RE: The Notes Designer And Why It's Rubbish. Willy Lorenzo 21.Oct.07 12:46 PM Lotus Notes Domino Designer All ReleasesAll Platforms
3) When embedding a view into another design object, unless it's from the same database, there's no way of predicting how it will work on the client side, as it is dependent upon the bookmarks present in the designer's client.
I always put embedded views from other dbs in their own subform. In production, I update the design of the subform and insert the production embedded view into the subform. I then set the subform to prohibit design refresh. This way the subform is always tied to the correct view, but I can still update the design of my databases through templates.
7) This has been discussed exhaustively in the past, but I think it bears mentioning - the Designer client should exist in a separate environment from the Notes client.
I use two computers to get around this (at least, sometimes more :p) My primary computer has three 21" monitors attached to it. My primary and my 4 other computers are all networked. I use VNC to control the other computers. So I can have the debugger running on one machine, the design of the db opened on another, and the server console displayed on another, and have them all viewable and controllable with the same mouse/keyboard...all through VNC connections. Obviously, you don't need multiple monitors to do this, but it sure is nice!
It's amazing how cheap and small you can get a computer these days. I use the new Intel D201GLY ("Little Valley") Mini-ITX motherboard. For 70 bucks you get a complete board and 1.33 Ghz processor that only needs a case, memory, and a hard drive to work. A gig of RAM is only 25 bucks and a 250 GB drive is 60. Add a small case and you can put together a network accessible computer for 200 bucks. With the right power supply you can limit consumption to about 35 watts. I have one of these running as a partitioned Domino server for development with two partitions...it does a great job! (It's also my live Apache web server, Hmail server, and FTP server...it's a busy little machine :o)