Monday, October 17, 2016

iOS Modal Scrolling

If you ever tried to scroll a modal page from within Safari on iOS you probably noticed that what is getting scrolled is the parent page content and not the actual modal content.

There is a simple fix for that:
body .ui-dialog .ui-dialog-content{
    -webkit-overflow-scrolling: touch;

If you're not using the built-in modal, the idea is to add the css property to the wrapping element of the iframe.
Let's say you're using Skillbuilders' Modal Plugin, you can use the following:
    -webkit-overflow-scrolling: touch;

You can have a look at my Demo Application

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Return Page Item From an AJAX Callback Process

Recently, I was working on a form that had multiple items retrieved when a select list item changed. The select list triggered a dynamic action that executed some PL/SQL code and returned item values.

It was looking like that:

At some point, the process became "too big" for the "Execute PL/SQL Code" action (it can only hold up to 4000 characters).

So, I decided to move everything to a page "AJAX Callback" process which can hold up to 32767 characters.

So I replaced the dynamic action "Execute PL/SQL Code" action with an "Execute JavaScript" action as follow:
/* Show a processing image */
var lSpinner$ = apex.util.showSpinner();

                    {pageItems: "#P2300_LOV"
                    {success: function(pData) {
                        /* If the AJAX is successful set the value or the returned items */
                        if (pData.success === true){
                            /* Loop through the array and set the value of each item */
                            for (var i=0; i < pData.items.length; i++){
                        /* Remove the processing image */
                     error: function(request, status, error) {
                        /* Remove the processing image */

And I created the AJAX Callback as follow:
    /* Local variables */

    /* Utility function to output item's id and value */
    procedure output_json_item(p_item_name  in varchar2,
                               p_item_value in varchar2
        apex_json.write('id', p_item_name);
        apex_json.write('value', p_item_value, true); /* true so that null values are written as well */
    end output_json_item;
    /* ********************** *
     * PL/SQL Process Content *
     * ********************** */
    if :P2300_LOV = '1' then
        :P2300_ITEM1 := 1;
        :P2300_ITEM2 := 1;
        :P2300_ITEM3 := 1;
        :P2300_ITEM4 := 1;
    elsif :P2300_LOV = '2' then
        :P2300_ITEM1 := 2;
        :P2300_ITEM2 := 2;
        :P2300_ITEM3 := 2;
        :P2300_ITEM4 := 2;
    elsif :P2300_LOV = '3' then
        :P2300_ITEM1 := 3;
        :P2300_ITEM2 := 3;
        :P2300_ITEM3 := 3;
        :P2300_ITEM4 := 3;
    end if;
    apex_json.write('success', true);

    /* Call the utility procedure for every item you want to return */
    output_json_item('P2300_ITEM1', :P2300_ITEM1);
    output_json_item('P2300_ITEM2', :P2300_ITEM2);
    output_json_item('P2300_ITEM3', :P2300_ITEM3);
    output_json_item('P2300_ITEM4', :P2300_ITEM4);
    when others then
        apex_json.write('success', false);
        apex_json.write('message', sqlerrm);

The idea here is to have PL/SQL AJAX Callback execute and if it successfully completes, it will be returning the list of items along with their values as JSON on which we are going to loop through and set the items' value using the JavaScript item API.

You can have a look at my Demo Application