By Deborah Penny
IN THIS CHAPTER
Agents automate tasks in a Domino database. Along with mail-enabling forms, agents are at the heart of the power of Domino applications. In Release 3, agents were called macros. In Release 4, the name was changed to agents, and these provided a dramatic improvement over macros. The design interface was significantly improved, and the power of agents was greatly expanded with the addition of simple actions, LotusScript, and, in Release 4.6, the ability to import Java. Release 5 continued to improve agents by providing expanded functionality, such as enabling the creation of Java agents in the IDE. Domino 6 proves to have evolved even further to allow for greater control and much needed flexibility.
This chapter assumes that you have basic knowledge of Designer 6, know how to invoke the agent's property box and access its properties, and have some knowledge of working with agents in Domino. If you aren't familiar with Designer 6 and how to navigate inside the Work pane, you may find it helpful to review Part I of this book.
Throughout this chapter, reference is made to an agent's InfoBox properties. To access an agent's InfoBox properties, also called a properties box, open the agent from within Designer 6 and click the right mouse button to display the right-click menu. Select Agent Properties from the menu. Pressing Alt+Enter also invokes the agent's InfoBox, as does clicking the agent properties smart icon on the smart icon bar, as shown in Figure 11.1.
Figure 11.1. Accessing the Agent InfoBox properties.
Domino 6 boasts several great new features for agents, such as these:
Part I. Introduction to Release 6
Whats New in Release 6?
The Release 6 Object Store
The Integrated Development Environment
Part II. Foundations of Application Design
Advanced Form Design
Using Shared Resources in Domino Applications
Using the Page Designer
Adding Framesets to Domino Applications
Automating Your Application with Agents
Part III. Programming Domino Applications
Using the Formula Language
Real-World Examples Using the Formula Language
Writing LotusScript for Domino Applications
Real-World LotusScript Examples
Writing Java for Domino Applications
Real-World Java Examples
Enhancing Domino Applications for the Web
Part IV. Advanced Design Topics
Accessing Data with XML
Accessing Data with DECS and DCRs
Security and Domino Applications
Creating Workflow Applications
Analyzing Domino Applications
Part V. Appendices
Appendix A. HTML Reference
Appendix B. Domino URL Reference