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By: Monty Latiolais On: June 09, 2016 In: Oracle APEX Comments: 1

New to APEX? These Kscope16 sessions are for you!

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The Oracle APEX Community is amazing. It’s a credit to Joel Kallman and the APEX Dev Team. It’s a credit to the Oracle ACE’s and ACE Directors specializing in APEX. It’s a credit to those companies like Insum who challenge the stereotypes and demonstrate exactly what APEX is capable of. It’s a credit to every APEX developer everywhere.
As President of ODTUG I worked with all of the communities, but I can tell you there’s nothing..nothing like the APEX Community.

While many of us have been using APEX for years, we must remember the current popularity of the tool means that new developers are arriving daily – which is the subject of today’s post.

A quick look at the this year’s KScope16 APEX lineup and it’s clear to see there’s something for everyone. I took a stab at building a session list I feel would have particular appeal to someone looking at APEX for the first time, or someone without much experience with the tool. In addition to the expected APEX intro sessions, you’ll see a pretty wide range of topics – everything from hands-on labs, to panel discussions, to mobile development, to SQL and PL/SQL. That’s because to be that solid APEX developer, you need a solid Oracle foundation to stand on.

The list below should keep you plenty busy. Make sure to drop by the Insum booth to let me know what you think.

Oh, and you MUST plan to attend the Sunday Symposium and Thursday Deep Dive.


Introduction to APEX
David Peake, Oracle Corporation
When: Jun 27, 2016, Session 1, 8:30 am – 9:30 am
Topic: Application Express
Subtopic: Other Application Express


Learn for yourself just why Oracle Application Express is such a powerful, easy to use development tool. This session is designed to give you an overview of the tool complete with demonstrations on how you can maximize your Oracle Database investment. This session is aimed squarely at those who’ve only ever heard of Application Express or are just starting out.


Building a Basic Demo Application Using Oracle Application Express
David Peake, Oracle Corporation
Co-presenter(s): Jason Straub, Oracle Corporation
When: Jun 27, 2016, Traditional HOT 2, 10:15 am – 12:30 pm
Topic: Application Express
Subtopic: Other Application Express


This one “double” session (two-plus hours) is designed to take you through building a comprehensive application using Application Express. It is designed for people with no prior knowledge or very little experience developing with Application Express. You will learn how to develop a large number of different application components and walk out with the confidence and understanding of how to start building your own applications using Oracle Application Express.


Powerful SQL Constructs You Might Not Be Aware Of
Galo Balda, State of Texas
When: Jun 27, 2016, Session 4, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Topic: Database
Subtopic: SQL


The SQL language offers a rich set of constructs that simplify how to query and analyze our data. However, a large number developers don’t know about these features that could help to reduce the amount of code they have to write. In this session, we’ll explore how features such as analytic functions, subquery factoring, pivoting, pattern matching, and so on can be used to solve a variety of problems.


Structuring an APEX Application
Alex Nuijten, allAPEX
When: Jun 27, 2016, Session 5, 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm
Topic: Application Express
Subtopic: Real World


Creating beautiful applications with APEX is easy. But there is more to APEX that meets the eye. There is an Oracle Database underneath it all. Building a robust database application is vital for data integrity and performance.
In this session, you will learn how to set up your database application and hear suggestions for how to improve your current applications.


Why?
Juergen Schuster , IT-Beratung
When: Jun 27, 2016, Session 6, 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Topic: Application Express
Subtopic: Other Application Express


Why is the APEX Community still growing when the technology was invented 15 years ago? Why is APEX by far the largest track at every Oracle conference? Why are APEX-only conferences becoming popular? Why are there around 30 APEX meetup groups around the world with nearly 1,500 members? You don’t see anything similar with other Oracle communities. I’ll tell you why: It’s all logical!


