Expert Oracle Application Express

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Apress, Jun 12, 2011 - Computers - 620 pages
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Expert Oracle Application Express brings you groundbreaking insights into developing with Oracle’s enterprise-level, rapid-development tool from some of the best practitioners in the field today. Oracle Application Express (APEX) is an entirely web-based development framework that is built into every edition of Oracle Database. The framework rests upon Oracle’s powerful PL/SQL language, enabling power users and developers to rapidly develop applications that easily scale to hundreds, even thousands of concurrent users.

The 13 authors of Expert Oracle Application Express build their careers around APEX. They know what it takes to make the product sing—developing secure applications that can be deployed globally to users inside and outside a large enterprise. The authors come together in this book to share some of their deepest and most powerful insights into solving the difficult problems surrounding scalability, globalization, configuration and lifecycle management, and more. You’ll learn about debugging and performance, deep secrets to customizing your application user interface, how to secure applications from intrusion, and about deploying globally in multiple languages. Expert Oracle Application Express is truly a book that will move you and your skillset a big step towards the apex of Application Express development.

  • Presents best-practices and development insights from leading experts in the field
  • Addresses globalization, scalability, security, and other concerns of enterprise-level development
  • Shows how to customize APEX for your own application needs

What you’ll learn
  • Solve tough problems in scalability in order to serve thousands of users
  • Design applications to sidestep performance problems and easily scale upwards
  • Deploy applications globally while respecting linguistic and cultural differences
  • Customize applications by exploiting APEX’s roots in PL/SQL
  • Reduce the stress of managing application lifecycle and configuration
  • Secure outwardly-facing applications and their data from intrusion
Who this book is for

Expert Oracle Application Express is aimed at APEX developers who seek the deepest possible knowledge of Oracle Application Express and how to develop with it. Readers should know and be proficient with APEX, and be prepared to expend some mental energy in absorbing the high-end material in this book.

Table of Contents
  1. OHS, EPG, and APEX Listener Compared
  2. Oracle APEX 4.0 Charts Inside Out
  3. Tabular Forms
  4. Team Development
  5. Globalization
  6. Debugging
  7. Dynamic Actions
  8. Security
  9. Lifecycle Management
  10. Working with APEX Collections
  11. Plug-Ins
  12. Architecture
  13. Advanced Interactive Reporting

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About the author (2011)

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 (, a company that specializes in providing training, development, and consulting specifically for the Oracle Application Express product. You can contact John at