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Have you discovered the OTech Magazine yet?

apex.oracle.com upgrades to 5.0 this Friday

There was movement at the station, for the word had passed around
That the APEX version 5 will become available.

I've jumped the gun before, but this message is taken direct from the apex.oracle.com site:

All commenters now welcome

I've finally bitten the bullet and disabled the Google+ commenting mechanism from this blog. I promised this in my 2014 annual review, and I figure I might as well not wait.
When Google announced they would integrate Google+ with blogger, it sounded like a good idea at the time. However it required that commenters needed a Google+ account as opposed to having a number of authentication options.

Perth Breakfast Meeting - APEX5 + JSON + Food

Do you live in Perth, Western Australia?
Do you use Oracle Application Express?
Are you interested in seeing how easy it is to extend the product?
Keen to see APEX 5 in action?

Please tell me you're free for breakfast on Tuesday March 24. You'll be out by 9am feeling glad you came. Visit the event details page for the abstract, it's inspired by a book I'm currently writing ;p

Adjusting Interactive Reports - learning from mistakes

Sometimes I come across code where it's obvious someone has taught themselves APEX, then worked through a problem to come up with a solution - but they went a long way.

Today's situation required data in an interactive report to not wrap the output. I thought it'd be worth sharing because a few lessons might be demonstrated along the way for newer developers.

Here is the long way:

1) Add this to the Page Load property
$('td').attr("style","white-space:nowrap");

LISTAGG to a CLOB, avoid 4000 chr limit

Thanks to twitter I found this post by Carsten Czarski on LISTAGG and CLOBS that helped my with the 4000 character limit with LISTAGG(), found when building JSON strings.
ORA-01489: result of string concatenation is too long

Introducing the Official LinkedIn APEX Group

Once upon a time I had a laugh on facebook when someone posted an image showing multiple groups dedicated to stopping duplicate groups, oh the irony.

Recently I've been trying to share my blog posts via LinkedIn but I'm always unsure which of the seven APEX groups I'm a member of I should post to.

APEX Community Sample Applications

There are a bunch of sample APEX applications out there built by developers (typically with blogs) that are darn useful, but so far I haven't seen a useful central repository.

So I've started one here with a very basic form/report:

2014 Annual SQL Championship

Steven Feuerstein runs a great site at PL/SQL Challenge that is just another way for developers to stay up to date with their knowledge of PL/SQL, SQL and database design with a bit of fun.

PL/SQL championships are held quarterly, but the less frequent SQL and Database Design quizzes are currently held annually. Thanks to persistence and maybe a bit of experience, I was eligible to compete in both.

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