For OTN Appreciation Day, I was told that it wouldn't be appropriate to write about my favorite Oracle feature (APEX, obviously). So I'll gladly promote my second-favorite Oracle Database feature...Oracle Text!
I've known Mark, a technical pre-sales consultant at Oracle, for a number of years. I was bcc'd on the farewell email message that he sent out today, his last working day at Oracle. As he said, he's learned a few things over his past 20 years at Oracle and thought he would share them. They were quite simple and powerful reminders - and important enough that I shared them with our entire development and QA teams.
Since the genesis of Oracle Application Express, customers have asked for a way to open multiple browser tabs (or windows) of an APEX application and have the session state isolated between the respective tabs. There is one and only one APEX session associated with a client, and because of this behavior in APEX, customers would find that the session state manipulated in one browser tab would collide with the session state of the other browser tab.
A minor but important change is happening for Oracle Application Express in the forthcoming Oracle Database 12cR2. Specifically, Oracle Application Express will not be installed by default in the Oracle Database. This change was made specifically at our request. We thought the pros far outweighed the cons, and we thought this was good for our customers and consistent with our recommendations.
As a lot of people know, apex.oracle.com is the customer evaluation instance of Oracle Application Express (APEX). It's a place where anyone on the planet can sign up for a workspace and "kick the tires" of APEX.
With the ever-changing browser landscape, we needed to make some tough decisions as to which browsers and versions are going to be deemed "supported" for Oracle Application Express. There isn't enough time and money to support all browsers and all versions, each with different bugs and varying levels of support of standards.
Today, I observed an exchange inside of Oracle about a topic that comes up from time to time. And it has to do with the development of APEX applications, and how you manage this across releases and a larger number of developers. This topic tends to vex some teams when they start working with Oracle Application Express on broader development projects, especially when people are not accustomed to a hosted declarative development model.
Last night (January 6, 2016) we had our first-in-2016 APEX Meetup meeting in Columbus, Ohio, USA. For being on short notice, we had a nice turnout, and I was able to distribute the new apex.world stickers. I was most impressed that a gentleman (by the name of Shannon) drove down from Cleveland, Ohio - almost 2 hours drive each way.
In the first part of October, my colleague Vlad Uvarov and I are taking the Oracle APEX & Oracle Database Cloud message to a number of user groups who are graciously hosting us. These are countries for which there is growing interest in Oracle Application Express, and we wish to help support these groups and aid in fostering their growing APEX communities.
At the upcoming ODTUG Kscope15 conference, on Monday night, June 22, there will be the Monday Community Events. The Community Event for the Oracle Application Express track at Kscope15 is the ever-popular Open Mic Night. Without a doubt, this is one of my favorite events at the Kscope conference.
What started on a whiteboard in New York City more than 2 years ago is now finally realized. I and the other members of the Oracle Application Express team proudly announce the release of Oracle Application Express 5.
The official blog posting and announcement is HERE. But this is my personal blog, and the thoughts and words are my own, so I can be a bit more free.
As the release of Oracle Application Express 5 gets closer, I thought it's worth pointing out some changes that customers should be aware of, and how an upgrade to Oracle Application Express 5 could impact their existing applications.
Just in time for the ever-awesome ODTUG KScope 14 conference...we are happy to announce the availability of Oracle Application Express 5.0 Early Adopter 2. The response from Early Adopter 1 was overwhelming (with over 4,000 participants), and we look forward to the same great contributions from the APEX community for Early Adopter 2. You can access the Early Adopter 2 at https://apexea.oracle.com.
Oracle Application Express 4.2.5 is now released and available for download. If you wish to download the full release of Oracle Application Express 4.2.5, you can get it from the Downloads page on OTN. If you have Oracle Application Express 4.2, 4.2.1, 4.2.2, 4.2.3 or 4.2.4 already installed, then you need to download the APEX 4.2.5 patch set from My Oracle Support. Look up patch number 17966818.
As an early Christmas present / late Hanukkah present, Oracle Application Express 4.2.4 is now released and available for download. If you wish to download the full release of Oracle Application Express 4.2.4, you can get it from the Downloads page on OTN. If you have Oracle Application Express 4.2, 4.2.1, 4.2.2, or 4.2.3 already installed, then you need to download the APEX 4.2.4 patch set from My Oracle Support.
For years, I've been fighting the perception by some customers that "APEX is slow". Back in 2010, I opined about the corporate architect who didn't like Oracle Application Express because it was slow and couldn't scale. What helped him form his opinion? They had a business unit that developed a large number of applications, and the applications were slow.
Just in time for Oracle OpenWorld 2013, Oracle Application Express 4.2.3 is now released and available for download. If you wish to download the full release of Oracle Application Express 4.2.3, you can get it from the Downloads page on OTN.
I was recently helping a customer whom I had met at the ilOUG Tech Days 2013. This customer had some questions about line charts and how to easily create multi-series charts without having to write a query per series. This customer was kind enough to create a test case on apex.oracle.com. When running his test case, I quickly noticed a separate problem with his charts - they were glacially sloooooowww. While the page itself would render quickly, it would take a significant amoun
Most often, patch sets for Oracle Application Express are used to correct defects (i.e., fix bugs) identified in a release. It's rare for features to be introduced or behavior to change. But in the case of Oracle Application Express 4.2.2 and later, there is a change in behavior that is worth discussing, namely, the change in behavior to the Image Prefix application attribute. This has been raised by Oracle Support three times in the past couple weeks, so we have certainly created some confusion amongst our customers.
Oracle Application Express 4.2.2 is now released and available for download. If you wish to download the full release of Oracle Application Express 4.2.2, you can get it from the Downloads page on OTN. If you have Application Express 4.2 or 4.2.1 already installed, then you need to download the APEX 4.2.2 patch set from My Oracle Support.
The Great Lakes Oracle Conference will be held on May 14/15, 2013 at the Cleveland State University campus. Registration includes two full days of training with more than 30 sessions to choose from, vendor exhibits to peruse, lunches, and a networking reception. And if that weren't enough, there will be keynote presentations from Chris Date and Tom Kyte.
Most people are aware of apex.oracle.com, the demonstration instance of Oracle Application Express. It's primarily used for people to "kick the tires" of APEX. Last week alone, there were 810 new workspaces approved on this instance.
Oracle Application Express 4.2.1 is now released and available for download. If you wish to download the full release of Oracle Application Express 4.2.1, you can get it from the Downloads page on OTN. If you have Application Express 4.2 already installed, then you need to download the APEX 4.2.1 patch set from My Oracle Support. Look up patch number 14732511.
Most page items have a property named "Maximum Width". The purpose of this attribute, as the item-level help states, is to "specify the maximum number of character users are allowed to type into this form element." Thus, if you were to specify a value of 255, then end users theoretically would not be able to enter more than 255 characters for the item value.
It was just 3 short months ago that Application Express 4.2 Early Adopter was made available. As of September 21, 2012, the Application Express 4.2 Early Adopter site will no longer be available. The database will be permanently removed. If you need to export anything, please do it well before September 21, 2012. There will be no hope of restoration or recovery after this day.
In 2009, I responded in a blog post to the question of how to properly pronounce the abbreviation for Oracle Application Express. Since then, Chet Justice (*the* oraclenerd) has taken special delight in mispronouncing it to me at every opportunity, at every conference.