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Upgrade APEX 4 to 5.1

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This blog post shows you how to upgrade APEX Version 4.0.2 on a default Oracle Database 11g XE instance to APEX 5.1.2. Oracle’s APEX t upgrade document was just a bit too short and missed some details. It divided into five parts. The first part confirms your starting point. The second part downloads and positions the extracted software. The third part installs APEX 5. The fourth part configures APEX 5. The fifth part shows you how to access and get to the APEX 5 home page.

Confirm APEX 4 Installation

  1. Verify the database version by connecting as the system user through SQL*Plus and running the following query:

    SELECT banner
    FROM   v$version
    WHERE  banner LIKE 'Oracle Database%';

    It should return the following when you’re upgrading the Oracle Database 11g XE:

    BANNER
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Oracle Database 11g Express Edition Release 11.2.0.2.0 - 64bit Production
  2. Verify the APEX version by connecting as the system user through SQL*Plus and running the following query:

    COLUMN version_no        FORMAT A16 HEADING "Version Number"
    COLUMN api_compatibility FORMAT A16 HEADING "API|Compatibility"
    COLUMN patch_applied     FORMAT A14 HEADING "Patch Applied"
    SELECT *
    FROM   apex_release;

    It should return the following when you start with the base Oracle Database 11g XE:

    		 API
    Version Number	 Compatibility	  Patch Applied
    ---------------- ---------------- --------------
    4.0.2.00.09      2010.05.13
  3. Verify the XML Database version by connecting as the system user through SQL*Plus and running the following query:

    COLUMN comp_name FORMAT A20
    COLUMN version   FORMAT A12
    COLUMN status    FORMAT A8
    SELECT comp_name
    ,      version
    ,      status
    FROM   dba_registry
    WHERE  comp_id = 'XDB';

    It should return the following when you’re upgrading the Oracle Database 11g XE:

    COMP_NAME            VERSION      STATUS
    -------------------- ------------ --------
    Oracle XML Database  11.2.0.2.0   VALID
  4. Verify the memory_target of the instance by connecting as the system user through SQL*Plus and running the following query. It should be no smaller than 300 MB.

    show parameter memory_target

    It should return the following when you’re upgrading the Oracle Database 11g XE:

    NAME                                 TYPE        VALUE
    ------------------------------------ ----------- ------------------------------
    memory_target                        big integer 1G
  5. Oracle’s instructions qualify that APEX 5 will install into the APEX_050000 schema. Oracle creates the new APEX_050000 schema with a default of the sysaux and temp table space. You can verify these as the system user through SQL*Plus by running the following two queries. The first one checks for the tablespaces and the second for available space and auto extensibility.

    COLUMN default_tablespace   FORMAT A22
    COLUMN temporary_tablespace FORMAT A22
    SELECT default_tablespace
    ,      temporary_tablespace
    FROM   dba_users
    WHERE  username = 'APEX_040000';

    It should return the following when you’re upgrading the Oracle Database 11g XE:

    DEFAULT_TABLESPACE     TEMPORARY_TABLESPACE
    ---------------------- ----------------------
    SYSAUX                 TEMP

    COLUMN tablespace_name FORMAT A10        HEADING "Tablespace Name"
    COLUMN file_name       FORMAT A38        HEADING "File Name"
    COLUMN available_space FORMAT 999,999.00 HEADING "Available|Space MB"
    COLUMN autoextensible  FORMAT A10        HEADING "Auto|Extensible"
    SELECT   tablespace_name
    ,        file_name
    ,      ((maxbytes - bytes) / 1024) / 1024 AS available_space
    ,        autoextensible
    FROM     dba_data_files
    WHERE    tablespace_name IN ('SYSAUX','SYSTEM');

    It should return the following when you’re upgrading the Oracle Database 11g XE:

    Tablespace                                        Available   Auto
    Name       File Name                              Space MB    Extensible
    ---------- -------------------------------------- ----------- ----------
    SYSAUX     /u01/app/oracle/oradata/XE/sysaux.dbf    32,027.98 YES
    SYSTEM     /u01/app/oracle/oradata/XE/system.dbf       200.00 YES

Download APEX 5

  1. Download the APEX software from the Oracle web site. Assuming you download the software as the student user, you can save it in your Downloads directory.

