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Oracle Open World 2013: Day four - Oracle APEX 5.0 and new development techniques

This session of John Snyders, Principal member of Technical Staff, Oracle, discussed som new functionalities which will be integrated in the next major release of Oracle APEX - APEX 5.0. The goal of this new release is to improve developer productivity. The way to improve it is to provide out-of-box modal dialog, navigation list, CSS Calendar, and multi-row edition. The most important new features will be the enhancement of the application builder in order to get more efficiency. 

Application Builder 5.0 new features

  • Code editor improvement

             For PL/SQL
                             - Syntax color
                             - Auto-completion on available procedure/function and items on page
             For JavaScript
                             - Syntax color
                             - Auto-completion on Apex API
             For CSS
                             - Syntax color for existing CSS tag

  • Builder improvement

             Page designer adds an new "Design view", restauring the drag and drop feature that was removed from APEX 4.2.

Demonstrations of the speaker

The speaker focused on the new design view functionality as well as on the already existing "component view" and "tree view". It looks like a conventional GUI editor with drag and drop capability. The new gallery now contains all layout components, message editors and properties editions.

Features worth mentioning

  • Design: It will be possible to abstract the view to hide and show unwanted elements (hide/show item, hide/show button to improve visibility and to be able to easily order elements)
  • Elements will be draggable directly from the gallery and can be placed anywhere
  • The possibility to focus on a specific region (in order to arrange related elements)
  • Via Drag and drop, it will be possible to select multiple elements to reorder or display them into column (col span manipulation)
  • By selecting multiple elements, it will be possible to change properties in one time
  • Duplication of elements or entire regions and contents                                       

For now, it's difficult to have an opinion on these new improvements and their role in productivity improvement. We will have to test them!

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Arnaud Berbier is Consultant at dbi services. He has more than three years of experience in Oracle application development. He is specialized in PL/SQL and APEX 4 development and masters the programming of requests in SQL language. He has a solid expertise in the analysis of business requirements and architectures based on Oracle technologies. He is Oracle Application Express 4 Developer Certified Expert, Oracle Certified Associate (OCA) WebLogic 11g System Administrator, OCA Java, and ITIL Foundation V3 certified. Arnaud Berbier holds a Bachelor of Science in Information System Management from the University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland (HES-SO ARC) in Neuchâtel. His branch-related experience covers Public Sector, Financial Services / Banking, etc.


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