Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Collecting ideas for APEX 4.0 Plug-Ins...using Google Wave

As you all know by now APEX 4.0 will have some new functionality regarding the creation of Custom Item Types and Custom Region Types. These types will be called "Plug-Ins". The idea is that there will be a public App Store like library where you can up- and download plug-ins.

A snippet from the Oracle Open World APEX 4.0 presentation:
  • Easy way to enhance the existing built-in functionality of Oracle APEX with new item types, region types, dynamic actions, etc.
  • Developers use in similar fashion to native widgets
  • Wizard support and declarative setting of attributes
  • Included in APEX application export
  • By providing this plug-in system in APEX, we want to engage the APEX community to create a rich ecosystem around Oracle APEX.
The APEX Development Team can’t possibly incorporate all the widgets that developers would like to utilize. By using plug-ins developers can readily incorporate additional item / region types to enhance the functionality, appearance and user friendliness of their applications. Once defined, plug-in based components are created and maintained very much like standard APEX components. We believe that the APEX community will build many plug-ins and make them available to others. Much like with the SQL Developer plug-ins it will be up to the contributors whether these are freeware, etc.

In the demo the APEX Dev Team is showing an Amazon style 'star rating' (as an Item Type Plug-In). (like the image above)

So maybe now is time to gather ideas for Plug-Ins (using this cool collaboration tool). So don't be shy and add your ideas about the Plug-Ins you think you could use (or even create yourself !) or are just very cool....

Custom Item Types
  • Amazon like star rating
Custom Region Types
  • Google Wave
  • Google Visualizations
So please add your own ideas to this wave, and let's make collaboration happen...
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