Friday, June 27, 2008

APEX Advanced Training held in Munich

It is a little bit late, but I still wanted to share the photos from our last Advanced APEX Training held in Munich on 02.06.2008-04.06.2008.

Once again, (Denes Kubicek, Patrick Wolf and me) held another APEX Advanced Training in Munich.

Although the class wasn't as packed as the previous one, it was again very successful and the participants enjoyed the training, judging by their feedback. And we truly enjoyed it, too.

The class covered the complete life cycle of an APEX project, starting with the analysis and planning, design, indepth coverage of the implementation, PDF reporting alternatives, forms, reports, tabular forms, AJAX, Javascript and ended with the deployment, change propagation and administration.

We also covered the ApexLib framework and other extensions as well as our favourite tools we work with. It was the essence of all the lessons we have learned in our previous projects delivering successful and scalable APEX solutions.

We were especially happy to have Marc Sewtz from Oracle join us with two presentations. He is one of the managers responsible for the development of Oracle Application Express (APEX).

(in the picture you see Patrick, Denes, Dietmar and Marc from left to right)

He was talking about Oracle SQL Developer, also showing the integration with APEX: deployment, browsing the data dictionary information of the applications and also how to debug an APEX application.

Futhermore he was giving us some insight about the possible new features of the next APEX release, targeted for 2009. There is no definite feature list at this time.

Many of the packaged applications will become multi-tenant capable.

Websheets will become one of the major features for the next release. Based on the interactive reports (part of the 3.1 release) it will be possible to edit and share the information.

Forms Migration will be another hot topic for the next release.

The APEX framework will be opened up further, giving us a documented PLSQL API and custom item types.

There will be declarative client side validations using AJAX, cascading AJAX select lists, better error handling, more native authentication schemes (NTLM, OpenID, LDAP/SSL) and finally a new DHTML tree component as well as a new DHTML calendar popup for date fields.


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