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Vienna, February 2018: FOEX GmbH is pleased to announce a new business partnership with the Indonesian IT solution company, PT. Perkasa Pilar Utama.

This agreement is part of the FOEX Partner Network growth strategy to expand the company’s reach and support its positioning as the leading provider of productivity tools for Oracle developers.

Markus Lauda, the Co-CEO of FOEX GmbH, has announced: “Partnering up with company like Perkasa means setting up foundation for long successful business run in the Indonesian market, which is new for FOEX. We welcome Perkasa to our large partner network and looking forward our cooperation, increasing the business opportunities and spreading the FOEX Plugin Framework and FOEX Add-ons and extensions.”

Mr. Tan Gwan An, the CEO of the company has disclosed: “Perkasa is determined to help other businesses to view technology as not just a tool which mainly functions to automate business processes but as a solution that improves information flow within the organization, interact with customers and suppliers. This is why we believe that partnering with FOEX is a great step forward for our company.

About Perkasa

Established in 1996, PT. Perkasa Pilar Utama (“Perkasa”) is one of the leading IT solution company based in Jakarta, Indonesia. The business philosophy of the company is to assure client’s digital transformation and to maximize productivity & efficiency in business processes.

Our company’s mission is to lower the total cost of ownership, improve customer satisfaction, real time delivery and keep a consistent high standard of customer-focus with a flexible approach, by leveraging cutting edge technology and using the right technology solution products and platforms.

To learn more about Perkasa, please visit http://http://www.ppu.co.id/

About FOEX GmbH

FOEX GmbH is an Austrian IT company founded in 2012 and based in Perchtoldsdorf (near Vienna, Austria). We are experts in developing plugins & add-ons which enhance the standard Oracle APEX platform, allowing developers to build the best products imaginable without the overheads from traditional software development.

Our mission is to simplify the way enterprise-level applications are being built and provide a robust platform which enables developers to create such applications in a fast, easy and secure way. By using the FOEX Plugin Framework developers can significantly reduce the complexity of creating and maintaining data-heavy web applications, thus lowering IT costs and increasing efficiency.

To learn more about FOEX, please visit www.tryfoexnow.com

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Vienna, January 2018: FOEX GmbH is pleased to announce joining forces with the Yemen Computer Company – one of the largest IT services firms in Yemen.

This agreement is part of the FOEX Partner Program growth strategy to expand its reach in the Middle East region and support the company’s positioning as the leading provider of the fastest way to build, implement, maintain and manage custom enterprise applications based on Oracle technology.

Markus Lauda, the Co-CEO of FOEX GmbH, has announced: “Yemen Computer Company will now grow its project’s portfolio by partnering with a high performer in the field of Rapid Application Development, recognised by the G2 Crowd platform. Day-to-day we are adjusting the framework’s functionality and adding plugins to better serve the Middle Eastern market, in order to deliver first-class application development services.”

About Yemen Computer Company Ltd.

Established in 1977 as the first IT company in Yemen, Yemen Computer Company has grown into its current position as one of the largest IT companies in Yemen based on outstanding service record, collaborative partnerships, innovation and corporate responsibility. A comprehensive set of IT Infrastructure solutions, coupled with a wide range of IT services, uniquely positions the company in Yemen market to address the dynamic requirements of a variety of industry verticals, predominantly Telecom, Banking, and Government.

To learn more about Yemen Computer Company, please visit http://www.yccnet.com

About FOEX GmbH

FOEX GmbH is an Austrian IT company founded in 2012 and based in Perchtoldsdorf (near Vienna, Austria). We are experts in developing plugins & add-ons which enhance the standard Oracle APEX platform, allowing developers to build the best products imaginable without the overheads from traditional software development.

Our mission is to simplify the way enterprise-level applications are being built and provide a robust platform which enables developers to create such applications in a fast, easy and secure way. By using the FOEX Plugin Framework developers can significantly reduce the complexity of creating and maintaining data-heavy web applications, thus lowering IT costs and increasing efficiency.

To learn more about FOEX, please visit www.tryfoexnow.com

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Vienna, February 2018: FOEX GmbH is pleased to announce a new business partnership with the software development company, HashSoft, based in the capital of Yemen, Sana’a.

This agreement is part of the FOEX Partner Network growth strategy to expand the company’s reach in the Middle East region and support its positioning as the leading provider of productivity tools for Oracle developers.

