For one it’s a proof of concept, but it does come in handy if you need to insert an image as a BLOB when having nothing but SQL-Plus at your disposal.
I’ve been playing with the grid layout in APEX 5.0 Page Designer.
One thing I personally don’t like that much, is that the regions get “stretched” to full-width of the grid pane. This kinda makes it visually hard to get a good overview.
Look at the below image for an example:
I checked if I could make the regions not stretch to full width and stick a background image to the grid pane.
Planning on adding this functionality to the next Xplug version and make it configurable. What do you think?
Even though I like the idea of getting some additional details by hovering over an element in APEX 5.0 Page Designer; if you are working on the same page for a longer time and going back and forth between the tree and properties editor, a tooltip can be distracting.
It may overlay part of the content you wanted to look at in the first place.
Continue reading Turn off tooltips in APEX 5.0 Page Designer
It’s time for the third and final part of my hack-a-tronik series on switching panes in the APEX 5.0 Page Designer.
This is also the longest article so far. Please bear with me, I’ll try to make it interesting 😉
Remember that in part 2 of the series I mentioned the goal was to build a real (Google Chrome) browser extension, which I named Xplug.
In todays article I’m going to show you how I accomplished just that, what steps were necessary and what challenges I had to tackle.
On a side note; I have more plans for Xplug, so I decided I’ll be spending an own webpage where I’ll be adding more stuff and ideas for Page Designer.
Continue reading Switch panes in APEX 5.0 Page designer – Part 3
ok, it’s time for another hack-a-tronik. I’ve managed to add a bit more functionality to the pane switcher and it’s now actually starting to look like a plugin (but we ain’t there quite yet).
First off all, I’d like to point to the excellent hardlikesoftware blog by John Snyders. There’s tons of good APEX 5 information there.
You might want to check out his blog post on APEX 5.0 custom menus.
Now, back to our hack-a-tronik. Basically I refactored the code of part 1 and named it Xplug. The idea is that Xplug will contain a collection of small enhancements to the APEX 5.0 Page Designer.
Continue reading Switch panes in APEX 5.0 Page Designer – Part 2
This is the first in my hack-a-tronik series. Lately I’ve been playing around with the APEX 5.0 Page Designer. In particular I was interested in seeing how some of its internals worked.
I love the new page designer, but something that was kinda bothering me is that you have to do quite some “mouse-kilometres” while working on an apex application.
What I mean by that is that you move the mouse between the left pane (navigation tree for rendering/dynamic actions, …) and right pane (properties editor) a lot.
So it would be great, if I could swap panes to make it look more like:
Continue reading Switch panes in APEX 5.0 Page Designer – Part 1