Using the power of replication and the design process, you can create and maintain libraries of design elements. Using the copy-and-paste technique described earlier in this chapter, you can copy elements from a library into new or existing databases. Inheritance can be preserved or not, depending on the database or design element. To inherit design changes, both the database inheriting the design and the template must be on a server.
Because the design elements in this database can be used in many databases, great care must be taken when elements are modified. When a design element is changed, it must not break any databases that use earlier versions of the element. Therefore, rigorous testing must take place before the modification is made. Similarly, testing should take place before a new element is added to the design library. Large organizations with developers distributed in different geographic locations should have a review process in place before making any changes or additions to a commonly shared design library.
Many organizations use design libraries to provide consistency in design elements such as subforms that must be applied to every form in a database and to include such things as company logo and edit history. Other shared design elements that are useful to store in a design library are shared resources that are commonly used in applications, such as Edit, Save, and Close shared actions.
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