Today I had my first public presentation about an Oracle APEX topic. I was doing a presentation about “The Power of the Oracle APEX Repository” at the SIG (Special Interest Group) workshop of DOAG in Kassel, Germany.
The motto of the workshop was “Oracle APEX for Advanced” and because of the overwhelming interest by presenters and participants, DOAG organized a XXL workshop with 8 presentations! So it was a full day packed with lot of interesting stuff.
And it looks like that people are really interested in some more advanced Oracle APEX topics, because 95 people attended the very well organized meeting!
Lewis Cunningham from ITToolbox has done an Oracle APEX podcast with David Peak (Oracle APEX Product Manager) and Peter Martin (APEX user).
Check it out at “The Buzz about Oracle APEX”
Update: Just saw that Dimitri has published a summary of the podcast.
From my long time experience with Oracle, I noticed that a lot of people have problems with Outer Joins. Especially if the Outer Join also contains an additional restriction on the outer join table.
The Oracle APEX Builder Plugin is now also available for Internet Explorer!
For a long time I was looking for a Greasemonkey like add-on for Internet Explorer. I found several of them, like Greasemonkey for IE, Trixie or Turnabout. But the drawback of all of them is that they are not maintained anymore. In most cases development stopped already more than a year ago and the homepages do not mention if they work with Internet Explorer 7 or not.
The Oracle APEX blog community is growing and growing. In the last few weeks 7 new APEX related blogs have been started.
Check out the blogs of
Welcome on board!
Lately a few Oracle APEX related articles have been published which you should read.
Just read on Donal Daly’s blog, that a new version of the Migration Workbench is available.
If you haven’t heard of the Migration Workbench yet, that’s a tool you can use to migrate your MS Access/SQL Server/MySQL database to Oracle.
Mine is PL/SQL Developer from allroundautomations.
Because it’s a PL/SQL development tool focused on PL/SQL development. Most of the other tools like TOAD or SQL Developer which I also used in the past, have great DBA/query functionality, but suck from a “state of the art” programming point of view.
The disadvantage of the new “Web-World” is that most web pages/applications are not really usable with the keyboard. There are no keyboard shortcuts to trigger different actions like saving the changes, … You always have to use the mouse for that, from a usability point of view that’s not good
The Oracle APEX development environment is also written in APEX and runs therefor in the browser. By default there are no keyboard shortcuts to “Apply Changes”, “Run the page”, … But here comes the rescue of you productivity and usability!
I have added some new CSS styles to my blog layout, which removes all the graphics and the sidebar, in case if you print an article. That way the layout should be much printer friendlier.