Markus Lauda, the Co-CEO of FOEX GmbH, has said: “FOEX continues to expand and enlarge its partner network every day. The business collaboration with HASH SOFT opens the doors for new project opportunities in the Middle East. It  represents the possibility to introduce the FOEX Plugin Framework to new clients from different industries and strengthen our position in the region.”

Mr. Abdullah Zabarah, the General Manager of HashSoft has added: “I can say that most of the Oracle applications in Yemen still uses the old version of Oracle Forms, and that gets me to look for the easiest way to improve applications’ performance by using low-cost solutions with high efficiency.”

About HashSoft

HashSoft is a software development company based in Yemen provides IT solutions to enterprises worldwide. Combining proven expertise in technology and an understanding of emerging business trends, HashSoft delivers a range of software development solutions that includes Oracle APEX solutions integrated with FOEX plugins. Company studies, designs, develops, enhances, customises, implements, maintains and supports various aspects of information technology.

About FOEX GmbH

FOEX GmbH is an Austrian IT company founded in 2012 and based in Perchtoldsdorf (near Vienna, Austria). We are experts in developing plugins & add-ons which enhance the standard Oracle APEX platform, allowing developers to build the best products imaginable without the overheads from traditional software development.

Our mission is to simplify the way enterprise-level applications are being built and provide a robust platform which enables developers to create such applications in a fast, easy and secure way. By using the FOEX Plugin Framework developers can significantly reduce the complexity of creating and maintaining data-heavy web applications, thus lowering IT costs and increasing efficiency.

To learn more about FOEX, please visit www.tryfoexnow.com

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Vienna, January 2018: FOEX GmbH is pleased to announce reaching business partnership level of South Korean financial software consulting company, May&June.

The two companies initially began working together in 2015, when May&June reached out to FOEX to use their main product: the FOEX Plugin Framework. Based on a successful collaboration of 3+ years the two companies decided to join forces to bring this development tool to businesses in South Korea.

Through this agreement FOEX continues its growth strategy for Asia in order to position itself as the leading provider of low-code rapid application development tools for custom enterprise applications based on Oracle technology.

Markus Lauda, the Co-CEO of FOEX GmbH, has announced: “May&June is the perfect example of a long-term cooperation between two companies. After becoming a customer three years ago, they’ve worked with FOEX Plugin Framework and learned it strengths. They have built the know-how and are skilled experts, so they can bring FOEX to their existing customers, but also gain new ones and growth their business even more.”

To learn more about May&June using the FOEX Plugin Framework to decrease application development time, please visit https://www.tryfoexnow.com/en/foex/success-stories/may-june.

About May & June 

Established in 2003, May & June is a South Korean company specialized in providing risk consulting and system implementation services for financial institutions and trading companies, focusing on Basel II compliant market risk and ETRM (Energy Trading and Risk Management) area.

The company worked on various topics in risk management such as risk strategy, policy setting, control implementation, quantitative modelling and system implementation.

To learn more about May & June, please visit http://www.maynjune.biz/

About FOEX GmbH

FOEX GmbH is an Austrian IT company founded in 2012 and based in Perchtoldsdorf (near Vienna, Austria). We are experts in developing plugins & add-ons which enhance the standard Oracle APEX platform, allowing developers to build the best products imaginable without the overheads from traditional software development.

Our mission is to simplify the way enterprise-level applications are being built and provide a robust platform which enables developers to create such applications in a fast, easy and secure way. By using the FOEX Plugin Framework developers can significantly reduce the complexity of creating and maintaining data-heavy web applications, thus lowering IT costs and increasing efficiency.

To learn more about FOEX, please visit www.tryfoexnow.com

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Vienna, February 2018: FOEX GmbH is pleased to announce a new business partnership with the Lebanese technology consulting company, Widestreams S.A.R.L.

This agreement is part of the FOEX Partner Network growth strategy to expand the company’s reach in the Middle East region and support its positioning as the leading provider of productivity tools for Oracle developers.

Markus Lauda, the Co-CEO of FOEX GmbH, has said: “To strengthen our position on the market and achieve business targets, we want to partner up with professionals in the field. Teaming up with Widestrams confirms this strategy and opens up possibilities to scale the business and offer our rapid application development tool to new users and work with new customers.”

Mr. Wissam Khater, the General Manager of the company continued: “As a system integrator, we know the importance of delivering mission-critical systems on time and customised to our customers needs. FOEX is helping us achieve both through its plugin framework.”

