What is the APEX Open Mic Night at Kscope15?

At the upcoming ODTUG Kscope15 conference, on Monday night, June 22, there will be the Monday Community Events.  The Community Event for the Oracle Application Express track at Kscope15 is the ever-popular Open Mic Night.  Without a doubt, this is one of my favorite events at the Kscope conference.

An Oracle employee sent me an email today, inquiring about the Open Mic Night.  This employee, who is a user of Oracle Application Express at Oracle, (more...)

Oracle Application Express 5 – The Unofficial Announcement

What started on a whiteboard in New York City more than 2 years ago is now finally realized.  I and the other members of the Oracle Application Express team proudly announce the release of Oracle Application Express 5.

The official blog posting and announcement is HERE.  But this is my personal blog, and the thoughts and words are my own, so I can be a bit more free.

Firstly, I don't ever want to see (more...)

The Ideal APEX Application (When & Where You Write Code)

The real title of this post should be "What I Really Meant to Say Was....".

Bob Rhubart of the Oracle Technology Network OTNArchBeat fame was kind enough to give me an opportunity to shoot a 2-minute Tech Tip.  I love Bob's goals for a 2-minute Tech Tip - has to be technical, can't be marketing fluff, and you have to deliver it in 120 seconds - no more, no less.  So I took some (more...)

Some changes to be aware of, as Oracle Application Express 5 nears…

As the release of Oracle Application Express 5 gets closer, I thought it's worth pointing out some changes that customers should be aware of, and how an upgrade to Oracle Application Express 5 could impact their existing applications.


  1. As Trent Schafer (@trentschafer) noted in his latest blog post, "Reset an Interactive Report (IR)", there have been numerous customer discussions and blog posts which show how to directly use the gReport JavaScript object (more...)

From Zero to Hero….In About 2 Hours



This is an example of a real-world problem, an opportunistic one, being solved via a mobile application created with Oracle Application Express.

First, a brief bit of background.  Our son is 9 years old and is in the Cub Scouts.  Cub Scouts in the United States is an organization that is associated with Boy Scouts of America.  It's essentially a club that is geared towards younger boys, and teaches them many valuable skills - hiking, (more...)

Is Oracle Application Express supported?


Time to clear up some confusion.

In the past 60 days, I have encountered the following:
  • Two different customers who said they were told by Oracle Support that "APEX isn't supported."
  • An industry analyst who asked "Is use of Oracle Application Express supported?  There is an argument internally that it cannot be used for production applications."
  • A customer who was told by an external non-Oracle consultant "Oracle Application Express is good for a (more...)

Oracle Application Express 5.0 Early Adopter 2 now available!

Just in time for the ever-awesome ODTUG KScope 14 conference...we are happy to announce the availability of Oracle Application Express 5.0 Early Adopter 2.  The response from Early Adopter 1 was overwhelming (with over 4,000 participants), and we look forward to the same great contributions from the APEX community for Early Adopter 2.  You can access the Early Adopter 2 at https://apexea.oracle.com.

As before, the authentication for Oracle Application Express requires (more...)

Oracle Application Express 5.0 Early Adopter 2 is on the Horizon



Oracle Application Express 5.0 Early Adopter 2 is on the horizon.  This also means that the current instance of Oracle Application Express 5.0 Early Adopter 1 (https://apexea.oracle.com) is going away soon.  This involves deleting the current database and creating one anew.  Nothing will be migrated or saved.  To try out Early Adopter 2, you will need to sign up for a new workspace.  So if you have anything (more...)

Oracle Application Express. Fast. Like a Veyron Super Sport.



A partner from the United Kingdom recently asked me for some statistics about apex.oracle.com, as I had authored something similar in a blog post back in 2009.  This gentleman was proposing a magazine article and sought some updated statistics.  Since I compiled this information for him, I reasoned it was worthwhile to also share this same information with the APEX community.

In the past 7 days on apex.oracle.com:

Total (more...)

