Oracle Application Express (APEX) 5.0 available for download

The best Oracle Application Express edition of all times has finally landed. Info & details in Apex's official blog. Enjoy.

Oracle Application Express 5.0 available for download

In the past few weeks Oracle has been working towards a climax regarding the new version of Application Express. After updating the Early Adapters environment and later the hosted applications at to version 5.0 it is now finally time for the full release!

APEX 5.0 can be downloaded at

For more information on the most important new features visit the Oracle blog.

APEX: Active Tabs Based on Page Groups

Recently someone asked me: "How did you do that? When I include an APEX page in a Page Group, the correct tab is automatically highlighted"
When I setup an application, I usually use Dimitri Gielis' method, so instead of using "real tabs", I use a List and display that list as Tabs.
For each of the "Tabs", I also create Page Groups, just to keep things organized.
Each of the List Entries will have a (more...)

Deploying Application Express with Delphix


Seamless cloning of an application stack is an outstanding goal. Seamless cloning of an application stack including the full production database, application server, and webserver in a few minutes with next to zero disk space used or configuration required is the best goal since Alexander Graham Bell decided he wanted a better way tell Mr. Watson to “come here.”

So in the spirit of discovery, I’ve installed Oracle REST Data Services (ORDS) 2.0 (more...)

Apex multilingual applications and build options

Always check out the original article at for latest comments, fixes and updates. Just a quick reminder for those who are devoloping Apex multilingual applications: Build options' state is propagated to translated applications at the time of seeding, so you need to be careful when changing the state of a build option in the primary language because you may end up

UKOUG Tech14 – APEX Highlights

Last week I spent 4 days at the annual UK Oracle User Group conference, this time around called Tech14.  It was my first UKOUG conference in a number of years and I set out with the intention of treating it like an all you can eat buffet of APEX presentations and workshops.

So, what were the APEX highlights of Tech14? Well, I have to start with the presentations given by Joel KalmanDavid Peake (more...)

Can you build business critical applications with APEX?

Now and then this question pops up. And today this question was delivered to my mailbox again. A customer is busy starting a project to replace a current Oracle Forms application. So he asked Oracle and one of the Oracle partners: What should we use, APEX or ADF? A valid question that has been asked - and will be asked - by numerous customers. 
Of course, there is only one correct answer and that (more...)

UKOUG 2014 – A special edition

Although I’ve attended the UKOUG conferences since 2008, this year’s edition was somewhat special to me. Based on the attendee reviews of last year’s UKOUG, I was elected as “Best Overseas Speaker”. And for me that’s quite an honour and of course a recognition for years of work - and practice ;-)
And with a title comes a plaque - it’ll get a special place on my bookshelf. 

I didn’t just get (more...)

ORA-20104: create_collection_from_query ParseErr:ORA-00918: column ambiguously defined

Always check out the original article at for latest comments, fixes and updates.   If you are wondering why you are getting this error message after following the example in the documentation describing procedure CREATE_COLLECTION_FROM_QUERYB2 in the APEX_COLLECTION API, the quick answer is that the sample code is flawed. ORA-20104: create_collection_from_queryb2

Apex substitution strings in reports, not always replaced with their values, guess why?

Always check out the original article at for latest comments, fixes and updates. It's amazing to you find out how easy is to take for granted certain features of Apex for the simple fact that you have been using them for a long time without paying too much attention to certain specific details. This morning I ran a report that I rarely use in an application and to

How many page views can Apex sustain when running on Oracle XE?

Always check out the original article at for latest comments, fixes and updates. While some people think that hosting a web site on top of Oracle XE can be hardly considered much more than a joke, I can claim instead, basing on my personal experience of the last 5 years, that for small sites it can be a perfectly reasonable choice, provided you have the technical

Time for an Oracle Apex feature request – single sign-on authentication

I've just submitted a feature request because I believe that the current Application Group concept is a fairly weak one if it doesn't bring about some advantage in terms of features for the developer. Basically what I am asking for is that one can easily implement a single sign-on authentication method across multiple applications within the same application group, pretty much like the existing

I am running for the ODTUG Board of Directors

After some thought, I decided I will be running for the ODTUG Board of Directors this year. I have been attending Kscope since 2008 (New Orleans). Presented at Kscope and APEXPosed since 2009. Did a few webinars. Was a member of the APEX Content Team for Kscope12 and 13. And now I am the Content Lead for the APEX track for KScope14 and Kscope15. So I like spending my free time for ODTUG, to keep (more...)

"Busy Button" with APEX5, jQuery and Font Awesome

Both jQuery and Font Awesome are standard included with APEX5 (still in early adopter). With a little bit of jQuery you can create an animated button that reflects that it is doing something in the background.
For this example I created a button "Text + Icon button". Simply drag and drop this in the Page Designer.
The Icon CSS Class: "fa-play-circle-o"
and the action: "Defined by Dynamic Action"
For the Dynamic Action: it should respond (more...)

Dynamic Action in Report – APEX5 version with Font Awesome

Almost two years ago, I wrote a little blog on how to trigger a Dynamic Action from a report. You can find that blog right here.
Things have changed with APEX5 (which is currently still in "early adaptor 2") which allow you to do this in a more clean way (or at least I think so). No need to create a "fake link" so the user know that the icon is clickable. No need to (more...)

Multirecord Master-Detail Report

A common requirement is to show a Master-Detail Report where both the Master as well as the Detail Report show multiple records. When you click on one of the Master records, the connected detail records are shown as well.
This is very easy to accomplish with a Hidden item and a Dynamic Action.
First the Master Report, for this example I am using the DEPT table:

select d.deptno
from dept (more...)

The curious problem of Apex login page session expiration

Always check out the original article at for latest comments, fixes and updates. Did you ever notice that if you open an Apex page requiring authentication but you don't log in during a long time, it may happen that when you finally try, you are bounced back? That happens because even the Apex login page obeys the session expiration rules defined either at the

UKOUG Tech 14 in Liverpool

I’ll be going to the UKOUG Tech 14 conference in Liverpool in December to give one of my favorite presentations: “APEX or ADF? From Requirements to Tool Choice”. I’m also leading the Development Tools roundtable, which is always lively at the UKOUG conference. If you want to discuss your options as a developer in the Oracle world, UKOUG Tech 14 is the place to be.

APEX or ADF? From Requirements to Tool Choice
APEX or (more...)

Glorious mysteries of Oracle’s web site

God or Larry knows why Oracle feels the compelling need of changing some of its page links over time. Oracle Application Express' main page URL is now: It was: May be I am a bit slow in picking up these changes, I don't really know if this

APEX 5: Using Font Awesome Icons in Report

APEX 5 is currently in Early Adaptor 2, so the exact implementation of this blogpost might change when APEX 5 goes GA.
Font Awesome is standard included with APEX 5 and you can use the icons on buttons, there is a special property for that.
I was playing around the other day and I wanted to include some Font Awesome icons in my report.
First create a report (classic or interactive, whatever you want) and (more...)