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Apex 5 Universal Theme – Navigation Experiment #4

His blog is a gem :)


Coloring side menu entries

Sometimes you want to add a little more color to the navigation menu. The idea in one project was to use colors for certain areas in an application. The color would show the user where he is currently working. Whether such colors are a feature that end users like, is still part of an ongoing discussion. But here are the technical details how to implement it.

The example uses a very small apex application that I’ll be using for a DOAG2015 presentation “Exotic SQL” (

Before / After

Steps to create this

I explain the changes in detail a little further down.

  1. Create a new List template based upon the current one.
  2. Switch the user interface from the old to the new template
  3. Edit the template
  4. Add colors to the parent list entries
  5. Update alls sub menus to match the parent color

Special Features:

  • can be…

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10 Oracle SQL features you probably didn’t know



10 Oracle SQL features you probably didn’t know

I can not guarantee that you never heared of this. But the majority of developers doesn’t know or doesn’t seem to know. And honestly –  most of this information is fairly useless – and mostly harmless.

10. Why we have the CONCAT function

There is a concat function that can be used instead of the concat operator ||.

Nobody uses that! But there is a reason why it exists.

This is from the 8.1.7 Oracle documention

On most platforms, the concatenation operator is two solid vertical bars, as shown in Table 3-3. However, some IBM platforms use broken vertical bars for this operator. When moving SQL script files between systems having different character sets, such as between ASCII and EBCDIC, vertical bars might not be translated into the vertical bar required by the target Oracle environment. Oracle provides the CONCAT character function…

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Why APEX running inside the database is a GOOD thing!

Johns Blog

I’ve had quite a few discussions with people regarding whether APEX running inside the database is a good thing or a bad thing. Personally I believe it is definitely a good thing, I see no downsides really. However a recent forum thread

For me, the fact that APEX runs inside the database means that one of the major positives is you are able to take full advantage of each and every database available to you. A recent forum thread illustrates this very nicely. The poster in the thread has deleted some files and has unfortunately performed a commit before realising their mistake.

Here is where the features of the database can help you, for example we are able to take advantage of the Flashback feature to get the database back to the state it was in before the files were deleted.

The user in the forum deleted some files from…

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note to mezelf: chunk CLOB?

Ever had a trouble while you were trying to print a variable, got an ORA-06502 error?

ORA-06502: PL/SQL: numeric or value error string

Cause: An arithmetic, numeric, string, conversion, or constraint error occurred. For example, this error occurs if an attempt is made to assign the value NULL to a variable declared NOT NULL, or if an attempt is made to assign an integer larger than 99 to a variable declared NUMBER(2).

Action: Change the data, how it is manipulated, or how it is declared so that values do not violate constraints.

Here is what I came across to. A big and special thanks to oracle forums, of course :)

PROCEDURE chunk_clob(p_clob CLOB) IS
v_buf_size VARCHAR2(32000);
v_chunk PLS_INTEGER;
v_clob CLOB := p_clob;
v_chunk := dbms_lob.getchunksize(v_clob);
v_len := dbms_lob.getlength(v_clob);
WHILE v_offset v_chunk
THEN v_size := v_chunk;
ELSE v_size := v_len - (v_offset - 1);
v_buf_size := NULL;
dbms_lob.READ(v_clob, v_size, v_offset, v_buf_size);
v_offset := v_offset + v_size;

– OKAY what is this and what am I going to do with this?

It ‘ll take care of your oversized strings so you get to see what your VAR has in it.


Oracle Database In-Memory and Hash Keys

Data Warehousing with Oracle

Hash keys are often used as primary keys in Data Vault environments. When loading dimensional data marts from a Data Vault schema, it seems to be obvious to use them as dimension keys, too. At least in combination with Oracle Database In-Memory, this is not a good idea.

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Limiting the percentage of ordered rows retrieved in Oracle 12c

Lczinkoc's Blog

In a previous post I compared two solutions for the same ranking
problem. Now I would like to compare two solutions for the same
percentages report.
The goal of the query: Let's see the first 5% rows of the total
rows according to the salary in descending way.
Let's consider the solution in Oracle 12c, where we can use the
new FETCH {FIRST|NEXT}  <pct> PERCENT ROWS clause:
One of the possible traditional solution uses
the cumulative distribution (CUME_DIST) analytic function.
Let's consider the execution plan for that query which 
uses the new FETCH {FIRST|NEXT} <pct> PERCENT ROWS clause:

Now we examine the execution plan of the query that uses the CUME_DIST analytic function:

We can observe that BOTH queries use the SAME EXECUTION plan,
but with different number of consistent gets (1551 versus 7!). 
Other metrics are same. 
I created a greater table:I executed the following queries:

Of course, I…

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Work with WITH option in Oracle 12c!

oracle 12c: using functions with WITH

Lczinkoc's Blog

Starting Oracle 9.0  – according to SQL 1999 standard – Oracle introduced the WITH option which can be considered
as the extension of the inline views.
Let’s see an “old” example:

(The origin of this statement is Oracle course,titled:
Oracle Database: SQL Fundamentals I
Volume II • Student Guide).
In Oracle 12c we have new enhancements for this kind of SQL statement:
We can define “in-line” functions or procedures after the WITH clause.
In the following example we are looking for those departments, where
total salary of the department is greater than the maximum of the average of the total salaries:

The result is:

The execution plan is the following ( not very simple!):

We can use the WITH option with plsql_declarations clause
in DML statements as well.
Let’s consider the following example where we want to compute the
tax amount of the salaries and modify the tax_amount column,

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Analytic Views: Powerful Oracle 12.2 Feature for Business Intelligence

Oracle 12.2: Analytic Views

Data Warehousing with Oracle

Analytic Views are one of the main features for Business Intelligence introduced with Oracle 12c Release 2. They provide a lot of new possibilities for analytical queries on star schemas. This blog post gives an overview of the new functionality.

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