For several years, I've been at a disadvantage in database discussions whenever I suggested a project look at the free Oracle XE database. The counter-argument to XE has been "If Oracle though XE was a viable option, wouldn't they offer a 64-bit Windows edition?" I've been answering by touting the undisputable virtues of Linux (where a 64-bit XE database has been available), but didn't really make much headway in Windows-centric environments.
But finally I have a good answer - Oracle has at long last released a 64-bit Windows version of the 11gR2 XE database.
Fortunately 11gR2 is the version my projects want to use right now. In a couple of years, I expect to meet the next question: "Why isn't there an Oracle XE 12c?" I hope Oracle will release such a product, but the wait for 11gR2 indicates that it might be a long wait.
Hi Sten, I have not used Oracle XE for any real project except for testing stuffs, but I figure that, with 11GB storage, it is enough for a lot of small (or medium/) business applications. I am wondering what type applications you or people like you have used XE for? And what do you use to develop the front end UI? Always APEX? or JQUERY and other JS framework also? Just curious, especially about your current project.