Romancing the APEX Layouts

Jorge Rimblas

@rimblas

Jorge Rimblas

APEX Tech Lead at DRW

  • Oracle DB since 1995
  • APEX since it was HTMLDB in 2004
  • Always involved in web technologies
  • jrimblas in OTN Forums
  • Contributor to
    "Expert Oracle Application Express, 2nd Edition"
    with "Themes & Templates" chapter


Objective

Have more options in your toolbox when
it comes to
page layouts

"Beautiful applications

run faster and

are loved by end users"

*Citation needed


Pages

Be aware of what's available out of the box


Regions

Attributes

Template = Look & Feel

Type = Data Source

Workshop
Install

Sample Dataset

Install "HR Data"

Install "HR Data"

Install Application

Most Important Step!!

Install Application

Keep all defaults and create


The Grid

The grid is invisible but provides the structure for all page elements

12 Column Grid

12 Column Grid

Any Combination

Any Combination

Region

Region

Applies to
Regions and Items

  • Add a new page

  • Add a region,

Within a region,

Within a region

How wide is cell 1 when using 12 columns?

It depends?

1/12th the width of the container


Layout

We control The Grid with the Layout properties

New Regions always extend to the end of the row

Unless we specify otherwise

Items are separated by Label and Item.

 

The label is fixed width and the item extends to the end of the row

size

Grid Control

(Layout)

Region

Item

Start New Row

Column Start

Column Start & Span

Start New Row

Label Column Span

Template Options

What's the Difference?

Allow Styling of components without CSS knowledge

Provide a consistent look within a Theme

Template Options Quick Edit

Template Options Quick Edit

  • Add an "Alert" region to your blank page

  • Change some of the Template Options

Useful Region Template Options

Useful Region Template Options

Component Defaults

Shared Components

Themes

Current Theme

You can change as needed

You can change as needed

But it only affects new items

Make your changes as early as possible

Consistency is key for a good user experience

Data Grouping

Guide the eye

Communicate which things are related

The more elements on the page,
the more important grouping becomes

Your best friends

  • Sub-regions
  • Tab Containers
  • Modal Pages

Before

After

Work on p4 ("Customers") and add Sub Regions to group related items

After #2

After

Work on p4 ("Customers") and Move Sub Regions to Tabs Container

Sub Regions

Define columns to use the space more efficiently

Use Template: "Blank with attributes"

Work on p9 ("Employees") and Re-arrange elements with "Blank with Attributes" regions

Work on p9 ("Employees") and Add "Job History" sub-region

select h.employee_id,
       h.start_date,
       h.end_date,
       h.job_id,
       d.department_name
  from oehr_job_history h
     , oehr_departments d
 where h.department_id = d.department_id
   and h.employee_id = :P9_EMPLOYEE_ID

Job History SQL

Grouping
Techniques

Alignment

Sits in the background, but provides a backbone to your design

Alignment

Broken alignment interrupts the eye from scanning

Alignment

is
a form of grouping

Spacing

Don't think of white space as "Empty space"

Space doesn't need to be white

Spacing

Provides:

  • Legibility (macro level)

  • Tone (macro level)

“Perfection is Achieved
Not When There Is Nothing More to Add,
But When There Is Nothing Left to Take Away”

- Antoine de Saint-Exupery


Q & A

Now is a good time to fill out evaluations

Romancing the APEX Layouts

Jorge Rimblas

@rimblas

Thank you!

Romancing APEX Layouts

By Jorge Rimblas

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