The result of a two and a half year engineering effort, Oracle Application Express 5 represents the greatest advancement of Oracle Application Express (APEX) in its 10 year history. Oracle Application Express 5 enables customers to develop, design and deploy beautiful, responsive, database-driven desktop and mobile applications using only a browser.
Page Designer is a modern, intuitive and exceedingly powerful browser-based IDE. It is a completely new IDE designed to greatly improve developer's productivity, allowing you to very quickly develop and maintain your Application Express applications. Page Designer provides better visual representation or your application pages, and provides an entirely new way to develop pages on the fly, via intuitive drag and drop. The enhanced code editor provides SQL and PL/SQL validation with inline errors, auto completion, syntax highlighting, search and replace with regex support, complete with undo and redo support.
With the development of Universal Theme, there are also several enhancements to the handling of Themes and Templates. This release has features such as Theme Subscriptions, Template Options, Theme Styles, and much finer control over templates and the HTML emitted by the Application Express engine. It is now easier than ever to fully control the UI of your application.
Application Express 5 introduces a completely new user interface that is focused on improving user experience through simplicity and removal of clutter. The new design uses a beautiful new color palette, carefully crafted icons, vastly improved menus and navigation, better accessibility and keyboard support, more intuitive page layouts and much more.
Interactive Reports have been rebuilt from the ground up in Application Express 5, to enhance both developer and end-user capabilities. Now Interactive Report regions can be restyled using CSS, in a similar manner to other regions within Application Express.
You can now build reports that display all of your data on any mobile device, by using reflow table or column toggle. Reflow table wraps each column or changes to displaying multiple lines on very small screens. Column toggle allows you to specify the most important columns, and those which will be hidden as necessary on smaller screens.
The new calendar component comes with built in support for Month, Week, Day, and Agenda views, and is much easier to customize. The calendar is based on the popular FullCalendar library and supports drag and drop, time-based events, and is even responsive.
Oracle Application Express 5 includes a broad collection of point solutions called Packaged Apps. These are beautifully crafted and responsive Application Express applications that can be used out-of-the-box and are supported by Oracle. Examples include Project Tracking, Survey Builder, Meeting Minutes, and Group Calendar. There are 19 productivity applications in all. Additionally, there are 16 sample applications which are used to showcase the features of Oracle Application Express, from Sample Charts to Sample Data Loading. There's even a sample application demonstrating the powerful spatial capabilities present in every Oracle Database.