RE: The Notes Designer And Why It's Rubbish. Simon Boulton 19.Oct.07 09:23 AM a Web browser Domino Designer All ReleasesAll Platforms
I agree with Ben. Criticism is important, but it should be always be presented in a professional manner. As befits IT professionals who have exercised excellent judgment in choosing (in my case, anyway) to work in Notes/Domino.
When looking at the way things are designed, one should always take the context in which those things were designed - more often than not one finds that the design was appropriate in that context. Having used a variety of IDEs, I actually think Designer is pretty good (yes, with shortcomings). And if you think that Designer is archaic, you need to try something like the AS/400 PDA as an IDE LOL!
In addition, in an IT career of over 30 years, there are probably, no definitely, lots of examples of poor code that I've written scattered all over the place in all sorts of language. Let those who are without sin . . . etc.
As far as Designer goes, an Eclipse-based version is imminent; something I am eagerly anticipating. I'm happy to work with Designer as is, warts and all; I'm sure that many if not all of the shortcomings in Designer (and I agree that there are several) will be addressed by the development team.