Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Pivots Made Easy with APEX 5.0

From time to time we need to pivot data for presentation purposes. It's not something I do everyday, so the syntax is usually something I have to pull from the old toolbox as needed. With APEX 5.0, you can now pivot data within an interactive report and it's quite easy.

Let's say we've got a table of Super Bowl quarterbacks and their pass attempts per quarter.

...but we really would like the data displayed where we can compare the quarterbacks side by side...a textbook pivot. To accomplish this, go to Actions / Format / Pivot. There you see a dialog box that requests the pivot column, the row columns and the data to be included in the grid. The "Sum" checkbox does exactly that...totals the columns.

...resulting in the following output.

Obviously you should season to taste, but there you have it! Your data instantly pivoted courtesy of APEX 5.0

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...our journey continues


Christian Rokitta said...

Hi Monty,

Yes, the APEX 5 enhancement on Interactive Reports are great, but I'm still not convinced end-users will embrace this as much as their beloved Excel or BI tool functionality.
If you really want to offer intuitive analyzing functionality in your APEX (4.2 or 5) application, you will need more advanced functionality. Have a look at this plug-in I developed: APEX SmartPivot.

(Sorry for this shameless plug ;-)


gustavo said...

Tks, fellow!