Friday, September 26, 2008

Pro Oracle Application Express - Now Shipping

In case you missed it, the book that I contributed to - Pro Oracle Application Express - has finally shipped!

According to the Oracle Bookstore at OpenWorld, it was the hottest book there, at least according to this site:  http://blogs.oracle.com/databaseinsider/2008/09/database_books_top_sellers_at.html

So if you were one of the many who pre-ordered it, you should have it by now and I personally thank you for your patience!  I hope that you get out of it as much as we (especially John) have put into it!

8 comments:

Luis Enrique said...

Scott,
I think it would be a valuable reference to improve my APEX development and I'd like to buy it.

But I have a little problem, I am from Lima, Peru and it looks like this book doesn't get shipped here. I wander if there is a downloadable ebook or pdf version of this book so I can buy online and get it.

Scott said...

Luis,

Not sure what you can do. I'd start by contacting Apress, which is the publisher: http://apress.com/info/contact

They may be of more assistance.

Thanks,

- Scott -

Luis Enrique said...

Scott
I've bought and downloaded the ebook from the Apress Web.

Thanks for your help

Luis Enrique

Steve said...

May I post a question here about a topic in the last chapter of Pro Oracle Application Express? It is in reference to Using the API: Adding Items to your Pages?

Scott said...

Sure.

- Scott -

Steve said...

First, I realize the following is "unsupported" and I have heeded your "Use with Extreme Caution!" warnings.
I am using a pl/sql process in one page to create page items (radio, checkbox, text) on a second page using: wwv_flow_api.create_page_item(...)
During the creation process I am storing the names of the created items in a table. :P10_Q1, :P10_Q2, etc. Works well.
Now I want to be able to allow user input using the created items, and store the results in a result table. I use a cursor to retrieve the page items names from the table. My insert statement using the cursor pointer inserts the name of the page item, not the page item value. Kinda vague as I'm trying to be brief. More details posted at: http://forums.oracle.com/forums/message.jspa?messageID=3229985#3229985
Really appreciate your help.
Steve

Scott said...

Steve,

You're correct - that process is unsupported, and unfortunately, even if I was aware of how to use it correctly, I would not advocate it or share it.

If you're trying to create a survey, you may want to look at using APEX_ITEM API calls - which are fully supported.

This approach would still support your requirements as outlined in your OTN Forum post, but only use a single page. If you create a smart data model, you should be able to facilitate the creation of any number of questions and then use APEX_ITEM to dynamically generate the corresponding updatable reports and not have to dynamically create any APEX items.

Have a look at this example: http://apex.oracle.com/pls/otn/f?p=18326:7:::::P7_ID:101

While it's a bit old, the data model and concept has not changed at all. It should also install into APEX 3.1 without any issues.

Thanks,

- Scott -

Steve said...

I'll venture back into supported territory. Thank you for your time.
Steve