APEX 4.2.1 and APEX Listener 2.0 released!

First of all: a happy New Year to all my blog readers! I wish you an exciting 2013 with lots of interesting projects, no budget restraints and no unexpected downtime ;-)

When I returned from the Christmas holidays, I noticed that both Application Express 4.2.1 and the APEX Listener 2.0 have been released!

APEX 4.2.1 is actually the first patch set release for APEX 4.2. You can download the full release here (for new installations or upgrades) or, if you have a support contract, you can download the patch only (with number 14732511) here (for upgrades from version 4.2). There are a lot of bugs that have been fixed with this patch set (check for a full list here),  and also some new features have been introduced, for example the inclusion of AnyChart version 6 (which has even more HTML5 support). I’m happy with this patch set release, since this means it’s time to upgrade for us. We had some issues in the past after upgrading to a minor APEX release, so I learned to have patience and wait for the first patch set ;-)

Application Express Listener 2.0 was available as a Early Adaptor version for a while, but now the first production release is available. There are a lot of new features, like the ability to define multiple database connections, and more support for RESTful services. There are now also 2 ways to configure it: using SQL Developer (you need at least version 3.2.2) and using a new command-line interface. The web interface however has been removed, which I find a bit sad because I liked it :( We are using the APEX listener deployed to GlassFish, and I’m not sure if anything has changed in that matter. This is something I need to look into. I also wonder how you would upgrade from a previous version of the APEX Listener to this one. I suppose this involves some redeployment, and so also some (planned) downtime.



7 Responses to APEX 4.2.1 and APEX Listener 2.0 released!

  1. Hi Matthias,

    There’s now a section in the documentation about upgrading the Oracle Application Express Listener.

    As things changed a lot with APEX Listener 2.0 it uses a different format of the configuration files. Also with the new features things got added or moved into APEX.
    The good news is, if you use the same path where your APEX Listener 1.x config files are, they should be automatically be migrated to the 2.0 format.

    I upgraded my APEX Listener 2.0 EA to the production release without an issue. Just ran java -jar apex.war and it recognised everything of the previous config. Next deployed the apex.war file to Glassfish and done.

    If you still need to upgrade APEX to 4.2.1 you can upgrade the listener at the same time to lower the downtime :-)

    Happy New Year.


  2. Dan McGhan says:

    Hi Matthias,

    Something worth noting is that the APEX Listener 2.0 also includes an FOP print formatter for PDF printing.


  3. Claudio says:

    I have a problem with migration from APEX 4.1 to APEX 4.2 using Glassfihs 3 and APEX Listener 1.x was not migrated. I want to remember that the environment uses proxy.
    My client is migrating now and am having the following problems:
    1) The APEX 4.2 does not display the login page. It seems that the APEX not think the images.
    2) He can access applications, but does not work when using javascript.
    I want to remember that this happens when we use the Intenet Explorer browser. not
    I tested with other browser.
    Can you help me?
    Thank you in advance for your help!


    • matthiashoys says:

      Hello Claudio,

      Did you copy the new images to your GlassFish docroot?
      You have to copy all the files under ../apex/images to ../docroot/i (your GlassFish docroot). It depends on your configuration where the GlassFish docroot is… In my installation, it’s here: /u01/app/glassfish/glassfish/nodes/localhost-domain1/instance01/docroot/i.


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