The Oracle Application Express (APEX) 3.1 Beta contains a lot more new features than just the Interactive Report Region. Some of the additional features like enhanced wizards, new themes, runtime installation, attachments for mails, … are mentioned in the Evaluation Feedback Application.
But actually there are a lot new properties in the existing features which are “undocumented”….
Ok, I have to confess that they are actually well documented when you click onto the label of the field. But
- I needed a good title for the posting and
- because they are not documented in the Feedback Application, probably a lot of the beta tester missed them because we didn’t expect that the existing features got some tweaking too (without mentioning it).
So here we go with a list of properties/features I found when browsing around on the evaluation instance. Most of the text is from the online help.
Workspace themes allow you to add to the theme repository. They are available when you create an application or when you create a theme for an existing application.
You create a workspace theme by selecting a theme from within an application. Once created, it cannot be edited directly. To edit, create an application based off the theme, edit the theme within that application and then you can create a new workspace theme with the updated application theme (and delete the old, if you no longer want it).
Page Item – Display As – Hidden and Protected
Automatically set for all Primary Key columns by the wizard. The value send during a submit is ignored. The field is checksum protected. This will solve some potential attack vectors demonstrated by Anton Nielsen during an “Unconference session” at Oracle Open World.
Region Definition – Region Attributes
Region templates that contain the substitution string #REGION_ATTRIBUTES# will be substituted with this value.
Note to Dietmar: I think that’s something you where always looking for. It allows you to customize your template for a specific region. For example you could write
to set the width. No more special templates for a page, just to be able to set the same width for all regions on the page.
Report Attributes – Report Attributes Substituion
Same as above, just for the Report template.
Report Attributes – Enable Partial Page Refresh
Partial Page rendering for reports doesn’t require a special template (the PPR templates) anymore. It now works with every template.
Report Column Attributes – Include In Export
Use the attribute to define whether this column should be included in a report export, this includes exporting to CSV and printing to PDF, Word or Excel.
Note: That’s new for CSV. For PDF it was available before on the “Print Attributes” tab.
Report Print Attributes – Response Header
The response header is the information, that the server sends back to the browser in response to receiving an HTTP request. The response header contains the date, size and type of file that the server is sending back to the client and also data about the server itself.
The response header can be generated by Application Express based on your report settings or passed through from the print server. If you want to specify file name and content disposition, the response header needs to be based on your report settings.
Report Print Attributes – View File As
Using the View File As attribute, you can instruct the browser to either display a file open / save dialog when clicking on the report download link, or to display the report document inside the browser window. This selection is included in the http header of the document, using the content-disposition attribute.
Report Print Attributes – Print Server Overwrite
The Print Server Overwrite attribute allows configuring an alternative print server. A print server is typically configured centrally for all workspaces under the instance administration. Configuring an alternative print server at the report level allows for easier debugging and diagnosis of potential printing problems and also allows for the use of specific custom built end points to perform custom XSLT transformations.
Report Print Attributes – Total Width
Now showing the total of the column widths. Hurrah!
Report Print Attributes – Column Width Units
Use the Column Width Units attributes to specify whether the column width values define the width in percent or points.
Report Print Attributes – Recalculate
The Recalculate button recalculates the column widths based on their current values so that the total is below or equal to 100.
Process – Automatic Row …/Multi Row … – Runtime Where Clause
This SQL WHERE clause will be appended to all generated SELECT, UPDATE, and DELETE statements (e.g. DEPTNO = 10). Use this attribute to enhance the security of automatically generated SQL calls.
The wizard has changed a lot.
The definition page contains the new “View File As” property. You are now also able to derive the “Output Type” from an item.
There is also an export option available where you can download your report query as “XML Data” or as “XML Schema”, so that you are able to test your report with real data.
Have you noticed other new cool features?
Then let me/us know!