Widestreams aims to offer, build and customize state of the art ERP solutions with the vision of becoming the leader in e-business consulting in the Middle East and Africa. By using the FOEX Plugin Framework, the company can focus more on developing personalized solutions for its clients – by focusing more on the apps’ business logic, rather than coding.

About Widestreams S.A.R.L.

Technology consulting company, Widestreams S.A.R.L. specializes in the areas of e-business, custom business software development, and web security. From headquarters in Lebanom. The company serves through its network of technology partners and team of consultants all the countries of Middle East and North Africa.

Business model is built on offering tailored software programs for other businesses, auditing existing legacy system, or converting them at a later stage.

To learn more about Widestreams, please visit http://www.widestreams.com/

About FOEX GmbH

FOEX GmbH is an Austrian IT company founded in 2012 and based in Perchtoldsdorf (near Vienna, Austria). We are experts in developing plugins & add-ons which enhance the standard Oracle APEX platform, allowing developers to build the best products imaginable without the overheads from traditional software development.

Our mission is to simplify the way enterprise-level applications are being built and provide a robust platform which enables developers to create such applications in a fast, easy and secure way. By using the FOEX Plugin Framework developers can significantly reduce the complexity of creating and maintaining data-heavy web applications, thus lowering IT costs and increasing efficiency.

To learn more about FOEX, please visit www.tryfoexnow.com

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Recently we have had a requirement to monitor our webserver traffic in more detail. We considered an off the shelf product but since we’re developers ourselves and have a turbo charged toolset with APEX & FOEX, we decided to build it ourselves in a very short time period.

I started detailing some of the technical aspects on my personal blog about this application we built to monitor webserver traffic.

The purpose of this post is to highlight the mashup usage of APEX and FOEX components. This is how the end result looks:

Looking at the page it’s hard to see what are FOEX or APEX components, so here’s the annotated version:

What we can see in the above screenshot is that APEX provides some great visualizations in the form of Oracle JET charts. The JET charts are child regions of a FOEX pane/layout plugin region.

This means they can be collapsed and refreshed. At the top of the page there is a FOEX toolbar plugin with some filter fields (item plugins) and buttons.

The Summary Statistics region is the “FOEX Big Number” plugin which allows you to have a refreshable/filterable set of KPI’s.

Other than providing the chart/KPI SQL queries there is no custom code involved. Everything is declarative and controlled via simple dynamic actions.

The benefit of using the FOEX Plugin Framework to layout the page over the Universal Theme is that we can have greater control over the sizing and responsiveness of widths/heights of regions. Also our toolbar plugin will automatically overflow all items and buttons into an overflow menu.

There is also more functionality which you can’t see. The “Details” button will open a non-modal FOEX Window plugin with a FOEX Grid plugin inside. Since this window isn’t modal, the filter fields in the main page’s toolbar can still be changed, refreshing both the charts, KPI’s, and the grid’s content.

The window can be resized to your needs and the Grid inside has state saving enabled and will remember your chosen column order, width, sorting, and so on.

The “Admin” button also opens a non-modal FOEX Window, with several FOEX Grids each within a FOEX Tab.

Both of the window/dialogs are non-modal, thus allowing you to open them both at the same time. You have the ability to move/resize them or maximize them.

This is just a simple example of how an application can become more interactive and functional if you have the right tools (ie. FOEX) at your disposal. Here’s a brief video overview of the application:

Using Oracle APEX & FOEX to build a webserver monitoring dashboard - YouTube

Summary of benefits by using FOEX in this example:
  • Toolbar
    An easy way to group Items an Buttons on top of the Page
  • Layout Manager
    Takes care of collapsible regions, responsive layout
  • Non-Modal Windows
    Wrap a Region or an other Page into a Window which can be resized, moved, maximized
  • Lazy Rendering
    Any Region not visible (in a Window, on another Tab, …) isn’t rendered before it actually is needed
  • Lazy Loading
    Already rendered, but still currently not visible, Regions are not refreshed/loaded if not necessary. Once the Region is shown, it will do the last issued and outstanding refresh.

See what you can achieve by using the FOEX Plugin Framework. Sign up for a free trial!

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The FOEX Icon Button plugin is built on top of Font Awesome/Font Apex and enables you to use more graphical elements.

This component has three state options – it can behave like a button that can be enabled, disabled or, when in read-only state, can behave as a GUI display element without any functionality.

Icon size

There are 3 predefined options for the size of the icons – small, medium and large. These options coincide with the sizes of the icons in the regular FOEX buttons.

