Friday, February 26, 2010

Application Express 4.0 Early Adopter Phase II is available

The second phase of the Application Express 4.0 Early Adopter is now available. A new instance with the latest build of Application Express 4.0 is now available on http://tryapexnow.com.

  1. This database was created with database character set AL32UTF8 (we're still a little confused by the Amazon Machine Images from Oracle aren't already AL32UTF8.
  2. The Websheets feature is now available. The security of Websheet applications still needs to be refined, but the functionality and ease of creation of these types of applications is amazing.
  3. The new tree region makes its debut.
  4. Collections now support NUMBER and DATE
  5. apex_collection.create_collection_from_query_b and apex_collection.create_collection_from_queryb2 support bind variables and row limits
  6. Debugging and logging has been completely rewritten - no longer is debug output emitted within the page, but it's collected and can be viewed later (and also queried via views).
  7. You won't be able to see this, but the tablespaces / data files of provisioned workspaces will now autoextend
  8. There have been many improvements in the Plug-In infrastructure, which Patrick will surely expand upon.
  9. A Migration Assistant has been created, which lets you upgrade all of the elements of your pre APEX 4.0 application in one place.
  10. Native validations and declarative validations have also been rewritten and improved (again, Patrick will expand upon this).
  11. All of the item types have been consolidated (so you no longer see 1,000 different Date Picker types in your item type select list, as well as other item types)
  12. A large number of bugs and usability issues have been corrected, thanks in a large part to the tremendous amount of feedback we received.
This isn't an exhaustive list. The updated list of new features will be available on tryapexnow.com.

If you had used the first Application Express 4.0 Early Adopter instance, your workspace and schema have not been migrated to this instance. You will need to sign up for a workspace but you shouldn't have to take the survey again. The original Application Express 4.0 Early Adopter instance is available at http://184.73.244.154/apex, and it will be available for the next couple of weeks.

Thanks to everyone who has participated and provided feedback, as the feedback and suggestions have been invaluable.

6 comments:

Florin Pop said...

Congratulations!

Scott said...

Joel,

Regarding debugging - will there be an option to continue to display this information inline? That is a tremendously valuable utility that I hope is not gone forever! I poked around a bit and did not find any way to re-enable this feature.

I do like the fact that it can be captured now, but it's so much harder to visualize what is happeneing when in this view.

Thanks,

- Scott -

Joel R. Kallman said...

Scott,

There will not be an option to display the debugging inline. As templates become more sophisticated and elements of the page start to "float", it really makes inline debugging difficult if not downright impossible.

Joel

Scott said...

Joel,

That's too bad, but I understand why it's getting harder to do this.

It would be nice to at least allow for the start & end time of a component (region, item, process) to be displayed in-line, as that's a nice quick way to determine what on a page is slow in no time at all.

Thanks,

- Scott -

Joel R. Kallman said...

Scott,

But honestly, I think nothing is easier than looking at the chart of time spent on your page and it's even clearer and more immediately than sifting through stuff embedded all over a page.

See Mark Lancaster's post:

http://oracleinsights.blogspot.com/2010/02/apex-40-ea2-improved-debugging-my-new.html

Joel

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