APEX 5.0: There are issues with the configuration of the Static Files in your environment

After installing Oracle APEX 5.0, do you get the alert “There are issues with the configuration of the Static Files in your environment. Please consult the “Configuring Static File Support” section in the Application Express Installation Guide.” when you try to login into the APEX Development Environment? This is not something which should be ignored just because it goes away when the OK button is clicked. This is actually a serious installation error message! Without fixing it, non of your Static Workspace, Application, Plug-in and Theme files will work anymore. Continue reading

APEX 5.0: Upgrade to the newest FontAwesome Icon Library

Oracle APEX 5.0 ships with FontAwesome version 4.2.0 which will automatically be loaded if your application is using the Universal Theme. This makes it super easy to add nice looking icons to your buttons, lists and regions. But how can you integrate the most current version of FontAwesome if you have found an icon on the FontAwesome Icon Gallery which is not already part of 4.2.0? Actually that’s pretty straight forward! Continue reading

APEX 5.0: Declarative Definition of CSS and JavaScript Files to Load for a Plug-in

A best practice for performant HTML pages is to load CSS files in the HTML head to reduce redrawing of the page when a CSS file gets loaded. But because the PL/SQL code of a Plug-in isn’t executed util a region or item has to be rendered, included CSS files will always be loaded at the end of the page. Oracle APEX 5.0 supports Plug-in developers to optimize loading of CSS and JavaScript files required by a Plug-in.

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