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Lotus Domino Designer 7: Basic Browser Applications
Lotus Training Overview

The Lotus Domino Server is a powerful and flexible application server. What distinguishes it from other application servers is that it supports both Lotus Notes and browser clients. The same database can have two user interfaces!

This course leads you through the essential steps to adapt a simple Notes developed for Notes so that it can be used by browsers. You will see how Domino Designer 7 is uniquely suited to building powerful and versatile applications for Notes and browser clients.

Lotus Training Learning Objectives

In this course, you will learn how to:

  • distinguish the responsibilities of the Domino Web Engine and the Domino HTTP server task in serving browser requests
  • describe the various configuration documents necessary for Domino to host powerful and secure Web sites and applications available to users
  • describe the conversion capabilities of the Domino Web Engine as well as its limitations
  • adapt an application so that it can be used by both Notes and browsers and utilize the various mechanisms to create distinct experiences for both clients
  • use both pass-thru HTML and WYSIWYG Form and Page development techniques
  • understand how the Domino Web Engine renders Fields
  • compare various mechanisms to translate and validate Field values
  • refresh, interim save, or save and close new or edited documents
  • redirect users after saving a document to a specific location in the application
  • adapt Views for browsers and use embedded Views in creative ways
  • provide browsers with easy-to-use tools to navigate around an application and to have functional parity with Notes
  • establish document-response relationships and inherit Field data into new documents
  • explain several ways that Domino authenticates users and then employ the full range of database and document security mechanisms based on authenticated user names
  • interpret the cause of HTTP and Domino Web Engine errors seen by browsers and develop custom error Forms to improve the quality of recovery information provided to users
  • compare the application processing model of Notes and browsers and then use that knowledge to maximize application performance for browsers.
Lotus Training Audience

This course is designed for Notes programmers well versed in using Domino Designer 7. It assumes that you have:
  • thorough knowledge of the Domino Designer 7 development environment, including Form and View design, as well as how to use properties boxes, and how to set the ACL
  • mastered the Topics covered in Domino Designer 7: Basic Notes Applications
  • knowledge of Web technologies, including servers, browsers, HTML, Cascading Style Sheets, and some basic JavaScript.
This course is part of a series of Domino Designer 7 training courses. Follow these paths to master all aspects of developing applications using Domino Designer:

Domino Designer 7: Basic Notes Applications provides the base knowledge for this additional training:

Client Track
  • Configure Domino to use DB2 as a database engine and build applications that access relational data, DB2 for Domino 7 Administrators and Developers.
  • Specialize in programming Notes applications to respond to built-in user interface features, Domino Designer 7: Special Notes Features.
  • Convert an application written for Notes clients to be used in browsers, Domino Designer 7: Basic Browser Applications.
  • Provide data to cutting-edge Web applications, Domino Designer 7: Web Agents and Web Services.
Language Track. These languages apply to both Notes and browser clients:
  • Learn sophisticated application techniques that fully exploit the formula language in Domino Designer 7: Formula Language.
  • Develop sophisticated applications and Agents with LotusScript in Domino Designer 7: LotusScript.
  • Add powerful client-side scripting to browser applications in Domino Designer 7: JavaScript.
Lotus Training Course duration

This course is sold as a 1-day course.

Lotus Training Course design

This is a lecture/lab course that follows a task-oriented approach. During the many course exercises you will adapt a working Notes application to work in browsers. As you expand your knowledge about Domino Designer, you will immediately apply the concepts and techniques as you work on your application.

Lotus Training Course outline

Topic 1: Domino Web Engine and the HTTP Server

    Browser access to Domino services and objects
    Server configuration
    Incoming URL parsing
    Serving file system resources
    Serving database resources
    URLs to Domino database resources
    Domino Web Engine conversion
    Conversion of @Commands and application navigation
    What the Domino Web Engine cannot convert

Topic 2: Coding for Notes and Browsers
    Domino Designer
    Notes and browser capabilities
    Design considerations
    Conditional coding
    Exercise: Create project application and open it from a browser

Topic 3: Forms
    HTML or WYSIWYG Form development
    Add HTML to a Form or Page
    HTML Pane and pass through HTML
    <Input> widths
    Rich Text Field properties
    Interoperability warning
    Exercise: Set Field properties
    Exercise: Pick a department
    Generate HTML for all fields
    Exercise: Generate HTML for all fields
    Address book lookup dialog box
    Attach files
    Detach attached files
    Delete attached files
    Exercise: Attachments
    Display image attachment in browser

Topic 4: Field Formulas and Form Submit
    Form processing for browsers
    WebQueryOpen event Agent
    Trigger a refresh or save
    Exercise: Field Input Translation event formulas
    Input Validation using formula language
    Possible Form caching issue
    Exercise: Field validation error page
    Redirect user after saving a document
    Exercise: $$Return
    Open a Page or Form after the save
    Useful @Functions
    WebQuerySave event Agent
    CGI variable Fields

Topic 5: Views
    Purpose of Views
    View limitations for browsers
    Standard View format options
    Exercise: Enable View Java applet
    Embed Views in a Page or Form
    Exercise: $$ViewTemplate for
    AllProductsByDateCreated Page

Topic 6: Navigation
    Problem: Invalid Outline Entries
    Exercise: Hide invalid Outline Entries
    General @Commands
    View-level @Commands
    Non-working Action buttons
    Problem: Delete Action button in Form
    Exercise: Redirect user after deleting an open document
    Problem: Inventory Adjustment
    Create response document
    Exercise: Inventory Adjustment
    Future work on Inventory Adjustment
    Problem: Cancel Action Button navigation
    Exercise: Cancel Action button
    Problem: Action buttons and Outline control are HTML
    Exercise: Use Java Applet for Action Bar
    Problem: Deleting documents from a View
    Exercise: Delete documents from a View
    Exercise: Hide Form elements from browsers

Topic 7: Application Security
    Domino network and server security
    Login name versus authenticated name
    Force authentication
    Security handoff
    Anonymous users
    Maximum Internet name and password
    Exercise: Define ACL and roles
    Database encryption
    Two design changes to prevent URL hacking
    Require SSL connection
    Recommended reading

Topic 8: Cascading Style Sheets
    Add STYLE attribute to an HTML element
    Styles in Domino Designer elements
    New container tags
    External style sheets
    The CSS file
    Pseudo-class and pseudo-element selectors
    Pseudo-element selector
    Descendant selectors
    Conflicting style declarations
    Adding a Style Sheet Shared Resource
    Embed or link to Style Sheet Shared Resource
    Link to multiple style files
    Exercise: Cascading Style Sheet

Topic 9: Browser Errors
    Browser response codes
    Common HTTP server response codes
    Browser display of error messages
    Form and other design errors
    Domino Server Log messages
    Custom error Forms
    Server and Site-wide custom error Forms

Topic 10: Performance
    Query Views overview
    Create a QV
    SQL Query formula
    Exercise: Create QV of one DAV
    Limit number of rows returned by QVs
    QV of two DAVs
    Exercise: JOIN two DAVs
    Data source federation
    Procedure 1\Instructor: Federate DB2 instance
    Procedure 2\Everyone: Create data source wrapper
    Procedure 3\Everyone: Create server definition
    Server definition object folders
    Procedure 4\Everyone: Create nickname to external table/view
    Exercise: QV of the EMPLOYEE table
    Using QVs in Notes applications
    Exercise: QV to JOIN DAV and EMPLOYEE table

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