In my previous post, I talked about a ReactJS library of components that can be used to create Notes like UI. It allows developers to create modern web and mobile UIs in a flash. Fine but, if Domino Designer is a great tool for rapidly developing applications, it is unfortunately not designed to create such modern applications, mostly because:
It does not integrate with the modern tool chain required by these libraries, like maven, npm, babel, webpack...
Source control and continuous build/integration are very limited
Well, it is Windows only
We've been thinking about these problems for a while and we worked to provide a solution. Part of the problem comes from the fact that the NSF is both the development and the deployment container, with no third party development tool in the market being able deal with the NSF content. The on-disk projects were an attempt to fix that issue, but this is for source control only.
With Darwino, we go a step further: we allow developers to create projects using the tools they love (Eclipse, IDEAJ, Ms Visual Studio Code, Atom, ...), then use any of these tools during development and deploy the final result into an NSF.
Ok, better to first see it in action:
The cherry on the cake: the code for these services is isolated from Domino Designer itself, so it could be installed directly within a Domino server. This would remove the requirement of using Domino Designer for development, at least when not developing"classic" notes applications -> it can enable a pure Web based Designer for citizen developers.
Develop a Domino applications using any modern tools
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ReactJS or AngularJS? What about something else?
Why AngularJS sounds familiar to XPages developers...
Tue, Jan 3rd 2017 5:53p Philippe Riand When I started to look at AngularJS a few years ago, I surprisingly found myself quickly comfortable with this technology. One of the reason is that many of its concepts are shared with XPages. Of course, there are fundamental differences, the most obvious being AngularJS a pure client technology while XPages, based on JSF, is a server side one. But still, they share a lot! If you know XPages, your experience understanding AngularJS should be similar to mine. I'm basing my experience on Angul