Take a few minutes to patch Oracle APEX 5.1

Yesterday a first patch set of Oracle Application Express (APEX) 5.1 has been made available to download.

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If you encounter issues, you can ask for support and most likely a bit later a patch is made available through support.oracle.com. The APEX team is doing a great job with this.

For example some people using APEX Office Print had an issue which was caused by a bug in APEX_JSON (more...)

Oracle Application Express 5.1.1 now available

Just in time for APEX World 2017, Oracle Application Express 5.1.1 is now released and available for download.  If you wish to download the full release of Oracle Application Express 5.1.1, you can get it from the Downloads page on OTN.  If you have Oracle Application Express 5.1 already installed, then you need to download the APEX 5.1.1 patch set from My Oracle Support.  Look up patch (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...)


Unless you've managed to somehow filter out everything about US politics over the last few months (and if you have, please let me know your secret), then you've likely heard about "fake news".  From a high level, my basic understanding of "fake news" is that it refers to stories or websites that are fabricated to advance the political beliefs and/or ideologies of one site or the other.  Your definition may differ.

So what is fake (more...)

EECS – Oracle Exadate Express Cloud Service, Step 4 : APEX !

So what are my experiences using EECS doing some APEX work?

First of all, it is not blazing fast. Probably caused by the latency (as mentioned in my previous post). It is not slow, it is just ok('ish). 

Second, and way more important, it runs APEX 5.0.4! So whatever Oracle advertises about "Cloud first" ... it doesn't seem to apply to APEX (or APEX on EECS). So this fact alone makes (more...)

Iceland, Iceland, Baby

Alright, stop!  Collaborate and listen!  Ok, I’ll be the one to take my own advice here and stop...

Later this month, I’ll be heading to Reykjavík, Iceland to deliver our 3-day training class “Developing Desktop APEX Applications”.  This class will be open to the public and costs about $2500 per student, so anyone is welcome to sign up. You’ll have to make your way to Iceland, of course.

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Here’s a brief overview of what we’re going (more...)

Taste of KScope 2017 Webinars

This Thursday, I’ll be participating in the Taste of KScope 2017 webinar series by presenting GET POST ORDS JSON: Web Services for APEX Decoded.  The webinar will begin at noon EDT on Thursday, March 16th.  The webinar is completely free, and you don’t need to be an ODTUG member to attend.

Here’s a summary of the abstract:

Web Services in the APEX world are becoming more and more popular.  However, there is still a lot of (more...)


Recently, there has been a lot of buzz about "low code" development platforms.  Even the Oracle APEX team has embraced this term (see https://apex.oracle.com/lowcode/ for details). This approach allows the "citizen developer" - someone without a traditional IT background - to build basic applications with little to no code. Platforms such as QuickBase, Appian, Mendix and even SalesForce.com have popup up, offering the promise to quickly build applications with little to no (more...)

jQuery, Security and Web Services – Oh My!

It's going to be a hectic couple of weeks for me, as I get ready to head to Utah this weekend for the annual UTOUG Training Days conference next week.  I love Salt Lake City, and the UTOUG conference is just the right size - not too large, but large enough that most of the rooms are full of attendees.

This year, I've got three slots, each as different as the next:

jQuery & APEX (more...)


NATCAP OUG - or the National Capitol Region Oracle Users Group - has a long history of providing Oracle-related content to those in the DC metro area.  I remember presenting there back in my Oracle days (early 2000's) on multiple occasions.

Over the last few months, a few of us have been trying to resurrect this group, as there are likely more Oracle developers & DBAs in the DC area than any other area in (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...)

APEX 5.1 New Features – neuer Termin

APEX 5.1 ist endlich da. Oracle Application Express wird mit jedem Release besser und zieht immer mehr Entwickler weltweit in seinen Bann. Es ist einfach, einfache wie auch komplexe Applikationen auf Basis des Oracle Stacks zu entwickeln. Es macht sogar richtig Spaß !

Mit APEX 5.1 sind als wichtiges neues Feature die Interactive Grids mit dazu gekommen. Wir haben sehr lange auf eine moderne Möglichkeit gewartet, Excel - ähnliche Funktionen auf einer Webseite mit (more...)

Working with APEX 5 Dialogs

APEX 5 introduces native dialogs, both modal and non-modal. This article discusses:

  1. How to enable dialogs in your APEX 5 application if they are not already enabled.
  2. How to open a dialog.
  3. How to close a dialog, returning values from that dialog.
  4. How to respond to the closing of a dialog.

How to enable dialogs in your APEX 5+ application if they are not already enabled.

To check if Dialogs are already usable within your (more...)

Comma separated search and search with checkboxes in Oracle APEX

When you have a classic report in Oracle Application Express (APEX) and want to make it searchable you typically add a Text Item in the region, enable Submit on Enter and add a WHERE clause to your SQL statement.

Here’s an example:
Classic Report with Search (text item)

Your SQL statement probably looks like this:


When you want to search for multiple customers separated by (more...)

EECS – Oracle Exadate Express Cloud Service, Step 3

Once you have defined your users for your Express Cloud Service, all users with the role of Database Developer or higher can access the database Service Console. From here all database related actions can be started.
The upper category, Web Access, brings you to the specified part of the APEX builder - more on that in the next post. In the lower category you can create database schema's. For our goal within smart4apex, I created (more...)

EECS – Oracle Exadata Express Cloud Service, Step 2

Once you get your services up and running, you can log into your domain - in this screenhot "smart4apex" - on the Oracle Cloud.
Then you'll end up in the "My Services" dashboard. As I have only one, my dashboard looks quite clean, showing just this widget:
Just a few remarks for the designers of this: I am very curious why there is an extra "(Number of ..." in the chart title. The same (more...)

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When reviewing Oracle APEX applications I often see hardcoded date or timestamp formats.
You can define your date formats in multiple places in your application. In your item or column attributes, as part of your code e.g.TO_CHAR(sysdate, ‘DD-MON-YYYY HH24:MI’) or if you want to make it more reusable you might create a substitution string. That will all work, but you can make your life easier and for the ones looking or needing to (more...)

Intermittent ORA-06502 error when running APEX 5 on 12c

We upgraded our environment from 11.2 to 12c last week. This week we noticed an error in one of our APEX pages, a rather simple form for entering data. Nothing fancy, nothing spectacular - only a spectacular error when you tried to edit a record. 
Running the page in debug mode (even on LEVEL9) wasn't very helpful as you can see below (10 points who immediately spots the error!).
The error didn't (more...)

First steps using the Oracle Exadata Express Cloud Service

The Oracle Exadata Express Cloud Service was announced at Oracle Open World 2016. This service looks like an excellent use case for Oracle Database development purposes as well as setting up a test environment. And even for small to medium sized production situations it looks very promising as you can see in the table below. Especially the cheapest option offers a lot of bang for your bucks.
But alas, this service was not as widely (more...)

Changing the label of an item in Oracle APEX dynamically

Today I got the question how to change the label of an item in Oracle Application Express (APEX) based on some condition. I actually had this requirement myself a couple of times, so maybe other people too.

Here’s an example; whenever we change the Source item, we want the Affected Item to change it’s label:

The use case: after change of the source item, the label of the affected item changes

The first thing that comes to mind (if you already know a little bit of APEX); lets use a Dynamic (more...)