Tuesday, September 30, 2008

APEX 4.0 New Features

At OOW some new features of the upcoming major release of APEX, version 4.0, were revealed - ofcourse with all the regular disclamers applied. Here a (non complete) list of the announced features - in a random order:
  1. The option to use an Application Timestamp Format, next to the existing Application Date Format;
  2. The option to use the Client Time Zone;
  3. jQuery will be included in the APEX distribution;
  4. instead of the (horrible) HTML-calendars, the much better looking jQuery Calendar will be used;
  5. the jQuery Calendar will offer an Extensible Item Framework, to create your own calendar types;
  6. ofcourse the famous Websheets;
  7. an Oracle APEX Listener as a replacement for the MOD/PLSQL gateway;
  8. Improved Tabular Forms, thus reducing the need to build these manually;
  9. more JSON;
  10. Dynamic Recreation of Select List (from JSON), used - o.a. - for cascading LOV's;
  11. Namespaced apex.*.*, to reduce the risk of confusing variables in Javascript;
  12. Chainability;
  13. and last, but certainly not least, Dynamic Actions.
At the demo booth I saw a demonstration of these Dynamic Actions: a declarative way to define show/hide and enable/disable of items - depending on other items values. The goal is to reduce the manual Javascript coding. This was just a first example and more functions will be added in the final version. Also the option to create a Dynamic Action for a validation (e.g. P3_ORDER_DATE is not null) will be available in the future!

Reading this everbody screams : I want it and I want it now! But you have to be patient. The 4.0 release is aimed at "early 2009". First we should get our hands on the 3.2 release (this year), supporting the Forms2Apex migration.
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