APEX 3.1 is out for download

The Application Express instance on apex.oracle.com has upgraded to 3.1

I am currently working on HOWTO's for working with some of the new features in 3.1 , the first one goes over development for Mobile's.

I am also working on my sample application and updating it to take advantage of some of 3.1 features, there have been quite a bit of changes that make those examples much easier to implement.

On a personal note I greatly enjoyed my 2 hours of downtime after code freeze before we started talking about the next set of things we want to get done ;)

Two Words

The two worst words and the two best words in software development are the same.

Code Freeze!

It's nice to take a step back and catch your breath at the same time there was 100's of more things you wanted to do, well there's always next release when you can get those 100's of things done and worry about the next 100.

Until then ........

Looking good, Billy Ray! Feeling Good, Louis!

Edit: Per Tyler's comment, before everybody asks when it's going to be out, I don't have any specific dates. It's a day closer than it was yesterday and a day longer than it will be tomorrow, and so forth ;).

APEX Phone Test

This is a direct crosspost from this thread on the APEX forums but I'm hoping for as much feedback as I can get as quickly as possible. Please leave comments on the forum thread, thanks Carl.

Hey everybody if you have a chance can you test this small application on the Apex Beta instance on your phones or small footprint device. it's an index page, a report and a form , very basic but functional.


I'm focusing on Windows Mobile 5,6 and 6.1 devices , sorry that's just what the percentages tell me. Though please feel free to try other devices and or third party mobile browsers.

This is a test of a two different things.

1. The basic layout of Theme 19 (don't worry it will get a bit more colorful before release) to make sure it can be accessed in a majority of Windows Mobile browsers.

2. Suppressing built in javascript and CSS to minimize page weight!

Please leave comments in the application or on this thread, I will update this thread when I update the application.

Here's a couple to questions and answers before they are asked.

Q: That theme is plain!
A: Yes it is a very plain theme, The theme is based on minimizing both page weight and weight of external CSS.

Q: Why is the logout going to be on the bottom, plus logout doesn't work!
A: I'm trying to follow good elements of mobile design as closely as I can. http://www.w3.org/2007/02/mwbp_flip_cards#design_for_one_web
The logout doesn't work because I didn't want to slow your testing down.

Q: I just bought this very expensive iPhone thing and have seen websites specifically built for it that look and act way better than this.
A: The iPhone is very nice and you will be seeing examples of a theme and application, for it in the future, it works great but sites need to be specifically built for it to make them super iPhone'y cool.
This is a generic theme meant to work on as many mobile devices as possible.