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  • 1. XPages Extension Library Exceptional Web Experience @ Exceptional Speed 1
  • 2. XPages Extension Library Executive Summary ● Make the development of Domino Web applications easier and faster ● Lower the entry cost of Domino Web development ▬ Provide an extended set of out-of-the-box artifacts that encapsulate many common patterns. ● Ease modernization of existing applications ● Make prototyping faster than ever ▬ Create a brand new, good looking, custom application in minutes! ▬ Simplify moving from prototype to an actual production ready application 2
  • 3. XPages Extension Library What is the XPages Extension Library? ● A set of advanced, optimized, controls and other XPages assets ▬ Provide a rich UI to web applications through a set of new Web 2.0 controls/behaviors ▬ Does not require new knowledge beyond core XPages ● Integrates within Domino Designer ● Works on both the client and the server, and provides Mobile support ● Designed for performance from the ground-up ● Fully implemented using the XPages extensibility API ▬ Code source is available ▬ Installs on top of Notes/Domino 8.5.2 3
  • 4. XPages Extension Library Limitations with 8.5.2 ● Focus on the runtime, not the design time experience ▬ Extensions will be added to Domino Designer ● UI is targeting OneUI and Vulcan ▬ Designed to support alternative themes ▬ Will require extensions to themes to fully take advantage of it 4
  • 5. XPages Extension Library What is Currently Available and Where? ● The Extension Library is currently under development ▬ Will be called 1.0 probably around the end of the 2010 ▬ Also requires a complete tests set, localization... ▬ Code checked-in can change without notice (Open Source :-)) ▬ Look and feel can also change ● A new project is available on openNTF, which comprises ▬ A compiled version of the library, as an Eclipse update site ▬ Needs more optimization on the Dojo side (custom build) ▬ A demo database showing the components in action ▬ A documentation being written and provided as a PDF file ▬ A Subversion repository containing the full source code ▬ Read only access unless more is requested. We have to limit the committers and go through code reviews 5
  • 6. XPages Extension Library Where is the code on openNTF? ● One project is available ▬ It contains: ▬ The binary plug-ins, ready to install ▬ A sample database showing the features in action ▬ A PDF documentation http://extlib.openntf.org/ ● The source code is available from a Subversion Server. Anonymous has read only access ▬ https://svn-166.openntf.org/svn/xpages 6
  • 7. XPages Extension Library What You Can Do With The Library ● Start to understand and experiment with this new capability ▬ You can already use the capability within your applications, just be aware that this is under development and can change over time ● Report early feedback in order to influence the design of the component ● Inspect the source code to better understand the XPages Extensibility API ▬ Contribute ideas, components, fixes, documentation Spread out the message! 7
  • 8. XPages Extension Library ● Define the first shot of the application in minutes ● Make this application looks good from the beginning 8
  • 9. XPages Extension Library Solution for the Writer's Block ● XPages makes it easy to create a new application but there is a gap between the first shot and a full featured, well looking application ● At times, developers don't know where to start ▬ Requires a fair amount of work to put the main application layout (code, CSS...), the navigation mechanism, selection handling ... From this To that 9
  • 10. XPages Extension Library Application Layout ● Abstract the main characteristics of an application into a set of parameters ▬ Easy to configure using Domino Designer ● The XPages runtime renders the final application based on the layout definition: ▬ The abstraction does not preclude how the app will be finally rendered – Different renderers could be used ▬ Handles all the low level details (ex: displaying a pop-up menu, maintaining some current page context...) 10
  • 11. XPages Extension Library OneUI Application Layout ● Get a running OneUI application in less than 5 minutes! ● Fully customizable OneUI rendering ▬ Abstracts all the OneUI application parts ▬ Can even be customized by providing a inherited renderer ● Get ready for the upcoming Vulcan look and feel 11
  • 12. XPages Extension Library ● Extends the end user experience by providing new controls and behaviors ▬ Match the new UI trends – Vulcan ● Make it easy to use for the XPages developer ▬ Well integrated in the XPages page lifecycle ▬ Easy Designer experience 12
  • 13. XPages Extension Library New Set of Dojo Controls ● Leveraging the Dojo form controls ▬ Extended set of input controls ▬ Spinner, sliders,... ▬ Dojo client side validation enabled ● New Dojo containers for high user interactivity ▬ Tabbed panels, layout... 13
  • 14. XPages Extension Library User Actions Through Outlines/Menus ● Provide a generic way for building action bars ▬ Hierarchical navigators, accordions, pop-up menus, trees... ▬ Content can be static (defined in the page), dynamic (retrieved from a data source) or a mix of both. ▬ Easy mapping to actions (client and/or server side) 14
  • 15. XPages Extension Library Extended Editing Context ● Beyond the traditional web form/submit/navigate pattern In Context Editing ▬ Editing the data “In Context” ▬ Provide various flavors of dialogs Modal Dialog Dynamic Tabbed Interface Tooltip Dialog 15
  • 16. XPages Extension Library Value and Name Pickers ● Select data from any data source ▬ Domino view, Address Book, Managed bean.. ● Integrated with the standard TypeAhead component ● Pluggable UI for high degree of customization 16
