Order APEX column based on hidden data

An occasional question in the forums relates to issues ordering a particular column. It's one of those things that will probably keep coming up, so it's worth having another reference out here on the web.

The basic example stems from the need to order data that might contain characters.

with data as
(select '1' vc from dual union all
select '11' vc from dual union all
select '2' vc from dual union all
select 'a' (more...)

The APEX_JSON package: Generating JSON from PL/SQL

In my previous blog post, I took a look at the new APEX_JSON package that ships with Apex 5.0 and its capabilities for parsing JSON.

In this blog post, I am going to look at how the APEX_JSON package can be used to generate JSON from data in your database using PL/SQL.

There are multiple ways of creating JSON output using the APEX_JSON package. There are several overloaded write() procedures which can output (more...)

Returning BLOB file size

Occasionally I'll want some form of report noting file sizes of blobs in a database.

The solution is relatively simple, and I thought I'd write it up here for a place to copy syntax each time.

APEX users also have a handy table to verify this against (apex_application_files). Well, a synonym/view that ultimately maps to the core table wwv_flow_file_objects$.

It contains a doc_size column, which is no doubt evaluated at some point during upload of (more...)

APEX_ESCAPE, a new (and better) way of HTF.ESCAPE_SC

Last week, at the yearly ODTUG Kscope Conference, I did my presentation "Getting Started with APEX Plugin Development". After the session Patrick Wolf, Principal Member of Technical Staff for APEX, pointed out an improvement that could be made.
In the presentation I point out the need to escape the input that you get from a user of the plugin in order to protect the plugin from unwanted use, like SQL Injection, Cross Site Scripting (more...)

The APEX_JSON package: Parsing JSON in PL/SQL


As I mentioned a year ago, it looks like Apex 5.0 will include a new package called APEX_JSON for parsing and generating JSON. In this blog post, I will take a quick look at the parsing, and the next blog post will be about generating JSON output.

Since Apex 5.0 is still in Early Adopter (beta) mode and not yet released for download, we can run a query against the data dictionary (more...)

ODTUG Kscope 2014: Wednesday

The morning started nice, ODTUG organized breakfast with country themes. There were tables for Australia, Canada and The Netherlands. If you are Dutch you might have expected to have hagelslag or cheese, this was not the case. It was a nice and hearty American style breakfast, eggs, bacon, potatoes.
The first session of the day that I went to was by Nathan Catlow on Oracle APEX Security, an interesting topic.
Nathan pointed out that by (more...)

Kscope Wednesday

Also today is packed with excellent sessions. The first one, "Cookie Monster", by Tim St.Hillaire covered the different type of cookies and how you can set and read them from within your APEX application. For a lot of purposes you could nowadays use local storage as well, but there's still a case for cookies - and that's not a jar ;-)
The second one, "Single Sign On", by Anton Nielsen (more...)

Kscope Tuesday

This day was quite busy: I had two presentations and a panel session, more or less back to back. My first presentation "Intro into Mobile APEX Development" went ok, but I was especially pleased with the way my second presentation "Creating Hybrid APEX Applications" did go. I think I got the message across that it is not that hard to create APEX Applications with native iOS (or Android) functionality, like accessing (more...)

Kscope Monday

The Monday started off with the general session. The most awaited announcement was: Where will Kscope have it's residence in 2015? The answer can be found on www.kscope15.com (in short: in an awesome resort in Florida).
After that, the selection begins ... which session should I attend... I picked two interesting sessions about the APEX Listener / Oracle Rest Data Service. This product is growing fast in functionality and will get more important in (more...)

ODTUG Kscope 2014: Tuesday

Mark Drake, the product manager for XMLDB and the new JSON features in the database, started Tuesday with a session on flexible storage.
After a short history of the XMLDB ("more than just a LOB Store"), he went to the heart of the presentation: flexible storage.
In the upcoming release of the database there will also be JSON functionality built in. The JSON functionality won't have a separate datatype. By not introducing a separate JSON (more...)