    You should open a Terminal session and connect as the oracle user. If you’ve setup your instance correctly, you will need to first become the root user and then the oracle user. As the oracle user, you source the Oracle environment and copy the apex_x.x.x.zip file from the ~student/Downloads directory to the /u01/app/oracle directory.

  1. You copy the file from the student user’s Downloads directory with the following command:

    cp /home/student/Downloads/apex_x.x.x.zip /u01/app/oracle

  1. You unzip the copied apex_x.x.x.zip file (version 5.1.2 in this example) with the following command, and it will create a new apex directory as a subdirectory of the /u01/app/oracle directory.

    unzip apex_5.1.2.zip

Install APEX 5

  1. You should query the dba_users view to check the status of the apex_public_user and anonymous user accounts, like this:

    COLUMN username       FORMAT A18 HEADING "User Name"
    COLUMN account_status FORMAT A10 HEADING "Account|Status"
    SELECT   username
    ,        account_status
    FROM     dba_users
    WHERE    username IN ('APEX_PUBLIC_USER','ANONYMOUS');

    It should return the following when you’re upgrading the Oracle Database 11g XE but the anonymous user name may be open if you’ve previously unlocked it:

    		   Account
    User Name	   Status
    ------------------ ----------
    APEX_PUBLIC_USER   LOCKED
    ANONYMOUS	   LOCKED
  2. You can unlock the apex_public_user and anonymous accounts with the following statements:

    ALTER USER apex_public_user ACCOUNT UNLOCK;
    ALTER USER anonymous ACCOUNT UNLOCK;

  3. The installation uses the flows_files schema, which should be installed. You can verify the default and temporary tablespaces with the following query:

    COLUMN default_tablespace   FORMAT A22
    COLUMN temporary_tablespace FORMAT A22
    SELECT default_tablespace
    ,      temporary_tablespace
    FROM   dba_users
    WHERE  username = 'FLOWS_FILES';

    DEFAULT_TABLESPACE     TEMPORARY_TABLESPACE
    ---------------------- ----------------------
    SYSAUX		       TEMP
  4. Open a Terminal session, connect as the oracle user, source the Oracle environment file, and change your active directory to the /u01/app/oracle/apex directory, and open a SQL*Plus connection as the sys user. You need superuser privileges, which means you need to connect to the Oracle database with the “sys as sysdba” syntax.

    sqlplus sys as sysdba

    You can now install APEX 5.x.x by calling the following script with four parameters:

    @apexins.sql SYSAUX SYSAUX TEMP /i/

    It will take a couple minutes for the installation script to succeed. You will know that it is completed when you see the following message:

    Thank you for installing Oracle Application Express 5.1.2.00.09
     
    Oracle Application Express is installed in the APEX_050100 schema.
     
    The structure of the link to the Application Express administration services is as follows:
    http://host:port/pls/apex/apex_admin (Oracle HTTP Server with mod_plsql)
    http://host:port/apex/apex_admin     (Oracle XML DB HTTP listener with the embedded PL/SQL gateway)
    http://host:port/apex/apex_admin     (Oracle REST Data Services)
     
    The structure of the link to the Application Express development interface is as follows:
    http://host:port/pls/apex (Oracle HTTP Server with mod_plsql)
    http://host:port/apex     (Oracle XML DB HTTP listener with the embedded PL/SQL gateway)
    http://host:port/apex     (Oracle REST Data Services)
     
    PL/SQL procedure successfully completed.
     
    Disconnected from Oracle Database 11g Express Edition Release 11.2.0.2.0 - 64bit Production
  5. After installing APEX 5, you can re-verify the APEX version by connecting as the system user through SQL*Plus and running the following query:

    COLUMN version_no        FORMAT A16 HEADING "Version Number"
    COLUMN api_compatibility FORMAT A16 HEADING "API|Compatibility"
    COLUMN patch_applied     FORMAT A14 HEADING "Patch Applied"
    SELECT *
    FROM   apex_release;

    It should return the following after upgrading with APEX 5:

    		 API
    Version Number	 Compatibility	  Patch Applied
    ---------------- ---------------- --------------
    5.1.2.00.09	 2016.08.24	  APPLIED

Configure APEX 5

  1. At this point, you need to set the internal password, which you can do by navigating to the /u01/app/oracle/apex directory. In that directory, you should open a SQL*Plus session as the sys user with the “sys as sysdba” privilege. Run the following script to set the APEX Administrator’s credentials:

    @apxchpwd.SQL

    It will prompt you for parameters, like so:

    ================================================================================
    This script can be used to change the password of an Application Express
    instance administrator. If the user does not yet exist, a user record will be
    created.
    ================================================================================
    Enter the administrator's username [ADMIN] ADMIN
    User "ADMIN" exists.
    Enter ADMIN's email [ADMIN] mclaughlinm@byui.edu
    Enter ADMIN's password [] 
    Changed password of instance administrator ADMIN.

