on 24 February 2009
This is a book that does exactly what it would lead you to believe on the cover.
It starts you off at the very basics of Oracle Application Express (APEX), and leads you through the steps of building an application. Simple, but with slowly increasing complexity, explaining generally why decisions are made.
It'll take you from knowing nothing, to being able to make reasonable applications (as long as you understand the very basics of database design) in the course of a few days.
This isn't a reference book, so don't buy it with the hope that it will be, but if you're looking to learn to build applications (and perhaps do a little basic administration of APEX), I wholeheartedly recommend this volume.
on 13 December 2011
This is a good step-by-step guide to Apex for complete beginners. The instructions are very clear, so it's easy to follow.
There are two criticisms - one is that the screenshots are quite small, so make for some eyestrain after a while.
More importantly, it's aimed at v3 of Apex, so following it in v4.1 can sometimes be confusing as there's been a fair amount of movement in menu structure and navigation. Mostly the changes are easily spotted, but in some cases it's quite hard to work out what the modern equivalent should be. And of course, any recent improvements will not be covered.
So, it's useful, but an updated version would be far more so.