ODTUG Kscope 2014: Monday

Monday morning started with the opening keynote. At the same time the Dutch soccer team played Chile (which the Dutch won with 2-0). A small Dutch delegation went to watch the game, all dressed in orange, I was one of them.
During the keynote the location of Kscope 2015 was announced: Hollywood, Florida.
Lunch was special, there were lunch and learn. There were "reserved" tables were you could sit on and talk tech with ACE (more...)

ODTUG KScope14 Sunday APEX Symposium

The ODTUG Kscope conference always starts with a full day symposium. There are several specialized tracks going on, and I attended the APEX track (mainly).
The room was packed, I would estimate around a 175 delegates.
Joel Kallman started the day with an overview of the history of APEX, including a video of Steve Balmer being very enthousiastic about APEX. He also told a bit about the background and how some features evolved throughout the (more...)

Apex theme fun


Sometimes you are working with an off-the-shelf product and find something odd, and you're not quite sure whether it is a bug, a feature or whether you've lost the plot.

I use Oracle's Application Express, and was digging into the included theme_18. The templates refer to classes "t18success" and "t18notification"



And then I go looking into the CSS and see hash / ID selectors.

#t18Success{margin:5px auto;font-size:12px;color:#333;background:#DAEED2;width:600px;background-repeat:no-repeat;padding:5px;border:1px #95C682 solid;border-right:none;border-left:none;}

#t18Notification{margin:5px auto;padding:5px;font-size:12px;color:#333;text-align:center;vertical-align:top;border:1px #ffd700 solid;border-right:none;border-left:none;background-color:#ffffcc;width:600px;}

For added confusion, (more...)

Some things to share…

I have been awfully quiet on my blog lately. I think that is because I have been busy with other things, like my garden and stuff like that. There are some ‘techie’ thing I have done in the meantime, though,

Tech14-Ive_SubmittedI have submitted a couple of abstracts for Tech14. Hope at least one of them gets selected. I really like presenting and if it is in a different country, that is just a plus. That (more...)

Oracle Application Express (APEX) 4.2.5 is now available for download

A new minor release of Oracle Application Express (APEX) has been announced yesterday. Version 4.2.5.00.08 is now available for download. Check out the accompanying documentation for new features and bugs fixed in this release. You may also find interesting reading Joel's blog posting about Apex 4.2.5.

On HTTP 401 Unauthorized (with Oracle EPG)

Always check out the original article at http://www.oraclequirks.com for latest comments, fixes and updates. It could happen that suddenly your Apex application that has been working for years starts asking for a username and password in order to access the XDB repository. You hit the Cancel button and all you get is:   401 Unauthorized No html, no images, nothing is returned, your app is

Bookreview: Oracle APEX Cookbook – 2nd edition by Marcel van der Plas and Michel van Zoest

A few weeks ago Packt Publishing asked me if I would give a book review for the recently released Oracle APEX Cookbook, the second edition by Marcel van der Plas and Michel van Zoest. In exchange I would get the e-book for free, so this can be considered a sponsored blogpost. Even though it is sponsored I will give my honest opinion about it.

The book contains fifteen chapters starting with "Creating a Basic APEX (more...)

Triggering and Handling a Custom Event in APEX

On one of the pages there was a need to refresh a report region when a node in an APEX Tree was clicked. As far as I know there is no built-in method to create a Dynamic Action to a node in an APEX Tree, so this might call for a Custom Event.
If there is a built-in method, please leave a comment :)

Trigger Custom Event

To trigger a Custom Event, change the "link" (more...)

KScope14

ODTUG_Kscope14

This year, from June 22 - June 26, the best convention in the world, ODTUG’s KScope14 will be held in Seattle, Washington. I am already looking forward to meeting some ‘old’ friends again, creating new friends and seeing some of the best content by presenters from all over the world.

Some of the presentations I am looking forward to:

In the Developer’s Toolkit track:

New publication for Oracle professionals

OTech Magazine Winter 2014If you are working with Oracle software as a developer, DBA or application server administrator, you should read the new OTech Magazine.

The Winter 2014 issue is almost a book: 136 pages of high-quality technology articles by some of the leading experts in their respective fields.  My contribution is the article “From Requirements to Tool Choice” about how to choose the right Oracle development tools (ADF, APEX, or Forms).

And did I mention it (more...)