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Report
Hidden Gems of APEX
David Gale
Software Engineer
Oracle Application Express
November, 2014
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Oracle Application Express
“I didn’t know APEX could do that”
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DAVID GALE
Software Engineer
Oracle Application Express
Database Tools | Server Technologies
1900 Oracle Way
Reston
Virginia 20190
phone
+1-703-364-2613
mobile
+1-703-268-9040
david.s.gale@oracle.com
twitter
@david_s_gale
David Gale has been working
with Oracle Application Express
since 2009 (v. 4.0).
He has been part of the APEX
development team since joining
Oracle in 2011.
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Oracle Application Express
Introduction
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Oracle Application Express
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Database-centric development tool for Oracle Database application development
Targeted at Web-based developers who know SQL and PL/SQL
Develop Desktop and Mobile applications
100% Browser-based Development and Runtime
Declarative framework for rapid application definition, and full application life cycle.
On premise, on laptop, on cloud, on RAC, any platform Oracle DB is available
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History
Also known as Oracle APEX (a'peks)
HTML DB 1.5
 First Release
HTML DB 1.6
 UI Themes
2004
APEX 3.1
APEX 2.1
 Interactive
Reports
 Oracle XE
APEX 2.2
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 Supporting DB Objects
for full app installation
and upgrade
2005
2006
HTML DB 2.0
 SQL Workshop
Development initiated August 1999
2007
APEX 3.0
 Flash Charts
 PDF Printing
 Access Migration
Websheets
Dynamic Actions
Plug-Ins
Team Development
 Mobile
 HTML5
 Packaged Apps
4.2.1
2008
2009
APEX 3.2
 Oracle Forms to
APEX Conversion
2010
APEX 4.2 Dot
Releases
APEX 4.2
APEX 4.0
2011
APEX 4.1
 Data Upload
 Error Handling
 ROWID
2012
 Improved
Packaged Apps
4.2.2, 3, 4
2013
4.2.5
2014 / 5
Application Express 5.0*
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Universal Theme
Page Designer
UI Modernization
HTML5 Plugins
*Available in Early Adopter Only (apexea.oracle.com)
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Fully supported no-cost feature of the Oracle Database
• Supported as a no-cost feature of the Oracle Database
• No cost feature of database 10gR2 (10.2.0.4 +), 11gR1, 11gR2, 12c
• Any number of developers, applications, any number of end-users
• Specialized Oracle Support Team – Included with Database Maintenance Agreement
• All database editions: EE, SE, SE1, XE
• Exadata, ODA, RAC, Partitioning, Compression, InMemory, Multitenant…
• Distribution
• Distributed with all editions of Oracle database 11g and 12c
• Available as a download from OTN
• Oracle Cloud Services
• “Oracle Database Cloud Service” aka schema since October 2012.
Sold as a fully managed service with 1GB free trial, and 5, 20, 50 GB paid services.
• Available as “development only” customer evaluation service on
http://apex.oracle.com
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Oracle Application Express
Hidden Gem: APEX Data Dictionary
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APEX Data Dictionary
• Set of views of (most) metadata for Workspaces, Applications, etc.
• Accessible through SQL
• Application → Utilities → Application Express Views
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APEX Data Dictionary
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APEX Data Dictionary (Tree View)
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Oracle Application Express
Hidden Gem: APEX Advisor
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APEX Advisor
• Automated test suite for common APEX errors and security vulnerabilities
• Application → Utilities → Advisor
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APEX Advisor
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Oracle Application Express
Hidden Gem: Application Search
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Application Search
• Several shortcuts
– <page> - Open page in editor (current application)
– <application>:<page> - Open page in editor
– <application>:s – Application Shared Components (new in 5.0)
• Search prior to opening an application: full workspace search
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Oracle Application Express
Hidden Gem: SQL Workshop Utilities
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SQL Workshop Utilities
• Suite of tools for working with database objects
– Data loading
– DDL generation
– API package creation
– Schema comparison
– …and more…
• SQL Workshop → Utilities
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SQL Workshop Utilities
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Oracle Application Express
Hidden Gem: Query on Selected Table
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Query on Selected Table
• Part of the Find (not search) functionality
• Automatically generates select statement with all column names
• Better than “select *” for usability and maintenance
• Find → Tables
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Query on Selected Table
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Oracle Application Express
Hidden Gem: PL/SQL Column Headings
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PL/SQL Column Headings
• Classic Reports only
• Combine with “SQL Query (PL/SQL function body returning SQL query)”
report type for dynamic reports
• Function returning colon-separated list of column headings
• Can use apex_util.set_report_column_format(…) to specify format masks
at the same time
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PL/SQL Column Headings
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Oracle Application Express
Hidden Gem: Page Items to Submit
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Page Items to Submit
• Automatically copy page item values from DOM to session state
• Attribute of reports and PL/SQL dynamic action steps
• Enables partial page refresh for reports, complex dynamic actions
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Page Items to Submit
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Page Items to Submit
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Oracle Application Express
Hidden Gem: Packaged Applications
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Packaged Applications
• Suite of pre-built applications available for immediate deployment and use
• Two types
– Sample Applications – demonstrate specific functionality
• Can be installed and inspected immediately
– Productivity Applications – designed to meet actual business needs
• Locked upon initial installation
• Fully supported by Oracle*
• Active development
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Packaged Applications
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