Oracle APEX 4.0 Cookbook

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Table of Contents
Sample Chapters
  • Create feature-rich web applications in APEX 4.0
  • Integrate third-party applications like Google Maps into APEX by using web services
  • Enhance APEX applications by using stylesheets, Plug-ins, Dynamic Actions, AJAX, JavaScript, BI Publisher, and jQuery
  • Hands-on examples to make the most out of the possibilities that APEX has to offer
  • Part of Packt's Cookbook series: Each recipe is a carefully organized sequence of instructions to complete the task as efficiently as possible


Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 328 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : December 2010
ISBN : 1849681341
ISBN 13 : 9781849681346
Author(s) : Michel Van Zoest, Marcel Van Der Plas
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Enterprise Products and Platforms, Oracle Database, Cookbooks, Enterprise, Oracle

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Creating a Basic APEX Application
Chapter 2: Themes and Templates
Chapter 3: Extending APEX
Chapter 4: Creating Websheet Applications
Chapter 5: APEX Plug-ins
Chapter 6: Creating Multilingual APEX Applications
Chapter 7: APEX APIs
Chapter 8: Using Webservices
Chapter 9: Publishing from APEX
Chapter 10: APEX Environment
Chapter 11: APEX Administration
Chapter 12: Team Development
  • Chapter 1: Creating a Basic APEX Application
    • Introduction
    • Creating an APEX 4.0 application
    • Creating a simple form page
    • Creating a simple report
    • Implementing an interactive report
    • Creating a chart
    • Creating a map chart
    • Creating a navigation bar
    • Creating a list of values
    • Including different item types
    • Protecting a page using an authorization scheme
    • Securing an application with Authentication
    • Control the display of regions and items with Dynamic Actions
    • Creating a computation
    • Creating an automated row fetch with a page process
    • Putting some validation in a form
    • Creating a report with PL/SQL Dynamic Content
    • Chapter 2: Themes and Templates
      • Introduction
      • Creating your own theme
      • Importing a theme
      • Creating a custom template
      • Including images in your application
      • Referencing CSS classes in your application
      • Controlling the layout
      • Chapter 3: Extending APEX
        • Introduction
        • Adding JavaScript code to your application
        • Creating a tag cloud with AJAX
        • Creating visual effects with JavaScript libraries
        • Enhancing your application with the Google API
        • Including Google maps
        • Embedding multimedia objects in your application
        • Creating a region selector
        • Sending mail via APEX
        • Uploading and downloading files
        • Calling APEX from an Oracle Form
        • Chapter 4: Creating Websheet Applications
          • Introduction
          • Creating a websheet application
          • Creating a page in a websheet
          • Adding a navigation section to a page
          • Implementing a datagrid
          • Allowing multiple users access to a websheet
          • Creating an enhanced datagrid from a spreadsheet
          • Chapter 5: APEX Plug-ins
            • Introduction
            • Creating an item type plug-in
            • Creating a region type plug-in
            • Creating a dynamic action plug-in
            • Creating a process type plug-in
              • Chapter 7: APEX APIs
                • Introduction
                • Updating a table with the hidden primary key
                • Reading a checkbox programmatically
                • Creating help functionality with
                • Counting clicks with apex_util.count_click
                • Setting default item settings with apex_ui_default_update
                • Creating a background process with apex_plsql_job
                • Chapter 8: Using Webservices
                  • Introduction
                  • Creating a SOAP webservice reference
                  • Creating a REST webservice reference
                  • Building a page on a webservice reference
                  • Chapter 9: Publishing from APEX
                    • Introduction
                    • Exporting to a comma separated file
                    • Creating a PDF report
                    • Creating a report query
                    • Creating a report layout using Oracle BI Publisher
                    • Linking the report layout to the report query
                    • Calling a report from a page
                    • Chapter 10: APEX Environment
                      • Introduction
                      • Setting up a development environment using subscriptions
                      • Debugging an APEX application
                      • Debugging an APEX application remotely
                      • Deploying an application with SQL Developer
                      • Setting up version control with APEX and SVN
                      • Setting up a production environment using an Apache proxy
                      • Setting up the APEX Listener on Weblogic
                      • Chapter 11: APEX Administration
                        • Introduction
                        • Creating a workspace manually
                        • Creating a workspace by request
                        • Creating a user
                        • Adding a schema to your workspace
                        • Setting a system message
                        • Setting a workspace announcement
                        • Setting news items on the home page
                        • Creating a site-specific task list
                        • Creating a public theme
                        • Locking a workspace
                        • Chapter 12: Team Development
                          • Introduction
                          • Creating a list of features
                          • Creating and assigning To-do's
                          • Keeping track of bugs in the Bugtracker
                          • Creating Milestones
                          • Using Feedback
                          • Using Follow-ups

