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Oracle® Application Express Application Builder User's Guide
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Oracle Application Express Application Builder User's Guide describes how to use the Oracle Application Express development environment to build and deploy database-centric Web applications. Oracle Application Express turns a single Oracle database into a shared service by enabling multiple workgroups to build and access applications as if they were running in separate databases.

This preface contains these topics:

Topic Overview

This document contains the following chapters:

Title Description
What's New in Oracle Application Express Describes new features available in this release of Oracle Application Express.
Quick Start Offers a quick introduction to using the Oracle Application Express.
Running a Demonstration Application Describes how to run and modify the demonstration applications that install with Application Builder.
Application Builder Concepts Provides basic conceptual information about Application Builder. Use Application Builder to assemble an HTML interface (or application) on top of database objects such as tables and procedures.
Using Application Builder Provides important background information about using Application Builder to build dynamically rendered applications.
Working with Application Pages Provides important background information about creating and managing pages within an application.
Building an Application Describes how to use Application Builder to build an application and application components.
Adding Application Components Describes how to use Application Builder to add pages to an application and add other components (reports, charts, or forms), page controls (buttons, items, list of values), and shared components (breadcrumbs, lists, or tabs).
Adding Navigation Describes how to implement navigation in your application using different types of navigation controls, including navigation bar entries, tabs, breadcrumbs, lists, and trees.
Controlling Page Layout Describes different ways you can customize your application's page layout by customizing regions, editing item attributes, and incorporating images.
Managing Themes and Templates Describes different ways you can alter your application's user interface and page layout through themes and templates.
Managing User Interface Defaults Describes how to use user interface defaults to assign default user interface properties to a table, column, or view.
Debugging an Application Describes approaches to debugging your Application Builder application, including viewing Debug Mode, enabling SQL tracing, viewing page reports, and how to manually remove a control or a component to isolate a problem.
Managing Application Security Describes how to provide security for an Application Builder application by utilizing cross-site scripting protection, session state protection, authentication, and authorization.
Deploying an Application Explains how to package an application built within Application Builder.
Advanced Programming Techniques Provides information about advanced programming techniques including establishing database links, using collections, running background SQL, utilizing Web services, and managing user preferences.
Managing Application Globalization Explains how to translate an application built-in Application Builder.


Oracle Application Express Application Builder User's Guide is intended for application developers who are building database-centric Web applications using Oracle Application Express. The guide describes how to use the Oracle Application Express development environment to build, debug, manage, and deploy applications.

To use this guide, you must have a general understanding of relational database concepts and an understanding of the operating system environment under which you are running Oracle Application Express.

See Also:

Oracle Database 2 Day + Oracle Application Express Developer's Guide

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