  2. The next task requires you to run the apex_epg_config.sql script with one directory parameter. You should be connect to the sys user with the “sys as sysdba” privilege:

    @apex_epg_config.SQL /u01/app/oracle

    It will take a couple minutes to complete this script, and when it is complete it displays:

    . Loading images directory: /u01/app/oracle/apex/images

  3. While the default port for XML DB is 8080, you should confirm it with this query:

    SELECT dbms_xdb.gethttpport
    FROM   dual;

    It should return the following:

    GETHTTPPORT
    -----------
           8080

Connect to and use APEX 5

  • You can type the following URL into your local browser to get to the APEX 5 Administration page:

    http://localhost:8080/apex/apex_admin

    It should display the following login. The password is the one you entered when you ran the apxchpwd.sql script in the configuration section of this post.

    Oracle12cInstall04
    After you enter proper credentials, click the Sign in to Administration button to proceed. It should display the following APEX 5 home page.

    Oracle12cInstall04
    You can now work in APEX 5 Administration and setup a individual workspaces.

Cleanup APEX 4

Migrating functionality to APEX 5 is possible but reworking the existing design in the context of new features is better. After you have migrated your applications and upgraded your production instance, you can drop the APEX_040000 user/schema and remove any APEX 4 workspaces. This segment of shows you how to remove an APEX 4 workspace and drop the APEX_040000 user/schema.

  1. The following anonymous PL/SQL block will remove an APEX 4 workspace from a user schema. It’s designed for you to run it inside the target schema but you can change it to run it as the system user against multiple schemas.

    DECLARE
      /* Cursor for all APEX 4 tables and sequences. */
      CURSOR c IS
        SELECT   uo.object_type
        ,        uo.object_name
        FROM     user_objects uo
        WHERE    uo.object_name IN
                   ('DEPT'
                   ,'APEX$_WS_WEBPG_SECTION_HISTORY'
                   ,'APEX$_ACL'
                   ,'APEX$_WS_WEBPG_SECTIONS'
                   ,'APEX$_WS_ROWS'
                   ,'EMP'
                   ,'APEX$_WS_FILES'
                   ,'APEX$_WS_TAGS'
                   ,'APEX$_WS_LINKS'
                   ,'APEX$_WS_NOTES'
                   ,'DEMO_USERS'
                   ,'DEMO_CUSTOMERS'
                   ,'DEMO_ORDERS'
                   ,'DEMO_PRODUCT_INFO'
                   ,'DEMO_ORDER_ITEMS'
                   ,'DEMO_STATES'
                   ,'APEX$_WS_HISTORY'
                   ,'DEMO_USERS_SEQ'
                   ,'DEMO_PROD_SEQ'
                   ,'DEMO_ORD_SEQ'
                   ,'DEMO_ORDER_ITEMS_SEQ'
                   ,'DEMO_CUST_SEQ'
                   ,'CUSTOM_HASH'
                   ,'CUSTOM_AUTH')
        ORDER BY  uo.object_type DESC;
    BEGIN
      FOR i IN c LOOP
        IF i.object_type = 'TABLE' THEN
          EXECUTE IMMEDIATE 'DROP '||i.object_type||' '||i.object_name||' CASCADE CONSTRAINTS';
        ELSE
          EXECUTE IMMEDIATE 'DROP '||i.object_type||' '||i.object_name;
        END IF;
      END LOOP;
    END;
    /
  2. You can then connect as the sys user with the “sys as sysdba” privilege and drop the APEX_040000 user/schema, like this:

    DROP USER apex_040000 CASCADE;

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July 23rd, 2017 at 12:41 am

Oracle Segment Fails

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The instance that I’ve built for my students in a Fedora VM is quite stable except for one feature. The feature is the hibernation process of the base operating system. Sometimes when the base operating system hibernates, it causes the Oracle shared memory segment to fail. When that happens you get the following error:

