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  • Paperback: 620 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 1 edition (June 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430235128
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430235125
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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About the Author

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 (Apex-Evangelists.com), a company that specializes in providing training, development, and consulting specifically for the Oracle Application Express product. You can contact John at john.scott@apex-evangelists.com.

Doug Gault is the APEX Practice Director at Enkitec, an Oracle Platinum partner founded in 2004 which provides consulting, education, and products based around Oracle Technology. He has been working with Oracle since 1988, starting with version 5.1B, SQL*Forms 2.0, and RPT/RPF. He has focused his career on Oracle's development technologies, spending the majority of that time dedicated to web-based technologies including the OWA Web Toolkit, PL/SQL Server Pages, WebDB, Oracle Portal, and more recently HTML-DB and APEX.

Doug's many years of Oracle experience have taken him all over the world to participate in some truly ground-breaking projects. Doug has presented at and participated in roundtable discussions at a number of conferences including Oracle OpenWorld, UKOUG, and ODTUG's APEXposed & Kaleidoscope conferences. He holds an Associate s Degree in Computer Science and an honorary Master's Degree from The School of Hard Knocks, believing there is no replacement for hard-earned experience.

Doug is an Oracle Ace and can be found on Twitter as @dgault_apex and on his blog douggault.blogspot.com. You can contact Doug at doug.gault@enkitec.com.

Raj Mattamal is co-president of Niantic Systems, LLC (NianticSystems.com). He started developing web applications at Oracle in 1995 with the very same people who came to create Oracle Application Express (APEX). In his more than 10 years with the company, he helped customers in a wide range of industries to deliver web-based solutions on the Oracle Database. In addition to helping customers with their applications, Raj developed numerous web applications for use internally at Oracle. Outside of database application development, Raj spent much remaining time with Oracle evangelizing Oracle Application Express. This entailed teaching Oracle software development and APEX classes globally, writing articles for Oracle Magazine, writing Technotes for the Oracle Technology Network, and assisting with the development of training material and workshops.

Having earned a bachelor's degree in decision and information studies, and another in marketing, from the University of Maryland, Raj continues to apply his knowledge of and passion for technology and business to real-world issues. Since leaving Oracle in 2006, Raj offers his services and training to customers in a wide range of business lines to help them get the most out of their Oracle environments. In recent years, Raj has been recognized by his Oracle professional colleagues as an Oracle ACE Director an honor, indeed, to be earned among so many knowledgeable colleagues.

Anton Nielsen is president of C2 Consulting, a technology solutions firm specializing in Oracle technologies. Anton is an Oracle Fusion Middleware ACE Director and has presented at ODTUG Kaleidoscope, Oracle OpenWorld, and APEXposed. Prior to founding C2 Consulting, he was technical director at Oracle and an officer and scientist in the U.S. Air Force. Anton has a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Chicago and a master's from Northeastern University, where he concentrated in combinatorics, encryption and error correction codes. He has worked with Oracle Application Express since its inception and with various aspects of software security since 1982.

Martin Giffy D'Souza is Co-Founder and CTO at ClariFit, a consulting firm and custom solutions provider specializing in APEX and PL/SQL development. His experience in the technology industry has been focused on developing database-centric web applications using the Oracle APEX technology stack.

In addition to his day job, Martin is the author of the popular blog www.TalkApex.com. He is also a designated Oracle ACE Director, and has co-authored and authored various APEX books. He has also presented at numerous international conferences such as APEXposed, COUG, and ODTUG Kscope, for which he won the Presenter of the Year award in 2011.

Martin holds a Computer Engineering degree from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. You can contact Martin at martin@clarifit.com.

Dimitri Gielis has been working with Oracle Database since he began his career in 2000 with Oracle in Belgium. Dimitri was an early adopter and supporter of HTMLDB, and later of Application Express (APEX). After many years of honing his expertise with Oracle Database and Application Express, Dimitri co-founded APEX Evangelists in 2007. In 2014 Dimitri set up APEX R&D (https://www.apexrnd.be), a company that focuses on Web Application Development: creating innovative solutions with Oracle Application Express. The company also provides on demand coaching and training in APEX.

Dimitri is an active member of the Application Express community. He routinely posts insights into Application Express on his blog at http://dgielis.blogspot.com. He is a frequent presenter at the Oracle Benelux User Group (OBUG), IOUG collaborate, ODTUG Kaleidoscope, the UKOUG conference, and Oracle OpenWorld. Dimitri is an Oracle ACE Director since 2008. He received the APEX Developer of the Year award from Oracle Magazine in 2009.