Why Use PL/SQL?
Bryn Llewellyn, Oracle Corporation
When: Jun 28, 2016, Session 7, 8:30 am – 9:30 am
Topic: Database
Subtopic: PL/SQL


After this presentation, participants will: (1) be able to list the reasons why PL/SQL should be used to implement the interface of Oracle Database to client-side code; (2) understand each reason deeply; (3) be able to forcefully argue the irresistible case for implementing the interface of Oracle Database to client-side code.


APEX Real Life Stories
Christian Larocque, Insum Solutions
When: Jun 28, 2016, Session 8, 9:45 am – 10:45 am
Topic: Application Express
Subtopic: Real World


Oracle Application Express is widely used and gaining more and more traction in the marketplace. Most IT organizations have heard of APEX, quite a few are using it for departmental applications, but still very few leverage it as their core platform for enterprise wide critical applications, to simplify E-Business Suite, for e-commerce or mobile applications. Come listen to executives and developers from Fortune 500 companies, leading national& universities and successful start-ups who have done it with APEX. They will share their real life experience modernizing critical business systems with APEX, extending EBS and deploying customer facing e-commerce applications. In this session Insum and its clients will tell their stories, how they leverage APEX, how they overcame challenges and provide useful insight to help you be successful with APEX. It is a unique opportunity for you to learn from their experience and ask questions in an open panel format.


APEX and Version Control: Options for Keeping Revisions of Your APEX and DB Code
Timothy St. Hilaire, Sumner Technologies
When: Jun 28, 2016, Session 9, 11:15 am – 12:15 pm
Topic: Application Express
Subtopic: Detail Plunge


The objective of this session is to show users methods of source control when developing APEX applications. The presentation will begin with a discussion of source-control methodologies from a practical point of view. There will be examples of how code is generated and extracted from APEX and how current tools that are available can be used. A demonstration of public and private repositories such as SVN and GIT will be shown. We will complete the presentation with comparing and contrasting of methods for automating APEX and DB code backup and source control highlighting the level of access and features available for each method.


Developing Rapidly with Quality and Agility
Ed Jones, Oracle Corporation
When: Jun 28, 2016, Session 10, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Topic: Application Express
Subtopic: Real World


We all know that APEX is a great framework for getting database-backed applications up and running rapidly. But that certainly doesn’t mean it can’t be used for long-term development projects or that software engineering best practices can’t be applied to APEX development. I will share how we persuaded a several-thousand-strong development organization to ditch Word and Excel in favor of a custom APEX application, built with an Agile mindset.


Forecasting in Oracle Using the Power of SQL
Kim Hansen, Trivadis Denmark A/S
Co-presenter(s): Brendan Tierney, Oralytics
When: Jun 28, 2016, Session 11, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Topic: Database
Subtopic: SQL


When it comes to performing analytics, all we seem to hear about is that we need to use R. But what if we could do it in SQL? Can SQL perform many of the analytical tasks our organization needs? To borrow a phrase from Barack Obama, “Yes we can”. Yes, we can use SQL to perform many of the analytical techniques our business users and analysts want to perform. But the biggest challenge is how you can do it. Oracle comes with over 280 statistical and analytic functions, but many of us are only aware of a few of these. We will present a case study from a real-life scenario where R was used to perform forecasting of product sales. When using this approach, we encountered many challenges. To overcome these, we looked to using the power of SQL to perform the same task. We do so with some surprising results. Our presentation will bring you on a journey of what we did, what we discovered, and why we wanted to share our discoveries with you. Additionally, we will also discuss how you can expand the already extensive analytic capabilities of the Oracle Database by running R as part of the Oracle Database using Oracle R Enterprise.


