When the APEX Gaming Competition 2015
was announced by Vincent Morneau
at the ODTUG Kscope15 conference
this past year, I was very suspect. I've seen many contests over the years that always seemed to have very few participants, and only one or two people would really put forth effort. Why would this "Gaming Competition" be any different? Who has time for games, right? Well...I could not have been more wrong.
I was (more...)
In the first part of October, my colleague Vlad Uvarov
and I are taking the Oracle APEX
& Oracle Database Cloud
message to a number of user groups who are graciously hosting us. These are countries for which there is growing interest in Oracle Application Express, and we wish to help support these groups and aid in fostering their growing APEX communities.
The dates and locations are:
- Latvian Oracle User Group, October 5, 2015
If you're not aware, there is an APEX Gaming Competition
which is already underway, and which is sponsored by the Oracle Development Tools User Group (ODTUG)
. For those who don't know what ODTUG is
, it is an independent user group and community of professionals, with a primary focus on the tools, products, and frameworks to build solutions and applications with the Oracle technology stack. Although ODTUG is based in the USA, they have members (more...)
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...)
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 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...)
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.
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...)
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...)
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. 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...)
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
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...)
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...)
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...)
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
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:
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...)
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...)
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...)