Roel Hartman has been using Oracle Database since version 5. At that time, he used Oracle Case*Designer, Oracle Forms 2.3, and other tools of the day. He has used all versions of those tools as they have evolved during the intervening years, giving him great depth of experience as an Oracle Database developer. Today he is a fierce advocate and user of Oracle Application Express. Roel holds a master's degree in business informatics from the University of Twente in the Netherlands. He is an Oracle ACE Director. He works for Logica in the Netherlands as a lead technical architect. Roel has presented at all major Oracle conferences, such as ODTUG, Oracle Open World, and UKOUG. He is a regular contributer to the OakTable Network APEX Forum.

Francis Mignault is chief technology officer and co-founder of Insum Solutions. He has been working with Oracle Database for more than 23 years and is a certified Oracle database administrator. Francis began his work with APEX in 2004, when it was called HTML DB. He and his team have developed bilingual software as a service application that is now used by over 60,000 active users. Francis is deeply involved in the APEX community. His first-rate PL/SQL and APEX expertise led to becoming the first APEX instructor in Quebec. He has presented at several APEX seminars and conferences in the United States and Canada, including Oracle Open World, IOUG Collaborate, ODTUG Apexposed, ODTUG Kaleidoscope, and Ora*GEC.

Dietmar Aust is a freelance consultant in Germany, focusing on Oracle Application Express and Oracle XE. Starting in 1997, he worked for three years as a consultant for Oracle in Germany. Since then, he has helped numerous leading companies in Germany successfully deliver Web-based applications based on the Oracle product stack, especially involving the Internet application server, Oracle Portal, and Oracle Reports. Dietmar is a regular presenter at various Oracle conferences (ODTUG, OOW, DOAG), conducts training classes on APEX, and recently co-authored a book on APEX best practices in German (Oracle APEX und Oracle XE in der Praxis). You can reach him at Opal-Consulting.com or http://daust.blogspot.com.

Michael Hichwa is the original developer and architect of Oracle Application Express (APEX), aka HTML DB. Michael created APEX as a 100% rewrite of an earlier browser-based application development tool he also created, called Oracle WebDB. He had invaluable technical assistance and guidance from Tom Kyte and the addition of Joel Kallman as a co-developer. Michael and Joel have led APEX developments efforts since 1999. Michael remains committed and fully engaged in Oracle APEX design and development efforts. He also leads the development teams responsible for Oracle SQL Developer, SQL Developer Data Modeler, Migration Tools, the Oracle development tools for Visual Studio .NET and other data access technologies. Michael also leads APEX-driven Oracle internal system development efforts, including the Oracle online store.

Denes Kubicek is chief executive officer and founder of bi-Cubes. He has been working with Oracle more than 12 years. Denes is an Oracle ACE Director, and was APEX Developer of the Year in 2008. Denes is also a coauthor of the first APEX book in German, Oracle APEX und Oracle XE in der Praxis. You can reach him at bi-Cubes.com.

Dan McGhan is a Senior Technical Consultant with the Accenture Enkitec Group. He suffers from Compulsive Programing Disorder which is believed to be linked to his balding. Having started his development career in the land of MySQL and PHP, he was only too happy to have stumbled upon APEX. Since then he’s dedicated his programming efforts to learning more about Oracle and web-based technologies in general.

Dan is an Oracle Application Express Certified Expert, an Oracle PL/SQL Developer Certified Associate, as well as an Oracle ACE. In addition to his "day job," he is one of the top contributors to the APEX forum, maintains his own Oracle and APEX blog (www.danielmcghan.us), and is a regular presenter at various events and user group meetings.



Sharon Kennedy is part of the Application Express development team. She likes to stay behind the scenes, working on release management isues, supporting early adopter releases, and working on special projects (both internally and externally). She also has a hand in core development and bug fixing. Sharon has been with Oracle for more than 20 years, and has been part of the APEX team for more than 10. Prior to her work on APEX, she was part of Oracle Consulting and responsible for delivering custom applications to the healthcare, navy, and intelligence industries. Her working life before Oracle began at Grumman Data Systems, which is where she got handed an Oracle 5 reference manual one day while being asked to "help out" on a project.


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Richard Soule on August 29, 2011
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One of the fundamental problems with most documentation from most technology companies is that the documentation usually contains a bunch of assumed knowledge.

