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Pro Oracle Application Express 4 is your key to mastering one of the most innovative products to come out of Oracle in years. Application Express, termed "APEX" for short, is fast becoming one of the easiest and most widely-used of tools for creating enterprise-level applications that run against an Oracle database. APEX is easy enough for power users to create ad-hoc applications atop something more reliable than a spreadsheet. Yet APEX is powerful and extensible enough to enable fully-scalable, enterprise-level...

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Overview

Pro Oracle Application Express 4 is your key to mastering one of the most innovative products to come out of Oracle in years. Application Express, termed "APEX" for short, is fast becoming one of the easiest and most widely-used of tools for creating enterprise-level applications that run against an Oracle database. APEX is easy enough for power users to create ad-hoc applications atop something more reliable than a spreadsheet. Yet APEX is powerful and extensible enough to enable fully-scalable, enterprise-level applications that are accessed by thousands of users.

Authors Tim Fox, John Scott, and Scott Spendolini take you to the professional level in developing for Application Express. They show how to handle user authentication in enterprise environments and how to extend APEX by writing components based upon Oracle’s new plug-in architecture. You’ll learn to deal with localization issues such as time zones and translations, and to customize the look and feel of an APEX website to blend in with your corporate branding strategy. The authors also cover web service development, performance and scalability, and the production issues that you encounter in enterprise-level deployments. Many years of experience in solving the “hard problems” are coalesced in this book to help you, the reader, take advantage of all that APEX has to offer.

  • Focuses on high-end, enterprise-level development
  • Covers new features such as plug-ins and Websheets
  • Introduces the new interface released with APEX 4.0

What you’ll learn

  • Design APEX solutions that conform to your corporate look and feel
  • Create compelling reports, charts, navigation, and layout
  • Create your own components based upon APEX’s new plug-in architecture
  • Authenticate users and manage their access to your applications
  • Develop and deploy web services using APEX
  • Scale APEX applications to thousands of users
  • Secure your applications and data from intrusion

Who this book is for

Pro Oracle Application Express 4 is aimed at application developers looking for a rapid application development environment harnessing the full power of the Oracle Database, including SQL and PL/SQL. The book meets the needs of developers working at both the departmental and the enterprise level, with an emphasis on high-end, enterprise deployment.

Table of Contents

  1. Development Best Practices
  2. Authentication and User Management
  3. Conditions and Authorization Schemes
  4. Data Security
  5. Navigation and Layout
  6. Reports and Charts
  7. Dynamic Actions: Ajax and JavaScript
  8. WebSheets
  9. Reporting and Printing
  10. Themes and Templates
  11. Localization Issues
  12. Plugins
  13. Web Service Development
  14. Performance and Scalability
  15. Production Issues
  16. APEX Dictionary
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781430234944
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 6/30/2011
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 736
  • Sales rank: 973,807
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Tim Fox has been using Oracle since version 5 in 1989. At the time, the Oracle Forms version was 1.x and procedural code had not yet arrived. Since then, Tim has been constantly involved in projects wherein some version of an Oracle database or development tool was being used. Tim has worked in corporate IT, spent 10 years as a manager at Andersen Consulting / Accenture, and is currently director of development at Enkitec, a Dallas-based Oracle services provider. While at Enkitec, Tim has been an instrumental figure in development projects across dozens of companies and has greatly assisted in the uptake of Oracle Application Express. As a result, Tim is a frequent contributor to the Dallas Oracle User Group (DOUG), Oracle-sponsored Tech Days, and other regional user groups and conferences.

Scott Spendolini is president & co-founder of Sumneva , a world-class Oracle Application Express (APEX) consulting, training, and solutions firm founded in 2010. He has assisted a number of clients from various verticals with their Oracle APEX development and training needs. Spendolini has presented at a number of Oracle-related conferences, including Oracle OpenWorld, ODTUG, and IOUG, and is a regular contributor to the Oracle APEX Forums on OTN. Spendolini is also the host & conference chair of APEXposed, an APEX-specific annual conference. He is a recent recipient of the Oracle Ace Director designation and is also a co-author of the book Pro Oracle Application Express. In 2009, Spendolini, along with ODTUG, was presented with the Oracle Innovation Award for his work on ODTUG s public web site, ODTUG.com. Spendolini is also an Oracle Certified Oracle Application Express developer.

Prior to co-founding Sumneva, Spendolini founded and ran Sumner Technologies from 2005 through 2009, which also focused on Oracle APEX consulting, training, and solutions. Before that, he was employed by Oracle Corporation for almost 10 years, the last three of which he was a senior product manager for Oracle APEX. He holds a dual bachelor's degree from Syracuse University in management information systems and telecommunications management, and resides in Ashburn, Virginia with his wife and two children.

John Edward Scott has been using Oracle since version 7 (around 1993), and has used pretty much every release since then. He has had the good fortune to work on a wide range of projects for a varied group of clients. He was lucky enough to start working with Oracle Application Express when it was first publicly released, and has worked with it nearly every day since (and loves it). John is an Oracle ACE Director and was named Application Express Developer of the Year in 2006 by Oracle Magazine. He is also the cofounder of ApexEvangelists (Apex-Evangelists.com), a company that specializes in providing training, development, and consulting specifically for the Oracle Application Express product. You can contact John at john.scott@apex-evangelists.com.

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  • Posted August 28, 2011

    Essential reading for the professional Apex developer

    This book is aimed at people with some Application Express development experience looking for guidance on development standards and how to achieve more professional, complete, robust, secure, scalable, and adaptable Apex systems.
    Some quite significant developments have been introduced in Apex-4.0. The book gives a useful professional perspective on these and how they can be exploited.
    The expanse of information provided does not allow hand-holding and step-by-step instructions, instead it sets the reader off on the right road.
    Essential and comprehensive reference material from an authoritative source - highly recommended!

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