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Oracle APEX Cookbook - Second Edition
Oracle APEX Cookbook - Second Edition
by M. van Zoest
Edition: Paperback
Price: $59.99
46 used & new from $54.88

5.0 out of 5 stars Good for any APEX developer, March 9, 2014
The book is aimed at those new to APEX and intermediate developers - a statement I look out for when assessing books so I know what to expect or what I'm in for. Though I think anyone can learn something new, or adapt a technique you may not have seen before.

There are some references to 4.0, but I also share duties for updating manuals and understand you can't be expected to tackle every page, every screenshot in a revision. Looking through the contents I quickly picked up plenty of new & expected additions to this edition:
Data upload pages
Using shipped files
Authorisation plug-ins
RESTful web services
Using Tomcat with APEX Listener
Error handling
Packaged applications
Table APIs

I'd recommend it as a reference to any APEX developer.

PhoneGap 3 Beginner's Guide
PhoneGap 3 Beginner's Guide
Price: $26.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars From an Oracle APEX perspective, December 17, 2013
I've had a quick read of this so far and it seems to have a wealth of information I'll need for deploying hybrid Oracle APEX applications.

Further comments can be found on my blog

Oracle APEX Best Practices
Oracle APEX Best Practices
by Alex Nuijten
Edition: Paperback
Price: $49.99
38 used & new from $24.56

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best APEX books so far, December 26, 2012
I've written a more detailed review on my blog, linked from my Amazon profile page.

Buy this book. Perfect information if you are intermediate to advanced, but what should be a required read for all APEX technologists. Kudos to the authors & publisher.

It covers a lot of ground, even the first chapter mentioned many aspects for consideration, ensuring the reader is aware of what to consider.

Chapter 2 is the most brilliant, and people should read this a university/college/school if they really want to know how you can use Oracle well.

The remaining chapters also have great content and effectively cover a large amount of ground, but you're ROI is in the first two alone.


Oracle Apex 4.0 Cookbook
Oracle Apex 4.0 Cookbook
by M. van Zoest
Edition: Paperback
Price: $59.99
31 used & new from $15.63

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Does what it promises., February 25, 2011
This is the write-up I gave on my blog. I read this book as an Apex professional, while I personally didn't gain much new information, there are plenty of people out there learning these tools and find the Oracle documentation "difficult". I also can't comment on the accuracy of the scripts - I trust the publisher and authors will make time to correct reported errata.
I think Apex would be a hard topic to write book on, but I think the analogy authors Marcel van der Plas and Michel van Zoest utilise a good, ahem... recipe. And it's naked chef cooking, not Iron Chef, MasterChef nor is it quite "My First Cookbook."

I think the by-line on the cover is most apt - Quick answers to common problems. The other is "Over 80 great recipes to develop and deploy fast, secure, and modern web applications with Oracle Application Express 4.0"

Overall, I think the book would be great for numerous audiences and I think the "who this book is for" section is spot on. In particular, newer developers to the Apex environment would benefit from the easy to read, piecemeal approach this book has to offer. When I first started reading, it came to mind what a great reference book this would be for a university. Don't get me wrong, advanced developers might also learn a thing or two. Those conversant with Apex 3.2 would also find this useful, as it covers many Apex 4.0 topics.

Straight onto the pan was a bio of and message from the author. I would imagine some people don't put too much thought into these few pages, but I think it helps put things in context. It also recognises theses authors who put a lot of work into producing the content for these books. Good on the reviewers, too - Dimitri Gielis and Surachart Opun.

Back to the unique nature of the book - a collection of recipes. I think it's a unique idea and works well in the Apex environment where you might need a lot of screenshots to illustrate the technique and goal for a given situation. Alternatively, it could be a boring book with a lot of prose and bolded words that distract you from what you're reading - I think that's what put me off Java long ago when I had a bad uni textbook.

It takes a basic idea or and describes the concept in a paragraph or two. ie- What are you cooking?

Then they take you though the "Getting ready" process. This could be something small, like having certain settings set or having a script on hand. ie- Find your ingredients!

The "How to do it" section is obviously the process to get the job done. Screenshots are used conservatively, either showing the starting point or end result, or some key illustration. Step-by-step instructions are also utilised, for instance when leading you through a wizard, which really is what Apex is all about when you start off. The problem with this is if you miss a step, start in the wrong spot, can't find the button they're referring to, or version patches since the book release has changed things in such a way that may confuse the reader. I don't think any of this can really be avoided, hence the appeal to the recipe style book. ie- Method to cook.

There is a "How it works" section that follows the recipe. You don't get this in your usual food cookbooks and I think it's a great tool to convey to the user another way of thinking about what they've just done. Do you ever listen to somebody explain how to do something and think "why" or "how" ? I know I do, and that's probably why I wanted just a little bit more out of this section of the book. My advice would be to take what you've learned, then go out and look for Oracle-by-examples or detailed blog entries describing the relevant task. ie- Why you can't burn dihydrogen monoxide.

That being said, some recipes include a "There's more" and a "See also" section. This really applies to all recipes as they don't go into ridiculous amounts of detail, and they describe the great potential Oracle Apex has in crafting applications - this isn't War & Peace.

Sometimes the format shows just how much of a winner it is. I find the topic of multi-language applications a little dry, but the recipe format really works well to break things down and make dry topics more readable. There were some good highlights too - the APIs chapter had the best explanation for how checkboxes work I've seen for a while. I also found the chapter on extending Apex wide ranging. It touched on topics that people will want to explore, and uses examples that people may want. Even calling Apex from Oracle Forms is briefly covered.

While it's not the final solution for most things, our family considers recipe books a starting point for ideas. I could go step-by-step and create something that looks nothing like the picture (my gardening brown thumb carries through to the kitchen), but the Apex 4.0 Cookbook doesn't convey those delusions. It tells it like it is, and it's up to the reader to take these ideas further and create something masterful.

Well done to Marcel and Michel, and to the team at Packt Publishing.

You can find another review by Christian Rokitta here, and peruse through the book's contents here.

Go start baking and serve out the Oracle community some delectable dishes!

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