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...)

Show greyscale icon as red

I have an editable tabular form using Apex’s old greyscale edit link icons:

greyscale-icons

The users complained that they currently have to click each link to drill down to the detail records to find and fix any errors; they wanted the screen to indicate which detail records were already fine and which ones needed attention.

Since screen real-estate is limited here, I wanted to indicate the problems by showing a red edit link instead of the (more...)

Font APEX between versions

Sometimes, it's the little things in an application that make users happy.


Sometimes, it's just the icon on a darn button, card, or menu that makes all the difference.


Surely by now you've encountered using icons within Oracle APEX, and we've come a long way since Theme 25. To get anyone up to speed, APEX 5.0 saw the introduction of Font Awesome baked into the builder, which is a reputable CSS icon library for (more...)

2016 Blog Review

It's February, so it must be time to do this. I explore what thoughts arise from looking back, and forward to the future. It helps me to remember stuff, decide what to do, and apparently some people find it interesting.

Tools

So many tools. And I arguably don't use enough of them.

APEX 5.1

It's out and I'm excited. Unfortunately, scheduling is super tight, so I'll be waiting at my current site until hopefully around (more...)

APEX Survey Results: Addressing Performance

Yep, I'm still doing this. A bunch of questions to come, many worth the visit. Just a few weeks between drinks, so to speak. My annual review is a little late, too. Anyway...

Time for the performance questions in my 2015 survey. A favourite topic of mine, and my boss, Penny Cookson, lives for tuning.

Q9. How do you proactively address performance? (tick all that apply)




Tune SQL - I would be surprised if this (more...)

Quick Pick in Apex Report

I have an Interactive Report that includes some editable columns, and the users wanted to include some “quick picks” on these columns to make it easy to copy data from a previous period. The user can choose to type in a new value, or click the “quick pick” to quickly data-enter the suggested value.

example-report-quickpick

Normally, a simple page item can have a quick pick by setting the Show Quick Picks attribute on the item. This (more...)

Escape Special Characters APEX Demo

A few weeks ago I wrote more detail than expected regarding escaping of special characters.

I thought I'd add a simple demonstration, for reference.

Consider the following query, with variations of escaped column output.
with data as 
(select q'[G'day,]'||chr(10)
||'Scott<strong>loves</strong>'
||'<br>APEX<script></script>' as string
from dual)
select
-- UI default
string dflt
-- where no tags expected
,apex_escape.html(string) protected
-- good for most things
,apex_escape.html_whitelist(string) whitelisted
-- replace line feeds with HTML line break. (more...)

APEX Plugin: Calendar Heatmap Region

I was looking at the GitHub "contribution chart", which shows number of commits per day as a heatmap calendar. I thought this type of chart would be cool to have as an APEX plugin, so I went ahead and implemented it.



Here is a video I recorded to walk through how the plugin was made:



Note: For an alternative implementation, see the "Block Calendar" in Oracle JET. As far as I can tell, there (more...)

Re-evaluating APEX Authorization Schemes

Authorization schemes in Oracle APEX are used to control access to page, buttons, and all sorts of other components.

In my experience, these are best defined at a privilege level, where the same privilege could be allocated to multiple business roles, but that's for another post.

In this post, I want to mention a cool API function called apex_authorization.reset_cache, which helps control the behaviour of these authorization schemes.

Preface

While googling something else (more...)

#Oracle cutting in inspiration and new business?

Over the many years Oracle has been leading the database world, I guess they are now taking something of a wrong turn.
Let me briefly fill you in on my thoughts.

Basically I see two “minor” shifts that are significantly indicative of this:

  1. Oracle Standard Edition 2
  2. Oracle ACE Program

Okay, so you might think I am crazy, but let me try to explain.

Oracle Standard Edition 2

Sometime last year, the long expected, (more...)

APEX attributes for Escaping Special Characters

A relatively common on the forums is regarding the escaping of special characters in reports, but it seems the developer isn’t always sure what is actually happening and how to how to search for it.

It seems I’ve had this on my “to blog” list since April 2015, but now that 5.1 has been released, it seems more people are coming out to leave 4.x can’t work out where the Standard Report (more…)

APEX: Display the Page Alias on every page – without modifying the Template

Having a Page Alias shown on the page can make communication with your end users a little bit easier. Instead of directing them to the URL and asking them for the second value shown after the "f?p", it is a little bit simpler to direct them to the location of the Page Alias, e.g. bottom left corner of your screen.
For my projects I tend to use the Page Alias as a link (more...)

Oracle Apex 5.1 is here

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| Dec 21, 2016
Oracle Apex 5.1 is now production and available for download.

Phased APEX migrations

While looking through the comments regarding 5.1 features it occured to me how many different ways the Oracle APEX team enable us to phase our applications into any new APEX version, thereby minimising risk and introducing new IDE features to developers earlier.

I've always thought APEX does a really good job of leaving our applications alone during upgrades. It normally depends on how much the boundaries have been pushed, and how much the theme (more...)

UKOUG Tech16 Presentation Slides, Apex & Oracle Cloud

My presentation for UKOUG Tech 16 can be seen by following the link – Introduction to SOA CS. or see below   It was a tremendous 4 days (if you include the Tech stream’s Super Sunday).  If you are a UKOUG member and didn’t make it to the conference I’d look out for the material to be become available.

Whilst I’m not a big Apex fan (stitching business logic into the persistence layer feels wrong (more...)

APEX plugin files and 404 not found in ORDS


After installing APEX 5.0.4 and ORDS 3.0.8 I had an issue where APEX plugins that have static files bundled with the plugin (files that at runtime get mapped to URLs such as /ords/your_workspace_name/r/your_app_id/files/plugin/123456789/v1/filename) were giving a 404 "not found" error from ORDS. Well, you actually have to open the console in the web browser to see the 404 errors, and then if you try to open the file directly you (more...)

APEX Frühstück Meetup Wien

Kurz notiert: am 4.11.2016 gibts ein APEX Frühstücks-Meetup mit vielen neuen Infos zu Oracle APEX.

Bitte hier anmelden: https://www.meetup.com/orclapex-Vienna/events/234665282/

OTN Appreciation Day : APEX Metadata Repository

Thanks Tim for coming up with that great idea.

My favorite feature is the Oracle APEX Metadata Repository.

As you are probably aware of, APEX applications aren’t compiled. They are stored as metadata in a relational data model. Of course we aren’t allowed to access the tables in the APEX schema directly (e.g. APEX_050000), but APEX provides a bunch of dictionary views to read everything you want to know.

You can find all views (more...)

OTN Appreciation Day: Oracle Express Edition (XE)

Tim Hall of oracle-base.com fame suggested we should all do an "OTN Appreciation" day in honor of the Oracle Technology Network (OTN), by blogging about our favorite Oracle product or feature.


My personal favorite is Oracle Express Edition (XE), the free version of the world's best relational database.



 Here's what's great about it:

Iconic Breadcrumbs in APEX

Normally when you use a Breadcrumb in an APEX application you enter the data and that's it. The breadcrumb will look something like this:

Or when you reduce the screen, the Breadcrumb will look slightly different:

It's trivial to replace the text that you enter in the Breadcrumb with a little bit of markup and show a Font Awesome (or with APEX 5.1 Font APEX) icon.


<span class="fa fa-home"></span>
Now the text will be (more...)