This section discusses details of packaging and deploying applications.
It assumes you have completed some level of code development and are interested in one of the two situations below:
- You have completed code development and are now prepared to start constructing installation artifacts to turn over to an administrator or IT team for distribution to client systems.
- You want to run your code in an actual installed instance of the client platform on your local development system (and not within an instance launched from the workspace)
For information on constructing installation artifacts for distribution, refer to Packaging applications for distribution
For information on performing quick deployments of plug-ins to local instances for test purposes, refer to Deploying projects for local testing
Packaging applications for distribution: XPD621
Updates to the client platform are provided in the form of features. Features may contain other features, or a set of related plug-ins. The Update Manager component of the client platform handles the installation of the features, and a user interface is provided to manage the installed features.
Deploying projects for local testing: XPD621
In order to run your application plug-ins in a locally installed instance of the client platform, and not an instance started from the workspace application launcher, you will need to export your plug-ins to the local file system.
Deploying plugins to devices: XPD621
You should note that when a new feature is installed to a device, the Lotus Expeditor environment is not usually restarted. However, in some instances, restarting is necessary for a plug-in to be utilized by other plug-ins.
Deploying Client Services applications to a Portal server: XPD621
Lotus Expeditor provides a simple and automated process for deploying Client Services applications to a Portal Server, allowing application developers to register their client side UI components in each project on the Portal server and create placeholders for the applications that can be used by the Portal application developer to build server side applications.
Creating client runtime images: XPD621
You can use the Client Services Platform Wizard to create a custom image of the Lotus Expeditor platform. You can then export and test the image.
Parent topic: Developing Applications for Lotus Expeditor: XPD621