APEX 3.2 won't include much changes in the development tool itself, but there will be a killer feature added: the Forms Migration tool.
A lot of people are looking into other directions to replace their Oracle Forms/Reports or Designer environment. Till a few months ago Oracle themselves pushed you towards JDeveloper. A lot of people I spoke to were not that java minded and even started to look after other solutions (non-Oracle). With a Forms to Apex migration possibility I think a real solution is waiting for you.
The main reasons I believe such a tool has a big change to succeed:
- You want to keep your Oracle investments. APEX is living in the Oracle database so 100% ok.
- You want to reuse your Oracle knowledge. Forms developers know SQL and PL/SQL very good, which is exactly the knowledge you need for APEX.
- You want your migration be so streamlined as possible. Hopefully the Forms2APEX migration tool provides you with that. I don't believe a tool doing the migration for 100% automatically exists, but you should be able to reuse a lot and get a head start.
- You want your Forms environment in a Web 2.0 way, which APEX is providing you.
You can see to the full presentation of Marc here (in German).