Posted by Niklas Heidloff | October 4, 2012
Hunter Medney has contributed a new
project - Trouble
Tickets Notes-to-XPages Example.
Below is his description.
This application was created to demonstrate
adding an XPages interface to an existing Notes application. It was
developed as a pure Notes application, and the XPages interface was added
after. The project contains 2 NSFs - the application as a pure Notes
app and the same application as a hybrid Notes/XPages app. The reason
for 2 separate NSFs is some of the Notes code was refactored to allow it
to be called from the XPages interface.
The XPages interface was built to coexist
with the Notes interface such both could be used interchangeably - customers
often prefer a coexistence period when deploying an XPages version of a
About the application
The application is a simple help desk
trouble tickets where tickets are created by end users employees, submitted
to the help desk, assigned to one of the staff and then closed. Each
step in the process is added to the ticket history which was implemented
as a rich text field in the Notes app to allow for unbound growth. The
application has roles for "staff" and "manager" which
control different views and actions like assigning a ticket to a staff
person and defining ticket categories.
About the XPages interface
The XPages interface was built using
Domino 8.5.3 and the Extension Library (mainly for the application layout
and dialog controls). Key points in the XPages interface:
- Overall layout created using the xe:applicationLayout
- LotusScript in the original Notes
app was divided into frontend and backend libraries. The backend
library is shared between the Notes and XPages interfaces (accessed via
agents from XPages).
- Dialogs were implemented using xe:dialog.
This application shows how to use xe:dialog to reproduce LotusScript
actions with user interaction, e.g. using NotesUIWorkspace.DialogBox to
gather user input in the middle of the script.