ERROR:
ORA-01034: ORACLE NOT available
ORA-27101: shared memory realm does NOT exist
Linux-x86_64 Error: 2: No such FILE OR DIRECTORY
Process ID: 0
SESSION ID: 0 Serial NUMBER: 0

I created the master sudoer account as the student user. The oracle user is configured so that you can’t log in to the Linux OS with it. To restart the instance you can do the following in a default Oracle 11g XE installation:

su - root

or, you can do this:

sudo sh

Then as the root user, you can sign on to the oracle user’s account by using the su command without a password, like:

su - oracle

As the user who installed the Oracle instance, you can connect to the database without a password after you source the environment file. The standard Oracle 11g XE environment file can be sources like this:

. /u01/app/oracle/product/11.2.0/xe/bin/oracle_env.sh

Alternatively, for my students there is a .bashrc file that they can manually source. It contains the following:

# Source global definitions
if [ -f /etc/bashrc ]; then
  . /etc/bashrc
fi
 
# Uncomment the following line if you don't like systemctl's auto-paging feature:
# export SYSTEMD_PAGER=
 
# User specific aliases and functions
. /u01/app/oracle/product/11.2.0/xe/bin/oracle_env.sh
 
# Wrap sqlplus with rlwrap to edit prior lines with the
# up, down, left and right keys.
sqlplus()
{
  if [ "$RLWRAP" = "0" ]; then
    sqlplus "$@"
  else
    rlwrap sqlplus "$@"
  fi
}
 
# Set vi as a command line editor.
set -o vi

You can source the oracle user’s .bashrc account, like this:

. .bashrc

After you’ve sourced the environment, you can connect as the internal user with the following syntax:

sqlplus / AS sysdba

Connected as the internal user, run these two commands in sequence:

shutdown IMMEDIATE
startup

Then, you should be able to connect as the student user or another ordinary user with the following syntax:

CONNECT student/student

Hope this helps my students and those who want to know how to restart the Oracle instance.

Written by maclochlainn

October 16th, 2016 at 10:29 pm

Debug PL/SQL Web Pages

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What happens when you can’t get a PL/SQL Web Toolkit to work because it only prints to a web page? That’s more tedious because any dbms_output.put_line command you embed only prints to a SQL*Plus session. The answer is quite simple, you create a test case and test it inside a SQL*Plus environment.

Here’s a sample web page that fails to run successfully …

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CREATE OR REPLACE
  PROCEDURE html_table_values
  ( name_array   OWA_UTIL.VC_ARR
  , value_array  OWA_UTIL.VC_ARR ) IS
  BEGIN
    /* Print debug to SQL*Plus session. */
    FOR i IN 1..name_array.COUNT LOOP
      DBMS_OUTPUT.put_line('Value ['||name_array(i)||'='||value_array(i)||']');
    END LOOP;
 
    /* Open HTML page with the PL/SQL toolkit. */
    htp.print('<!DOCTYPE html>');
    htp.htmlopen;
    htp.headopen;
    htp.htitle('Test');
    htp.headclose;
    htp.bodyopen;
    htp.line;
    htp.print('Test');
    htp.line;
    htp.bodyclose;
    htp.htmlclose;
END;
/

You can test the program with the following anonymous block as the SYSTEM user, which is equivalent to the following URL:

http://localhost:8080/db/html_table_values?begin=1004&end=1012

The following test program lets you work:

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DECLARE
  x  OWA_UTIL.VC_ARR;
  y  OWA_UTIL.VC_ARR;
BEGIN
  /* Insert first row element. */
  x(1) := 'begin';
  y(1) := '1004';
 
  /* Insert second row element. */
  x(2) := 'end';
  y(2) := '1012';
 
  /* Call the anonymous schema's web page. */
  anonymous.html_table_values(x,y);
END;
/

It should print:

Value [begin=1004]
Value [end=1012]

I hope this helps those looking for a solution.

Written by maclochlainn

May 16th, 2016 at 5:18 pm

SQL Developer & PL/SQL

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While SQL Developer installs with a dbms_output view, some organizations close it before they distribute images or virtual machine (VM) instances. This post shows you how to re-enable the Dbms Output view for SQL Developer.

SQL Developer DBMS_OUTPUT Configuration

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  1. You need to open SQL Developer, which may look like this when the DBMS_OUTPUT view isn’t visible.

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  1. You need to click on the View menu option in SQL Developer and choose the Dbms Output dropdown menu element.

