Thursday, December 23, 2010

Plug-in Update: SkillBuilders Super LOV 1.1

It’s been less than a week since we released Super LOV and today we’ve released version 1.1.

Click here to go to the download page (look for the demo link too).

This release includes the following changes:

  1. Improved Dialog sizing and resizing algorithms
  2. Added “Validate Value” attribute (declarative means to protect against malicious users adding values not in the LOV)
  3. Added “Display Null Values as” attribute
  4. Added “Read Only” attribute
  5. Added support for several display attributes (such as width and max width)

Future plans include:

  1. A custom input with integrated buttons for opening the LOV and clearing the selected value
  2. Making the input “enterable”
  3. Adding an attribute to disable or adjust the speed of the effects used by the plug-in

This week we passed 1000 total downloads for the plug-ins we’ve released. If you’ve not yet seen them all, make sure to check out these other plug-ins from SkillBuilders:

  1. Schedule – Makes event scheduling easy
  2. IR Header Float – Keeps Interactive Report headers in view when scrolling
  3. Save Before Exit – Warns users if they try to leave a page without saving their changes

Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 17, 2010

New Plug-in in the Wild! SkillBuilders Super LOV

The built-in Popup LOV item in APEX can be a powerful tool when the number of possible selections is too high for other item types that use LOVs, such as a select list. However, people often wish to display more information when making a selection than this item type allows. In the past, developers worked around this issue by either concatenating values in the display column or by creating a custom solution.

Custom solutions provided the ultimate flexibility but required a lot of knowledge and were not always easily transferable to other items, pages, or applications. The SkillBuilders Super LOV plug-in is designed to make these issues a thing of the past while providing a rich, web 2.0 experience.

Click here to view more information. You’ll find a link to a demo on that page.


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

SkillBuilders Schedule - EA2

I’m very excited to announce (finally) the second early adopters release of the SkillBuilders Schedule plug-in.

Click here to view and download…

There were a number of bugs fixes and enhancements in this release. Here are the biggest changes:

  1. Client side validations – a number of validations are performed on the client side to help make sure that data is entered as it should be.
  2. Start time linked to end time – a change of the start time will automatically shift the end time the same quantity.
  3. Oracle date format – the previous date format mask was expecting a jQuery date format (and was ignoring it shortly thereafter). Now Oracle date formats are translated for you (and are not ignored – bonus). This limits the number of formats that will work but should be easier to use overall.

This is the second of three planned early adopters releases for this plug-in. As such, bugs are to be expected. If you find any bugs, have feature requests, or would like to provide any other feedback, feel free to email us at

The next release, the last of the early adopters, will focus mostly on configuration options to make various customizations declarative. Enjoy!