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ApEx Open Source Applications

There is now an ApEx project on SourceForge.net. There is also a Project Home Page, hosted on apex.oracle.com here.

According to the site, the goal of the project is to "facilitate development of Oracle Application Express (APEX) applications until they gain enough momentum of their own to become their own separate projects." Some of the initial projects include a Forum, Wiki, Blog, and AskSomeone, which if you can't tell, is based on AskTom.oracle.com.

This move represents another step in the maturity of ApEx as a development environment. As this project grows, more "cookie cutter" applications will be available for common tasks, making it even easier and quicker to deploy ApEx applications.

Custom Export to CSV

It's been a while since I've updated my blog. I've been quite busy lately, and just have not had the time that I used to. We're expecting our 1st child in just a few short weeks now, so most of my free time has been spent learning Lamaze breathing, making the weekly run to Babies R Us, and relocating my office from the larger room upstairs to the smaller one downstairs - which I do happen to like MUCH more than I had anticipated. I have everything I need within a short walk - a bathroom, beer fridge, and 52" HD TV. I only need to go upstairs to eat and sleep now, but alas, this will all change soon...

Recently, I was asked if you could change the way Export to CSV in ApEx works. The short answer is, of course, no. But it's not too difficult to "roll your own" CSV export procedure.

Why would you want to do this? Well, the customer's requirement was to manipulate some data when the Export link was clicked, and then export it to CSV in a format…