Oracle APEX Cookbook, 2nd Edition
By Marcel van der Plas, Michel van Zoest
Publisher: Packt Publishing
Final Release Date: October 2013
Pages: 444

In Detail

Oracle Application Express (APEX) is a powerful, productive tool that helps you create modern web applications. The goal is to make everything declarative so the developer can reduce the amount of coding. With the jQuery mobile templates included, it is now also possible to create web applications for mobile devices, supporting mobile specific functionalities such as touch events.

"Oracle APEX Cookbook : Second Edition" covers all the details of Application Express, giving you complete control over the new features. It shows you how to create web applications, while explaining you the concepts and bringing out useful tips and techniques to make learning interesting for you.

In this second edition, you will learn how to modify themes and templates and how to use the new HTML5 and CSS3 features. You will also learn how to create visual effects such as tool tips and fading options. Furthermore, topics such as web services, publishing, administration, team development, and web sheets will be covered.

This book will show you how to be agile in the development of your web applications by using team development, debugging, and third-party tools. After reading this book, you will be able to create feature-rich web applications in Application Express 4.2 with ease and confidence.

Approach

As a Cookbook, this book enables you to create APEX web applications and to implement features with immediately usable recipes that unleash the powerful functionality of Oracle APEX. Each recipe is presented as a separate, standalone entity and the reading of other, prior recipes is not required.

It can be seen as a reference and a practical guide to APEX development.

Who this book is for

This book is aimed both at developers new to the APEX environment and at intermediate developers. More advanced developers will also gain from the information at hand.

If you are new to APEX you will find recipes to start development and if you are an experienced user you will find ways to improve your productivity and efficiency and make the most of APEX to enhance your applications.

A little knowledge of PL/SQL, HTML and JavaScript is assumed.

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    4.0

    Get started with APEX fast

    By AlexN

    from Netherlands

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      Comments about oreilly Oracle APEX Cookbook, 2nd Edition:

      The book contains fifteen chapters starting with "Creating a Basic APEX Application" covering several topics such as "Themes and Templates", "APEX Plug-ins", "Using Web Services", '"HTML5 and CSS3" and ending with "Mobile".
      Each of the chapters contain several recipe on how to implement a particular feature or functionality.
      The way each recipe is setup is as follows: it starts with a short introduction "Getting ready", followed by "How to do it..." and lastly "How it works...". Most recipes also include "There's more..." which gives you additional information about the topic at hand.
      Because the book is written in this modular method, it is easy to pick and choose the order in which you want to go through the book. You feel that you know how to "create a basic APEX application" but haven't created your own plug-in, then skip to the chapter on "APEX Plug-ins". It is not necessary to read the book in the order of the chapters, which I tend to do.

      Usually I read books before I go to sleep, and yes most of the time the are technical books. This book was no exception. Even though I work with APEX every day, sometimes it was hard to follow along with the different recipes. In my opinion this is not a shortcoming of the book, but the way I tend to read books. This book would be more suited to be used following the recipes while working in APEX.
      The recipes in the book follow a similar pattern as the official Oracle documentation. Each recipe starts with a section called "How to do it..." and provide a list of "do this", e.g. "1. Click on the Create Page button" or "6. Click on Create". This works out fine as long as the wizards don't change (which could happen with new releases of APEX). For the beginner this could be confusing if they work with a slightly different version of APEX. For the more experienced APEX developer this should be no problem, they would know the intended behaviour.
      Where this book is ahead of the way the official Oracle documentation is set up, is the explanation after the part "How to do it..." called "How it works...". In this section the concepts are explained of what you just created (if you follow along which I obviously didn't).
      At first when I started reading the book, I tend to start with the first chapter and work my way through to the end, I was under the impression that the intended audience was the beginning APEX developer. But as the book progressed, I ran into topics which I hardly ever (or never at all) have touched and picked up some good hints and tips. I'm sure that I will get the text handy when I need to, for instance, translate an application or work with websheets. The question then arises: if I haven't used these features before - would I need them in the future?
      All in all, I like the book and would surely recommend it - for all APEX developers and especially for beginning APEX developers.

       
      4.0

      Good for beginner to intermediate Devs!

      By Roel

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      Comments about oreilly Oracle APEX Cookbook, 2nd Edition:

      Recently the second edition of the APEX Cookbook has seen the light. As I haven't read the first edition - I know, shame on me - I can't exactly point out what the differences are, but that doesn't really matter anyway. I guess no one will buy both versions anyway…
      [ I didn't because I received an ecopy for review ]

      The book follows a different approach than most of the tech books I read (and wrote): Every issue is attacked with a recipe, existing of these steps:
      1. Getting ready : Buy the groceries, get the pots and pans; or in APEX terms, do the necessary preparation like create a page or download a JavaScript file.
      2. How to do it … : A step-by-step walk through to create the solution.
      3. How it works … : A, usually short, explanation of the new or remarkable things you've just done when following the steps in the previous paragraph.

      So if you don't like this approach, you can skip te book - and the rest of the review as well. In my opinion, it might work when you're looking to solve a specific problem - like including Google Maps in your application - but it doesn't quite read as a novel. There's no building up in complexity or an increase of tension in the book. It makes it somewhat "dry"…

      But, as I said, if you're looking for a step-by-step approaches of a lot of totally different problems: this is your book of choice! It's written well, the steps are easy to follow and the code samples are all downloadable.
      One thing that's really stands out because it isn't covered in a lot of books (if at all), is Websheets. There's a complete chapter in this one covering all necessary information. There are also chapters on plugins and mobile, but of course these can't compete with the whole books that are written on these subjects. But if you just want to get to first base, it's excellent.

      In general the book is aimed at beginner to intermediate developers. And even (more) experienced ones might find something useful, like a different approach to a problem, in this book.

      So a four star rating (out of five) rom my side

       
      5.0

      A cool book for learning Oracle APEX

      By Surachart

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        Comments about oreilly Oracle APEX Cookbook, 2nd Edition:

        Examples in a book are very useful. Readers can follow each topic (example) and practice it. A book is for some people who are new with Oracle APEX and want to start it. For some people who know and work with Oracle APEX, they can use this book like reference and learn something new in APEX. So, I think it's a good idea to keep this book in your APEX shelf. I still believe a book is easy for reading... and learning in APEX.

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