                          Michel Van Zoest

                          Michel van Zoest is a consultant with years of experience in building web applications using Oracle technologies such as Oracle Web Forms, Oracle Designer, MOD_PLSQL, ADF, SOA Suite, and of course, APEX. He is one of the first Oracle Application Express Developer Certified Experts in the world. He has used his APEX knowledge in projects for companies ranging in size from a single employee to large multinationals. His experience in these projects has been used in the realization of this book. Michel currently works at Whitehorses in the Netherlands and runs his own blog at He also blogs at the company website on and he regularly writes White book articles (in Dutch) for Whitehorses. You can reach Michel on Twitter at @mvzoest or e-mail him at

                          Marcel Van Der Plas

                          Marcel van der Plas was born in 1969 in Eindhoven and still lives there. He has been an Oracle Consultant for over 15 years. Marcel has worked on many projects with Oracle Designer, Oracle Forms, and Oracle Reports. Later on, he became interested in APEX and did some projects with APEX. Marcel has been working on an APEX project for an electronics company for over 2 years. Marcel currently works for Ciber. Other companies he worked for are Atos Origin and Whitehorses. For Whitehorses, he wrote some articles (White books) about Oracle. Marcel wrote the Oracle APEX 4.0 Cookbook, Packt Publishing, with Michel van Zoest. You can find APEX blogposts from Marcel at Besides that, you can follow Marcel on Twitter (@whmvdp).
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                          What you will learn from this book

                          • Create feature-rich web applications in APEX 4.0
                          • Integrate third-party applications like Google Maps into APEX by using web services
                          • Enhance APEX applications by using stylesheets, Plug-ins, Dynamic Actions, AJAX, JavaScript, BI Publisher, and jQuery
                          • Hands-on examples to make the most out of the possibilities that APEX has to offer
                          • Find out about the APEX Dictionary, Translations, Websheets, and the new Application Builder
                          • Make the development process easier by using debugging
                          • Deploy APEX applications using the APEX Listener and Apache
                          • Use Team Development to make APEX projects lean and Agile


                          In Detail

                          Oracle Application Express 4.0 is a rapid web application development tool that works with the Oracle database. Using features like Plug-ins and Dynamic Actions, APEX helps you build applications with the latest techniques in AJAX and JavaScript.

                          The Oracle Application Express 4.0 Cookbook shows you recipes to develop and deploy reliable, modern web applications using only a web browser and limited programming experience.

                          With recipes covering many different topics, it will show you how to use the many features of APEX 4.0.

                          You will learn how to create simple form and report pages and how to enhance the look of your applications by using stylesheets. You will see how you can integrate things such as Tag Clouds, Google Maps, web services, and much more in your applications. Using Plug-ins, Dynamic Actions, BI Publisher, translations and Websheets, you will be able to enhance your applications to a new level in APEX.

                          This book will show you how to be Agile in the development of your web applications by using Team Development, debugging, and third-party tools.

                          After reading this book, you will be able to create feature-rich web applications in Application Express 4.0 with ease and confidence.

                          A practical reference guide with over 70 recipes for every APEX developer


                          As a cookbook, this book enables you to create APEX web applications and to implement features with immediately usable recipes that unleash the powerful functionality of Oracle APEX 4.0. Each recipe is presented as a separate, standalone entity and reading of other prior recipes is not required.

                          It can be seen as a reference and a practical guide to APEX development.

                          Who this book is for

                          This book is aimed both at developers new to the APEX environment and at intermediate developers. More advanced developers will also gain from the information at hand.

                          If you are new to APEX you will find recipes to start development. If you are an experienced user you will find ways to work smarter and more easily with APEX and enhance your applications.

                          A little knowledge of PL/SQL, HTML and JavaScript is assumed.

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