SQLDeveloper1

  1. You should see a grayed-out Dbms Output view.

SQLDeveloper1

  1. You should type a simply “Hello World!” anonymous block program in PL/SQL, like the one shown in the drawing.

SQLDeveloper1

  1. After writing the “Hello World!” anonymous block program in PL/SQL, click the green arrow to start the statement and you will see two things. There is now a Script Output view between your console and Dbms Output views, and it should say “anonymous block completed.” Unfortunately, none of your output is displayed in the Dbms Output view because you need to enable it.

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  1. If you hover over the Dbms Output view’s green arrow, you see the help message that describes the behavior of the green arrow. The Dbms Output green arrow lets you enable the Dbms Output view for output.

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  1. After you click the Dbms Output view’s green arrow, you receive a Select Connection prompt for the view. Make sure you have the right user, and click the OK button to continue.

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  1. After you create the connection for the Dbms Output stream, the view area becomes white rather than gray.

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  1. Click the green arrow to start the statement and you will see the “Hello World!” string in the Dbms Output view.”

As always, I hope this helps those looking for a solution.

Written by maclochlainn

May 13th, 2016 at 10:55 am

APEX Create Table

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The following walks you through how you sign on to a STUDENT Workspace with Oracle’s APEX product. It shows you how to create a new table with the Object Browser tool.

You can find instructions on how to create your own STUDENT Workspace in this blog post. Overall, Oracle APEX is a valuable tool to learn and master.

UseStudentAPEX01

  1. You start the process by accessing the Oracle Database 11g APEX, which you can access at http://localhost:8080/apex by default on the server. If you’ve got a static IP address for your instance, you can replace localhost with the IP address or hostname for the IP address.

    • Workspace: STUDENT
    • Username:  ADMIN
    • Password:  STUDENT

UseStudentAPEX02

  1. After you login to the STUDENT workspace, you have four options. They are the: Application Builder, SQL Workshop, Team Development, and Administration. You start the process by accessing the Oracle Database 11g APEX, which you can access at http://localhost:8080/apex by default on the server. If you’ve got a static IP address for your instance, you can replace localhost with the IP address or hostname for the IP address. Click on the Object Browser icon to proceed.

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  1. Clicking the SQL Workshop icon takes you to the second level menu. You click the Object Browser icon to create a database object.

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  1. After clicking the Object Browser icon, you see the screen at the left. Click the Create button to create a table.

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  1. After clicking the Create button, you see the screen at the left. Click the type of database object that you want to create. In our case, we click the Table hypertext to start the create table workflow.

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  1. After clicking the Table hyperlink, you see the Create Table screen at the left. Enter the column names, choose their data types and set the scale and precision. You should also check the Not Null checkbox when you want a column to be mandatory. Click the Next button to continue the create table workflow.

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  1. After entering the column names, you should choose the data types, enter the scale and precision, and check the NOT NULL checkbox to make appropriate columns mandatory by applying NOT NULL database constraints. If you run out of entry rows, you can click the Add Column button to add new rows. Click the Next button to continue the create table workflow when you’ve defined the columns.

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  1. After defining the column names, you should choose whether the primary key will use a new sequence or an existing sequence. You also have the ability to not assign a primary key value or simply leave it unpopulated when inserting new rows. The example creates an IMAGE_PK primary key constraint on the IMAGE_ID column, and declares an IMAGE_SEQ sequence value. Click the Next button to continue the create table workflow when you’ve defined the primary key constraint and any new sequence value for the primary key column.

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  1. After defining the primary key constraint, you can define foreign key column constraints. You enter a foreign key constraint name, choose between a Disallow Delete, Cascade Delete, or Set Null on Delete rule, select the foreign key column, the foreign key’s referenced table and column. Click the Add button to continue the create table workflow.

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  1. After defining a foreign key constraint, you can see the constraint that you created. Then, you can define another foreign key column constraints. You repeat the steps from the prior steps to add another foreign key constraint. Click the Add button to create a second foreign key constraint and complete the create table workflow.

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  1. After defining a second foreign key constraint, you see the following two foreign key constraints. Click the Next button to complete the create table workflow.

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  1. After defining all the foreign key constraints, you can create check and unique constraints. You check a radio button for a check or unique constraint, and then you select the columns for the constraint’s key. Click the /Add button to create any check or unique constraints as part of the create table workflow.

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  1. After defining all check and unique key constraints, you can see them in the Constraints box. Click the Next button to complete the create table workflow.

