Thursday, May 21, 2015

Fixing Super LOV in Universal Theme

When you migrate to APEX 5.0 and the Universal Theme you might see that some plugins are not behaving correctly anymore. In this post I'll discuss the Enkitec Modal LOV plugin.

When I ran the plugin in my APEX 5.0 app with the Universal Theme it looked like this:

There's too much space in the search bar and the close button is not showing up with an icon.

Here're the steps I did to fix it. First you need to download the css file of the style you use and the js file from the plugin in Shared Components. I use the smoothness.css style most of the times, so I'll use that as an example.

To fix the close icon, add !important to the png:

.ek-ml .ui-state-default .ui-icon {
background-image: url(ui-icons_888888_256x240.png) !important;

Note: you can do that for all those png on line 467 till 489.

To fix the height, add following css to smoothness.css:

.superlov-button-container {

And finally in enkitec_modal_lov.min.js change the height of the searchContainer from a dynamic height (r) to 0px:


Next upload those files again to the plugin.

When you run the plugin it should give you this result:

Now the bigger question is; do we still need that plugin? In APEX 5.0 there're native Modal Pages, so you could create an Interactive Report and set the page as a Modal Page. Next you can hook that up to a button or link and you've just build your own Modal LOV.

I still like to use the plugin at the moment (as it's just one item on the page), but it could use a refresh to make it look nicer and more inline with Universal Theme.

Wonder what you think - would you build your own Modal LOV in APEX 5.0 or would you still prefer to use a plugin? 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

2 minute Tech Tip: Working with JSON in APEX

On Monday Bob Rhubart did a video call with me in his series of 2MTT (2 Minute Tech Tip) on YouTube. You find my 2MMT here.

I talked about using JSON and APEX and gave two examples were we use it.

In previous blog posts I gave more details on those techniques. Here's a quick overview:

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Change first day of week in APEX 5.0 Calendar

APEX 5.0 comes with a new calendar region, which is way nicer than the previous calendar in APEX. It has more features, looks better and is also responsive. Behind the scenes you'll see the calendar region is based on Full Calendar.

In Belgium we use Monday as first day of the week, whereas in the US they seem to use Sunday as start of the week in the calendar overview. I've been integrating Full Calendar before, so I knew that library had an option to set the first day of the week. You could either specify an option called firstDay and set that to 1, or you could change the language, and depending the language it would adjust the start day of the week.

In APEX 5.0 I looked for that option, but there's not a specific attribute to set the first day of the week, instead it's based on the language of your application. If you go to Shared Components > Globalization Attributes by default it's set to en, which has Sunday as start of the week. If you set it to en-gb it will have Monday as start of the week.

I searched some time to find how to do it, so hopefully this post will help others to find it more easily. Thanks to Patrick for sharing the way it was implemented.