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Welcome to another episode of APEX Now, the weekly newscast all about Oracle Application Express (APEX). If you are new to the show, this is where you will find all of the latest news, blogs and events as well as some other cool stuff. To listen to some of the past episodes go to

Maybe you are new to APEX. If you are, head on over to where you will find lots of resources to help you. You can evend request a free development environment so you can start working with APEX right away.


This Week's News


Oracle Announces Always Free Cloud

As part of his keynote address at this years Oracle Open World, Larry Ellison announced the availability of the Always Free Oracle Cloud Service. That's right! Free. For as long as you are using the service it remains absolutely free.



The Always Free Service includes a vast arry of services including 2 Autonomous Databases and Autonomous Transaction Process. And best of all, it includes AOEX, ODS, and SQL Developer. Free! How cool is that?

It only takes a few minutes to sign up and provision your environment.

If you need help to find APEX, just go to the Autonomous Transaction Processing. Provision a database and after a few minutes the database will be created and you will find APEX and SQL Developer.

Recently, Caleb Curry recorded a video tutorial of how to setup APEX in the Cloud. At that time it was not free, but the steps are exactly the same.

With this service you are in control of your full environment including the database and the APEX workspace instance.

APEX is a central part of the Always |Free Service so indeed Oracle is starting to highlight APEX as a part of their overall marketing and ongoing strategy.

This week there were many blog posts on this service and APEX. We'll cover those a bit later in this episode.

 APEX 19.2 Early Adopter Is Now Available

We live in exciting times! In case you missed it last week,the APEX 19.2 Early Adopter is ready. You can request a workspace and try out all of the new features and provide your feedback to the Oracle APEX Development Team in advance of the general release.

APEX Lincdin Group Passes The 4,000 Members Mark

Did you know that there is an office APEX group on Lincdin? The group is Oracle Application Express (APEX) - The Official Group. The Lincdin group has now more than 4,000 users. If you use Lindin, you should really request to join this fantastic group.

New Version Of The APEX Tablock Chrome Extension

New Version Of The APEX TabLock Extension For Chrome

If you develop in Chrome the TabLock extension is a must have.

The extensions include some great features for APEX developers. If you are using APEX 5.1, you can easily arrange the Page Designer panels. One of the features I love, is that it highlights you custom debug messages - without this the messages are sometimes hard to find in the debugger. There are many other valueable features for APEX developers and you should really check it out.

Is Low-Code Misunderstood By Developers?

This week I came across an article in Info World titled "Why Developer Hate Low-Code?. The article tries to suggest that there is a gap between marketing and the reality of developing with a Low-Code framework. SSome of the reason the article attempts to highlight are that developers try and use the Low-Code framework features only to find that it takes more time to code in order to overcome the limitation  of the lowc-ode components. The article goes on to say that developers are caught between tighter deadlines and sometimes have to sort out clitches in the low-code mechanism.

In terms of APEX,I think that the article presents a false notion of what is referred to as low-code.  It is true that we do extend the capability of the lowc-ode components in APEX to meet some business requirements, but the low-code features of the APEX framework allow us to spend more time addressing business requirements than developing standard components that we need. Just think about the Interactive Grid and the Universal Theme. Imagine you had to code the functionality of these.

Also, I am glad to say the low-code components of aPEX are vigoursly tested before their release. And, the community feedback forms a big part of the development of these components.

With APEX low-code is not at all new. We used to called the low-code features "declarative components". We've just caught up with the definitions commonly used.

The article is an intesting read and it may just surprise you in terms of how you really do feel about low-code.


Blogs Of The Week


3 Reasons to use Inline Dialogs
Matt ulvaney

 Inline dialogs have been around for a long time in APEX. They are a pop-up dialog that is a region on the current page rather than a separate dialog or modal page.

Often inline Dialogs are ignore by some developers where there are times that an inline dialogs are the perfect choice.

In this post, Matt presents three use cases where inline dialogs are the perfect solution These include speed, giving the user specific choices and using them in a Forms to APEX redevelopment.

He also explains the modal dialog pages have a lot of overhead associated and they render smilarily to a standard page and have their own page processing.

Matt has also provided a sample application so that you can see the use cases in action

Trying the new “always free” autonomous database with Oracle APEX
Oscar Javier Gordillo

As I mentioned earlier, there were several blog posts this week about the new Oracle Always Free Cloud Service. This is the first that I want to highlight.

This post, like others, reports that setting up APEX on the Always Free Cloub only takes a couple of minutes which is rather impressive.

In this blog post Oscar gives details of some load testing that he did on the service. The results are interesting and exciting at the same time.

APEX 19.2 ea – features I like

As I reminded you earlier in the news, the APEX  19.2 Early Adopter is available.

In this post, svenweller outlines some of the new features he really likes in version 19.2. These features include the new star rating item, the faceted search and how you can now control debugging levels right from the developer toolbar.

What Info is Available from my APEX Social Sign-In Provider?
Anton Neilson

When you use the Social Signing feature to authenticate users in your APEX application, some of the information that may be available from the service may be of interest to your application.

Anton points out that it is not always easy to find the specific values that may be available from Google or Facebook etc.

In the post, you will find the exact code to use in order to find out what information may be available to you.

Free Oracle Cloud: 5. Setup APEX in ATP and create first APEX app
Dimitri Gielis

When you first create your Oracle Always Free Cloud account, it may be a bit overwhelming as to the services available and what you need to do to set up APEX.

This is a great post where Dimitri takes you through step by step how to get going with APEX. He also provides screenshots for most of the steps.


Upcoming Events


24 September 2019
Arequipa, Peru
Creating web applications in 3 minutes!

26 September 2019APEX Office Hours Session
News from Oracle Open and some of the new features of APEX 2019

1 October 2019
Boston Meet Up Berlington Massachusetts
Customising the Interactive Grid

2 October 2019
Dallas Oracle User Group
Recap from Oracle Open World

3 October 2019
2 Live Seminars on APEX
0930 CET:
1800 CET (0900 PDT):

4 October 2019
Austrian Oracle User Group
Vienna, Austria
Extending APEX - Single Page Applications, Master Detail, Drag & Drop

8 October 2019
Ratingen, Germany
Automated testing with APEX

16 October 2019
APEX  Meetup Group
Frankfurrt, Germany
The Oracle Cloud and APEX

16 - 26 2019
Oracle Groundbreakers Tour

  • Wellington, NZ - October 11
  • Melbourne, Australia - October 14
  • Perth, Australia - October 16
  • Singapore - October 18
  • Shanghai, China - October 19
  • Hangzhou, China - October 20
  • Seoul, South Korea - October 22
  • Tokyo, Japan - October  24     
  • Taiwan - October 26

29-30 October
East Coast Oracle User Group Conference 2019
Raleigh, North Carolina

19 - 22 November 2019
DOAG Conference and Exhibition

1 - 4 December, 2019
UKOUG Techfest 2019
Brighton, United Kingdom

24 April 2020
Maribor, Slovenia!
APEX Alpe Adria
Region APEX Conference
Call for papers is open

05-07 May 2019
Brühl, Germany
APEX Connect 2020

28 June to 2 July 2019
ODTUG Kscope20
Boston, MA, USA



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