KScope14 (Sunday) – APEX Symposium – before noon

Sunday is typically the day where the Oracle development team is on stage to talk about what they do, give insight in the product etc. - for me personally one of the highlights of the conference.

The Awesome Evolution of Oracle Application Express 5.0 by Joel Kallman

Joel demoed HTML DB 1.6 again, the predecessor of APEX - went live in 2004, so 10 years ago (time goes fast!). Next he timed doing (more...)

APEX 5.0 – Rejoin Session

This great feature is finaly there. I remember asking for a solution back in 2007. I needed to send emails with application links to my users. If they would receive an email they would click on the link and were supposed to land on a particular page. The problem was that they would already have an open session and they expected the link to go straight to the page without asking for a new login. (more...)

APEX 5.0 – Page Designer; immediate feedback and more

In APEX 5.0 you (can) develop in the new Page Designer.

The Page Designer makes you way more productive, less clicks and quicker results. You have to get used to it, and you probably want a big monitor (time to ask your boss!), but once all that is done - you will love it.

The Page Designer is so intuitive and attention was put in the details. When you make a mistake APEX (more...)

APEX 5.0 – Button Appearance (template options + Font Awesome)

With the new template, the new buttons for example are highly customisable in APEX 5.0
(icon on the left or right, spacing between, etc.)


In the Appearance section you find kinda the same options as in APEX 4.x, but when you look a bit further, there's so much more now.


You can declaratively change the way your button looks like, by clicking the Template Options:


The icons you can chose for your (more...)

APEX 5.0 – Keyboard shortcuts

Develop even faster? use the keyboard shortcuts in Oracle Application Express (APEX) - you find them defined here:



Here's the list:
  • Display From HereCtrl+Option+D
  • Display From PageCtrl+Option+T
  • Go to Dynamic ActionsOption+2
  • Go to Gallery ButtonsOption+9
  • Go to Gallery ItemsOption+8
  • Go to Gallery RegionsOption+7
  • Go to Grid LayoutOption+5
  • Go to HelpOption+F1
  • Go to MessagesCtrl+F1
  • Go to Page Shared ComponentsOption+4
  • Go to ProcessingOption+3
  • Go to Property EditorOption+6
  • Go to RenderingOption+1
  • Keyboard ShortcutsOption+Shift+F1
  • Page SearchCtrl+Option+F
  • RedoCtrl+Y
  • Restore/ExpandOption+F11
  • SaveCtrl+Option+S
  • Save and Run PageCtrl+Option+R
  • Toggle Hide Empty PositionsCtrl+Option+E
  • UndoCtrl+Z

  • For Mac users like me; the Option key is "fn" + "alt"

Oracle APEX 5.0 EA2 – first impressions

You can now request a workspace in the brand-new version of Oracle APEX 5.0 (EA2).


Once requested a workspace you will get an email to activate it - and you're up-and-running!


The login screen looks awesome:


And then you see the new APEX Builder - new theme, with all new icons:


The Application Builder looks different now too - look at the nice icons and new style of Interactive Report:


Creating a new application (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...)

Yet another way to create “editable interactive report” part 2

Enhance editable interactive report whit select list and textarea on APEX 4.2

APEX 5.0 EA2 available in the next days

Joel just blogged that the 2nd Early Adopter release of APEX 5.0 is around the corner.

Here are some screenshots posted on twitter:



I'm sure this new EA will carry many changes and looking at some screenshots it looks awesome.
I especially look forward to the new universal theme.

Here's what should be in - based on the statement of direction of APEX 5.0 :

Oracle Application Express 5.0

Oracle Application Express (more...)

Oracle APEX Cookbook: Second Edition

For the first Oracle APEX Cookbook I was involved as a reviewer.

Michel and Marcel updated their book end of last year, but I didn't take the time to blog about it yet - and months fly. The concept stayed the same as the first edition, but it got updated with the latest info for APEX 4.x.

"People who followed a beginner training or learned APEX at their own and they want to (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...)

Social Authentication (Facebook) in WC2014Challenge

People expect these days from a public website you can authenticate with Facebook, Google+, Linkedin, Microsoft etc. It's very convenient as you don't need to create a specific account per website.

Background

All of the social networks have very good documentation how to call their APIs.
Here's for example the Facebook Login explained.

Most of the API's use the OAuth2.0 protocol, there's an application key and tokens that are send with the requests. Here's (more...)

Security Audit of WC2014Challenge

A few weeks ago I asked my friends at RecX to do a security audit of the World Cup 2014 Challenge app.  The result was a security assessment document which explained what they tested, an explanation why it was important and the results they found. I found it very interesting to see how other (security) people approach your code.

Here are the areas they went into:

Access Control
  • Hidden items
  • Item Protection
  • Page Access Protection

Automatic Time Zone Support in WC2014Challenge

How do you show to people in different timezones the schedule in their own time?

That is the issue I had when building the wc2014challenge.com site.

So I started to just show the schedule in the "local time" of the stadium the match was in, so I didn't have to deal with the issue :)

But as you might think, people started to ask to see the schedule in their own time.

In previous (more...)

APEX and other Random Things from the mind of Donald Clarke 2014-05-29 05:57:00


Slide deck is pretty much done and uploaded to ODTUG.  I still have a few ideas in my head, just not sure how to lay them out in a slide.  If you aren't coming to Seattle, no worries! After KSCOPE, I will start uploading the deck in a series of posts...

Interestingly, while working on the EBS 12 test system I ran across the same issue everyone has when migrating my APEX integration pieces from (more...)

UKOUG Tech14 Call for Papers … Better Hurry!!!


Every year I like getting over to England for UKOUG's conference. This year Joel Kallman, Director APEX Development, will be joining Anthony Rayner and myself at the conference.

I have submitted a few sessions for Tech14 and also a session for Apps14, given they are co-located in Liverpool this year. My Apps14 session is on integrating EBS with APEX, a subject that is near and dear, and one that is gaining significant traction among EBS (more...)

Oracle APEX 5.0 UI techniques at NYOUG on June 3rd

Are you ready to give your apps a fresh new look & feel? APEX 5.0 will bring you the Universal Theme and Template Options – a modern, responsive HTML5 theme that takes the guesswork out of choosing the right HTML templates and CSS classes. Thanks to easy-to-use declarative template options, you no longer have to be a HTML/CSS guru in order to create modern and beautiful web applications. 

Want to learn more? Then (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...)

World Cup 2014 APEX Betting app online

You remember the old days? 2006 ... APEX aka HTMLDB was still the new kid on the block!

To promote APEX at that time I build an Oracle APEX app that allowed you to see the scores of the World Cup 2006. After some feedback I created a betting piece to it... it gained much traction, it even got translated in Chinese! Here's a picture of that time:



Since then every year with the World Cup (more...)