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Beginning Oracle Application Express 4 (Expert's Voice in Oracle) 1st ed. 2011 Edition

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strongDoug Gault/strong 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.p p 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.p p 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 a href="mailto:doug.gault@enkitec.com"doug.gault@enkitec.com/a.
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Product Details

  • Series: Expert's Voice in Oracle
  • Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 1st ed. 2011 edition (April 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430231475
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430231479
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,700,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you are new to APEX and truly are a beginner, do NOT purchase this book. Errors exist in every chapter. When you are redirected back to a chapter, it is the wrong chapter, wrong page. When you are told to modify a page the wrong page is cited. The download files are incorrect for this version (APEX 4). The page layout forms to do not match the APEX layouts. ERATA is non helpful except to point out the errors that a good tech writer should have found. I have never written a book review before but felt this was necessary as this book is such a disappointment. Not only should the authors be ashammed but APPRES as well for publishing this book. Would not recommend!!!
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This book provides an excellent start for the novice developer trying to learn APEX 4.0. Chapters are very clear and well-organized. The continuing exercize throughout the book is quite a challenge and demonstrates much of the functionality of APEX. Overall, an excellent job.

However (you knew this was coming), I couldn't give it 5 stars for two main reasons.
1. Too many simple editing mistakes. Although, for the most part, they don't impact the overall quality, they are at a minimum annoying, and at their worst confusing to the reader. I found 7 simple errors in the first 30 pages.
2. The exercises needed somebody (not an author) to go through once and identify all the problems. Is the column in the TICKETS table DESCR or DESCRIPTION? Really needs one more look by a technical editor.

All that said, I would still highly recommend it. I plan on using the book as the basis for my APEX 4 classes that I teach. I am hopeful that the errors can be easily fixed in the pdf or kindle versions.
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In spite others said this book was bad, I bought.
I spent my time trying to follow the instructions on [...], but instructions was not clear and had not relation with my screen.
I had to return it next day!
Readers, not buy this book. It is not ready to publishing.
Authors, reviewing this book could become it in a great book. Please, do it.
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If you are thinking about developing a product with Application Express this book is a great place to start. It is a complete hands-on book. You will work through the examples and exercises. Example code is available at the website from the publisher. ([...]) Downloadable code and exercises make the book very valuable for learning Application Express. It is really practical and covering almost all the essential application development aspects. You will learn Step by Step from this book with little knowledge of PL/SQL, HTML and JavaScript.

A ticket system for a help desk is created from scratch. In every chapter of the book, a part of the help system is built.
The book starts by making a description of the requirements of the help desk system and to create a database design. This book also covers the steps of creating an entity relationship diagram. Good database design is the key to creating a successful application, especially with Application Express in mind. The necessary database tables used in the ERD are created in Sql*workshop. Sql*workshop and not the ERD tool is used because the objects are created from scratch.
With the basic data created, a shell is generated for the ticket system. This will be done with the options available in Application Express. After the shell is created for the application, the application is extended with forms, reports, and charts. The strength of this book is that the theoretical part is completely integrated in the exercises. This makes the book even more valuable.
When the basic part of the application is built, there is also a chapter about more advanced techniques within forms and reports. It helps to understand Application Express even better and look behind the scenes.
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I have many experience in programming in different environments. I know PHP/MySQL/HTML/CSS/Javascript (incl AJAX). I know Oracle. For me this book is too easy. It takes too long to get to the part where I actually learn something. So I don't recommend it for professionals with experience.
Also I found errors in the text, like directing to the wrong regions, which gave me the idea it has been a rush job to get the book out on the market.
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This book is generally well conceived, but the sheer volume of errors is distracting at the least and sometimes maddeningly misleading. I have been keeping track of the errors and they are truly rampant. Often they are simple misspells and foolish naming errors, probably from an earlier version that were not changed, but sometimes they are outright wrong and misleading. I have made it to Chapter 7 and the instructions to create an interactive report on page 163 are garbled and I am unsure how to proceed. Watch out for item 4 missing the final period on the session state value translation syntax on page 135, too. My suspicion is that this version was rushed to publication and no one in the group of authors or the publisher took responsibility to make sure that it was properly edited.

Timeliness is of the essence in the fast-paced software field and I can understand the drive to be first to market, but if my code had this many errors, it would never run. I suggest you wait until a new, corrected version is released. I wish I could recommend this book more highly as I think it has a good core and sensible flow.
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