Set APEX application name for Dev, Test and Prod environment in the same database

In case you have a small application where development, test and maybe also production environment are on the same database and your applications in this environment distinguish only by the application IDs. To setup a custom application name based on the ID you could do like this:

We assume our application name is "Training room app" defined in the "Shared Components" > "User Interface Attributes"

To differentiate the environments I add a dynamic action "Page (more...)

Copy and Paste to clipboard

Well I had the requirement to copy the content of a textarea into the clipboard. There are two ways to do that:

1. Build a dynamic action with custom Javascript code:
Copy Text to Clipboard

Code example - with dynamic action on "Click" and "Execute Javascript Code":
/* Select the text field */

/* Copy the text inside the text field */

2. Use an APEX plugin:
Copy to Clipboard (v1. (more...)

Enable save button on form change

Today I had the requirement that the save button should stay disabled until a form item changed.

After digging around I found a quite easy solution which worked well until now.

Save Button
Static ID: saveBtn
Custom Attributes: disabled

Dynamic Action
Event: Page Load
Execute Javascript Code:
$('#wwvFlowForm').on('input change', function() {
    $('#saveBtn').attr('disabled', false);

Simple but effective.

Working with the APEX tree

Out of a coincidence I haven't used the APEX tree region for years. Now I got the task to create a customizable tree in my application. Since APEX 5 there is a new tree type called "APEX tree" which supports some really cool functions.

Anyway I had to look around to find out what the APEX tree is actually capable of. First of all start with the APEX "Sample Trees" application which you find in (more...)

Check inside your APEX application if debug mode is enabled

Sounds like a simple task but whenever I have the requirement to add a region and make it conditional to check if APEX is running in debug mode. I always search for half an hour finding the right solution.

Search example on Google: "Oracle APEX check debug mode conditional PL/SQL"
Trying this or 30 different other ways it always ends up with the wrong results.

But it is so easy - Conditional PL/SQL Expression:

Join the NextGEN group at APEX Connect 18

The #NextGEN community is planning an after conference evening activity. For that reason we published a German article with all details on My dear friend Jonas translated the text via

Original article:
Wir sind EINE Community!

Here you go:


Young people who are motivated to get involved in conference planning? Yes, that's right!
And these motivated youngsters bring 24 more youngsters far away from the Oracle APEX universe.
Before the (more...)

CREATE or COPY master data pages in APEX

In this blog post I just want to give a hint about the positive and negatives effects when you COPY master data pages for different master data tables.

Both tables have the same columns :

In APEX you have a Master - Detail view including 2 pages: report view and modal dialog

If you decide to copy both pages (more...)

Interactive Report – Column background color

One of my customers needed an IR where half of the report columns should be visualized in another color.

It is really easy to integrate. Go into the report column attributes inside your "Page Designer" and add a "Static ID" for each column:

Column 1: rep_col_diffcolor_1
Column 2: rep_col_diffcolor_2

Now add this CSS snippet inside the page attributes:

.a-IRR-table tr td[headers*="rep_col_diffcolor_"]
    background-color: #99ccff;

The trick is to address every element by searching for the start part of the "Static ID" name.

APEX ist anders. Genau das gleiche gilt auch für die APEX Connect!

Es gibt zwei Dinge die ich in über 10 Jahren im Oracle Umfeld immer und immer wieder höre:

1. Die Community wird immer älter.
2. APEX ist aus Grund XY schlecht.

Was hat die APEX Connect damit zu tun?
Die APEX Connect beweist nun zum 4ten Mal, dass eine Community (wie die Technologie selbst) nicht stehenbleiben darf. Ohne die gemeinsame Arbeit an immer wieder neuen Angeboten wäre die Veranstaltung wohl nicht das was sie heute (more...)

Dynamic LOV with Pipeline function

A new year brought me some new tasks. I had to take over a generic Excel import and the customer wanted some extension by checking if the join on the master tables were successful.

Unfortunate we were talking about a generic solution which meant that all the configuration was saved inside tables including the LOV-tables which were saved as simple select statements.

Show all import rows/values which were not fitting towards the master data.


After the party is before the party

Now two months after the #pougtrip everything went back to normal. Except the planning for the next events.

