CHAPTER 1

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An Introduction to APEX 5.0

Welcome to the wonderful world of Oracle Application Express (APEX). You’re about to learn how to use a tool that will revolutionize the way you think about and approach writing web-based Oracle systems. It certainly has done so for me.

Prior to the advent of APEX, developing fully interactive, web-based systems for data that resided within an Oracle database almost always meant learning a new and often complex language like Java, .NET, or PHP and then figuring out how to integrate your chosen language seamlessly with that data. Often this also meant trying to incorporate business rules that were already coded ...

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