|Oracle® Application Express API Reference
Part Number E12510-01
Oracle Application Express API Reference describes the Application Programming Interfaces, referred to as APIs, available when programming in the Oracle Application Express environment.
This preface contains these topics:
This document contains the following chapters:
|APEX_UI_DEFAULT_UPDATE||You can use the
Note:In release 2.2, Oracle Application Express APIs were renamed using the prefix
APEX_. Note that API's using the previous prefix
HTMLDB_are still supported to provide backward compatibility. As a best practice, however, use the new API names for new applications unless you plan to run them in an earlier version of Oracle Application Express.
Oracle Application Express API Reference is intended for application developers who are building database-centric Web applications using Oracle Application Express. The guide describes the APIs available when programming in the Oracle Application Express environment.
To use this guide, you need to have a general understanding of relational database concepts as well as an understanding of the operating system environment under which you are running Oracle Application Express.
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For a description of PL/SQL subprogram conventions, refer to the Oracle Database PL/SQL Language Reference. This document contains the following information:
Specifying subprogram parameter modes
Specifying default values for subprogram parameters
Overloading PL/SQL subprogram Names
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