Break New Ground

Oracle APEX 5 Is Here

Laura Ramsey
Manager, Oracle Database Developer Communities

Oracle Application Express 5 is now available.   <DOWNLOAD HERE>

Congratulations to Joel Kallman's team, who hosted a great Google Hang out this morning to share the big news. 





The #orclapex team discussed new capabilities, improvements and what to expect next.  

And now --> Quick Links:  

Oracle Application Express Community Forum   and   Oracle Application Express Product Information


So, What do you need to know about Oracle APEX 5?


Here's what modern database web application development looks like: 

Application Express 5 Early Adopter 3 Home



Page Designer: The World's Most Advanced Browser-based IDE

Page Designer is a completely new IDE designed to greatly improve
developer's productivity, allowing you to very quickly enhance and
maintain pages within Application Express.



Application Express 5 Page Designer




Cohesive User Experience

With Page Designer, there is no context-switching when modifying
multiple components. It is no longer necessary to drill into component
pages simply to make changes. All modifications occur within Page
Designer, where you can undo and redo changes as necessary, before
saving your page.

Better Visual Representation

You can gain an immediate understanding of how your regions and
items are laid out within the Grid Layout. Changes to components on your
page are immediately reflected across the Tree and Grid Layout Page
Designer. Additionally, errors and warnings are immediately visible.

Intuitive Drag and Drop

Page Designer completely reimagines 'drag and drop' and provides an
entirely new way to develop pages on the fly. In the Grid Layout pane,
you can drag new components from the Component Gallery, or move and copy
existing components around. In the Tree pane, you can drag to move and
copy multiple components at a time.

Enhanced Code Editor

It's never been easier to write code in Application Express. The
new code editor provides SQL and PL/SQL validation with inline errors,
auto completion, syntax highlighting, search and replace with regex
support, complete with undo and redo support. You can even specify your
preferences for tabs, indentation, and color scheme. 






Universal Theme: a better UI for your apps

Universal Theme is an all-new user interface for your applications
that has been built from the ground up for Application Express 5. It is a
simpler, yet more capable theme that does away with excessive templates
and enable effortless customization with Theme Roller, Template
Options, and Theme Styles. Universal Theme is the culmination of all of
our UI enhancements and aims to empower developers to build modern,
responsive, sophisticated applications without requiring expert
knowledge of HTML, CSS, or JavaScript. 


Application Express 5 Universal Theme


Theme Roller

This flagship feature of Universal Theme enables easy customization
of the look and feel of an application. You can tweak a number of style
attributes and see changes applied to your application in real time.
Once you are satisfied with the result, you can save your changes as a
Theme Style directly to your app.

Template Options

Easily customize the way buttons, regions, lists, and other
template-based components appear. A single template can be displayed in
several different ways using these options. Universal Theme enables
developers to use fewer templates but build far more versatile

Absolutely Responsive

Universal Theme has been designed to be responsive from the very
beginning. You can build fully responsive apps that work flawlessly
across a variety of screen sizes and form factors. Universal Theme
includes key enhancements such as enabling complex form layout and using
flexible grids.


Universal Theme delivers most accessible user interface for
applications built with Application Express. Theme Roller can be used to
build accessible Theme Styles and includes built-in WCAG 2.0
color-contrast checking. 



Additional Features in Application Express 5

Release 5 includes many additional features, enhancements, and more! Here are some highlights:

All New Design

We designed a completely new user interface for Application Express
that is focused on improving user experience through simplicity and
removing clutter. The new design uses a beautiful new color palette,
carefully crafted icons, vastly improved menus and navigation, better
accessibility and keyboard support, more intuitive page layouts and much

User Interface Enhancements

With the development of Universal Theme, we also added several
enhancements to how Themes and Templates are handled. This release has
features such as Theme Subscriptions, Template Options, Theme Styles,
and much finer control over templates and the HTML emitted by the APEX
engine. It is now easier than ever to fully control the UI of your

Multiple Interactive Reports

The most requested feature for Application Express is here. Easily
create multiple interactive reports on a single page, and gain insights
into your data like never before. We've also completely revamped the
user interface to provide a consistent experience, and made end user
customization even easier with modal dialogs.

Modal Dialogs

Now you can easily define modal (and non-modal) pages complete with
the ability to utilize standard page processes. No longer will you need
to hack a page using JavaScript and performing a lot of hand-crafting.
Instead just set the display type and appropriate template and let
Application Express take care of the rest.

Better Navigation

Static or dynamic lists can be used as the basis for your
application's navigation menu and navigation bar. Navigation Menus can
be positioned to the top or side of your pages, and can be rendered
based on any List template, enabling nested navigation items, keyboard
support, and greater accessibility.

More Interactive Report Enhancements

Interactive Reports feature an all-new user interface for
displaying your data, report settings, support for fixed column headers,
and is more accessible than ever before. Additionally, end users can
now define a pivot report at runtime, which is similar to defining a
group report.

All New Calendar

The new calendar component comes with built in support for Month,
Week, Day, and Agenda views and is much easier to customize. The
calendar is based on the popular FullCalendar library and supports drag
and drop, time-based events, and is even responsive.

Mobile Reporting

You can now build reports that display all of your data on any
mobile device, by using reflow table or column toggle. Reflow table
wraps each column or changes to displaying multiple lines on very small
screens. Column toggle allows you to specify the most important columns,
and those which will be hidden as necessary on smaller screens.

Static File Upload

Files uploaded into shared components, plug-ins, or themes can be
cached by your browser and are now referenced using relative file urls.
This also allows you to upload a zip file and the contents of it will be
automatically extracted, and relative file references will stay intact.
Want to bundle up your files? No worries, you can also zip them all up
and produce a single downloadable zip file.

Stay tuned for more about APEX 5.

It's a really cool thing.

Ciao for Now!





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