Sunday, February 28, 2010

APEX 4.0 joining the chorus for phasing out IE6

Good to see APEX 4.0 has joined a growing chorus of vendors phasing out support of older browsers such as Internet Explorer 6.
Of course, it's up to you to take up the message in your apps.

Facebook requires its users to upgrade to Internet Explorer 8 before creating an account and YouTube has announced that it will stop supporting IE6.

Google recently announced the phasing out of support for IE6 for for Google Apps, claiming "We’re following other companies that have done the same, like Twitter, Facebook and Microsoft for Office Web Apps."

Saturday, February 27, 2010

APEX 4.0 EA2: Improved debugging, my new favorite feature

Just started looking at EA2, and like very much the new improved debugging.

First of all it's now in a popup window, which is a really good move.
With web pages relying more and more on javascript to render page components and rearrange page layouts, the old "inline" debugging was no longer effective.

I love the performance graph at the top, you really can't miss what areas are taking the longest time to execute.
Hovering over an item in the graph, shows the step number and name, so it's very quick to diagnose potential problems.

APEX is really coming of age!