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A wireframe is worth a 1000 words

I better get this out of the way. I love Balsamiq Mockups! There, I said it. This post will probably sound like an advertisement, but it’s not. It’s unsolicited and I paid for my own version of Balsamiq. However, for

Posted in APEX, Mockups, Oracle, Technology, Web

KScope14 Presentation

Here’s my KScope14 presentation: Go-Go Gadget: Learn About Inspectors I recommend you use the space bar to navigate forward. You can also use arrows. If you’re interested here’s the companion demo app. App Download Live app on If you

Posted in APEX, KScope, Oracle

Easy prototyping when using APEX DA triggeringElement

The Background This blog post is drill down follow-up of a feature I talked about in my KScope14 presentation “Go-Go Gadget: Learn About Inspectors”. In that presentation I explained how using the $0 feature in most modern DevTools and Inspectors

Posted in APEX, Javascript, KScope, Oracle

First orclapex-MSP Meetup

If you’re interested in APEX and you live near Minneapolis/St.Paul, Minnesota, we want to meet you! Click the RSVP button to attend our first inaugural meetup! RSVP Here’s the direct link to the first meeting. It is set for 2pm on

Posted in APEX, Meetup, Oracle

Adding a badge style count indicator

Recently, I had the requirement of showing how many pending whatchamacallits I had with a visual count indicator. I thought that a small bubble with the count would fit the bill. A quick search for “iphone badge css” yielded many

Posted in APEX, Oracle

Using Conditions with Column Templates

Report templates can be a powerful feature for altering the way a report looks. They fall under two main Template Types: Generic Columns and Named Columns. This blog post covers Generic Columns and the ability we have to specify a

Posted in APEX, Oracle

Enhancing the Menu Drawer – Using Preferences

In the previous post I explained my approach to a menu drawer for the desktop. Now lets talk about how to remember if the drawer was left open or closed by the user. One approach would be to use Cookies.

Posted in APEX, API, Oracle

Building a menu drawer in your APEX desktop app

In this blog post I’ll go through the steps I followed to build a mobile style “menu drawer”, like the animation you see here, but for your desktop application. This UI element is not something I would consider for a

Posted in APEX, Oracle

Exit a Modal Window iframe in APEX

I use Dan McGhan’s Modal Page Plugin extensively.  I think it’s fantastic and I can’t imagine not using it on any new project. The Oracle APEX Team must have also recognized it’s usefulness because the functionality is now baked into

Posted in APEX, Oracle

Recognize your APEX dev, qa and prod environments

Here is a very quick entry, mostly to document how I sometimes keep applications in dev and QA (or prod) apart.  Lately I’ve been working with development and QA applications that live in the same workspace and server. Dev would

Posted in APEX, Oracle