This was a deliberate decision that we took in order to provide a consistent UI that would fit into your current application’s theme.

If you require more control over the size of the button you can use the “Custom” scale option and define the size in pixels. This size is then used as the font-size CSS rule for the icon.

Icon color

You can set colors for both the enabled and disabled state. If you don’t set the active color, it will match the current theme’s color by default. The disabled color defaults to gray. Read-only state deactivates the icon by keeping its original color.

Tooltips

An enabled icon may show tooltips on mouse-over. These tooltips are not visible if the icon is disabled but they reappear if you enable it again. Read-only state has no tooltips. Once the icon is set to read-only state, it is not possible to switch it back to an “active” state.

If you wish to have this behaviour, set it to disabled (rather than to read-only) with the same disabled-color as it’s enabled state.

Badges

Similarly to the FOEX Button, the FOEX Icon Button plugin supports badges. The set up of the badges is exactly the same, you just need to use the correct Badge CSS classes.

This plugin comes with a set of dynamic actions that serve as setters for its attributes so each of the above-mentioned attribute can be set by using FOEX Icon Actions.

For some positioning tricks do not hesitate and visit the Icon plugin demo page.

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One of the new interesting components introduced in version 3.1 of the FOEX Plugin Framework is the Progress Bar. It is ideal for tracking long-running processes or used as a static visual indicator to show the progress achieved on a specific task/activity.

This page-item plugin can be used in the toolbar, a form or as an individual item outside of the form. It comes with a set of dynamic actions and several options to customize its colors to satisfy your users’ requirements. Let’s take a deeper look into its features and options.

Settings

The Width of the progress bar may be specified as either an absolute value in pixels or a percentage of its parent container. There are some cases when this width will not be respected, such as when it is inside of a form (fieldset, etc.) and the container’s layout is set to “Stretch Items (anchor)”.

The Text is the label inside the progress bar. It supports front-end substitutions using the #SOME_PAGE_ITEM# format. It is possible to show the percentage of the progress as well. This value is always an integer value, decimal places are not shown.

The color options deserve some explanation:

  • Background Colour – this one is pretty clear, it is the color of the background of the progress bar, i.e. the part that is being filled and overlapped by the progress-section of the bar.
  • Bar Colour – this is the color of the bar that is showing the progress, i.e. the filler-bar.
  • Background Text Colour – the color of the text over the background (i.e. unfilled part).
  • Bar Text Colour – the color of the text over the bar (i.e. filled part).
  • Bar Colour Points – this attribute allows great color customization as you can set various colors for the bar using ‘points’ (percentage values) separated by a semi-colon. When one of the points has been reached, the bar changes color to the color specified by this point.

The format is the following: percentage%-valid_css_colour .

Please note CSS/HTML colour names are not supported (e.g. ‘red’ will not work) but you can use HEX, rgb(a), hsl(a).

This setting will always overwrite the “Bar Colour” setting. The reason for this is that you may use two keywords as the valid_css_color : default and theme.

  • When using default the color for that point will grab the color from the “Bar Colour” attribute (if you specified any).
  • Using theme will use the theme’s color scheme to paint the bar. That means the bar would be blue in the FOEX Triton theme or green in Triton Dark, etc.

You can find usage examples of this attribute in the help of the Progress Bar page item, in the APEX Builder or in the FOEX Documentation (see the direct link at the end of the article).

There are two options to animate the bar – one for the width of the progress, so it doesn’t jump between the values but rather tweens the change, the other one for the color.

This page item has by default no margins, so if you need some additional space between its edges and other items, you may need to pass a margin setting in the Custom Config attribute, e.g. margin: “0 5 20 5”.

Aaand…. action!

The plugin comes with a set of dynamic actions. Most of them are pretty straightforward as they are only the setters for the attributes we mentioned above: you can set all the colors, color points, text/label and the percentage.

Probably the most interesting action is the “Load Progress Start”:

  • provide a PL/SQL function body for this DA that returns a value from 0 to 100 indicating the progress
  • specify the interval of the requests in seconds (The interval starts after the previous request finished, which means that the time between 2 requests may be slightly greater than the interval due to the fact that it may take some milliseconds for the response to arrive). The progress will keep loading either till it reaches the value you provided in “Stop when reached %” attribute or when the request count is reached you provided in “Maximum Requests” attribute. If none of these attributes is set, the loading will go on indefinitely.

You can stop the loading anytime with the “Load Progress Stop” dynamic action.

