New Language Features

Teamstudio Analyzer

Far simpler, and ultimately less expensive than employing the workarounds discussed previously, is to purchase a third-party tool called Teamstudio Analyzer, which is a part of the Teamstudio for Notes suite. As one Lotusphere attendee put it many years ago over a discussion at breakfast , "Don't leave home without it!"

The granularity that is not present in results databases produced by Design Synopsis is present in the Analyzer databases created by Teamstudio Analyzer. Each design element is stored in its own document, and all the objects are stored in what Teamstudio calls a hierarchy. You can store multiple database analyses in the same Teamstudio Analyzer database, and each will occupy its own hierarchy. You can also update the analysis of a database that is already stored in the results database. The tool is simple to install, set up, and run.

Installing Analyzer

To install Analyzer, copy Install.nsf from the Teamstudio CD that you'll receive or the Zip file that you download when you purchase Analyzer. Place the file in your Notes data directory. If you've copied it from a CD, make sure that the Read Only attribute is turned off, and open the Teamstudio for Notes database in the Notes client. After you read the copyright document and click the Next button, the Teamstudio Design System Installation document appears. If you receive an Execution Security Alert, click Start Trusting the Signer to Execute This Action. Check Teamstudio Analyzer, and leave the remaining settings as they are (unless you are installing other products in the suite). Click the Install button. You must restart Domino Designer to complete installation. See Figure 25.11.

Figure 25.11. Installing Teamstudio Analyzer is very simple.

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When Domino Designer is restarted, you will notice a new button or buttons (depending on what you've installed) in the toolbar. See Figure 25.12.

Figure 25.12. The Teamstudio Analyzer button is loaded automatically by the installation process.

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Running Analyzer

Running Teamstudio Analyzer couldn't be simpler. To start Analyzer, select a database and click the Teamstudio Analyzer button. The Teamstudio Analyzer dialog window has three tabs. On the Teamstudio Analyzer tab (see Figure 25.13), you select the server and the Analyzer database, and you optionally perform an incremental update. On the Audit tab (see Figure 25.14), you select a filter database (Teamstudio Analyzer ships with one named deanfltr.nsf) and select a specific filter. Next, you name the audit output database for the filter results. The Design Notes tab lets you choose the specific design notes to process through Analyzer. The default is Everything (see Figure 25.15). When you have made your selections, return to the Teamstudio Analyzer tab and click OK. The subsequent window enables you to name the output database. The default title is Analysis of Database Title. Figure 25.16 shows the output database with the hierarchy expanded.

Figure 25.13. The Analyzer dialog box enables you to pick the server and filename for the output database.

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Figure 25.14. The Audit tab lets you choose a filter from the filter sets available in the audit database.

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Figure 25.15. The design notes include design objects specific to each database.

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Figure 25.16. The output database with the hierarchy expanded includes the categories for the design objects.

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TIP

You can accept the default Analyzer database name, Analysis.nsf, or specify a different name. Even though you can store the analysis of multiple databases in the same Analyzer database, you might have multiple families of databases requiring analysis. If so, consider a naming standard for Analyzer databases so that you can quickly identify each group .

 

Working with the Output Database

Figure 25.16 shows the granularity of the output database quite clearly. In contrast to the Design Synopsis that produces a single document for an entire database, you can see how Teamstudio Analyzer has produced a document for each design element. This has some significant advantages and some very practical applications, including the following:

  • You can full-text index the analysis database, and you can search for a specific agent or field and locate all references to it, no matter where they are ”in a form, an action button, a field, and so on.
  • The analysis database can serve as a very thorough and complete documentation of your application.
  • Because you can include multiple applications in a single output database, if you have a suite of databases that work together, you can include them all in the same output database. When you full-text search the database, you can locate instances of the search item in any of the databases.
  • Each design element has its own category. Note that in Figure 25.16, the Fields category for a specific form is expanded, listing all the fields for that form.
  • Additional views further expose each design type (refer to Figure 25.15).
  • By going through the list of design elements, you can quickly build a list of features to be tested during acceptance testing.
  • By searching for specific names of items in this database, you can easily decommission design elements that are no longer used.

In many ways, this is just the tip of the iceberg for this rich design tool. As you work with it yourself, you will find many more ways to take advantage of the wealth of information stored in the database.

To illustrate how useful this level of granularity can be, consider the following real-life scenario. A very complex, large-scale Domino application had literally dozens of forms and thousands of fields. When deployed to a remote workstation, the application crashed. The offending code could have literally been in any one of the many forms and any one of the fields or actions. It would have taken hours or perhaps even days to locate this problem. Using Analyzer, the problem was quickly located in less than 15 minutes by searching a full-text index. In less than an hour , the problem was fixed. Because of the level of detail, and because Analyzer stores each design element in its own document, specific design elements could be located easily when searching the database. This alone was ample return on the investment in Analyzer.

