Oracle APEX Cookbook : Second Edition

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Table of Contents
Sample Chapters
  • Explore APEX to build applications with the latest techniques in AJAX and Javascript using features such as plugins and dynamic actions
  • With HTML5 and CSS3 support, 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 : 444 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : October 2013
ISBN : 1782179674
ISBN 13 : 9781782179672
Author(s) : Michel Van Zoest, Marcel Van Der Plas
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Enterprise Products and Platforms, Oracle Database, Cookbooks, Enterprise

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 Web Services
Chapter 9: Publishing from APEX
Chapter 10: APEX Environment
Chapter 11: APEX Administration
Chapter 12: Team Development
Chapter 13: HTML5 and CSS3
Chapter 14: Mobile
  • 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
    • Controlling 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
        • Creating a data upload page
        • Using shipped files
        • 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
            • Creating an authorization 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 Web Services
                  • Introduction
                  • Creating a SOAP web service reference
                  • Creating a REST web service reference
                  • Building a page on a web service reference
                  • Publishing a RESTful web service
                  • 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 Tomcat
                      • Creating an error handling
                      • Using packaged applications
                      • Chapter 11: APEX Administration
                        • Introduction
                        • Creating a workspace manually
                        • Creating a workspace by request
                        • Creating a user
                        • Adding a schema to your workspace
                        • Setting up a system message
                        • Setting up a workspace announcement
                        • Setting up news items on the home page
                        • Creating a site-specific task list
                        • Creating a public theme
                        • Locking a workspace
                        • Creating table APIs
                        • Chapter 12: Team Development
                          • Introduction
                          • Creating a list of features
                          • Creating and assigning To-dos
                          • Keeping track of bugs in the Bugtracker
                          • Creating Milestones
                          • Using Feedback
                          • Using follow-ups
                          • Chapter 13: HTML5 and CSS3
                            • Introduction
                            • Using a responsive HTML5 and CSS3 template
                            • Creating a form with HTML5 item types
                            • Creating a UI with drag-and-drop
                            • Creating storage events
                            • Geolocation – creating a tracker
                            • Creating a video plug-in
                            • Creating HTML5 charts
                            • Chapter 14: Mobile
                              • Introduction
                              • Creating a smartphone application
                              • Creating a hybrid application
                              • Creating a list view report
                              • Creating a mobile form
                              • Using mobile item types
                              • Creating a mobile calendar
                              • Creating a date scroller with the Mobiscroll plug-in
                              • Uploading images using the camera on the device
                              • Using jQuery Mobile to fetch current GPS location
                              • Creating swipe events

                              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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                              - 1 submitted: last submission 21 May 2014

                              In the Front matter, the bio of Iloon Ellen-Wolff was incorrectly edited. We really apologize for this error. The correct bio is as follows:


                              Iloon Ellen-Wolff started working with Oracle products 22 years ago, employed by several software houses in the Netherlands. 

                              Her experience goes back to Oracle Forms Version 2 and Report Writer. Almost 15 years ago, she started working for Oracle Support Services for the Developer competency (Oracle Forms, 

                              Oracle Reports and Application Express, APEX Listener, SQL*Plus, SQL Developer, and Oracle Database Service Cloud) assisting customers with solving their software problems. 

                              During those years, she applied her gained knowledge in other ways such as in coaching new engineers, team leading, and teaching Application Express courses for Oracle University. 

                              From the last two years, she is involved in the Oracle Cloud project. She is a member of the Platform as a Service readiness team and is involved in testing Application Express in the cloud and being a trainer in this area (Foundation Trainer).

                              One of her responsibilities in Oracle Support is Global Technical Lead Application Express. She works closely with Sustaining Engineering, Product Development, and Product Management from the Application Express team.

                              She is a frequent speaker for different Oracle User Groups (UKOUG, Dutch User Group, Norway User Group, Bulgaria User Group, and OBUG), and talks about Application Express and SQL Developer. She is also an Oak Table member since September, 2013 (

                              She is a specialist in the following areas:


                              • Database Service Cloud (PaaS) 
                              • Application Express
                              • Apex Listener
                              • Oracle Forms
                              • SQL Developer
                              • Fusion Middleware Release 11/12 


                              She has also co-authored the book Oracle APEX Best Practices, Packt Publishing (more information can be found at

                              She also blogs at


                              Sample chapters

                              You can view our sample chapters and prefaces of this title on PacktLib or download sample chapters in PDF format.

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                              What you will learn from this book

                              • Produce feature-rich web applications in APEX 4.2
                              • Create smartphone applications using jQuery Mobile
                              • Use HTML5 and CSS3 in APEX
                              • Generate RESTful web services
                              • Working with the latest available plug-in types.
                              • Make the development process easier by enhancing error handling
                              • Developing HTML5 and CSS3 supported web applications
                              • Follow hands-on examples to make the most out of the possibilities that APEX has to offer

                              In Detail

                              Oracle Application Express (APEX) is a powerful, productive tool that helps you create modern web applications. The goal is to make everything declarative so the developer can reduce the amount of coding. With the jQuery mobile templates included, it is now also possible to create web applications for mobile devices, supporting mobile specific functionalities such as touch events.

                              "Oracle APEX Cookbook : Second Edition" covers all the details of Application Express, giving you complete control over the new features. It shows you how to create web applications, while explaining you the concepts and bringing out useful tips and techniques to make learning interesting for you.

                              In this second edition, you will learn how to modify themes and templates and how to use the new HTML5 and CSS3 features. You will also learn how to create visual effects such as tool tips and fading options. Furthermore, topics such as web services, publishing, administration, team development, and web sheets will be covered.

                              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 4.2 with ease and confidence.


                              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. Each recipe is presented as a separate, standalone entity and the 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 and if you are an experienced user you will find ways to improve your productivity and efficiency and make the most of APEX to enhance your applications.

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

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