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  1. After defining all items about the table, you can see the SQL to create the IMAGE table and its constraints. You can copy the SQL into a file for later use when writing a re-runnable script. Click the Create button to complete the create table workflow and create the table.

     

    The following are the contents of the script for the actions you’ve defined:

    CREATE table "IMAGE" (
        "IMAGE_ID"         NUMBER NOT NULL,
        "FILE_NAME"        VARCHAR2(60) NOT NULL,
        "MIME_TYPE"        NUMBER NOT NULL,
        "ITEM_IMAGE"       BLOB,
        "CREATED_BY"       NUMBER NOT NULL,
        "CREATION_DATE"    DATE NOT NULL,
        "LAST_UPDATED_BY"  NUMBER NOT NULL,
        "LAST_UPDATE_DATE" DATE NOT NULL,
        constraint  "IMAGE_PK" primary key ("IMAGE_ID")
    )
    /
    
    CREATE sequence "IMAGE_SEQ" 
    /
    
    CREATE trigger "BI_IMAGE"  
      before insert on "IMAGE"              
      for each row 
    begin  
      if :NEW."IMAGE_ID" is null then
        select "IMAGE_SEQ".nextval into :NEW."IMAGE_ID" from dual;
      end if;
    end;
    /   
    
    ALTER TABLE "IMAGE" ADD CONSTRAINT "IMAGE_FK1" 
    FOREIGN KEY ("CREATED_BY")
    REFERENCES "SYSTEM_USER" ("SYSTEM_USER_ID")
    
    /
    ALTER TABLE "IMAGE" ADD CONSTRAINT "IMAGE_FK2" 
    FOREIGN KEY ("LAST_UPDATED_BY")
    REFERENCES "SYSTEM_USER" ("SYSTEM_USER_ID")
    
    /
    alter table "IMAGE" add
    constraint "IMAGE_UK1" 
    unique ("FILE_NAME","MIME_TYPE")
    /   
    

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  1. After creating the table, trigger, sequence, and constraints, you can see the table definition. You also have the ability to modify the table. At this point, you can create another structure or you can click the Home or SQL Workshop menu choice.

As always, I hope this helps those looking to learn new things and approaches.

Written by maclochlainn

April 7th, 2015 at 10:21 pm

APEX SQL Query

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The following walks through how you sign on to a STUDENT Workspace with Oracle’s APEX product and write and run free-form SQL statements. You can find instructions on how to create your own STUDENT Workspace.

While this blog introduces several concepts and features of Oracle APEX, it only focuses on how to write and run free-form SQL statements. Overall, Oracle APEX is a valuable tool to learn and master.

UseStudentAPEX01

  1. You start the process by accessing the Oracle Database 11g APEX, which you can access at http://localhost:8080/apex by default on the server. If you’ve got a static IP address for your instance, you can replace localhost with the IP address or hostname for the IP address.

    • Workspace: STUDENT
    • Username:  ADMIN
    • Password:  STUDENT

UseStudentAPEX02

  1. After you login to the STUDENT workspace, you have four options. They are the: Application Builder, SQL Workshop, Team Development, and Administration. You start the process by accessing the Oracle Database 11g APEX, which you can access at http://localhost:8080/apex by default on the server. If you’ve got a static IP address for your instance, you can replace localhost with the IP address or hostname for the IP address. Click on the SQL Workshop icon to proceed.

    • Application Builder: Let’s you build custom APEX applications.
    • SQL Workshop: Let’s you work with custom SQL, and APEX provides you with the following utilities:
      • Object Browser: Lets you create tables, views, and other objects.
      • SQL Commands: Lets you run individual SQL statements inside a browser window and returns results in the bottom pane.
      • SQL Scripts: Lets you create, upload, delete, and run scripts from the browser.
      • Query Builder: Lets you create free form queries that include joins between tables, but limits you to primary to foreign key table relationships. That means you can’t write range joins with a cross join and the BETWEEN operator and you can’t write self-joins.
      • Utilities: Lets you work with the Data Workshop (imports and exports data), Object Reports (a SQL report writer tool), Generate DDL (a tool that creates structures in the database), User Interface Defaults (coordinate data dictionary), Schema Comparison (a tool to compare similarities between schemas, About Database (the ability to connect as the database administrator), and Recycle Bin (dropped and purged structures).
    • Team Development: A project management tool.
    • Administration: Lets you manage database services, users and groups, monitor activities, and dashboards. You should note that the SQL query doesn’t have a semicolon like it would in a SQL*Plus environment. The Run button acts as the execution operator and effectively replaces the role of the semicolon, which traditionally executes a statement.

