Oracle APEX: The New Features

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Oracle APEX: The New Features

The lastest Oracle Application Express (APEX) releases provide companies with many more reasons to develop on a low code platform. Furthermore, there’s a great increase in migrations of their legacy applications to this technology. We are currently busy on adapting our existing apps and our partners’ ones to the latest APEX version. That’s why here follows a non-completed and non-ordered list of tiny and major Oracle APEX new features in versions 19.2 and 20.1.

APEX 19.2 

Oracle released APEX version 19.2 in November 2019. Here you can find some of the new features that APEX included:

Faceted search

As a summary, Faceted Search is nothing more than a collection of predefined filters that can be applied on a dataset to narrow down the required results. All this functionality could be accomplished before, of course. We just needed to create the corresponding regions, items, and dynamic actions, to recreate this behaviour. But now it comes out as a new declarative component. There are a lot of use cases where a faceted search is a powerful tool, such as filtering products from a store or reports with lots of rows.

And how does it work? When the user clicks on any or many of the filter options in the facets column, the report reflects those search criteria. The report also reflects the number of entries available for each filtering option and a total count of rows, considering as well the rest of filtering options and changing accordingly.
We can create different types of facets according to our needs. Not in vain, each facet has a large number of configuration options that we can tune. The most commonly used facets are range selector, radio button, checkbox, dropdown list, and a normal search input field. This feature brings to APEX a very extended functionality, increasing the tool’s ability to offer what businesses need. These facets are always related to a database column.

Shared List of Values (LOV)

The Shared List of Values in APEX 19.2 has also been significantly enhanced with new functionality. List of Values are more flexible and support the full set of data sources: tables, a function returning SQL query, or REST Enabled SQL and Web Source Modules. Also now you can define multiple display columns for the LOV, with additional metadata specifying if the column is displayed, searchable, or requires a format mask.

Popup List of Values (LOV)

This component, as the Shared List of Values, now supports multiple display columns, multiple return values, search-as-you-type, improved multiple value selection, and an all-new simplified user interface.

REST-Enabled Interactive Grid

Interactive Grids now fully supports REST Enabled SQL and Web Sources. Now, it allows fully read-and-write access to any remote data source.

                                                   

 

APEX 20.1

If we travel now to the present, Oracle has already released the version 20.1 of APEX. This release contains some other great new and significant features such as Mega Menus, Remote Application Deployment, Report Printing improvement or friendly URLs. Here is a short description of some of these new features:

Mega Menus

The navigation menus in Universal Theme has now a new template, to support the new mega menu appearance. Now we can display lots of entries as a top navigation menu, providing a cool new style. This one is one of the best new features of this APEX release for me.

Remote Application Deployment

Oracle APEX team is now working on a more efficient deployment process for our apps. Now it’s possible to export to a remote server. From now on, we only need a REST enabled SQL server, such as the Autonomous Database, to export directly there our apps.

Report Printing

Interactive Grids’ region can now, natively, print PDF documents. In APEX, it is nothing more than another attribute to activate for this region type. End users can also change the page orientation and size in the download screen.

Friendly URLs

APEX 20.1 includes now – the first version of – friendly URLs. The URL syntax for pages and applications is now simplified to a more extended syntax for URLs. It’s as simple as enabling the functionality and the rest will be handled without any other development.

 

The Oracle APEX team is doing a great job and getting the attention of more and more developers to create their solutions using Oracle APEX. You can always go to apex.oracle.com to learn about all these new features, or simply play around in one of the available free workspaces.

Here in Novoshore, we’re doing our best to get the maximum value from all these new features! Shortly, we’ll be digging a bit more into some of them, so stay tuned!

Happy <low> coding!

2020-04-08T13:51:17+02:00April 8th, 2020|APEX, blog, Oracle|0 Comments

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