It Wasn’t Me: Finding Bugs in APEX Applications
Peter Raganitsch, FOEX GmbH
When: Jun 28, 2016, Session 12, 4:45 pm – 5:45 pm
Topic: Application Express
Subtopic: Real World


Every programmer eventually will hit a point in developing applications when something doesn’t work as expected or when a client reports a bug or strange behavior. In this situation, it is important to be able to locate the source of the problem and find out how that influences other parts of your program. What I want to show you in this presentation are some techniques to debug your APEX applications on several levels, from the browser down to the database. Also, we are going to discuss tools for instrumentation and tools for debugging. And finally, I’ll show you how to blame others for the found bugs 😉


Mastering the APEX Universal Theme
Roel Hartman, APEX Consulting
When: Jun 29, 2016, Session 13, 8:30 am – 9:30 am
Topic: Application Express
Subtopic: New Release


One of the most important features of Oracle Application Express 5 is the Universal Theme. This theme allows every database developer to create great-looking applications without knowing any JavaScript, HTML, or CSS. But how do you make changes to comply to your company branding in such a way that you don’t break anything else? And how do you add new templates and template options? In this session, you will learn how the Universal Theme works, what the components are, and what you should and shouldn’t do when you make your changes.


Dynamic Actions 5.1
Juergen Schuster, IT-Beratung
When: Jun 29, 2016, Session 14, 10:15 am – 11:15 am
Topic: Application Express
Subtopic: Detail Plunge


So you say you’re an APEX developer. Are you sure? Are you using Dynamic Actions on every page? If not, you’re not a real APEX developer! It’s not a nice option anymore. Your customers expect modern, interactive web applications. APEX can easily provide them, but can you? Let me show you what you need to know to leverage this magical feature in APEX and build state-of-the-art web applications. We’ll also discuss how Dynamic Actions are changing in APEX 5.1, which should affect your solutions right now to stay compatible.


Release the Brakes: Why Is My APEX Application Slow?
Peter Raganitsch, FOEX GmbH
When: Jun 29, 2016, Session 15a, 12:45 pm – 1:45 pm
Topic: Application Express
Subtopic: Real World


Oracle APEX isn’t slow on its own, but your application code can slow it down. When that happens, you want to find out where the time gets spent and how you can improve on that. Now here it is important to have the right tools at hand to find out what’s going on. I’ll show you some approaches how to find out what’s going on and where the time is actually lost. Is it the browser, the network, the database, or just APEX itself? This session will give you everything you need to speed up your applications and help you to avoid common mistakes.


Creating Mobile Applications Using Application Express 5
David Peake, Oracle Corporation
Co-presenter(s): Marc Sewtz, Oracle Corporation
When: Jun 29, 2016, Session 16, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Topic: Application Express
Subtopic: Other Application Express


Learn how you can declaratively build a compelling mobile application that uses some of the latest HTML5 capabilities, with Application Express. No hand crafting or in-depth knowledge of JavaScript or AJAX is required. Instead, bring your SQL knowledge and discover how quickly you can build web-based mobile applications using the Oracle Application Express declarative framework.


Instrumentation for Oracle Database Development
Alex Nuijten, allAPEX
When: Jun 29, 2016, Session 17, 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm
Topic: Database
Subtopic: PL/SQL


An often-overlooked functionality when writing Oracle Database code is instrumentation. With instrumentation it is possible to see after the production code has been executed which code path was taken and which arguments are passed along. Instrumentation is, unfortunately, not used very often and missed when an application goes into production.
Writing your own instrumentation code starts easy, but quickly extra features are requested to expand the functionality. A popular framework called Logger, actively maintained on GitHub, offers a lot of features out of the box. This session will introduce instrumentation to the delegates and show various aspects of Logger and LoggerUtil to increase the uptake of using instrumentation.


The Best Oracle Database 12c New Features
Rich Niemiec , Rolta
When: Jun 29, 2016, Session 18, 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Topic: Database
Subtopic: DBA


This presentation will look at which 12c tuning features should be investigated for use. Many of the tuning features that will be covered will be related to the DBA, but there will also be a few outside that realm that focus on the developer. There will be simple examples (such as a quick example using a new hint) to show the basic functionality of the new features. The speaker has been working with the beta 12c program.

1. Overview of tuning features
2. Each specific feature (such as new hints)
3. Example of using specific feature (such as new hints)
4. Other new features not discussed but worth considering
5. Summary

In a future post we’ll assemble a session list for those more experienced APEX developers….our journey continues.

 

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