Learn how to combine multiple Lotus Notes applications and other technologies to produce a unified interface in which users can conduct their business more effectively and supply innovative business solutions.
IBM Lotus Notes V8 brings the power and benefits of composite applications to the Lotus Notes user community. These composite applications, called business style mashups by some, can be accessed from the local Lotus Notes data directory, the IBM Lotus Domino V8 server, or even a server running IBM WebSphere Portal, allowing users to work anywhere, anytime. Using new functionality and runtime capabilities, you can combine multiple Lotus Notes applications and other technologies giving users a unified interface in which to conduct their business more effectively and to supply innovative business solutions.
Components are the reusable building blocks of composite applications. They can expose an application's data or process and, when combined with other components, can enable the on-the-glass integration of multiple systems. Taken together, components create a business application by integrating multiple backend IT applications.
In the Lead Manager composite application sample, the goal is to combine several existing Lotus Notes applications into one application that is more productive and integrated. The application is described here both before and after, and the process used to create the application is described in a series of articles previewed here.
To read the rest of this article, see The Lead Manager application in IBM Lotus Notes V8: An Overview on the developerWorks website.
This article is the first in a series of articles on composite applications being published on developerWorks® Lotus. See the other developerWorks articles, "Designing composite applications: Component design," "Designing composite applications: Design patterns," "Designing composite applications: Unit testing," "Designing composite applications: Writing an Eclipse component for IBM Lotus Notes,"and "Designing composite applications: IBM Lotus Notes components".