For the second year in a row, I have had the privilege to present at KScope13 which was held at New Orleans, LA. My presentation was That’s Not Where I Want That! It’s about the frustrations we have all experienced while attempting to improve the layout of our APEX applications. It’s a vast topic – several techniques and disciplines are required to be successful. I covered a little about what APEX provides out of the box and some CSS as well. Here’s the live link to the actual presentation. You can use the arrow keys to navigate the slides, but I recommend just using the space bar to move “forward”. The embedded APEX application is hosted in apex.oracle.com. It should be valid at least up to APEX 4.2.2, hopefully much longer. Who knows what will happen years from now.
At some point, I switched to using Slid.es – also created by Hakim – to build the actual presentation. It made the whole process painless. Slid.es supports PDF downloads, versions, self contained presentation downloads for offline use, custom CSS, ability to edit the raw HTML, themes, etc… etc…
For the APEX application screens, embedded in the presentation, I simply used an iframe tag.
<iframe src="http://apex.oracle.com/pls/apex/f?p=78395:5:0::::P5_EMPNO:7876" height="520px" width="82%">
On some browsers and for some of the pages the
width were not needed, but having them, made everything more reliable. BTW, you need a modern browser to view the slides (IE8< need not apply).
On Windows, you can use F11 to go full screen. On the Mac, I used Command-Shift-F (⌘ ⇧ F) to enter full screen mode. I had no issues during the presentation and only people familiar with Keynote realized I wasn’t actually using it. :)
I can’t just stop without talking about the BEST part of KScope, The People. I’ve met some great people at KScope. I’ve forged strong friendships; Made new fiends; Learned from the best in the APEX and Oracle community; I have been inspired and motivated by them.
In the days since I got back, I find myself energized with ideas. I think there’s an extra twinkle in my eye and I feel ready to takle new challenges.
To you all the people of KScope and ODTUG, I say thank you!