Oracle Application Express Delivers New Capabilities

Rapid Web application tool for Oracle Database introduces end-user data upload, error handling, calendar, dynamic action, and plug-in features.

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Oracle announced the availability of Oracle Application Express Release 4.1. Focused on enhancing existing functionality and adds data upload capabilities, Oracle Application Express is a "no-cost" option included with all editions and releases of Oracle Database 11g. Using only a Web browser, developers can build and deploy scalable applications for Oracle Databases that are both fast and secure with Oracle Application Express. Oracle Application Express Release 4.1 is available for download from the Oracle Technology Network (OTN).

Overview of Oracle Application Express 4.1 Enhancements and New Features:

  • Data Upload: Developers can now add the capability for end-users to load spreasheet data into existing tables within an application.
  • Error Handling: User-defined exception processing enables developers to intercept messages generated by the Oracle Database and replace the message text with user friendly text.
  • Mobile Applications: Support for mobile frameworks including form rendering without HTML tables.
  • Tabular Forms: Added the ability to reference column values using bind syntax to facilitate validations and processing.
  • Calendar: Incorporate drag-and-drop functionality and generate calendars with edit pages.
  • Dynamic Actions: Extended to include support for client-side processing of buttons.
  • Plug-ins: Expanded to incorporate authentication and authorization types.
  • Websheets: The interface has been overhauled.
  • Accessibility: Changes in the HTML generated by the Application Express engine, together with accessibility improvements in existing themes and HTML templates.

The development framework of Oracle Application Express utilizes wizards and property sheets to build and maintain applications. This information is stored in and referenced from a meta-data repository, alleviating the need for compilation or code generation.

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