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Rick Greenwald

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Book Description

Dec 22 2008 Wrox Programmer to Programmer
Oracle Application Express is an easy-to-use application development environment built on the Oracle technology stack. There are two aspects of that previous sentence that you may find jarring—that Oracle, a company widely known for its database technology, has an application development environment, and that Oracle, a company thought of as delivering high-end, enterprise-ready technology, has anything that is easy to use.

But, as this book will show, the introductory statement is completely accurate. Oracle Application Express, commonly known as Oracle APEX or simply APEX, does benefit from the long-established enterprise-class robustness that is the hallmark of Oracle technology. The applications you build will be able to support hundreds of users and many terabytes of data, scalability far beyond even the imagination of most other development environments.

This book is aimed at a particular group of users—those who are not familiar with Oracle Application Express. The book assumes that you have a basic knowledge of application development, the type you could get from playing around with a personal database such as Access. In fact, this book was written with an Access developer in mind—an Access developer looking to step up to a more scalable and reliable environment, with reduced maintenance overhead and greater integration between application systems.

This book covers the use of Oracle Application Express. Although the book is based on the 3.5 version, you can use the book with older versions as well. However, since the book will use a hosted version of Oracle Application Express, and since both the Oracle database that support the product and the product itself are available as free downloads from, you should be able to use the latest version easily.

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Beginning Oracle® Application Express

Even if you have limited programming experience, this hands-on guide will get you up and running quickly with Oracle Application Express (APEX). It covers the concepts and practical steps involved in building a web application from the ground up using Oracle APEX. You'll discover how to progress through the complete development process with the help of detailed instructions on creating, customizing, and extending an Oracle database application.

Highly respected Oracle expert Rick Greenwald begins by giving you the necessary tools to build a useable order entry system. He then explains how to enhance the system with reports, charts, themes, and templates. You'll also find out how to use packaged applications and work with multiple applications and you'll learn how to migrate and integrate data with the Oracle environment.

By the end of this book, you'll have a strong understanding of Oracle APEX and the world of Oracle technology, which will enable you to build your own applications and create further refinements that meet your reporting needs.

What you will learn from this book

  • Steps to ensure that users enter correct data while using your applications

  • The powerful and flexible reports you can create with Oracle APEX

  • Advanced options for customizing user interfaces

  • lTechniques for using the power of PL/SQL to extend the logic in your application

  • Ways to implement security for your APEX environment

  • The options for deploying an APEX application to another environment

  • How to migrate applications from Microsoft® Access® to Oracle Application Express

Who this book is for

This book is for Access developers looking to step up to a more scalable and reliable environment, with reduced maintenance overhead and greater integration between application systems.

Wrox Beginning guides are crafted to make learning programming languages and technologies easier than you think, providing a structured, tutorial format that will guide you through all the techniques involved.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good enough, but not perfect for beginner. Jan. 11 2009
By C. Shen - Published on
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For someone like me who is managing a team of developers for software tools, I went through the book within a week. It took me a bit longer because I had been submitting about 5-6 erratas to the publisher. While I can understand why there may be a push to get the book out for the holidays, I had really hoped the example code provided on validation had worked as described in the book. However, if you are familiar with Oracle Application Express some what but don't have the time sit through training course, using this book will fast track you enough to be a hands-on APEX practitioner. If you are doing development today in APEX, I would recommend another book "Pro Oracle Application Express," by Scott Spendolini since that is what couple of my developers keep on their desks.
Good luck.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oracle Instructor Review Feb. 8 2009
By David L. Jacob - Published on
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I have taught the Oracle Application Express course for Oracle for as long as the software has been available. I developed and teach a course for Portland Community College and I am using this book as the primary resource book for my students. I strongly recommend this book for those interested in getting a great start with Application Express.
David Jacob-Daub
Beginning Oracle Application Express (Wrox Programmer to Programmer)
3.0 out of 5 stars Having a hard time March 3 2013
By Tony! - Published on
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Got this for a class. The version of Apex that Oracle hosts is a newer version than used in this book.
The steps involved for each task do not match the APEX ide.

Frankly, I've never heard of Apex before this class, and I fail to see the need for it. There are many more robust ways to create database apps for Oracle.

I'll check to see if the book has any updated text on the publisher's website.

I gave it a 3 star rating because it does seem like a decent book if the screen shots etc matched up with the actual IDE.

1.0 out of 5 stars Needs to be updated Aug. 13 2012
By Gary Appenzeller - Published on
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Screens on the server do not match the ones shown in the book. The book should be updated for version 4.1.
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for a Beginner April 4 2011
By David - Published on
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Good enough for the beginner to APEX. However, there are very few beginner books on APEX out there. I was disappointed with the editing of this book. Some of the steps didn't follow what actually had to be done and it cause me to get some errors. Also, the code that came with it was incomplete, so I had to type it from scratch.

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