UseStudentAPEX02A

  1. Clicking the SQL Workshop icon takes you to the second level menu. You click the SQL Commands icon to enter a free-form SQL statement. Click on the SQL Commands icon to proceed.

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  1. The first text panel lets you enter free-form queries. The Autocommit checkbox is enabled, which means the result of INSERT and UPDATE statements are immediate and don’t require a COMMIT statement. The second text panel displays results from a query or acknowledgment of statement completion.

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  1. This screen shot shows a query in the first panel and the results of the query in the second panel.

As always, I hope this helps those looking to learn new things and approaches.

Written by maclochlainn

April 5th, 2015 at 4:36 pm

Excel-Oracle ODBC Driver

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Somebody was trying to query Oracle via Microsoft Excel 2007, and didn’t have an Oracle ODBC Data Source that enable them to choose Oracle. I’d referred them to this post on adding MySQL’s ODBC driver to Windows 7 but that didn’t help enough. Posting this screen shot may not have helped either.

It appears I assumed too, like everyone would know that it’s on Windows 7 when Oracle 11g (or another Oracle database) is installed locally. The person who posed the question doesn’t have Oracle installed locally and can’t install it.

For those who don’t have an Oracle instance running locally, you can download the Oracle Data Access Components for Windows from the Oracle web site. It’s in the driver sections, as shown in the screen capture below:

This driver contains the necessary OLE DB and ODBC drivers, as you can see in this screen shot.

Once you’ve downloaded it, you can return to this post where you set up an Excel query against a remote Oracle database. You should take note that Microsoft’s future direction adopts Oracle ODBC, like the approach they’ve chosen with MySQL’s ODBC driver. As always, I hope this helps.

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November 13th, 2011 at 12:59 am

Reset 11g XE APEX Password

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I’ve been busy working on other things since APEX 4 shipped. After I got through the installations of Oracle Database 11g XE (see prior posts), figuring out the default user name and password for APEX Administration became a tedious task. The documentation didn’t really help point to what was needed but it’s always in the code.

You reset the APEX Administration Account for Oracle Database 11g XE by doing the following steps:

  1. Open a command shell and change the directory to the %ORACLE_HOME%\apex directory (the default Oracle Home is c:\oraclexe\app\oracle\product\11.2.0\server). Then, connect as the SYSTEM user to the SQL*Plus utility, and run the following command that sets the temporary password to “admin“. You’ll reset the password when you connect through the web interface.
@apxxepwd admin

  1. Open APEX Administration by navigating to the http://localhost:8080/apex/apex_admin, and you’ll see the following APEX Administration Login screen. Enter admin as the user name and admin as the password and click the Login button.

  1. You’ll be prompted to reset the password in the following Change Password screen. Enter admin as the old password and a new password that complies with the following rules, and click the Apply Changes button.
  • Password must contain at least 6 characters.
  • New password must differ from old password by at least 2 characters.
  • Password must contain at least one numeric character (0123456789).
  • Password must contain at least one punctuation character (!”#$%&()“*+,-/:;<=>?_).
  • Password must contain at least one upper-case alphabetic character.
  • Password must not contain username.

  1. After configuring the APEX Administration account, click on the Manage Workspaces icon (or button), as shown below. If re-opening the browser to go straight here, just type the following URL http://localhost:8080/apex/apex_admin.

  1. The upper left box contains what you need to create a workspace. Click on the Create Workspace option as shown below.

  1. The choice to add a workspace launched a provisioning workflow. You first Identify Workspace.

The dialog box for this first provisioning step is (and the other highlighted workflow tracking lists aren’t shown):

  1. The dialog box for this second provisioning step is:

  1. The dialog box for this third provisioning step is:

  1. The dialog box for this fourth provisioning step cpmfirms what you’re doing before you perform the task:

  1. The dialog box for this fifth provisioning step confirms success or reports failure:

  1. After you’ve provisioned a workspace, you can create objects like you did with APEX 3. Enter the following URL: http://localhost:8080/apex and you’ll be brought to this login screen.

