APEX Interactive Grid Cookbook

At Kscope17 I gave a presentation called “APEX 5.1 Advanced Interactive Grid” that showcased many examples of whats possible with APEX Interactive Grids once you get into advanced customization. I didn’t show how the examples were implemented. I could go deep on one or two examples or show many and I choose to show as many as I could (and still have time to talk about future IG stuff). But I promised to make the IG Cookbook app available so here it is ready to download. I may add to it over time and announce updates on twitter and/or this blog.

There isn’t much to explain about this here because extensive notes are provided on each example page and there are some comments in the code as well. Some of the examples were inspired by questions from the APEX forum.

Feel free to discus the techniques shown in this app or issue with this app on the APEX Discussion Forum. This is not an officially supported sample but I’ll reply if possible and you can all help each other as well.

APEX Client-Side Validation

There is a new little known sorta feature in APEX 5.1 called client-side validation. You may have missed it because it is not listed in the release notes under new features and only mentioned cryptically, almost tangentially, in the release notes section “Compatibility Mode Changes in Mode 5.1”. It says

“… buttons where the Execute Validations attribute is set to Yes also perform some client-side validations (such as item required checks) and will not submit the page until all issues are fixed”

Other hints and evidence for this feature are the new apex.page.validate function, the validate option to apex.page namespace submit and confirm functions, and the new apex.item getValidity and getValidationMessage functions.

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Add Checkbox Selection to APEX Tree Region

Hopefully you have already converted to the APEX Tree implementation. This is important because the deprecated jsTree implementation will be removed in the next release of APEX so that we can update jQuery and Oracle JET libraries to the latest versions. Some people are still using the jsTree implementation because they have custom code to do things such as checkbox selection. Questions about how to do this and other things with the APEX Tree have come up many times on the APEX forums.

This article will describe how to add multiple selection with checkboxes to the APEX tree region. You can try it out here. You can also download the app. It is a 5.1.1 app but this technique should work in 5.0 as well.

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How to hack APEX Interactive Grid Part 4

In this fourth and final part of the series I’ll cover events and working with the data model. I’ll assume you have read parts 1, 2, and 3 and have at least intermediate level experience with APEX and JavaScript. A very important point is that the information in this article applies to APEX version 5.1.1. Some things may work in 5.1 but I’m not going to bother distinguishing which. Anyone programming Interactive Grid should move to 5.1.1 as soon as possible.

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APEX Interactive Grid API Improvements in 5.1.1

Normally there isn’t too much excitement around a patch set release but if you are programming Interactive Grid (IG) then APEX 5.1.1 is a big deal. A number of improvements were made to IG and its component parts that make it easier to configure and control from JavaScript and in some cases make possible things that weren’t possible before. Even if you are using IG without client side custom code you will be interested in 5.1.1 for the 31 bugs that have been fixed. IG will continue to get better and 5.1.1 is a good next step.

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How to hack APEX Interactive Grid Part 3

If you haven’t read parts one and two yet you probably should before proceeding with this one. They covered some basics, configuration and toolbar and menu customization. In part 3 I’ll explain how to control and interact with Interactive Grid (IG) using JavaScript. As was already mentioned in parts 1 and 2 this is aimed at people with at least intermediate level experience with APEX and JavaScript Also most of the APIs are not documented or supported.

[Update 5.1.1 28-Mar-2017] This article has been updated to reflect patch release 5.1.1

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