Oracle Application Express 4.2.5 now available

Oracle Application Express 4.2.5 is now released and available for download.  If you wish to download the full release of Oracle Application Express 4.2.5, you can get it from the Downloads page on OTN.  If you have Oracle Application Express 4.2, 4.2.1, 4.2.2, 4.2.3 or 4.2.4 already installed, then you need to download the APEX 4.2.5 patch set from My (more...)

Yet Another Post How to Link to Download a File or Display an Image from a BLOB column

On an internal mailing list, an employee (Richard, a long-time user of Oracle Application Express) asked:

"...we are attempting to move to storing (the images) in a BLOB column in our own application tables.  Is there no way to display an image outside of page items and reports? "

Basically, he has a bunch of images stored in the BLOB column of the common upload table, APEX_APPLICATION_FILES (or WWV_FLOW_FILES).  He wishes to move them (more...)

Finally…the official sizing guide for Oracle Application Express

The following question was recently posted on an internal mailing list:
"Is there a sizing/capacity/scalability guide available for APEX?"
I'm always fascinated by this question.  I appreciate the fact that this is a standard, acceptable practice in the industry, and people come to expect it.  How else could architects and planners appropriately allocate resources without some form of estimate?  This impacts capital expenditures and budgets and rack space and energy costs and support costs (more...)

Oracle Application Express 5.0 Early Adopter 1 now available



We are quite happy to announce the beginning of the Oracle Application Express 5.0 Early Adopter program, at https://apexea.oracle.com.  This is our open-to-the-public beta program where we encourage our customers (new and old), and also those just interested in Oracle Application Express, to kick the tires of our forthcoming release.  Click the big blue "Request a Workspace" button to get started.

You'll notice right away that the authentication for Oracle Application (more...)

Happy Birthday, Oracle Application Express!



Happy birthday, Oracle Application Express!

In January 2004, Oracle Database 10g was released.  And bundled with the Oracle 10g Database distribution was an additional disc called the Companion CD, which included both Oracle HTTP Server, mod_plsql and this new tool called Oracle HTML DB 1.5.  This was the date of the first officially distributed and supported software from Oracle which has grown into today's Oracle Application Express.

To recap the years:

Oracle Application Express 4.2.4 now available

As an early Christmas present / late Hanukkah present, Oracle Application Express 4.2.4 is now released and available for download.  If you wish to download the full release of Oracle Application Express 4.2.4, you can get it from the Downloads page on OTN.  If you have (more...)

You don’t lack APEX skills…..you lack Oracle skills

For years, I've been fighting the perception by some customers that "APEX is slow".  Back in 2010, I opined about the corporate architect who didn't like Oracle Application Express because it was slow and couldn't scale.  What helped him form his opinion?  They had a business unit that developed a (more...)

Oracle Application Express 4.2.3 now available

Just in time for Oracle OpenWorld 2013, Oracle Application Express 4.2.3 is now released and available for download.  If you wish to download the full release of Oracle Application Express 4.2.3, you can get it from the Downloads page on OTN.  If you have Oracle (more...)

Faster Rendering of Charts in Oracle Application Express

I was recently helping a customer whom I had met at the ilOUG Tech Days 2013.  This customer had some questions about line charts and how to easily create multi-series charts without having to write a query per series.  This customer was kind enough to create a test (more...)

The Winds of Change….for Oracle Application Express 5.0

A few changes are planned for Oracle Application Express 5.0.

Beginning with Oracle Application Express 5.0, the minimum database version for Oracle Application Express will be Oracle Database 11.1.0.7.  Extended Support for Oracle Database 11.1.0.7 ends in August 2015, per the Lifetime (more...)

Image Prefix changes in Oracle Application Express 4.2.2

Most often, patch sets for Oracle Application Express are used to correct defects (i.e., fix bugs) identified in a release.  It's rare for features to be introduced or behavior to change.  But in the case of Oracle Application Express 4.2.2 and later, there is a change in (more...)