Using the Views and Forms in the Output Database

As indicated in the previous section, many views are available. The view tree is exposed in Figure 25.16. You will quickly note that each design object appears in the main hierarchy and appears in its own view. Each object type has its own form as well. Figure 25.17 shows a document for the Journal Entry form. You can see that a wealth of information is available that is easy to read. One particularly nice feature is the list of field names in the middle of the document (not visible in the figure).

Figure 25.17. The Form Design document uses collapsible sections to organize information.

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Using the Audit Output Database

The Filter database that ships with Analyzer has several different filters available. You can choose from UI Standards, Web Standards, R4. x /R5. x Compatibility, and several others. The audit output database can be used for many things, including enforcing design standards. For example, your development standards might say that all forms must have an alias (mine does). You can easily check for adherence to this standard by looking in the Filter Results database for the entry Form Does Not Have an Alias. Clicking the twistie shows which forms do not have an alias. See Figure 25.18.

Figure 25.18. The results of the audit appear in the Audit Output database.

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Tweaking Analyzer

Two principal areas of customization are available to you in Analyzer. You can customize Audit by adding and modifying filters and classes of filters. You can also modify the design of the analysis database.

Customizing the Filter Database

You can create classes of filters and add your own filters and severity levels. To create a new class of filters, open the filter database DEAN Filter (deanfltr.nsf) and then open the Filter Classes view. Click the Create Class button and enter the appropriate information. You can then add your own filters for the new class. Of course, you can add filters to existing classes, and you can alter the severity and other attributes of filters. Figure 25.19 shows the class and filter hierarchy, and Figure 25.20 shows a filter document.

Figure 25.19. The Generic Filters class is open to the ACL Info filters.

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Figure 25.20. This filter looks for an excessive number of fields ”more than 200 ”on a form.

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Customizing the Analysis Database

If you want to add new views, forms, agents , and other design objects to the Analyzer, Teamstudio recommends that you create a new template based on ivesdean.ntf. There are specific instructions for customizing the template in Teamstudio help. You must specify a new template name and enter DEANTemplate in the Database Categories field on the Design tab of the Database properties box for the new template. Following these recommendations ensures that Analyzer will recognize this as a template that you can use when analyzing a database.

A Final Word About Teamstudio Analyzer

Hopefully, this brief look at Analyzer has demonstrated why you shouldn't "leave home without it." You have seen how detailed the analysis output database is and how you can work with the audit output database to quickly locate design elements that might need remediation .

Other tools come in the Teamstudio suite as well:

  • Configurator ” This is a global search-and-replace tool for database design objects.
  • CIAO! and CIAO! Server Edition ” CIAO (Check In And Out) provides check-in, check-out , and version control of applications for teams of developers.
  • Delta ” Delta compares two different versions of a database and finds the differences between them.
  • Librarian ” This tool enables a team of developers to work on the same database and not overwrite each other's work by providing version control and the capability to check in and check out database design objects. This is a design library application for developers incorporating repositories for design objects and data dictionaries.
  • Linkchecker ” Linkchecker checks links and other areas within database documents that no longer work properly.
  • Snapper ” Snapper provides scheduled snapshots of databases and an undo buffer. This enables developers to roll back changes to individual design elements or entire databases.

Contacting Teamstudio

Teamstudio, Inc.

900 Cummings Center, Suite 326T

Beverly, MA 01915

Phone: 978-232-0145

Fax: 978-232-0146

Corporate Office North and Latin America

Sales: 1-800-632-9787

Phone: 978-232-0145

Fax: 978-232-0146

Email: sendinfo@teamstudio.com

EMEA:

Teamstudio Europe Ltd.

Hill Farm

Wennington

Huntingdon, PE28 2LU

United Kingdom

Phone: +44 1487 772200

Fax: +44 1487 772211

Email: sendinfo@teamstudio.com

APAC:

Teamstudio Japan K.K.

West Tower 11F, Yokohama Business Park

134 Godo-cho, Hodogaya-ku

Yokohama Kanagawa 240-0005

Japan

Phone: +81 (0) 45 339 1560

Fax: +81 (0) 45 339 1561

Email: sendinfojapan@teamstudio.com

You can also locate Teamstudio on the Web at www.teamstudio.com.

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

Forms Design

Advanced Form Design

Designing Views

Using Shared Resources in Domino Applications

Using the Page Designer

Creating Outlines

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 JavaScript for Domino Applications

Real-World JavaScript 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

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Lotus Notes and Domino 6 Development
Lotus Notes and Domino 6 Development (2nd Edition)
ISBN: 0672325020
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2005
Pages: 288
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