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.


Topic Overview

This document contains the following chapters:

Title Description

Changes in This Release

Describes changes in this document for Oracle Application Express, release 4.2.

Quick Start

Offers a quick introduction to using the Oracle Application Express.

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.

Utilizing Packaged Applications

Describes how to install and run the sample applications provided with Oracle Application Express.

Managing the Development Process

Describes how to use Team Development, a built-in development management tool, to manage the development process by tracking new features, non-feature related tasks (or To Do tasks), bugs, and milestones.

About Websheet Applications

Describes how to use Application Builder to create and add content to a Websheet application.

Using Application Builder

Provides important background information about using Application Builder to build dynamically rendered applications.

Working with Database Application Pages

Provides important background information about creating and managing pages within an application.

About Database Applications

Describes how to use Application Builder to build a database application and manage application components.

Working with Database Application Pages

Describes important background information about working with pages within a database application.

Creating Reports

Describes how to create interactive reports and classic reports in a database application.

Adding Database Application Components and Controls

Describes how to use Application Builder to create various application components (such as forms, calendars, maps, and charts) and page controls (such as buttons, list of values, shortcuts, and trees).

Adding Navigation

Describes how to implement navigation in your database application using different types of navigation controls, including navigation bar entries, tabs, breadcrumbs, and lists.

Controlling Page Layout

Describes different ways you can customize your database application's page layout by customizing regions, editing item attributes, and incorporating images.

Managing Themes and Templates

Describes different ways you can alter your database application's user interface and page layout through themes and templates.

Debugging an Application

Describes approaches to debugging an application including running Oracle Application Express Advisor (Advisor), viewing Debug Mode, enabling SQL tracing, and viewing page reports.

Managing Application Security

Describes how to provide security for an Application Builder application by understanding security best practices, securing file uploads, authentication, and authorization.

Deploying an Application

Explains how to package an application built within Application Builder and how to export, import, and install an application and related files.

Advanced Programming Techniques

Provides information about advanced programming techniques including establishing database links, using collections, running background SQL, utilizing web services, implementing plug-ins, creating dynamic actions, using screen reader and high contrast modes, and creating applications that load data.

Managing Application Globalization

Explains how to translate an application built-in Application Builder.

About Item Types: About Item Types

Describes available item types and important item attributes that control item behavior.

Oracle Application Express Limits: Oracle Application Express Limits

Lists limits associated with Oracle Application Express development environment and application components.

Available Conditions: Available Conditions

Describes many Application Builder conditions.

About Granted Privileges : About Granted Privileges

Describes grant privilege in Oracle Application Express.

Accessibility in Oracle Application Express: Accessibility in Oracle Application Express

Provide information for users who are accessing Oracle Application Express utilizing only a keyboard or Freedom Scientific's screen reader JAWS.


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 run Oracle Application Express.

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