Lazy Loading Menu

I've been using the lazy loading concept demonstrated in Maxime's post quite a lot recently, I'd love to see this as a declarative feature one day.

I also wondered if I could apply this concept to the badge count in the side menu.

Turns out it wasn't that hard, particularly since I already had the jQuery I needed from a previous requirement.

We first need to add a unique class to the link definition, so (more...)

Oracle APEX: the low-code and low-cost application middle tier

Oracle APEX is a low code application development framework. It can be used free of charge – either as part of an existing Oracle Database license or running in the free Oracle Database 18c XE product. An Oracle APEX application should be considered a three-tier application – consisting of a client tier (the browser), the middle tier (the APEX application engine) and the data tier (back end databases and REST APIs on top of various (more...)

ODC Appreciation Day : APEX Workspace Activity Logs

Everything gets a special day these days, and thanks to Tim Hall's encouragement, you can enjoy a vibrant display of appreciation for what the Oracle Developer Community embraces about the technology they use daily.

The first year I talked about Dynamic Actions.
Last year I missed the boat - too busy preparing for some holidays.
This year I'd like to lay down my love for a supply of data every APEX developer has access to:  (more...)

The Oracle APEX Reverse Proxy Guide using NGINX

Just recently I talked about changing the /ords URL to something else, now I want to show another way to manipulate the URL.

I always disliked deploying multiple ORDS instances, just to provide different paths to the same DB. This happened out of legacy or SEO purposes so far.

Now let’s set up a simple reverse proxy to achieve any URL structure you want for your APEX server.

As reverse proxy server I chose to (more...)

Deploy ORDS on tomcat in a subdirectory

Usually ORDS is deployed on Tomcat simply as /ords, right?

What do you do, if you want a different name than ords, let’s say you would like to see “bruce” in the URL? Simple solution: just rename ords.war to bruce.war before deploying to Tomcat.

But what if you want to have “mod/plsql“, as in http://myserver.tld:8080/mod/plsql ?

There is a not so much known feature of tomcat coming to help: # (more...)

Oracle Forms to APEX IDE Transition

If you would like a good high level run-down on why Oracle APEX is a great choice to modernise Oracle Forms, have a read of this.

After listening in on the AskTom Office Hours on this topic (make sure you also read the chat transcript), I had a few ideas for posts to help Forms developers transition to APEX, before my Forms knowledge gets too stale!

If you put the Forms & APEX IDEs together, (more...)

Remove duplicate from APEX collection

One of my favourite SQL analytic functions is row_number(), and I've used it in the past to identify, then remove duplicates.

In this case, I have an APEX collection that represents a session based view history of products/people/events, or whatever your users might be browsing.

I've created an option to consolidate that view history, and remove any record you might have opened more than once.

Collections are a little hard to play with outside (more...)

Hide region if no data found

I have a diagnostic page where I hide regions that aren't relevant - ie, have no data returned.

Here I create a dynamic action that executes After Refresh of the relevant region.

Dynamic Action definition

The client-side condition evaluates the presence of the .nodatafound class within the region, which is present only when no records are returned.

Inspect element of region with no records

The dynamic action then shows/hides the region, depending on the result (more...)

Add record count to collapsed region

I have a diagnostics page where I wanted to display how many records are in a collapsible region's title.

The following is a simple solution, but will only work properly if all records are displayed, and no pagination is used.
Otherwise, check this past post for alternative methods to get the number of rows in a region.

Pick a column in the region and add a class. I chose "cnt".

Column attribute

To be selective, (more...)

Enhancing the APEX Error Handling Function with Logger

Many, many moons ago, I created an error handling function for Oracle APEX, just like the original sample provided by Patrick Wolf for the 4.1 error handling feature. You'll probably find a strong correlation between the two events.

OK, now what?
We normally see this if an exception was propagated within a PL/SQL Dynamic Action.
In this case I thought it was time for a little upgrade.

I noticed the sample code, now part (more...)

Using apex_item.checkbox2 with multiple identifiers

Normally, in a report you can add a checkbox to select records like this:

select apex_item.checkbox2(1, as sel
from mytable x

And process the selected records using a process like this:

for i in 1..apex_application.g_f01.count loop
  l_id := apex_application.g_f01(i);
  -- ... process ...
end loop;

Since we have set the value of the checkbox to the record ID we can just get that ID from the resulting g_f01 (more...)

APEX New Workspace

After you install APEX or upgrade a base APEX, you need to create workspaces. These instructions show you how to create a workspace in APEX 18. You have two options, you can use the base url while specifying the INTERNAL workspace.

  1. You start the process by accessing the Oracle APEX through the standard form by entering the following URL:


    • Workspace: INTERNAL
    • Username:  ADMIN
    • Password:  installation_system_password

  1. The better approach is to use the (more...)

Add a “Share Link” to your application

Sometimes my customers need to be able to get a direct link to a record in their APEX application which they can share with others (e.g. to publish it on a website, or send by email to a colleague).

They don’t want people to be able to easily “guess” the link (so it needs to have some degree of randomness and complexity), but it’s not so sensitive that if someone somehow gets the link (more...)

Pseudo Radiogroup in APEX Report

I'd be surprised if you've ever tried to put a radio group in a report, but if you've ever attempted it you might come across a post from Vincent Deelan.

When it comes to checkboxes and radio groups, the nature of HTML haunts us.

So it turns out it's possible to do the same task within a report, and we can build it so we don't even need to submit the page. It really just (more...)

Quick tip: List all interactive reports with email features enabled

I was working on an application in an APEX instance that was not configured for email (and would not be), but a number of interactive reports were allowing users to use the “Subscription” or the “Download as Email” features. If they tried these features, those emails would just go into the APEX mail queue and never go anywhere, so I needed to turn these off.

I listed all the interactive reports that need fixing with (more...)

Quick tip: List all tabular forms

I needed to get a list of all the tabular forms in my application along with which table they were based on. This query did the trick:

select page_id
      ,attribute_02 as data_source
      ,attribute_03 as key_column
from   apex_application_page_proc
where  application_id = <my app id>
and    process_type_code = 'MULTI_ROW_UPDATE'
order by 1, 2;

Quick tip: default only for new records

If you have an ordinary Oracle APEX form with the standard Automatic Row Fetch process, and the page has an optional item with a default value, APEX will set the default on new records automatically. However, if the user queries an existing record, Oracle APEX will also fill in a missing value with the default value. This might not be what is desired – if the user clears the value they would expect it will (more...)

Quick PL/SQL, a code generator for PL/SQL based on simple markup

Maybe you've heard about "Quick SQL", a utility (previously a separate application, now part of APEX 18.1 itself) that generates SQL scripts based on a simple markup language. Quick SQL is a real time-saver and allows you to go from idea to prototype to working application in an instant.

Inspired by Quick SQL, I've created a similar utility, called "Quick PL/SQL", that does the same thing, except it generates PL/SQL code (packages (more...)

APEX 18.2 Statement of Direction

I've been thinking recently it's been a while since I remember seeing a revised Statement of Direction, and sure enough I see news of an update for 18.2.

It was back in 2015 that I last made my own conjecture about what each statement means (without the benefit of listening to as many conference sessions) and look at some of the outcomes now!

  • IG - well, I'm still a little late to that party, (more...)

Oracle Forms Migration

This post is one of a series on what I learned while not at Kscope18.

I realise that's a month ago now, but the mind still ponders, and I've had these lined up for a while. Just got busy with a deployment, as you do. Went nice and smooth though, APEX sure does make staggered deployments easier with build options. Underrated feature. /tangent

Anyhoo - every now and then someone on the forum asks about (more...)