This concludes our quick tour through the features and options of the Progress Bar item plugin. We recommend that you go and check the demos of the Progress Bar and we hope you will like this new addition to the FOEX plugins family.

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Last week the business software review platform G2 Crowd released its Best Low-Code Development Platforms report listing the top low-code rapid application development software solutions.

Thanks to our consistently positive user reviews and satisfaction scores, the FOEX Plugin Framework has earned a spot in the High Performers quadrant. According to G2 Crowd, a high performer represents a software solution that is highly rated by their users, but has not yet achieved the market share of the vendors found in the Leaders quadrant (we’re working on it!).

So, what are the top 3 things that our users value most about working with our rapid application development tool?

  1. Quality of Support: 96% satisfaction score, which is well above the 88% average score for this category.
  2. Ease of Admin: a 93% satisfaction score, compared to an average of 87% among the other low-code rapid application development tools.
  3. Ease of Use: a 88% satisfaction score, which also represents the average for this category.

We were pleasantly surprised to learn about our users’ experience working with the FOEX Plugin Framework and about the challenges they are looking to solve using our solution. Here are some of our favourite quotes:

“FOEX allows us to build Apps that match rich Desktop/Forms applications in terms of their functionality. You can start quickly with a basic set of features and then add advanced capabilities over time. FOEX is listening to customer requirements and so, over the years, some of our ideas and requirements have found their way into the product.” (Alex H.)

“It takes advantage of everything that’s great in APEX and improves on that, a lot. You can think of far more complex User Interfaces, Single Page applications. Pretty much fill every gap in APEX. Grids are more complete and easier to customize. Forms are smart enough to include navigation buttons to scroll through records. You get trees that will make you life a lot easier if you want to show hierarchical data. Also, if you see something in Ext.js that you need FOEX will probably support it as additional configuration.” (Emanuel C.)

“I am impressed with the speed with which a rich interface could be assembled with FOEX components and its ability to support functional design changes. FOEX framework eliminates cumbersome coding and seamlessly integrates pixel perfect feature rich components like grids, treegrids with just a few clicks. Easily binds with the Oracle DB objects for CRUD operations saving a lot of coding and testing time. The time saving applies to new development, maintenance – since adding / removing columns / items / buttons / regions is also done with just a couple of clicks using the standard Oracle APEX builder Interface.” (Bharat P.)

This year’s Best Low-Code Development Platforms report marks the first time that the FOEX Plugin Framework has appeared under the rapid application development tools category on G2 Crowd.

We would like to thank our customers, partners and everyday users for their support and generous contribution to our success, but also thank G2 Crowd for the recognition.

If you haven’t reviewed us yet, or would like to learn more about what our users have to say, please visit our profile on G2 Crowd or sign up for a FOEX free trial.

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One of the new features introduced in FOEX 3.1 is the FOEX Multiselect Grid Combo – a form-item plugin similar in functionality and behavior to the FOEX Grid Combo. 

This component does not limit you to making one selection, rather it enables the selection of multiple records from a LOV. Let’s have a look:

The grid in the picker is a full-featured grid which supports:

  • sorting,
  • filtering,
  • column reorganization,
  • pagination and so on.

It is ideal when displaying a big data set, as the integrated search functionality is supposed the help narrow down the visible entries.

Additional configuration parameters through which you can modify the settings of the grid include:

  • changing width,
  • showing row numbers,
  • choose whether the focus should be put on the search field when the picker is expanded etc.

If you are already familiar with our Grid Combo, the setup for this component will be very familiar to you: specify the columns to hide, the return value column, display value column, sort column of your grid, your SQL query and that is all.

Note: It is possible to collapse the grid when an entry is selected but this option is set by default to false by default, mostly because the nature of this plugin is to select more records at a time, thus it would be contra-productive in most cases to have the picker collapse after every selection.

This plugin also supports loading and saving data into intersection tables (the data will be automatically normalized and loaded into a child/intersection table of your choice). 

You can also set the Primary Key and Foreign Key mapping and as an optional feature you can save additional data into the child/intersection table by using an ITEM_NAME:COLUMN_NAME reference.

This component comes with the regular dynamic action support, so you can set:

  • value,
  • read-only,
  • enable/disable,
  • styling or make any other dynamic changes to it.

To learn more about its usage please visit the FOEX Multiselect Grid Combo demo page in the FOEX Documentation, under the FOEX Examples / Cookbook section.

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