Oracle Application Express 4.0 with Ext JS

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  • Set up a productive development environment for both Oracle APEX and Ext JS
  • Set up a source code repository, to store all database schema scripts, web-server assets, install scripts and third party libraries
  • Automate your build process, to simplify the deployment of your applications and reduce errors
  • Create rich and responsive user interfaces that display intuitive visual cues using template types such as buttons, popup list of values, breadcrumbs, calendars, and reports
  • Build a simple standalone testing page to isolate testing without worrying about interaction with APEX
  • Build a theme based on Ext JS into APEX from scratch
  • Customize the appearance of individual tree nodes using the substitution tags and specifying JavaScript code
  • Build Tab Panels using sub regions, toolbars, and menus
  • Enhance your applications using APEX plug-ins, covering dynamic actions, item plug-ins, region plug-ins and report column plug-ins
  • Enhance JavaScript functionality on your web pages by adding server-side validation to the Plug-in
  • Performance tune your JavaScript



Modern web-based applications are moving rapidly away from simple HTML pages, with users expecting desktop styled rich internet applications. Oracle Application Express includes multiple built-in interfaces especially designed for adding JavaScript libraries and components. Ext JS is a polished, high performance set of customizable UI widgets with a well designed and extensible Component model. Combining Ext JS components with the well engineered server side processing provided by Oracle APEX is a recipe for success.

Written by Oracle ACE, Mark Lancaster, this book is a complete practical guide to building robust desktop-styled web applications using Oracle Application Express and the powerful Ext JS JavaScript library

This book starts off by setting up a productive environment for Oracle APEX and Ext JS, preparing you to get ready to code, and then gradually introducing you to the Ext JS API. You then create a theme based on Ext JS into APEX from scratch, starting with integrating the Ext JS library into the page template, then covering all the template types.

You further enrich your interface by integrating Ext JS form components and Ext JS layout elements. You are shown how to integrate components including tab panels, toolbars and menus. Existing components are also enhanced, transforming select lists into auto-completing combo boxes and text-areas auto-sizing as you type.

Using exciting new Plug-ins feature, you will learn how to develop custom APEX components that can be used declaritively. This book extends native APEX functionality by integrating Ext JS widgets and components with integrated server-side JavaScript generation, AJAX processing and validation.

The book then covers integrating Plug-ins with APEX provided Dynamic Actions JavaScript. You proceed further to build advanced interactive components using AJAX enabled trees and grids.

Then you will see how to use the iFrames component along with page templates to build a multi-page interface and also deal with JavaScript communication between iFrames.

Finally, you will integrate Ext JS with jQuery using the Ext jQuery adaptor. This book also covers examples of jQuery functionality interacting with Ext JS. By the end of this book you will also learn to improve the performance of your JavaScripts.

  • Build robust, feature-rich web applications using Oracle APEX and Ext JS
  • Add more sophisticated components and functionality to an Oracle APEX application using Ext JS
  • Build your own themes based on Ext JS into APEX - developing templates for regions, labels, and lists
  • Create plug-ins in your application workspace to enhance the existing built-in functionality of your APEX applications
  • Extend native APEX functionality using Ext JS Widgets and Components through Plug-ins and Dynamic Actions
  • Written in clear, plain English, this book is packed with working examples and innovative tips
Page Count 392
Course Length 11 hours 45 minutes
ISBN 9781849681063
Date Of Publication 23 Mar 2011


Mark Lancaster

Mark has been delivering business solutions using Oracle tools and technology since 1995. He switched to using Oracle APEX in 2007 after using mod_plsql for years - "APEX is much much better". He has had the good fortune of consulting for a wide variety of organizations in industries including commercial fishery management, mineral resources, superannuation regulation, property asset management, distance education, casinos and debt collection. Mark is an Oracle ACE, having been actively involved in the Oracle community for many years on national and state committees, as well as writing articles and presenting at conferences.

He is the AUSOUG QLD Branch President, and maintains a blog at