Oracle Application Express (APEX) Interview Questions

8 CommentsPosted by SREE GURUPARAN on June 20, 2010 Oracle Application Express (APEX) is a rapid application development tool developed by Oracle for developing rich database centric applications. It first started as HTMLDB and later renamed as Application Express, though it is often shorten as APEX. APEX is a free feature that can be enabled from Oracle database v 9.2 onwards. It means, Oracle Application Express can be installed with the free version of Oracle 10g Express Edition. It is easy to create and run web applications which look professional and scalable. Of recent there is increased interest on APEX skills. I had an opportunity to interview few people for evaluating their APEX skills. Following is the selected set of questions I used in that interview. The difficulty level is basic to intermediate level. The main idea is to identify the promising people who had real experience on APEX. I have added links to the concepts, documentation. General Following is the list of necessary, desirable skills for APEX developer position.
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Experience on PL/SQL, SQL. Experience on JavaScript / HTML / CSS / Web applications. Experience with Oracle HTTP Server / Oracle Application Server / Oracle XDB. Experience with Oracle HTMLDB, Oracle HTML Web toolkit. Experience on packages, procedures, functions, views and triggers.

Basic APEX Skills
Now, the interviewer could be asking questions on specific skills related to Application Express.
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What are versions of APEX you have worked with? What kind of applications you have created? When to go for APEX? When not to go for APEX? Name few Oracle APEX applications you know.

Authentication and Authorization). Items. Lists. Success message regions? Where will you add logout or custom links? How will you pass value of one item from one page to another? How will you code dynamic PL/SQL regions (HTP. Interview Questions on Page Processing Regions      Where / How will you add Logo / pictures? How will you control them? Notification message. Application Component What is the building blocks / components or APEX applications? (Pages. After all. How will you debug an application? (Debug flag) How will you make changes to application in Oracle SQL Developer? What are the other options for web application development.P code)? Caching . Computations. the APEX interview evaluation will be mostly about these. The interviewer might be interested in knowing how much a developer knows about each of these components. Shared Components.      How will you know APEX is installed? Where does it in installs in DB? (FLOWUSER_0320) What are features on Oracle APEX application builder? Explain the URL structure of an application. Regions. Validations. Theme. Interview Questions on Page Rendering Now the questions on fine processing of pages       How will you define page cache? Where will you add Java Script coding? How will you access page items in Javascript? What is the use of Page Group? Or what is Page Group feature? How will you create a page group? What is „page zero„? How can you restrict page zero items across application? How a page is rendered? (Show page and Accept page process).

APEX_UTIL. regions? Interview Questions on Application Processes   How will you use AJAX? (on DEMAND Process) What are the uses of Application level processes or how will you create an application level processes? List of Values    What are available options to develop list of values? (Static. for user session. for item.CLEAR_APP_CACHE.CLEAR_USER_CACHE) Conditional processing   What is conditional rendering? How will you use conditional processing for pages. for application) How can you clear caches programmatically? (APEX_UTIL. How will you use lists which can be shared across applications? How will you create tree list? Default Value   How will you show default value for an item? How are items named and referenced? Items     How will you process multiple items or array of items? How will you add JavaScript function to item? Why / How will you use PL/SQL dynamic content? How will you add validations to an item? Interview Questions on Reports.  What are different caching methods available? (Page.CLEAR_PAGE_CACHE. APEX_UTIL. Dynamic). Forms & Charts Reports    What are the various reports possible? (SQL/Interactive) How will you use RTF / PDF report options? How will you create parameterized reports? .

How can you use filter options? How will you add CHECK BOX option as a column in report? (APEX_ITEM.CHECKBOX) How can you integrate other reporting options? What are the different kind of forms available? Charts  What are the various charts available? Interview Questions on Shared Components Tabs   How will you restrict a page (tab) from a USER? What are the things that can be shared between applications? Themes  Can you define custom theme? Deployment Build Option      How will you configure objects that are dependent on environment? How will you enable end users customization (Customization for regions)? How will you deploy application? (as SQL files) Import / Export options. How will you disable developer toolbar? Interview Questions on Continuous Development   How will you make continuous changes to applications? How will you deploy changes in single page / item? Authorization    What is the use of authorization? What are the other ways of authorization? Where can you apply authorization? Custom defined authorization? .     How will you create editable column link? or “Link Column”.

APEX_WORKSPACE_CLICKS View has the report. v(„SESSION‟) or nv()) Session is synchronous or asynchronous? Asynchronous Does not use dedicated database connections are made and maintained? How will you validate whether the session is valid? APEX_CUSTOM_AUTH. How will you ensure strong password? APEX_UTIL. What is EPG? .MD5_CHECKSUM.SUBMIT_PROCESS What is optimistic / pessimistic locking? What is stateless transaction? Architecture  Architecture of Application Express? Workspace      What is workspace? Can more than one schema associated with workspace? How will you create a workspace. Check sums in URLs.IS_SESSION_VALID How will you submit jobs / back ground processes in Oracle APEX? APEX_PLSQL_JOB.STRONG_PASSWORD_VALIDATION How will you find how many users clicked a HREF? APEX_UTIL. and what happens in database when you a create a new workspace? Oracle Application Express users? Their user roles.COUNT_CLICK.Authentication   What are the authentication methods available? How will you create a custom authentication? Interview Questions on Security      What are the security options available for APEX applications? How will you disable SQL injections? How will you use check sums? APEX_ITEM. :APP_SESSION. Interview Questions on Sessions         How will you find the application session state? Within SQL (APP_SESSION)? What are the ways to get the session values? (&SESSION..

page rendering and processing) How will you find the logged in user? APP_USER. APEX_ITEM. Who are the users and their privileges? Name few important APEX functions? (APEX_UTIL. Interview Questions on Metadata    How is APEX Application components stored inside DB? What is Oracle Application Express Engine? (session state management. auth & authori. MS Access. APEX_LDAP) How can you setup application wide notifications? Login notification? What is needed to configure OBIEE for report integration. Migration   What are the migration options available for APEX? (Excel. Web services  How to implement web services? . validations processing.Admin       How will you login into APEX admin module? (Internal workspace) Differentiate Application Admin and Workspace Admin. APEX_CUSTOM_AUTH. APEX_MAIL. Forms and Reports) Migration Workshop. page flow.

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