  1. After logging in to your Basic workspace, you’ll have these four principal widgets, as shown in the screen capture.

Maybe I went through the 2-Day APEX manual too quickly but I didn’t see how to do this, all I saw was how to use the HR sample schema. As always, I hope this helps others.

Written by maclochlainn

September 14th, 2011 at 1:44 am

Oracle 11g XE Install

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Here’s the Oracle Database 11g Express Edition step-by-step installation. I did the installation on Window 7 64-bit, and did run into a problem with the Windows Registry on a fresh installation (posted earlier on the blog).

When you download the software from Oracle, you’ll need an account and you’ll need to accept the license agreement.

  1. You’re prompted to accept the license agreement and can’t proceed without doing it.

  1. After accepting the license agreement you can download the software.

  1. Unlike, the Oracle 10g XE MSI file, you’ve downloaded a compressed (OracleXE112_Win32.zip) file, and you’ll need to explode the zip file and write it to a directory. When you write it to a directory, it looks like the following and you double click on the setup.msi file.

It’s recommended that you right click on the setup.msi program and run it as the Administrator. If you’ve not disabled Microsoft User Access Controls (UAC), I’d do that first.

  1. After launching the setup.msi file, you see the Install Shield wizard screen while the file loads, like this:

After launching the setup.msi file, and loading the MSI file, you see the first dialog box of the installation. Click the Next button to start the installation.

  1. The second dialog box is the license for the installation. Click the I accept the terms in the license agreement. radio button and then the Next button.

  1. The third dialog box lets you accept the default location or provide an override location. If you accept the default location, click the Next button to continue.

  1. The fourth dialog box lets you specify the TNS, MTS, and HTTP Ports. The default values are shown in the following screen shot but I’ve change my TNS port to 1621, which you’ll see later. Click the Next button to continue.

  1. The fifth dialog box lets you enter the password for the SYS and SYSTEM users. You must enter it twice and naturally they must match each other. Click the Next button to continue.

  1. The sixth dialog box lets you see the configuration options you’ve chosen. Note that this installation is using a TNS port of 1621 rather than the default of 1521. Click the Next button to continue.

  1. The seventh dialog box lets you see the progress bar, take a break it can run for two or three minutes. Click the Next button to continue.

  1. The last dialog box lets you see that you’ve installed the product. Click the Finish button to complete the installation.

You’ve now installed Oracle Database 11g Express Edition. You can start the command line by typing sqlplus system/password in command shell or the Get Started option in your Program Menus, as shown below.

You should see this console when you launch Get Started or manually type http://localhost:8080/apex. There’s more to the web page but I scrunched it to fit into the blog. Alas, space is always at a premium.

Hope this helps folks.

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September 13th, 2011 at 11:06 am

Oracle 11g XE Installer

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Finally, I got to install Oracle Database 11g Express Edition (XE) tonight. Unfortunately, I ran into an error during the installation. A quick Google search landed me in the forum, where it gave me the impression it wouldn’t work on Windows 7, 64-bit. However, I’m tenacious with problems like this. Here’s the screenshot for the error:

The text from the image is noted below to help folks find the solution.

The installer is unable to instantiate the file C:\Users\McLAUGH~1\AppData\Local\Temp\{078E83D7-3FCC-4A72-903B-995C7CE44681}\KEY_XE.reg. The file does not appear to exist.

The physical file isn’t missing, what failed to happen was that the installer didn’t write a Registry Key’s Data value. You can add the missing registry key’s Data value, and then click OK on the Error dialog box to continue the installation. (Replying to Andrea, I’ve provided screen shots on editing the Registry in a comment below.) It will succeed, at least it succeeded for me on Windows 7 64-bit. Rather than use abbreviations like the forum entry, the missing key is found here in the Windows Registry:

- HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Installer\Products\266B7A503A089BE4EAD1986A429434C1\SourceList\Media

A screenshot shows that the Data value of the key wasn’t populated by the MSI (Microsoft Software Installer), the arguments remain for a script to populate:

You need to add the message value from your Error dialog as Data value of the Name entry 1, like this screenshot shows:

Since I believe the only things that should change are your Administrator’s hostname and the key value (type in the one that shows in the your dialog box), here’s the text you’ll need to enter:

C:\Users\hostname\AppData\Local\Temp\{078E83D7-3FCC-4A72-903B-995C7CE44681}\

This fix worked for me, and I hope the same holds true for you.

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September 13th, 2011 at 12:51 am