Grid layout too wide in Page Designer 5.0 ?

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.

I like the result so far. It kinda makes the grid pane stand out. The below is not a mockup. Just a few lines of javascript code.


Planning on adding this functionality to the next Xplug version and make it configurable. What do you think?

Turn off tooltips in APEX 5.0 Page Designer

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.

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Intel SSD 750 series SSD

This week I got myself an intel SSD 750 series SSD (400 GB) for my Dell Optiplex-9010 desktop PC. A machine that is almost 3 years old now.

It has an Intel i7-3770 CPU (4 cores + hyperthreading) and 32 Gigabytes of RAM. I already had a small 128GB SSD in that machine.

To increase performance and to bypass the SATA2 bottleneck, I decided to get the 750SSD, which comes as a PCI Express Card (Gen 3 x4)

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Switch panes in APEX 5.0 Page designer – Part 3

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.

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Switch panes in APEX 5.0 Page Designer – Part 2

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.

(I’m also very keen finding out if John’s work on the Javascript implementation of the StringTemplate framework will perhaps find some good use in a future APEX version).

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.

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Switch panes in APEX 5.0 Page Designer – Part 1

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:

Page Designer with panes swapped.

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Welcome to my blog visitor!

A couple of years ago I registered the oratronik domain, planning on sharing my thoughts about Oracle databases.

As time went by, interests changed and although I’m still an Oracle database enthousiast, I’m now more focussing on development stuff and Oracle APEX to be more specific.

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Beside Oracle related stuff, I’m also planning doing a section on homebrew computing (Texas Instruments TI-99/4A Computer) and some software I have written.