OK So i havent had time to play around with Oracle Application Express or even 10 to the matter of going deep down under.
Being in a Newbie form i decided to go install Oracle XE on my ubuntu 6.06 workstation.
there was a wonderful article on OTN http://www.oracle.com/technology/tech/linux/install/xe-on-kubuntu.html
that helped me walk thru the process like a breeze .
Everything worked as stated in the article which was nice.
I was really amazed at how far oracle has come from the days of takes days to figure out how to install to a pretty much seamless install.
Anyways brought up application express . found out that you cannot be a system user to run application builder(bad practice to use system anyways).
created an account and started building an app. Being a DBA with a some developer experience long time ago. the interface seemed geared towards ease. the test application came up in a flash.
now my goal is to go onto the advanced stuff. maybe write an application that is actually useful to myself or my company.