Oracle APEX 5 Update from OOW

The big news about Oracle APEX from OOW is not so much about what, but more about when.  Much to many people's disappointment, APEX 5.0 is still going to be a few months out.  The "official" release date has been updated from "calendar year 2014" to "fiscal year 2015".  For those not in the know, Oracle's fiscal year ends on May 31st, so that date represents the new high-water mark.

Despite this bit of (more...)

Take a Walk

Steven Feuerstein (https://twitter.com/stevefeuerstein) just tweeted this:

Which in turn, inspired me to quickly write this post.

The combination of being in IT and working from home leads to lots of hours logged in some sort of chair, whether its in (more...)

Next ORCLAPEX NOVA Meetup: July 17th

The next Meetup for the ORCLAPEX NOVA Meetup Group will be this Thursday, July 17th at 7:00PM at Oracle Reston.  (Details: http://www.meetup.com/orclapex-NOVA/events/192592582/)

We're going to try the "Open Mic" format that has been wildly successful at KScope for the past few years.  The rules are quite simple: anyone can demonstrate their APEX-based solution for up to 10 minutes.  No need to reserve a spot or spend too much time planning.  And as (more...)

ORCLAPEX NOVA Update – Columbus Brings It

For the upcoming inaugural ORCLAPEX NOVA MeetUp on May 29th, not only will we have Mike Hichwa, Shakeeb Rahman and David Gale from the Reston-based Oracle APEX development team present, but we will also have the entire Columbus, OH based APEX team in attendance, as well: both Joel Kallman and Jason Straub will be in town and have RSVP’ed to the MeetUp!

Outside of major conferences such as KScope or OpenWorld, there is (more...)

BLOBs in the Cloud with APEX and AWS S3

Overview

Recently, I was working with one of our customers and ran into a rather unique requirement and an uncommon constraint. The customer - Storm Petrel - has designed a grant management system called Tempest.  This system is designed to aid local municipalities when applying for FEMA grants after a natural disaster occurs.  As one can imagine, there is a lot of old fashioned paperwork when it comes to managing such a thing.

Thus, the (more...)

Announcing the ORCLAPEX NOVA Meetup Group

Following in the footsteps of a few others, I’m happy to announce the formation and initial meeting of the ORCLAPEX NOVA (Northern Virginia) group!  

As Dan McGhan and Doug Gault have mentioned in their blogs, a bunch of us who are regular APEX users are trying to continue to grow the community by providing in-person meetings where we can meet other APEX developers and trade stories, tips and anything else.  Each of the groups (more...)

Working Orange

On Thursday, February 27th, I will be taking over @WorkingOrange - the Syracuse University Career Services Twitter account.


WorkingOrange was created to allow Syracuse alumni from all fields to share what it is they do on a typical day, as well as interact with students, other alumni and anyone else.  It is typically active each Tuesday and Thursday, and has hosted alumni from all kinds of industries.  For example, today is an elementary school teacher, (more...)

Upcoming Conferences for 2014

It’s that time of year again: Conference Season!  There’s a few conferences that fall in the 1st few months of the year that I try to present at each year, and this year is no different.  Here’s where I’ll be presenting at over the next few months:

  • RMOUG - Denver, CO - February 5th - 7th
    At RMOUG this year, I’ll be co-presenting a new session called “Creating a Business UI in APEX” with Jorge (more...)

Get on Board the ARC

Yesterday, we launched the new APEX Resource Center - or ARC - on enkitec.com.  The ARC was designed to provide the APEX experts at Enkitec with an easy way to share all things APEX with the community.  It’s split up into a number of different sections, each of which (more...)

Abstract Sumission Advice

Yesterday, I was part of the KScope 14 APEX Abstract Review call.  This call is used to discuss the rankings that the Abstract Review Committee has previously given each session.  Naturally, we use APEX to help with this process - specifically WebSheets.  The call allows us to ensure that the (more...)

Multi-Colored SQL

My OCD was delighted this morning when I came across a new feature of SQL Developer: Connection Color.  Brace yourselves, as this feature ain't much, but could have a huge impact on reducing accidental commands in the wrong schema or server.

To use it, simply create or edit a database (more...)

New APEX 4.2.3 Packaged Applications: Sample Reporting & Data Reporter

APEX 4.2.3 seems to be largely a maintenance release, with few new features added.  (Full details of what is included can be read here: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/developer-tools/apex/application-express/apex-423-patch-set-notes-2015119.html)

Despite this fact, there are a couple of new "features" that were added by way of a new packaged (more...)

Working with the APEX Tree

I found a great blog post by Tom Petrus that summarizes the power of the APEX tree here: http://tpetrus.blogspot.be/2013/01/working-with-tree-in-apex.html

The post details a number of different attributes of the tree and how to interact with it.  It starts simple and shows how to get a tree reference (more...)

Oracle APEX @ OOW

Looks like the Oracle APEX team's annual OOW site is live here:  http://apex.oracle.com/pls/apex/f?p=67165:1  This site provides a list of APEX-related sessions at OOW in both a calendar and list view. It is also mobile friendly, which will make it nice to have while at the (more...)

New Book: Expert Oracle Application Express Security

I remember vividly meeting with Jonathan Gennick at RMOUG 2012 at the Apress booth.  As always, he asked if I was up for writing something APEX-related.  And as always, I politely declined, as I just had too much going on at the time.  However, before he let me leave the (more...)

APEX 5.0 Impressions

I had the opportunity to sit through two APEX 5.0 presentations yesterday at APEXposed in Montreal - one by Joel Kallman, and the other by David Peake.

By far, the most anticipated feature is the new page layout UI.  This interface is designed to do two things: make arranging (more...)

ODTUG Sunday Symposium @ OpenWorld

Wow, it's been almost a year since I've blogged.  Guess that's what happens when you get busy!

In any case, if you're going to be at OpenWorld and use APEX, be sure to stop by and see the ODTUG APEX Symposium.  This year, we're going to focus on printing with (more...)

Enkitec.com Now Running on APEX

I'm happy to announce that starting today, enkitec.com is running on Oracle Application Express and has replaced sumneva.com, which was running in parallel with enkitec.com since July.

We spruced things up a little bit, created a new UI, and also created some new features & sections - (more...)

Oracle Wallet Configuration

Oracle Wallet is a finicky little tool.  However, when you want to make outgoing HTTPS calls from the database, it's a necessary evil.  While the tool itself is straightforward enough, the steps to follow in order to configure it are not as clear.

During my research, I came across what (more...)

Windows 7 VM Suspending


It's an unavoidable fact of life as a web developer - you have to test on IE at some point.  The sooner, the better, in my experience.  As a Mac user, I run Windows and Linux in VMWare.  The benefits of this are huge, and most readers don't need them (more...)