition to the portfolio?
VB empowers business users to enrich the Oracle SaaS experience through a visual development experience. Several features of VB are of particular interest to our SaaS customers. First, the built in services catalog exposes standard and custom SaaS objects automatically discovered and presented to VB users to include in applications. User identities can be passed from the VB application to SaaS, so that the SaaS data is securely accessed only by users with the appropriate permissions.
Licensing and Availability
How is VB licensed?
VB is licensed based on the sizing of the server that is used to deploy and run your applications. Pricing is per OCPU-allowing your server to scale to support larger user base as needed.
Is there a trial?
Yes. VB is part of the free $300 trial offered for Oracle Cloud Services. Click the Try for Free button at the top of the page to get started.
What's the difference between classic and visual applications in VB?
Classic applications use a closed architecture where developers don’t have direct access to the code of the application – this was the only option available in older versions of VB. Visual applications use an open architecture that makes it easier for developer to achieve more complex scenarios on both the UI and the backend side with direct access to the code. We recommend that developers only create visual application going forward.