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Oracle APEX 3.1 Press Release

Looks like the press release for APEX 3.1 has hit the wire.

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Ashish Agarwal said…
Hi Scott,

How about enabling an e-mail subscription to your blog. That would be much more convenient and it doesn't take more than 15-30 mts to set it up.
Raymond said…
Hey Scott,
Is that book of yours ever going to be actually published on paper or will it remain a pie in the sky. Amazon just cancelled my pre-order, because I forgot to reply that I wanted it to remain in pre-order state. Oh well... back to Amazon then.
Stew said…
Scott,

I've had my pre-order with Amazon since January and was very disappointed that they're now saying it won't be til the end of June. Not that it ultimately matters, but I wish I knew if the hold-up was in the writing or the publishing end of things. At this point it's going to be out of date by the time it's delivered. :-(

Sorry to whine, but I've been looking forward to this for a while and really need the help (as you'd see if you saw my questions in the Apex forum).

Best of luck!
Scott said…
Not that it makes it any better, but all of that is out of our hands now. I'm also not blaming the publisher, either - just saying that it takes time to finalize things, especially when this was a side project for both of us.

No one wants it released more than John & I do!

- Scott -
Stew said…
> No one wants it released more than John & I do!

I think we could debate that! You and John already know all these great tips for using Apex, but the rest of us are more in the dark, hunting for tips, AJAX and Javascript snippets and understanding. So we have this burning need for knowledge (and productivity) that you and John have already achieved! :-)

Thanks very much for the reply. It's still hard to believe it take 3 months for a book that's written to get in print and delivered to book stores.

I hope you make lots of money from it, as well as getting lots of personal satisfaction for helping us fledgling Apex developers.
Scott said…
I think we could debate that! You and John already know all these great tips for using Apex, but the rest of us are more in the dark, hunting for tips, AJAX and Javascript snippets and understanding. So we have this burning need for knowledge (and productivity) that you and John have already achieved! :-)

Fair enough. I stand corrected. :)

Thanks very much for the reply. It's still hard to believe it take 3 months for a book that's written to get in print and delivered to book stores.

Yes, I agree, but having never printed one myself, I can only assume that there's more to it than you would think.

I hope you make lots of money from it, as well as getting lots of personal satisfaction for helping us fledgling Apex developers.

If you "lots" you mean enough for a nice meal at the chain restaurant of my choice (sans alcohol), then yes, I will make "lots". :)

- Scott -
Stew said…
Oh wow! If all you wanted was a nice dinner out, I'm sure a few of us would have been able to up that ante for an electronic version and eliminated the long publishing delay.

Heck, send me your PayPal account and an electronic copy and I'll send you enough for a few drinks to go with that chicken-in-a-basket! Seriously!
Scott said…
I'd rather you watch my 2 kids while my wife & I go out for a meal that doesn't involve high chairs or bottles. I'd gladly foot that bill!

- Scott -
Stew said…
I think if 2 of us ponied up for an electronic version, it'd pay for a babysitter (though I've never had to pay one, I can put my little ones in a crate w/o Family Services showing up at my door, they're goldens).

If not, where do you live and what time do you want me there? Weeknights are best. :-)
Scott said…
Do you at least poke air holes in the crate? That would seem like the right thing to do... :)

- Scott -
Stew said…
LOL! Yeah, actually they're well-behaved and have the run of the house. But I do hide the remote control so they don't watch "mature" shows on TV! Thankfully their paws can't type my Windows password.

:-)

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