Bob Balaban June 13 2007 06:36:42 AMGreetings, Geeks!
Today I have a different sort of question for you. It's about a product that Lotus has actually put into the market, called Lotus Component Designer (see here for the Lotus product page on LCD).
LCD allows you to build software "components" using a design model very similar to the one found in Domino Designer. The objects you work with are things like Pages, Databases, Controls and Schemas. You assemble a "Page" (which is analogous to a Domino Form) by placing controls (ui widgets) onto a canvas, and then by associating data elements from your "schema" to these controls. Sound familiar? It's not terribly different (at a high level) from DomDesigner.
In it's released version, LCD has only 2 deployment options for your constructed components: LCD packages them into .WAR files and deploys them as portlets, either to a WebSphere Portal Server, or to a Websphere Application Server-CE (the open source version of WAS).
In the future, however, there is a plan to have LCD also deploy application components to NSF files, for use in Domino.
My questions for you, my GeekPeeps, are for those of you who may have already experienced (tried out, played around with, done a bit of work using) LCD. Others of you who are not interested in this topic may leave now.
Ok, anybody left? Lettuce proceed.
Here's what I want to know -- for those of you with direct experience with LCD (even if it was just a nice demo), please reply with your thoughts:
1) What do you imagine LCD-built components would do for Domino if you could deploy them to an NSF and have the Domino server launch them?
2) If, hypothetically, DomDesigner could run in Eclipse, would you want to see a merged, Eclipse-based DomDesigner and LCD?
3) If the answer to question 2 is "Yes", then what kinds of applications would you build in this merged design tool?
4) Without getting into listing all the deficiencies of DomDesigner, what do you see as the value that LCD could bring to DomDesigner were they to be merged?
Thanks, Geeks! Please reply! Your input will be very valuable to us as we continue our planning for the next couple of releases after 8.0!
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