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Domino Application - ZEN style

Great work is under way to make Domino work as a first class citizen in the shiny new Ajax world. With this field covered I decided to look the other way: how minimalistic can a Domino application get and still work properly. I want to build a small approval application, just one approver level. It is mainly for documentation, not to execute a sophisticated mapped out workflow. Something that is a little bit more structured that sending eMail requests.
So let us assume I know HTTP/HTML very well. I don't know JavaScript (and I might want to use the app with devices that don't support JavaScript). I don't know Java or LotusScript. I have a limited understanding of @Formula (some basic stuff like @Command([FileSave]) or @Trim(@ThisValue) or @if(...)). I also have a friend who does the CSS for me. I have an excellent understanding however how Domino does forms, how Author and Reader fields work and how Domino URLs are constructed (which resemble some kind of REST API, so learning them with my background in HTTP was quite easy). How far can I go?

There are quite some steps involved. But they are less than it looks like.

Step 1: Create the database
Create a new database

Step 2: Set the ACL
Setting the access control
Since I want anybody to be able to use this little gem, I set default access to Author. Please --> In your environment follow best practices and set it to -No Access- and have an appropriate access group... but that is what the Administrator will do for you anyway. Just keep in mind to create the [Debug] role (You might not understand it but you liked the idea in that SnTT post).Step 3: Create the Form
The request form
We already know some of the input translation stuff and have a good idea what fields we will need. Also we understand that it is a convention to have hidden fields in red. We also know that we can mark sections of the text as passthru HTML. The result is an already working form. I could have added a field that sends out an eMail notification, but we don't want to get too sophisticated here <g>. The result is a working form
The request form in the browser
Ugly but functional (my CSS friend needs to work his magic later).

Step 4 - Adding the view
The view design
Nothing fancy, just add the columns was we used them before.

Step 5 - Adding a view template
View with Template in Browser
This now allows us to see the documents and create new ones. In the next installment we look at approving, rejecting or deleting requests.
Continue in Part 2

Posted by on 30 July 2007 | Comments (3) | categories: Show-N-Tell Thursday


  1. posted by Simon Scullion on Tuesday 31 July 2007 AD:
    Great idea Stephan!

    While its great to see some of the advances and technical innovation at the moment, thats fine for those of us who have been around the block a little, but for those new to Domino development, I thinks its getting harder all the time to know where to go to get a good understanding of the basics.

    Looking forward to the next installment!
  2. posted by John Downs on Friday 03 August 2007 AD:
    Heeeelp ....... I lost. Emoticon shocked.gif
  3. posted by Wayne Sobers on Friday 03 August 2007 AD:
    This is very welcome.