Whats New in Release 6?

What s New in Release 6?

By Steve Kern

IN THIS CHAPTER

  • A Brief History of Lotus Notes
  • Major Features of Lotus Notes
  • Types of Applications
  • What's New in Domino Designer?
  • New Design Element Features
  • New Language Features

This chapter introduces Release 6 of one of the mainstays of messaging and groupware products on the market today, Lotus Notes and Domino. Notes has survived the doomsayers, the naysayers, market vagaries, and the Internet boom and bust, and has grown beyond the expectations of Lotus Development Corporation itself. It has attracted the attention of one of the industry giants, IBM, who purchased Lotus in 1996 for about $1.8 billion. Lotus is now one of four major IBM brands. The discussion in this introductory chapter is at a fairly high level and attempts to illustrate what Notes and Domino can do for a business. Notes and Domino is a very large product, so it would be difficult to summarize its capabilities in a single book, let alone a single chapter.

Release 6 provides many significant enhancements for developers. Internet development is improved with the addition of JavaScript libraries, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), and a built-in HTML editor, just to mention a few features. Extensive support for XML programming has been added, including a new family of classes in LotusScript and Java. There are many new features for designing views, forms, and pages. Autocomplete functionality has been added to Domino Designer, and printing is now available from the Programmer's pane. This chapter serves as a brief overview of what's new, whereas the rest of this book gives an in-depth look at ways to implement the features of Release 6.

First, I'll give a very brief overview of Lotus Notes and Domino Release 6.

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



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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