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Oracle Application Express (APEX): Parent-child LOV dependencies

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Master-slave lookup values (LOV) in APEX are easy, and you can have the values of a "child" LOV dependent on the choice from a “master” LOV.  We start by defining a foreign key constraint from the lookup table to the dependent table, ensuring that both values match at insert time:

alter table    isco_codes
add constraint "fk_isco_cd"
foreign key

With the referential integrity enabled, we next create a parent-child set of lookup values, we start by defining the top-level LOV as follows:

STEP 1 – When defining the “master” LOV, define the key for the child LOV as the return value:

select distinct
order by 1


STEP 2 - When attaching the LOV to the screen item, choose “select list with submit”.

The "Display as" with "select list with submit", submits the value to APEX so that we can referenced it in the "where clause" of the subordinate, child LOV.

STEP 3 - Finally, we define the List of Values (LOV) for the child (dependent) lookup as follows:

At runtime we see that the subordinate LOV (ISCO sub-group in this example) appears closed until we choose the master value from the drop-down LOV:

Based on the choice for the master (parent) dropdown list of values, the child (secondary dependent) drop-down LOV is populated from the master table:

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