The DOAG #NextGEN is currently starting a "roadshow" at German universities.

Start is the 07.11.2017 at the university of Trier. We will have 3 presentations covering different technologies: SQL, JS, JSON, SVG, PL/SQL, REST and APEX.
But see for yourself: Oracle Vorträge an der Hochschule Trier

As you can see the agenda is made with (more...)

The best Oracle technology week ever – Part 1: Helsinki and Stockholm

You remember my last blogpost describing how my #europeTour would be like:
#orclapex Europe tour 

It was a week with as little sleep as possible. Reasons:
 - traveling
 - just was to excited
 - to much party

It all started in Helsinki with the first Oracle APEX day in Finland.
I reached Helsinki with Richard Rieb around 10 o'clock in the evening. It was dark and cold, our taxi driver spoke 5 words to (more...)

#orclapex Europe tour

From Tuesday, the 29. of August until the 02. September, I will meet the best experts around Oracle.

But first some background:
Last year I was in Sweden and held a presentation at a meetup in Stockholm about APEX. I met Mathias Magnusson an Oracle specialist who is organizing all kinds of Oracle usergroup events in Sweden. I was lucky to meet him again at DOAG 2017 and introduced him to Joel Kallman. During (more...)


Hallo liebe Oracle Community,

die letzten Wochen und Monate waren etwas sehr hektisch, daher hatte ich auch keine Zeit für Blogposts rund um Oracle und APEX. Der Grund, lag in meiner Aktivität in der DOAG #NextGEN Community. Wir als Community planten ein Studenten- und Azubi-Event für Oracle Technologien.

Heraus kam dieses Jahr eine Reise zur POUG nach Krakau zu unternehmen.

Mit dabei sind die bekanntesten Oracle Speaker aus ganz Europa.

Und genau dieses Event das (more...)


Next week the APEX CONNECT 2017 will start. Besides the latest News about Oracle APEX you will have the chance to talk to some of the best developers worldwide.
As I mentioned at the beginning of the year "A new year promises new possibilities!" I'm focusing on students and will hold a presentation about "Next Generation - Erreiche die Mitarbeiter von Morgen".
Besides that I'm always willing to help others so if you have (more...)

JET pie chart in APEX with absolute numbers as data labels

The new APEX pie charts only allows percent values as data labels. Luckily the APEX team added an great example in the "Sample Chart" application which shows how to add custom data labels including absolute values by adding custom JavaScript code.

For German applications I prefer to display 10k (10000) like this: 10.000.
Thanks to APEX and JET it is easy to implement.

function( options ){
    this.donutSliceLabel = function( dataContext ){

Interactive Report Download Button only for a certain Authorization Role

The Interactive Report has this great download feature where you can export everything you can see.
Anyway there are circumstances where the customer doesn't want that feature open for everyone.

In APEX you can only choose if you want the download button or not.
Even so APEX can't do it out of the box. There is a way to make your application able to do it.

Since APEX 5 you can't download when the "Download" (more...)

An introduction into the APEX 5.1 Layout View

Many of you are still using the old "Component View" but the "Page Designer" introduced in APEX 5 made the developer life much easier.

The top 5 most time saving abilities for me are:
 1. Easy access on all page elements (without any page refresh)
 2. Copy&Paste of items, regions, dynamic actions, ... 
 3. Drag&Drop moving of items and regions
 4. Multi edit of items
 5. Since APEX 5.1: The ability to customize your (more...)

Customize your Interactive Report with CSS

A lot of you are using jQuery to customize visual parts of an APEX application. I probably to often do so myself but there is a much more elegant way:   CSS

Nowadays you are able to add different kind of rules into your CSS styles. In this example I will show you how to get into the topic by changing an Interactive Report (IR). In my example I want to change the typical group by (more...)

Run dynamic action from report row and pass multiple variables

Execute a "Dynamic Action" by clicking on a button/link inside a report row is mostly handled by some triggering HTML class.

It actually works in 95% of all cases. But it is not the best way to do it. It is much more effective to execute the "Dynamic Action" with a custom event.

Reason is simple: You don't need to allocate unnecessary elements via a class by jQuery. You execute the "Dynamic Action" in the (more...)