A Glimpse of APEX 4.2

The OGh organization committee again managed to invite well known APEX experts
as speakers: Dimitri Gielis and John Scott (the dynamic APEX Evangelists Duo),
Roel Hartman, Alex Nuijten, Patrick Barel (all ACE or ACED so far). Iloon Ellen
Wolff, from Oracle NL, gave us some previews on Oracle’s Cloud Service, mostly
slides and video’s. A live demo wasn’t possible, because there is something
going on at Oracle and we may can expect some exciting news very soon.

The highlight, in my eyes, was Patrick Wolf’s keynote presentation, talking
about the recent enhancements of 4.1.1,and, much more exciting, giving us a
glimpse of what will come in the long awaited 4.2 upgrade. After showing the
usual “Oracle Save Harbor Statement” the conference participants were treated
with some live demos of the Oracle Application Express teams work on the new
version. As far as I can tell now, they are doing a great job, especially in
integrating the jQuery Mobile framework into APEX in a way that perfectly fits
the “declarative way” you would expect from building applications with APEX. To
mention just a few highlights (well, you know: everything mentioned might OR
might not be a feature in a future version of APEX):

Multiple theme support in one application: means you can create mobile and
“standard” pages in one application. This enhancement would take away the need
to build and deliver separate applications for targeting different devices.

  • HTML5 Form Input Type support
  • This is a
    really essential feature for mobile support. APEX 4.2 will (or may not)
    support sub types for (Text) input elements.

  • Declarative Configuration
  • If you have
    taken a look at the jQuery Mobile framework already, you know that its
    components configuration is done by adding additional “data-” HTML
    attributes. In the screens I saw, these attributes where translated and
    integrated as element/region properties, just as you are used to from other
    APEX builder screens.

  • List-Views
  • One of the main components in
    jQuery Mobile with respect to presenting data on a mobile device will be
    (or may not be) very well integrated and support (or may not) all the
    major features the jQuery Mobile framework has to offer in a declarative
    way, like List Dividers, Count bubble and Search Bar Filter.

Pity I didn’t take any photos of APEX Builder screens during Patrick’s
presentation. I was too busy modifying my own presentation about jQuery Mobile
usage in version 4.1 that was scheduled later that day. I just had to refer to
his presentation somehow. Integration jQuery Mobile “manually” looks so clumsy,
compared to what we can expect from Oracle Application Express 4.2. I’m
looking forward to the first (EA) releases of 4.2. When will that be? That’s
the one question Patrick didn’t answer, not even under “Save Harbor”

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