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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

One of the pleasures of this work is that occasionally I get to fix one of those annoying things that have been vexing people for a while. Today, I checked in my fix for in-view editing in Designer so it doesn't modify the design note if you didn't actually change the value. Nothing is ever certain until it's released, but it should be in the next point releases of 7 and 8 (but not in the 8.0.1 beta). [BTW as far as development is concerned, 7.0.3 is already done. We're working on 7.0.4]

If you have design locking enabled, the design element still gets modified, though, since it is locked to let you get into edit mode before we know what you'll type.

I've also added an INI setting to disable in-view editing in Designer. I know people have suggested changing the timing post-click before starting the edit mode (or making this timer adjustable), but I didn't like to mess with this because it seemed a bit risky. The code is shared with the client, which uses the same timer.

I'm looking forward to switching over from "classic" Designer work to the new Java-based UI, which should make it easier to correct some of these little problems (by just failing to include them in the new code).

Andre Guirard | 9 October 2007 11:45:52 AM ET | Plymouth, MN, USA | Comments (8)

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