Skip to main content

APEX on Mac OS X - Update

It seems as if the Embedded PL/SQL Gateway is a part of Oracle 10g for Mac OS X after all. Thus, if there's an EPG, then there's a way to get APEX up and running.

Alex Gorbachev has posted a step-by-step guide on how to do just this here. And if you missed his Installation Guide for Oracle 10g on Mac OS X, you can find that here.

As he stated, the workaround is not a very secure thing to do; however, if you're just using it for local development, there should be no major issues. You have been warned.

In any case, I did have an issue with the code that he had posted to disable the security on XDB. After some searching around, I used the following instead:

DECLARE
configxml SYS.XMLType;
configxml2 SYS.XMLType;
BEGIN
-- Get the current configuration
configxml := DBMS_XDB.cfg_get();

-- Modify the configuration
SELECT INSERTCHILDXML
(xdburitype(
'/xdbconfig.xml').getXML(),
'/xdbconfig/sysconfig/protocolconfig/httpconfig',
'allow-repository-anonymous-access',
XMLType('<allow-repository-anonymous-access
xmlns="http://xmlns.oracle.com/xdb/xdbconfig.xsd">
true</allow-repository-anonymous-access>'),
'xmlns="http://xmlns.oracle.com/xdb/xdbconfig.xsd"'
)
INTO
configxml2
FROM
DUAL;

-- Update the configuration to use the modified version
DBMS_XDB.cfg_update(configxml2);
END;
/
A couple other notes: you'll have to also copy the images over to the database via XDB. You can map this drive via Mac OS X and then just copy the images over via the finder.

To do this:

1) From the Go menu in the Finder, select Connect to Server...
2) For the Server Address, enter: http://localhost:8080 and click Connect.
3) When prompted, enter XDB for the user and the corresponding password.

At this point, you should see the localhost volume on your desktop. Simply create a top-level directory called i and then copy the APEX images folder into that directory, and you should be good to go with APEX on Mac OS X!

Comments

Alex Gorbachev said…
Thanks Scott. Updated with the link back to your blog post for details.
Ryan said…
Hi Scott,

I went thru Alex's install but I've been unsuccessful. I'm running Mac OS X Server 10.5 and all of the installs instructions worked successfully without but I cannot get Apex to come up on localhost:8080. Do you have any suggestions?

Thanks,

Popular posts from this blog

Thanks, ODC (Oracle Developer Community)!

I owe a lot of thanks to the ODC - which stands for Oracle Developer Community.  What is ODC?  You may remember it as OTN, or the Oracle Technology Network.  Same people, different name.  Why they changed it I can't say.  People just liked it better that way... (love that song)

In any case, what am I thankful for?  A lot.  To start, the tools that I use day in and day out: SQL Developer, ORDS, Oracle Data Modeler, SQLcl and - of course - APEX.  Without these tools, I'm likely on a completely different career path, perhaps even one that aligns more closely with my degree in television management.

While the tools are great, it's really the people that make up the community that make ODC stand out. From the folks who run ODC and the Oracle ACE program to the developers and product managers who are behind the awesome tools, the ODC community is one of, if not the greatest asset of being involved with Oracle's products.

If you have yet to get more involved with this communi…

Spaced Out

A while back, I wrote about how to give the Universal Theme a face lift.  If you follow the steps in that post, the base font for an APEX application with the Universal Theme can easily be changed.

While that's all well and good, sometimes you only want to change the font for a report, not the entire page.  One of the applications that I'm building contains a number of IRs based mostly on log data.  Thus, having that data in a monospaced font would make it a whole lot easier to read.

You can search Google Fonts for monospaced fonts by selecting only that option on the right-side menubar.  You can also opt for the standard yet kinda boring Courier and achieve the same thing.

To implement this in your application, follow the steps in my other post, but stop shy of the final step.  Instead of pasting in the text that I specify, paste in the following to the Custom CSS field in Theme Roller, using the name of the font you selected for the font-family:

.a-IRR-table tr td { font-fam…

Logging APEX Report Downloads

A customer recently asked how APEX could track who clicked “download” from an Interactive Grid.  After some quick searching of the logs, I realized that APEX simply does not record this type of activity, aside from a simple page view type of “AJAX” entry.  This was not specific enough, and of course, led to the next question - can we prevent users from downloading data from a grid entirely?

I knew that any Javascript-based solution would fall short of their security requirements, since it is trivial to reconstruct the URL pattern required to initiate a download, even if the Javascript had removed the option from the menu.  Thus, I had to consider a PL/SQL-based approach - one that could not be bypassed by a malicious end user.

To solve this problem, I turned to APEX’s Initialization PL/SQL Code parameter.  Any PL/SQL code entered in this region will be executed before any other APEX-related process.  Thus, it is literally the first place that a developer can interact with an APEX page…