ODTUG APEX Community Updates

ODTUG is dedicated to serving the Application Express Community
Take a minute to read about all of the great initiatives ODTUG has undertaken to help educate and connect the APEX community.

Attend the APEX Event of the Year - Kscope14
There is no place better than Kscope14 to learn more about Oracle Application Express. With the recent Early Adopter release of APEX 5.0, you can bet that the best place to see the new version in action will be in Seattle in June.

With more than forty sessions covering topics such as mobile development, infrastructure, security, plug-ins, dynamic actions, and much more, this is your chance to rub elbows with the best and brightest APEX minds in the world.

Highlights of the week:

  • Sunday Symposium –  Oracle’s product management team leads a full-day symposium highlighting Application Express directly from those who develop it. More details coming soon.
  • More than forty sessions – Top speakers highlight emerging trends in APEX, plug-ins, themes, testing, and much more!
  • Thursday Deep Dive – Oracle ACE Director Scott Spendolini will present an in-depth two-hour session on APEX security.

All this in the wonderful Pacific Northwest city of Seattle. Ready to sign up? Register today – rates increase next month! 
Upcoming APEX Webinars
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST
Deploying and Developing Application Express with Oracle Database 12c
Jason Straub, Oracle Corporation

The latest release of the Oracle database introduces a new architecture called Oracle Multitenant Architecture. This architecture allows for fast provisioning of new databases, fast redeployment, patching and upgrades, and more efficient use of system resources through pluggable databases (PDBs) connected to a single container database (CDBs). Most management operations are done to the CDB, which also then affects the PDBs plugged in, making administration easier. There are also a number of new features in all Oracle 12c databases that are of interest to Application Express developers.

This session will give an introduction to the Oracle Multitenant Architecture and discuss its impact on Application Express installations. An overview will be given on the distinct installation options available for Application Express in the multitenant architecture and cover upgrade and patching scenarios. The session will end with other new Oracle Database 12c features and their impact on Application Express developers.

Register here.
Thursday, February 13,  3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST
Worlds Collide Part 1: Running Oracle Forms from an APEX Application
Roel Hartman, APEX Evangelists; Mia Urman, AuraPlayer

Ever wish you could run logic trapped in your legacy Oracle Forms systems from your new APEX applications? Well, now you can! We will show you step by step how to build this truly remarkable hybrid system. You will learn how to open the black box and expose your forms as web services to be used as the basis of modernized APEX applications.

Register here.
Tuesday, February 18, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST
Shaping Your APEX Development Process
Nick Buytaert, Contribute

Software development with Oracle Application Express is by no means affiliated with enterprise web development. Oracle itself positions APEX as a so-called rapid application development tool but recommends other products as soon as projects get larger and more complex. I honestly believe, however, that APEX has the potential to cope with these large-scale projects. But – there’s always a but – you need more than just plain APEX.

That’s where this webinar comes into play. We have managed to incorporate a set of powerful tools in our day-to-day development process. These tools, in combination with APEX, allow teams to build high-quality database applications in a professional way.

Build automation is the keyword here. It takes no more than a single click on a button to deploy your changes from environment A to environment B. During this demo-driven webinar, I’ll explain how you can take advantage of the above tools and how they work together. No prerequisite knowledge is required.
Register here.

Thursday, February 20, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST
Developing Mobile Web Applications with Oracle Application Express
Marc Sewtz, Oracle Corporation

Smartphones and tablets are now commonly used throughout the enterprise. Thanks to easy-to-use mobile apps, ready access to the Internet, and widespread use of web- and cloud-based applications, mobile devices are a logical choice for many employees. Businesses need to respond to these trends by modernizing their public-facing websites for mobile use and providing employees with access to in-house applications that support a variety of different devices and screen sizes. Solely building for desktop use and standardizing on IE only won’t cut it anymore.

Oracle Application Express (APEX) provides you with powerful tools to quickly and efficiently build mobile web apps and easily extend your existing desktop applications for mobile use. Regardless of whether these applications were built with APEX or use other technologies—as long as they’re running on top of an Oracle Database, APEX will enable you to quickly build mobile apps that provide access to your data and interact with your business processes.

During this session, we’ll discuss mobile development trends and responsive web design, walk you through the basics of the jQuery Mobile framework, and provide you with an overview of the mobile development capabilities built into the current release of Oracle Application Express 4.2. We will include several live demos to get you started, so have your phone or tablet ready to try out our sample apps as they are being built.

Register here.

APEX Theming Competition Now Open
ODTUG has teamed up with the APEX community and is happy to be a part of the Oracle APEX Theming Competition 2014! This is your opportunity to create APEX themes and have them viewed by the entire international APEX community. The winner will be crowned 2014 ODTUG APEX Theme Developer of the Year! Even better, there are some really great prizes, with the grand prize being a free pass to Kscope15 or a Pebble smartwatch!

To help encourage everyone to write themes, known experts (you know who you are) will be placed into a separate category and are not eligible for the main set of prizes (including the grand prize).

For more information on the contest, click here. Submission deadline is May 15, 2014.

Check out the APEX Community Page
Don’t forget to make odtug.com/apex your home page. Let this serve as your portal to all things Application Express – a blog feed, a glimpse at the latest tweets from the Twitterverse, and a look at the Application Express content located in the Technical Database.

Based on feedback from the APEX community, the blog roll was recently redesigned with improved functionality – pagination and searching. Read more about the changes from Oracle Ace Director Martin D’Souza.
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