Take for example, the Oracle Application Express Installation Guide for Release 4.1. This document has the following line in Section 1.4 About Choosing an HTTP server. "In order to run, Oracle Application Express must have access to Oracle Application Express Listener, Oracle HTTP Server and mod_plsql or the embedded PL/SQL gateway." Yep. That's right... sort of. As an experienced installer of APEX, I know that they mean: There are three different ways to connect to Oracle Application Express:

The Oracle Application Express Listener
An Oracle HTTP Server and mod_plsql
The embedded PL/SQL gateway

But, if I was a brand new person with no experience, I might wonder if I need the Oracle Application Express Listener + an Oracle HTTP Server + mod_plsql, or the embedded PL/SQL gateway. Reading the rest of the guide might give me an idea, but for a while I might be confused.

However, I often waffle back and forth between what the biggest problem with technology documentation is: Is it assumed knowledge? Or is it the fact that almost all technology documentation tells you what some setting or button does, but it almost always leaves out the `and here is why you would want to do this' information. You could make the argument that they are one in the same, but I usually see them as different problems. The second problem really comes into play when there are choices. If there are no choices then just telling me what I have to do is fine. Just make sure I know how to do it. I once saw a step in an installation guide that was "Configure SQL/Net". No links to other documentation.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Doug Duncan on July 15, 2011
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I am not normally one who likes books with multiple authors, but in this case, that's the best way for this book to be written. 13 authors each write a chapter about different aspects of APEX, giving you a deeper understanding of their chosen subject.

With the way the book is written there is no dependency on reading one chapter before the others and you can easily read the sections that interest you most first and then move on to the other chapters at your leisure.

Here is a breakdown of the chapters:

Chapter 1: OHS, EPG and APEX Listener Compared. In this chapter John Edward Scott looks at the different web server choices and the pros and cons of each. He also shows you how to help make the server as efficient as possible.

Chapter 2: Oracle APEX 4.0 Charts Inside Out. In this chapter Dimitri Gielis talks about the options available for charting (HTML and Flash based). He talks about what goes on behind the scenes with charting and how to customize the XML generated that is used by the AnyChart engine to tweak your charts.

Chapter 3: Tabular Forms. In this chapter Denes Kubicek talks about what has changed with tabular forms in APEX 4.0 and how to code around "missing" functionality that he would like to see implemented in future versions.

Chapter 4: Team Development. In this chapter Roel Hartman talks about using the team development functionality built into APEX to track your projects bugs and development. While not a true project management tool, Roel gives some examples of how you can extend to the tool to add some missing functionality, and how to work with the feedback functionality.

Chapter 5: Globalization. In today's world applications and web sites are being accessed from all over the world.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jtv on July 23, 2011
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This book is one the best well written tech books I have seen. It is easy to really and follow. It goes into details that other books have left out. The small fact sometime make understanding a product that much easier. Out of all the chapters I think I enjoyed chapter one the best because it gives information about oracle database and application express that other books left out such as the different types of web-servers that are included in the Oracle Database and it gives examples of which of the servers would be best for what type of environment. These include the following: OHS, EPG and the APEX Listener.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Reich on July 23, 2011
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Expert Oracle Application Express may be the best-written technical book I have read. If you look at the picture of the front cover of the book, you can see that there are 13 authors. There are also 13 chapters. This book has taken 13 APEX experts and had each of them write a chapter in her/his area of expertise. The result is a compendium of expert knowledge, real-life examples, screen shots, personal expert tips on how best to perform tasks, expert shortcuts, numerous cautions on where mistakes are most likely made, how to avoid them and what each expert does to avoid them. In addition, many of the experts provide their personally developed scripts and explain their personal work style as well as key things to do, or not to do, based on their vast experience and knowledge.

Although this book is written by 13 different authors, the style is very consistent. I particularly like the way the authors walk through program code on a line-by-line basis. I also really like the way the authors give practical alternatives to the official documentation, based on their experience, to perform various tasks. For example, in Chapter 1, when talking about OHS (Oracle HTTP server), John Edward Scott writes "Instead of restarting all of the managed processes, you could just restart the OHS processes which is much quicker. To do that you can use the commands: ..." Another example by the same author is "One enhancement I typically make to save myself some keystrokes, is to create a script to automatically start, stop, and restart the OHS, shown in Listing 1-6"

In addition, the authors give vendor sources to get more information about much of the material presented in the book. For example, the Apache URL is given to get more information when discussing httpd.
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