  • 17. XPages Extension Library New View Control with Custom Layout ● Easy data binding to view data ● Custom layout of the expandable detail section ● A new managed bean keeps the view context (current page, expanded rows...) 17
  • 18. XPages Extension Library Interactive Views ● View content rendered in a scrollable grid ▬ Either the Dojo grid or the iNotes virtual list, depending on the need ▬ iNotes virtual list supports categorization, document hierarchy... ▬ Dojo grid supports editing and is not tied to Views ● Data is accessed using REST services provided by the XPages ▬ Custom columns can be computed, and events handled ▬ Documents can also be updated for the column pointing to fields 18
  • 19. XPages Extension Library Access to Calendar Views ● Visualize calendar Notes/Domino views ● Add CRUD operations through custom forms 19
  • 20. XPages Extension Library Dynamic Pages ● Make the content of a page dynamic ▬ Parts of the page are discarded/reconstructed on demand ● The user never leaves the current page ▬ Very efficient runtime behavior ● The context is kept using the URL hash technique ▬ Makes it “bookmarkable”, and enables the back button 20
  • 21. XPages Extension Library ● Provide ready to use, well tested code, that handles common situations ● Wrap the Dojo complexity into components and simple actions 21
  • 22. XPages Extension Library Predefined Managed Beans ● Get easy access to common data ▬ Current user name, email... 22
  • 23. XPages Extension Library Dojo Client Side Simple Actions ● Make Dojo easier to use through simple actions ▬ The Dojo code is generated based on the action properties 23
  • 24. XPages Extension Library ● Define an architecture for hosting REST services within an XPage ● Make these REST services connected with Dojo store for easy consumption 24
  • 25. XPages Extension Library Creating REST Services ● Defining a REST service architecture ▬ Definition of parameterizable REST service engines ▬ Created as a hierarchy of reusable, customizable services ▬ Independent from XPages: can be triggered from a servlet ▬ Multiple possible renderings: XML, JSON, binary... ● An XPages component can have 2 faces: ▬ It renders HTML during the render phase ▬ It can render other kind of data on postback request ▬ Identified by a path info in the URL, or a component client id ▬ High level of security: View columns/field can be hidden, postback can be restricted to the pages running the service... 25
  • 26. XPages Extension Library XPages REST Service Component ● A new XPages component instanciates a REST service engine ▬ Delegates to the engine on postback calls ▬ Renders a Dojo store that connects to the service ● Many services are available ▬ Domino View, Document, Value picker... ▬ Can be consumed by client controls, like Dojo grid 26
  • 27. XPages Extension Library Calling Server Code using JSON RPC ● JSON RPC allows a client to call methods running on the server ▬ A client JavaScript object exposes methods that call a service ▬ The server provides the implementation of the method ▬ The Extension Library provides an engine that can be triggered from a servlet or an XPages component ● An XPage component makes it easier ▬ Generates the client side JavaScript object that connects back to the server ▬ Uses JavaScript on the server for the method implementation ▬ Allows complex JavaScript objects to be passed as parameters 27
  • 28. XPages Extension Library ● Provide the necessary components to integrate with: ▬ Lotus Sametime ▬ Lotus Connections 28
  • 29. XPages Extension Library Content Type Rendering ● Computed fields, as well as view columns, supports a content type property ▬ Generally support Text or HTML ▬ But can be extended to support custom rendering ● New renderers can be contributed through extension points 29
  • 30. XPages Extension Library Lotus Sametime Integration ● Sametime awareness rendering 30
  • 31. XPages Extension Library Lotus Connections Integration ● Popup card ● Inline Business card 31
  • 32. XPages Extension Library ● Enable developers to develop mobile apps via XPages' rapid application development mechanism ● Enable developers to build mobile apps that look & feel like native apps to achieve the best user experience ● Enable developers to build sophisticated mobiles apps accessing native services and supporting offline ● Allow building mobile apps for Android™, iPhone® and Blackberry® using XPages 32
  • 33. XPages Extension Library Use of HTML/JavaScript/CSS ● Based on the initial set of XPages controls provided on openNTF ▬ But using native controls ● Web technologies are used, with eventually native extensions ▬ Dojo Mobile – Since Dojo 1.5 ▬ PhoneGap or other libraries to get access to native platform services (wink toolkit?, cubiq.org?) ▬ Integration of new libraries (wink toolkit?, cubiq.org?) 33
  • 34. XPages Extension Library What the Library is Providing ● Automatic detection of the device based on the user agent ▬ Current device is available to JavaScript ● New themes targeting the mobile platforms ▬ Adapts to the look and feel of the platform ▬ 3 themes currently proposed: iPhone, BlackBerry and Android ● Set of new, mobile dedicated controls ▬ Application configuration/layout ▬ New renderers for existing controls (ex: view) ▬ Mobile specific controls (ex: on/off) 34
  • 35. XPages Extension Library Application Configuration/Layout ● Define one XPages that contain the entire application ▬ Uses a dynamic JSF tree on the server ▬ Allows smooth transition between the pages ● Application Configuration ▬ Defines the main options the mobile application ▬ Option menus, … 35
  • 36. XPages Extension Library Possible Dedicated Mobile Controls/Renderers 36