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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 finally got tired of people whining that there was no way to make a view of profile documents. So, I created a way, which you can download from here -- no charge. It's a form which, when you open it, gets a list of all profile documents in the current database and shows them, letting you select one to edit, or multiple to delete. You can click the column headings to sort.

Profile document management screen

The edit function depends on having an appropriately named form or subform; if a subform, the thing opens in a dialog. Either way, you can save your changes. If you end up with duplicate-named profiles, you can still edit them all, but this tool will tell you if you're editing in the "normal document" way rather than via EditProfile (the latter will of course only work for one of the duplicates).

The delete has a confirmation, so that you don't permanently delete all your profiles by accident.

You can just paste this form into any application, and it should work in 6.0 on up (though 8.0 has a more efficient way to get the list of profile documents, which this code will take advantage of, if available). As usual, this is provided "as is," but if you run into any difficulties please let me know here.

The form is set to appear in the Create / Other dialog, so you can get to it without adding an action or outline entry, though of course it's a good idea to do that. I just wanted to have minimum effort to add it to an application.

I'm a big fan of profile documents, both for performance and because they make it simple to centralize configuration functions on a single screen. This tool should, I think, remove one more objection to their use. Along with the practice I mentioned earlier of checking for profile document existence in the database Postopen code before trying to use it, I see no reason anyone would want to use a dumb old lookup document for keyword lists, default rich text values, and so on, anymore.

P.S. Yes, Jamie, I know NoteMan will do the same thing with more features for free, but I wanted something that would be part of the application so that people wouldn't complain about all the developers having to install it. Huh.

Andre Guirard | 28 April 2008 05:15:00 AM ET | Home, Plymouth, MN, USA | Comments (24)

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