On Wednesday I released the first version of the APEX Builder Plugin, on Thursday I added a small enhancement, but on Friday I had an idea how to really increase the productivity of the Oracle APEX IDE.
People who know me, know that I’m restless and just think about that as long as I haven’t implemented it. So I spend some hours of my weekend to enhance my APEX Builder Plugin.
So what excited me that much that I spend another weekend doing some programming?
Based on my UI style guide I always have to change a lot of attributes for my Page Items/Tabular Form Columns/… when I create a new page/item/tabular form.
- Labels: I don’t like the wizard generated label template “… with Help”, I want to have them left align and they should have a colon at the end of the label.
- Date picker: I have to set “Display As” to the correct format mask, set the Width and the Max Length attribute to some fixed values.
- Money: I have to set “Display As” to text, set a format mask, set “HTML Form Element Attributes” to style=”text-align:right;”, because I want to have to have numeric items right aligned.
- Have to remember all the hints which I can use with my ApexLib Framework
So many things to remember and so many unproductive steps just to get a consistent user interface. And what about if you have a group of developers, how to help them to enforce the same user interface style guide through the hole application?
That’s where the new Set select list comes into the game, which is seamlessly integrated into the Oracle APEX IDE!
Watch the video demonstrating the new “Set” feature.
The select list is fully configurable and can be adapt to your needs. The HowToInstall.html contains instructions how to change the select list. I have also created another video which shows how to use the Firebug add-on to identify the field id’s.
So get the Oracle APEX Builder Plugin now and increase your productivity!