14 April 2011

Oracle APEX 4.0 Cookbook

Recently I’ve read several APEX books. There was a time when there was nothing but OTN forum and APEX instruction to read something about Application Express, but fortunately nowadays lots of good books are coming out. One of them is Oracle APEX 4.0 Cookbook written by Michel van Zoest and Marcel van der Plas.

As far as I know it’s first book 100% focused on version 4.0, what means if you think about starting APEX 4 development, it’s good point of start. Especially that the book looks like designed for someone who want to learn APEX 4 pretty fast and has experience with previous versions.
12 chapters are arranged from “Basic Application” to “APEX administration” and “Team Development”.  Authors raised some advantage subjects like Web Services, APEX API and creating Plug-ins. I like very much Chapter 10 – “APEX Environment”, which discuss very practical topics like version control, debugging and SQL Developer integration.

As the title suggest, chapters contain set of full recipes for selected issue. There are no multipage descriptions – each recipe leads you step by step to solve your problem. It makes the book very useful during daily routines at work, so you can use it just like manual or…cookbook (we have very similar document for new workers at Pretius).

I like this book for its simplicity and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it for someone who has started working with APEX 4 and had worked with previous versions.

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