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Expert Oracle Application Express

Expert Oracle Application Express

It’s been around 3 years since I wrote Pro Oracle Application Express (with a chapter contributed by Scott Spendolini), and like most first time authors I said “That was a great experience, but I’m in no hurry to write another book again!”.

Writing a technical book is a very rewarding experience, but trying to do it alongside your regular day job is tough (tougher than I ever imagined). Trying to meet publishers deadlines while still trying to  keep your (paying!) clients happy is very tough indeed.

However, a couple of events made me rethink my “never again” policy, firstly the very sad passing of Carl Backstrom and then the equally sad and unexpected passing of Scott Spadafore.

These two people helped me immensely during my time with Oracle Application Express and since I knew them both personally I wondered what I could do to help the families of two people who I admired immensely and also considered friends.

That’s when I came up with the idea of writing a collaborative book, with each chapter written by a different author who knew both Carl and Scott.

At ODTUG last year I approached people who I knew felt the same way about Carl and Scott as I did and I felt an enormous sense of pride that every single one of the authors didn’t hesitate in agreeing to contribute a chapter, so for that I am eternally grateful to:

There is some great technical content in this book, written by some of the worlds best known Oracle APEX experts. Even if you don’t think you need this book, buy it…PLEASE.

NOTE: ALL AUTHOR ROYALTIES ARE SPLIT 50/50 BETWEEN THE TWO MEMORIAL FUNDS.

A PLEA FROM ME: If you are only going to buy 1 book on APEX this year…please make it this one, if you are going to buy more than 1…well make sure one of them is this book!

Certification Exam for Oracle Application Express

Joel Kallman just posted that Oracle are in the process of creating a certification exam for Oracle Application Express, this is a very interesting development (and something that we in the community have discussed for a few years now).

Whilst I’m still on the fence about the whole ‘certification thing’, I do see this as another commitment by Oracle to make Application Express a serious contender amongst some of the more publicised (shall we say) development tool offerings they have.

You can get directly to the pilot page here (but I advise reading Joel’s blog first).

Apex 3.1.2 Released

Hot off the press, Application Express version 3.1.2 has just been released.
The link to the direct download is here, if you’re upgrading via the patchset on Metalink then the patch number is 7313609.

You can find more details about the patch here.

There looks like quite a few fixed bugs (it’s always hard to say that without it sounding like a bad thing!) in this release, definitely worth the upgrade!