Friday, September 04, 2020

Plug-ins Pro: Getting started: Sign-up and install your first Oracle APEX Plug-in

In a previous post, I gave a bit more background on Plug-ins Pro. In this post, I will guide you on how to get started on your FREE trial. I plan to blog more about the specific plug-ins and will update this post with the links to the specific plug-in posts.

Let's get started!

Surf to plug-ins-pro.com and click the sign up button.

Note: If you already have an account on any of the other United Codes products, for example, APEX Office Print, you don't need to sign up anymore, you can just login with the same credentials.

Enter your email and hit the Sign Up button:
You get a confirmation an email is on the way:
A few seconds later you will receive the email which contains the link to confirm your email address:


During the confirmation, it will ask you to set a password:
Hit the Set Password button and there you go, you are in the Plug-ins Pro portal.

The first page you come to will explain how to get started.  Click the orange link "sign up for a FREE trial":


It will bring you to the Available Plug-ins section on the portal. Here you see an overview of all available plug-ins and a little bit of information. The icons also show which type of Oracle APEX plug-in it is.


Click on the plug-in that you are interested in. You will see some more info and some buttons that link to the documentation, sample app and there's also the FREE Trial button.


Once you click the button, the plug-in is added to your account, and a Download link becomes available:


Unpack the zip file:


Inside, there's a README.md file which gives you more info. But let's continue to import this plug-in into our own Oracle APEX application.

Go to your APEX app > Shared Components and click the Plug-ins link:


Click Import and select or drag and drop the file which has the plugin word in it to the section on the import page: e.g. I dragged file item_type_plugin_unitedcodes_ig_checkbox.sql


Follow the rest of the wizard:



And there we go; the plug-in is imported in our own application:


In order to use the plug-in we also have to run a script which will create some database objects the plug-in uses.

Go to SQL Workshop > SQL Scripts 


Click the Upload button


and Upload the file with the "ddl" in the filename:


Once uploaded, click the Run button next to the script:


And hit the Run Now button:


You should see that all is successful:


Next, go to SQL Commands:


And copy the following from the README.md file:


And enter the plug-in name and your API key which you can find in the Plug-ins Pro dashboard  by clicking on the plug-in to bring up the details:


Once replaced, hit the Run button and it should say the license is created:


That's it... now you are ready to use the plug-in.

** optional **

In case you try to install the plug-in in an environment  that doesn't have internet access you can license the plug-in manually.

In the README.md there's another option. Run the below in SQL Commands (replacing the plug-in name and API key as we did before):

      begin
        uc_pluginspro.manual_license(
          p_plugin      => 'PLUGIN_NAME',
          p_api_key     => 'YOUR_API_KEY');
      end;  
      /

This will give you a Key, copy the key:


Go to the Plug-ins Pro Portal and click the Generate License button:



Paste the key you copied earlier here:


Click the Generate License button and there you get your license key:


Do the second part of the README.md and copy your license key in the code:

      begin
        uc_pluginspro.manual_license(
          p_plugin      => 'PLUGIN_NAME',
          p_api_key     => 'YOUR_API_KEY',
          p_license_key => 'YOUR_LICENSE_KEY');
      end;  
      /

Run the code and now you have manually licensed the plug-in:


**

In another post I will go into more detail on how to use the different plug-ins and in which scenarios they are useful. But before I finish off this post, I recommend that you import the Sample Application that comes with the plug-in. In the sample application, you will see many examples on how to best use the plug-in. Although probably not many people read documentation, we have it, and it's very extensive, so if you want to know the nitty-gritty details, it's a great resource.

And finally, if things are not going as planned and you need help, or you have questions or remarks, don't hesitate to contact the Plug-ins Pro support team at support@plug-ins-pro.com

This post was how to install the plug-in in your APEX app, in the next posts I will show you the different plug-ins. Here's a quick reference index which I will update on every blog post:
Coming up soon:
  • File & Image Uploader Pro (* enhanced Dropzone Plug-in)
  • Interactive JET Charts Pro
  • An exciting new plug-in which we will announce :)
  • More info on Plug-ins as a service, pricing, and the special offer

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