Some weeks ago I blogged
about a preview of a tool that allows developers to import controls from
OpenNTF into custom apps in Domino Designer. There were a lot of positive
comments which allowed my colleagues Guo Yi and Chen Yang Jun to find some
time to finish a first version. Today they published this release.
Additionally I deployed/uploaded it
to the OpenNTF update site so that developers can install it via drag and
drop. Drag this extension.xml
and drop it onto your My Widgets sidebar panel in Lotus Notes.
There is a video
that describes the tool, both how to use it to import controls as well
as how to use it to export controls.
At this point there are only a handful
of controls that are displayed in the import dialog since not all OpenNTF
controls show automatically up. When importing a control in most cases
you only want to import the minimal set of design elements. Often you don't
want to import the XPages sample pages for example. That's why developers
should provide a so call importlist.xml file and put it in the zip file.
This file includes the list of design elements/files that will be imported
by the tool. The is generated by the export dialog automatically.
Right now only the business card control
and Paul Withers' audit comments control support this. The other controls
in the import dialog import the complete database only. For now I kept
these controls in there to demonstrate the difference. However I tend to
only show controls with the importlist.xml file as a policy. If you think
that listing also controls that don't have these config files provides
value, please respond below. I think in the optimal case we'd have another
checkbox "import core control only vs control plus sample pages"
but as long as we don't have this I'd think it makes more sense to only
import the core control design elements. Again, speak up if you disagree.
In any case I'd like to ask all control
contributors to update their controls with the configuration files. I'll
then add the controls to the list in the import tool.
OpenNTF Election will end October 1.
Fri, Sep 26th 2014 7:12a Peter Tanner Ballots have now been sent to representatives
of each OpenNTF Member and to all OpenNTF Contributors. If you didn't
receive a ballot, please contact the ip-mamanger at openntf.org.
Votes are due by October 1. [read] Keywords: openntf
OpenNTF Board Elections
Thu, Aug 28th 2014 1:12p Peter Tanner Nominations are now open for the OpenNTF Board Elections. Several
Board members will not be standing for re-election – so there is certainly
room for new blood.
There are five board positions open for Member Directors (those representing
OpenNTF's member companies) and three board positions open for Contributor
Directors. Member Directors are elected for two years and Contributor
Directors for one year.
So, if you work for an OpenNTF Member company or if you are an [read] Keywords: openntf
On OpenNTF: xspless - a LESS CSS Builder for Domino Designer
Thu, Jul 3rd 2014 6:12a Mark Leusink LESS
(Leaner CSS) is a dynamic stylesheet language that allows you to use variables,
nesting, functions (and more) in your CSS file. LESS files can be compiled
into plain CSS file. xspless
is the name of a new project that Jesse Gallagher created. It is a LESS
CSS Builder for Domino Designer. From the documentation:
"This is an Eclipse builder plugin
for Designer. By installing this plugin, right-clicking on an application,
and choosing "Add/Remove LESS CSS Nature", it allows Desi [read] Keywords: domino
Latest Release of XPages Extension Library Improves RDB Support
Tue, Jul 1st 2014 12:12a Peter Janzen The 7th
9.0.1 release of the XPages Extension Library
is now available on OpenNTF. Besides providing a number of fixes for existing
features, this release focuses on improving support for using Relational
Databases as a data source. First and foremost, the Relational Database
plugin has been moved out of ExtlibX and into the main Extlib branch. This
now means that when you install v901_r07 of the Extension Library or subsequent
releases, relational database support in XPages will be inst [read] Keywords: domino