Oracle APEX Cookbook, 2nd Edition
By Marcel van der Plas, Michel van Zoest
Publisher: Packt Publishing
Released: 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

Good for beginner to intermediate Devs!

By Roel

from The Netherlands

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Pros

  • Accurate
  • Concise
  • Helpful examples

Cons

  • Recipe Approach

Best Uses

  • Intermediate
  • Novice
  • Student

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

from Bangkok, Thailand

About Me DBA, Developer, Educator, Sys Admin

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  • Easy to understand
  • Helpful examples
  • Well-written

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    Best Uses

    • Intermediate
    • Novice
    • Student

    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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