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Best Practice Makes Perfect

A collaboration with Domino developers about how to do it and how to get it right in Domino

I recently had an argument with the DXL importer code about column programmatic names, so as long as I had to delve into it and figure out how it worked, I decided to extract the information that would be useful to Domino developers into a wiki document. Click here to read about Using View Column Programmatic Names.

Andre Guirard | 17 September 2009 07:00:00 AM ET | Home, Plymouth, MN, USA | Comments (3)


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1) The "Bonus capability"
Erik Brooks | 9/17/2009 11:30:55 AM

Ok, that "Bonus Capability" (re-assigning $Ref to other items) is interesting... is it supported?

2) re: "bonus capability"
Andre Guirard | 9/17/2009 1:45:53 PM

well... no guarantees, but the ways views work has been pretty stable for a long time. I haven't even been able to get them to make simple sensible changes like not throwing away the view index because of @Today use until it's a different day.

Write a comment here saying you make use of it, and I'll use that as ammunition to argue against any change that would break it. I've seen one application that uses this, and they were presenting it to a bunch of other people, where some of them you could see the gears turning in their heads.

3) re: "bonus capability"
Erik Brooks | 9/17/2009 9:41:26 PM

Yeah, my gears have been turning also... I'm thinking off the top of my head, and all of the standard NotesDocument properties wouldn't work with the alternate fields though, right? .Responses, etc.

From a "classic" UI point-of-view it's interesting as another way to present data. But now with XPages I think any UI-driven reason to implement it is better addressed via Repeat Controls and the like. It is another way to *index* docments, though, and therefore the NotesViewNavigator class might open up some interesting possibilities for walking the index.

So the @Today idea was shot down, huh? That's a minor bummer, though it's actually a bit far down the list on my Wish List for views. I really, really hope there is some effort dumped into views (or some sort of other indexing enhancements) for RNext. I think with XPages taking off views are really going to surface as the next Achilles' Heel of NSF.

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