Wednesday, February 21, 2007

2007 APEX Conference Details Announced

We've posted the session titles & abstracts for the 2007 APEX Conference to the ODTUG Kaleidoscope site.

There will be two tracks - one for beginners and one for experienced users. The Beginners Track will be more hands-on sessions and will assume no or little knowledge of APEX, whereas the Experienced Track will be more lecture and assume working knowledge of APEX.

Also, the Early Bird registration deadline has been extended until March 20th.

Hope to see you in Daytona this June!

Monday, February 05, 2007

Right Justify Input Text

Recently, I was asked how to right-justify text in user-editable fields. It seemed like a simple enough requirement, as most number-based fields are right-justified so that you can perform quick calculations in your head, or just have them look pretty if you're not so good at math.

In any case, there are two different ways to accomplish this in Apex, depending on what type of object you are trying to modify.

For a Page Item, you may be tempted to change the Horizontal/Vertical alignment option under the Elements section. Close, but that won't quite do the trick, as that parameter controls ALL of the HTML for a specific item, not the Form component.

In the same Element, section, you will need to enter the following for the HTML Form Element Attributes: style="text-align:right;"


If you are working with a Tabular Form, there aren't any page items which to change. Thus, you have to modify the Column Attributes for the text item that you want to be right-justified.

Edit your Tabular Form, click on Report Attributes, and then click on the corresponding Edit Column link. Scroll down to the Tabular Form Element section, and for the Element Attributes, enter: style="text-align:right;"


When you run your page, the results should look something like this:

You can also substitute "center" for "right" in order to center your input text.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Apex 3.0 Public Beta

Looks like Oracle has released the Apex 3.0 public beta. You can sign up here.

I created a quick report and then set it to export to PDF & Word - all of it worked as advertised! I was also able to quickly create a new Flash-based chart with little effort. Very impressive!