UKOUG APEX SIG – 31st March 2010

Just a quick note to say that I will be presenting at the next UKOUG APEX SIG at the end of March.

The presentation will demonstrate the creation of an ExtJS based ‘webtop’ in APEX. It won’t be massively technical and will show the process of going from the ExtJS example to something that is generated and controlled by APEX.

The desktop can act as a portal to other APEX applications and also just looks quite cool!

Hope to see you there!

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ExtJS and cliffs…

Okay, I haven’t posted in a very long while…

So, apologies for the delay, but such is the result of falling off a cliff!

I have mentioned a few times that I was working on some ExtJSy stuff and some people have asked me when it will be ready. Quick answer is not very soon but I would welcome you to have a look at where I’m at so far.

I took great inspiration from Mark Lancaster (I do hope you’ve seen his site), and Matt Nolan at e-DBA. The route I took was to use a PL/SQL package to dynamically (probably strecthing the use of the word there…) create the ExtJS scripts based on the meta data from the APEX tables and a bit of DBMS_SQL, a few application processes and a couple of standalone JS files in the header of the page template. It’s all pretty clean and generic.

On the home page there’s a little portal kind of thing where the positions of things are based on the region positions, columns etc. If you find the page with some grids on it – it uses the alignment, default sort settings etc. from the APEX data as well. So you just enter the report query and settings as normal in APEX and the PL/SQL package picks all of that up to create the grid.

It’s just a starting point at the moment and something I hope to work on when in finer form.

So sorry for the wait and sorry it’s only just started but here’s the link…

Munky’s Zoo

Please e-mail me with suggestions for what to do next…