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Author: John Snyders

Visibility and Size Managed Components

For no particular reason other than I feel like writing about it, I’ll now describe some minor functionality that crept into the APEX 5.1.1 patch release. Typically a patch release shouldn’t and doesn’t have any new functionality but sometimes there is no better way to fix a bug. This topic is for the advanced plug-in developer and anyone curious about the internal details of APEX JavaScript. No screen shots, no demo app, no sample code, just raw information; sorry.

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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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How to hack APEX Interactive Grid Part 2

Part one of this series covered Interactive Grid advanced configuration. This part is about a specific area of configuration, which is toolbar and menu customization. This blog series assumes at least intermediate level experience with APEX and JavaScript.

[Update 5.1.1 29-Mar-2017] This article has been updated to reflect patch release 5.1.1

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How to hack APEX Interactive Grid Part 1

It is nice to see from the questions rolling in on the APEX forums that people are trying to do interesting and advanced things with Interactive Grid (IG). I’m happy to answer questions about how to do things programmatically with IG but in this 3 4 part series I hope to give you some tools, tips and examples to figure things out on your own. This blog series assumes at least intermediate level experience with APEX and JavaScript.

[Update 5.1.1 30-Mar-2017] This article has been updated to reflect patch release 5.1.1

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Interactive Grid column widths

Since the first Early Adopter release of APEX 5.1 I have seen a number of questions or complaints about how column widths are handled in Interactive Grid. I think the complaints may be based on misunderstandings of how things work. I hope to explain here everything you need to know about column widths in Interactive Grids. Still, I’m not 100% sure that in implementing Interactive Grid we got it all exactly right. You can let me know in the comments after reading this.

[Update 5.1.1 30-Mar-2017] This article has been updated to reflect patch release 5.1.1

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Passing Data in and out of APEX Dialogs

How to pass data into and return data from an APEX dialog is something that comes up from time to time on the APEX forum. I have not seen a comprehensive treatment of this topic so decided to work up an example of the various possibilities.

[Updated 23-May-2017 to reflect 5.1.1 and add detail for when dialogs are opened from navigation menu list]
[Updated 9-Jul-2019 with information about security settings to be aware of]

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