By Steve Kern
The Formula language has been around since the inception of Lotus Notes. In some respects, it is an offshoot of Lotus 1-2-3, which, if you'll recall, is loaded with commands prefaced with the @ symbol. The Formula language has three primary constructs ”@Functions, @Commands, and five keywords. Although you can program Domino applications in other languages, in a number of locations you can use only the Formula language.
Notes and Domino 6 has extended the Formula language, adding many new and enhanced @Functions and @Commands, as well as enhancements to the language rules. As discussed in Chapter 3, "The Integrated Development Environment," the autocomplete functionality added to the Programmer's pane is a welcome addition.
Because there are so many @Functions and @Commands, it is not possible to cover each and every one. instead, this chapter concentrates on the ones you will use frequently.
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