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  • 1. Confessions of an APEX Design Geek Christian Rokitta themes4apex
  • 2. Warning My personal view on web design as an APEX developer!
  • 3. Promise YOU can do what I do!
  • 4. Confession I’m not a webdesigner!
  • 5. Topics • The APEX Template Framework • Skills • Tools • Specifications • Techniques
  • 6. SQL; PL/SQL; APEX Templates <HTML/> {CSS} JavaScript(); Action PAGE #Substitution# Render Definition Reference #Position# <HTML/> JavaScript();
  • 7. Skills HTML CSS
  • 8. Tools
  • 9. Tools • Browser developing vs testing • Editor syntax highlighting UltraEdit, Notepad++, Light Table, … • Image Editing level of experience Adobe Photoshop, Gimp, Inktscape, IrfanView, … • References w3schools.com, css-tricks.com, codepen.io, hackdesign.org … • Many others … dirtymarkup.com, csscompressor.com, kuler.adobe.com, spritepad.wearekiss.com …
  • 10. APEX Developer Addon http://apex.oracle.com/pls/apex/f?p=APEX_DEVELOPER_ADDON:ABOUT:0
  • 11. Confession I’m not a Photoshop wizard!(I use PowerPoint)
  • 12. Specifications • Corporate Style (Logo, Font, Colors, Layout) • HTML template or reference • Photoshop file • Mockup
  • 13. Techniques • Customize existing APEX Theme • CSS-Patch (style only) • Extend by Copy-and-Replace (Structure & Style) • Creating a Theme from Scratch • Make sure you have a working static HTML template before starting in APEX • Test APEX functionality in every stage of your project.
  • 14. Get Inspired http://tympanus.net/codrops/ http://speckyboy.com/ http://www.smashingmagazine.com/ http://themeforest.net/category/site-templates/admin-templates
  • 15. Just Do It
  • 16. JUSTDO what? • Modify std. theme colors • Image based • CSS based • Modify std. theme structure & colors • Creating a new Theme from scratch …. not
  • 17. JUSTDO what? “We are interested in creating a new theme based on the official APEX Theme 2, changing current the blue and gray colors to our custom colors. Our required colors are: blue #2C2D7D and gray #EEEEEE Please send us your economic proposal to achieve this requirement.”
  • 18. Questions, Answers & Discussion http://rokitta.blogspot.com @crokitta christian@rokitta.nl http://www.themes4apex.com http://plus.google.com/u/0/102034735771815472470 http://nl.linkedin.com/in/rokit/