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' vc from dual)
order by vc;
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$.
My sister sent me this video not long after my daughter was born earlier this year - I finally watched it while cleaning up e-mails and I'm glad I did - I highly recommend you all take 2 minutes aside and just let these images of history wash through your brain.
I stumbled across a blogging milestone while fact checking what I was going to open this post with - for me this month represents 5 years of blogging.
In that time I've learnt heaps, met new people, changed blog name, visited other cities to speak, and dived deep into APEX after a long time in Oracle Forms, published a video series & was recognised as an Oracle ACE.
After last night's teaser I thought I'd try apexea.oracle.com again to see if EA2 was ready, and it is!
SQL analytics can be used to generate break columns in your queries, without the need for break formatting attributes in APEX or the old fashioned break on option in SQL*Plus.
I came across an example recently where I wanted to apply the break formatting in my query to avoid extra sub-totals from being displayed after each break.