In part one of my review, I looked at the opening and closing chapters of this book. They're fairly non-technical and provide a very useful set of guidelines for the development and testing of Lotus Domino applications - and they're just as relevant to XPages development.
Of course, if you're on a version of notes/domino prior to 8.5 with little prospect of upgrading in the near future, this book will help you to get the best development potential out of your existing systems.
The book offers a lot of great web development advice and code. It covers basic design rules mentioning some stylistic considerations which many web developers seem to overlook. It looks at form validation, usability and export functionality.
The book exposes each increment in usability/design one step at a time. This will provide people new to domino with an understanding of the effect of each of their changes. It's a great way to cover these topics.
There's also a whole chapter dedicated to navigation. It covers action buttons (how to style them, where to put them and when to use them). It provides tips for adding better URLs to your applications and provides some great coverage of the "go forward" navigational strategy.
This is a really good book with great explanations and good technical detail. If this book had come out three years ago, it would have been a bestseller. Sadly though, XPages is taking over (at least in the minds of cutting domino developers) and this dates the technology in the book a little.
If you're not going XPages yet and you're interested in classic domino development, then this is easily the best book I've seen on the subject.
Reusing Text in Word 2010 via Bookmarks - Part 2 Getting your formatting right
Sun, Jun 22nd 2014 7:25p Gavin Bollard In my last post on reusing text via bookmarks in Word, I mentioned that there was a problem with the reused text retaining formatting. Sure, you can reformat the text to look how you want but when you update it, then new text takes on characteristics of the old. You end up with text that looks like this.... There's an easy (but not obvious) way to fix this; Getting into Reveal Codes Mode on Field So, first we need to know exactly what makes our fields tick. So, click on one of your fiel [read] Keywords:
How to do Bullets and Numbering in IBM Notes
Tue, Feb 4th 2014 9:42p Gavin Bollard I forgot the F8 shortcut key today and I looked it up via google. On the way I found a post about colouring text white to hide bullets in notes. Crazy. In any case, I wrote these instructions for my people and thought it was worth sharing on the blog; How to Do Bullets and Numbering in IBM Notes There are lots of cool things you can do with bullets in IBM Notes. To turn them on and off, click the bullets or numbering icons on the toolbar Getting Spacing in Bullets If you're in the middl [read] Keywords: ibm
Getting Notes 9 to show Email Addresses as you type
Tue, Jun 11th 2013 10:05p Gavin Bollard Until recently, in fact until Notes 9, our Notes clients used to show email addresses as we typed them in but suddenly with IBM Notes 9, it started showing their Job Titles. We got a lot of complaints about this and the fix wasn't entirely obvious (to me at least), so that's why I'm documenting it here. As you can see, the problem wouldn't be so bad if all of our contacts came from the same company - but they don't. Our contacts come from lots of different companies. So, how do we change [read] Keywords: ibm
How to Figure out When an Extranet User last logged into your Domino Server
Thu, Apr 25th 2013 7:42p Gavin Bollard So, you want to do a bit of spring cleaning in your domino address book and apart from people whose email addresses you use all the time, you want to get rid of people who haven't accessed the server in ages. How do you find out when their last access was? I notice there's a lot of paid solutions on the web but it's functionality that is built into domino already. Here's how to use this feature; Start Domino AdministratorOpen the server that people log intoClick on the tab marked People a [read] Keywords: domino
How to Disable Phone-based data for the iPhone 4S
Thu, Sep 20th 2012 5:22p Gavin Bollard Why would you do this anyway? With the mobile data connection disabled, the iPhone can still hook into wireless networks, including those at home, in shopping centres and hotels, at McDonalds and Starbucks, on public transport and at the office to surf the internet and to receive data. It just won't be able to access data where there is either no internet wi-fi connection or where you haven't set it up. As a means of keeping mobile costs down however, the wi-fi option is certainly better th [read] Keywords: blogger