Installing SQLcl on OEL/RHEL

In my previous post I talked about how SQLcl came in handy to work with JavaScript against the database.

The installation of SQLcl is easy... you just download the zip, unpack and run the executable.

But to be fair, before I got SQLcl running (especially the script part) I encountered a number of issues, so hopefully this post helps you be able to run SQLcl with all features in minutes as it's meant to (more...)

SQLcl to the rescue when the Database and APEX fail (with JSON limitations)

In the last two years I've been using JSON in almost every project I was involved in.
For example with APEX Office Print our plugin is sending JSON to the backend. This JSON you can actually see yourself in the Remote Debug screen in your AOP Dashboard.
Another example is the wearables project (IoT) I showed at KScope 16; the wearable is sending data to a smartphone or tablet, which in his turn is (more...)

Enter your bets on Euro2016Challenge.eu now

Looks like I forgot to put on my blog also this year we created a bet site for the European Cup Soccer. Thanks to the people who reminded me to put this post on my blog :)

It all started in 2006 when I first created a site to promote Oracle Application Express (APEX). The site allowed to bet on the games of the World Cup. At that time everybody was using Excel files internally (more...)

Export your APEX Interactive Report to PDF

Interactive Reports (and Grids in 5.1) are one of the nicest features of Oracle Application Express (APEX) as it allows an end-user to look at the data the way they want, without needing a developer to change the underlying code. End-users can show or hide columns, do calculations on columns, filter etc.

Here's an example of an interactive report where highlighting, computation and aggregation is used.


More than once I get the question, how (more...)

Crowdsourced software development experiment

A few days ago I got an email about an experiment how to program with the crowd.

I didn't really heard about it before, but found it an interesting thought. In this experiment people will perform microtasks (10 minutes task), as a member of the crowd. People don't know each other, but will collaborate together. The system is distributing the work and supplies instructions. The challenge is in creating quality code that meets the specifications.

Please, use HTTPS for your APEX apps

Why use HTTPS?

When you Google this question you get many different answers, but this answer of Google Developers answers it for me in short (click the link for more details):
  • HTTPS protects the integrity of your website/APEX app
  • HTTPS protects the privacy and security of your users
  • HTTPS is the future of the web; many new technologies only work with https (for example Service Workers; you can read more about Service Workers and APEX (more...)

Web technology in APEX Development

How did you get started with developing your first APEX app? 

My guess is either you went to https://apex.oracle.com and got a free account or Oracle Application Express was already in your company and somebody told you the url you could connect to. For me that is really the power of APEX, you just go to an url and within minutes you created your first app.

Staying within the APEX framework?

With (more...)

Highlight numbers in an APEX Report (SQL and Class)

Last year I blogged about highlighting negative numbers in an APEX Report, the CSS only way.
At that time I gave two alternative approaches; by using JQuery or SQL, but it looks like I didn't do those posts yet, till somebody reminded me. This post is about using SQL to highlight something in a report.

Let's say we want to highlight negative numbers in a report (as in the previous post):


We have some (more...)

Opening of APEX R&D New Zealand

We're really excited to announce that next to our Belgium office, we have opened an office in New Zealand too. This will allow us to cover multiple timezones and better serve the Australian and New Zealand market. You can read more about it on Lino's blog

 APEX R&D

Contact our team of experienced professionals for innovative, reliable and cost effective Oracle Application Express solutions. 

Regarding any custom application development, training/coaching or consulting related to (more...)

Submit your abstract for KScope 16 – only 3 days left

Only 3 days left to submit your abstract for KScope 16... so don't wait longer, submit now! :)


My first ODTUG conference was in 2006 and it was awesome. On this blog you'll find different blog posts about my experience and why I love it, so I won't go over that... but from time to time I get some questions about being a presenter at the event.

"What should I submit, I don't know what (more...)

Column Group Headings in an Interactive Report (APEX 5.0)

In 2008 I blogged about how to add Group Headings into an Interactive Report in Oracle Application Express (APEX 3.x!).

Here's an example what I mean with Group Headings, you want to logically group certain columns (e.g. Empno, Ename) and have a group name above them (e.g. Group 1):


The approach I used at that time worked, but it required a lot of manual work. In 2009 Martin D'Souza improved it (more...)

Custom image on your APEX app login page

In a comment on my post APEX 5.0: pimping the Login page I got a question how to put your own logo or a custom image on the login page, instead of an icon.

You only need a bit of CSS to do the trick:

You can add the above CSS to your login page - Inline CSS in page attributes or you can add it to your page template or custom CSS in (more...)

ORDS… Yes we can!

On September 13th I got a nice surprise, an email of Steven Feuerstein with the message: "You have been selected as a finalist in the ORDS category for the 2015 Oracle Database Developer Choice Awards!"

It's always nice to get recognition for the efforts you do, so thanks so much already for the nomination. I didn't make publicity yet in order to get some up-votes, but I hope by reaching out to the people (more...)

Report Carousel in APEX 5 UT

The Universal Theme in APEX 5.0 is full of nice things.

Did you already see the Carousel template for Regions
When you add a region to your page with a couple of sub-regions and you give the parent region the "Carousel Container" template it turns the regions into a carousel, so you can flip between regions.

I was asked to have the same functionality but than on dynamic content.
So I decided to (more...)

Expert Oracle Application Express (second edition) available

During my holiday Apress released the second edition of Expert Oracle Application Express.
In the second edition we not only updated the content to APEX 5.0, but there're some new chapters in too from new authors. In total you get 14 chapters from 14 different authors.
I believe it's a very nice book with great content and it's for a good cause. Roel describes it very nicely in his blog post "the goal (more...)

First patch set (5.0.1) released for APEX 5.0

I know some people waiting till the first patch set that comes available after a major Oracle APEX release... today you no longer have to wait, APEX 5.0.1 is now available.

In the patch set notes you can read what changed.

If you're still on APEX 4.x you can go immediately to APEX 5.0.1, you only need to download the latest version on OTN.

If you're already on APEX 5. (more...)

Make even more of UKOUG Tech15: APEX 5.0 UI Training – Dec 10th in Birmingham


APEX 5.0 has been released this spring. People who have already spent some time on this new version know this version is packed with new features aimed to make APEX developers even more productive, like the Page Designer.
Another striking new subset of features is aimed at creating better looking user interfaces for your APEX applications in an easy and maintainable way. 
The definition of user interface components in APEX 5.0 is (more...)

Fixing Super LOV in Universal Theme

When you migrate to APEX 5.0 and the Universal Theme you might see that some plugins are not behaving correctly anymore. In this post I'll discuss the Enkitec Modal LOV plugin.

When I ran the plugin in my APEX 5.0 app with the Universal Theme it looked like this:


There's too much space in the search bar and the close button is not showing up with an icon.

Here're the steps I did (more...)

2 minute Tech Tip: Working with JSON in APEX

On Monday Bob Rhubart did a video call with me in his series of 2MTT (2 Minute Tech Tip) on YouTube. You find my 2MMT here.

I talked about using JSON and APEX and gave two examples were we use it.

In previous blog posts I gave more details on those techniques. Here's a quick overview:

Change first day of week in APEX 5.0 Calendar

APEX 5.0 comes with a new calendar region, which is way nicer than the previous calendar in APEX. It has more features, looks better and is also responsive. Behind the scenes you'll see the calendar region is based on Full Calendar.


In Belgium we use Monday as first day of the week, whereas in the US they seem to use Sunday as start of the week in the calendar overview. I've been integrating Full (more...)