For a short answer on what's coming, just scroll down on that home page - looks good APEX team.
Instead of talking about the marquee features found in the SOD & those Dimitri described or what's in the page designer videos since the page designer truly is the fundamental game changer in this release - I thought I'd explore other areas of the APEX 5 release, starting by looking at the new feature descriptions and accompanying known issues.
You would have to say the very first thing you notice is the flat icon style - yep, once again screenshots from training manuals everywhere need to be adjusted. I'll talk more on that later, but I also notice the login sequence has been adjusted.
Administrators will now be able to define other authentication schemes for the Application Builder - this is evident as we use our Oracle account (same as used at OTN) to authenticate (SSO).
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I aim to post on the following topics in further detail during the next week or so
- Syntax Highlighting (Editing)
- Themes & Templates
- File management
- Features I missed
- Features not yet implemented
- Mobile UI
- 3rd party libraries - as usual these have been brought forward: AnyChart; CKEditor 4.3; jQuery Mobile 1.4; jQuery UI 1.10.3. These always bring better options to the developer.
- Calendars - I don't often use them, but the new features sound sweet. Head to Dimitri's blog post for more.
- Data loading - among other improvements, the incoming date format has been address - a huge pain in past releases.
- File handling - it seems there are some key changes in the way you can manage your supplementary files including some new attributes, making it easier to load from a web server. This needs further exploring.
- Themes - can also have their files stored within the definition, just like plug-ins
- Mobile - reflow table and column toggle - features relating to responsive design that look
- Interactive Reports - pivot views have been introduced, as well as a welcome increase to the Group By column limit. You can also manage them at the application level - I hope this brings other management improvements.
- Navigation lists - modern alternative to tabs... yes!
- Other extras
- little things like trim spaces attribute to text fields, saving on extra computations
- an APEX sys_context() for performance
- developer toolbar updates
- optimised export
Great looking release so far looking at calendar year 2014 release - short odds for months starting with J after 1-2 more EA releases.