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Lotus Domino and Lotus Forms integrate seamlessly to provide a varied list of features, particularly in providing replication and offline capabilities. This integration provides a solution that can be deployed in a distributed environment.
This article details different integration layers and the benefits of integration. This article also shows how integration can be achieved and explains a sample procurement process. This solution involves the deployment of Lotus Domino 8.0.2 and Lotus Forms Server 3.5.
Overview of Lotus Forms and Lotus Domino integration
Integrating Lotus Forms and Lotus Domino can be done at various levels of the application. The options available for this integration include the following:
- User interface (UI) level integration. UI integration can be done through the browser or the Lotus Forms Viewer. Users can access a form using the Lotus Forms Viewer as a standalone client or as a plug-in through a Web browser. Users can also access a form without any additional client software through a Web browser by relying on the Lotus WebForm server.
- Data level integration. Data integration can be done using a Lotus Domino agent or a servlet or a portlet. This integration can be done using the Lotus Forms API and the Lotus Domino API. It can also be done by directly consuming Domino XML (DXL) or by using the XForms model instance. Web service integration provides an excellent way of integrating these two products.
- Process level integration. Lotus Domino helps in defining workflow, which can be utilized by Lotus Forms through Web service calls.
To find out more, see Integrating IBM Lotus Forms with IBM Lotus Domino