There are four methods to launch the Designer client.
Figure 2.7. Domino Designer Desktop icon
Figure 2.8. Lotus Notes client left-side menu bar icon
Figure 2.9. Domino Designer access from the Windows Start menu
Figure 2.10. Starting Domino Designer from the Desktop popup menu
If you launch the Designer client using Option 1, 2, or 3, you should see a display similar to Figure 2.11. Here you can create a new database, open an existing database, or display help information for the Designer client.
Figure 2.11. Domino Designer welcome page
However, if you elected to open an existing database using Option 4, then design elements for the database will be displayed (see Figure 2.12) instead of the default start-up window.
Figure 2.12. Domino Designer workspace
Using the Designer Client for the First Time
Looking back, we've discussed some of the products that encompass the Lotus Domino family and have successfully installed the Domino Designer client. Next we'll create a database and begin to explore the Designer client interface. Although Chapter 3, "Navigating the Domino Designer Workspace," provides an in-depth explanation of the navigation elements, we'll complete this chapter by gaining some hands-on experience with creating a simple database and looking at the design elements.
Creating My First Notes Database
An Introduction to the Lotus Domino Tool Suite
Getting Started with Designer
Navigating the Domino Designer Workspace
Domino Design Elements
An Introduction to Formula Language
An Introduction to LotusScript
Fundamentals of a Notes Application
Reference Library Applications
Design Enhancements Using LotusScript
Design Enhancements Using Formula Language
Miscellaneous Enhancements and Tips for Domino Databases
Application Deployment and Maintenance
Appendix A. Online Project Files and Sample Applications
Appendix B. IBM® Lotus® Notes® and Domino®Whats Next?