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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APEX 5.0: Create Plug-ins as Subscription from Master Application

In APEX 4.x it was a little bit cumbersome to use new Plug-ins in an application when you followed the best practice to subscribe Plug-ins from a Master Application which contained all Plug-ins of your workspace. Having such a Master Application has the advantage that you just have to update a Plug-in once when a new version is released. After the import of the new version the ‘Push’ mechanism of subscriptions is used to update all applications using that Plug-in. Continue reading

Oracle APEX 4.2.1 Patch Set released!

Oracle Application Express has just been released and is available for download. The patch set can be downloaded from My Oracle Support (search for patch# 14732511) and the full distribution is available on Oracle Technology Network.

In the APEX 4.2.1 Patch Set Note you will find the 120 bugs which got fixed and also other interesting information like the known issues.

Have fun upgrading!