XPages RDBMS Support - Recent Improvements

Niklas Heidloff | 1 week ago | Comments
Below is a video from Brian Gleeson from the XPages team about improvements to the relational database support.



"In recent releases of the XPages Extension Library, there have been a number of changes and additions to the feature that supports Relational Databases in XPages applications. To ensure that the XPages community is aware of these changes and their impact, the XPages development team has created the video below.

The video is in two parts and each part covers the following topics:

Part 1
- The move of the XPages relational plugin from ExtLibX into the main Extlib branch and the  effects of this move.
- The addition of the new JDBC Driver Plugin Wizard feature in Domino Designer and how to use this feature.
- The addition of support for Apache Commons DBCP 1.4

Part 2
- A refresher section on how to set up and use the relational database support capabilities in XPages applications.  This includes examples that use IBM DB2, MySQL & Microsoft SQL Server.

In summary,  the first part of the video brings you the most up-to-date information on all the latest improvements in this area. The second part serves as an up-to-date reference for anyone starting out with using this feature for the first time."


On OpenNTF: xspless - a LESS CSS Builder for Domino Designer

Mark Leusink | 2 months ago | Comments
LESS (Leaner CSS) is a dynamic stylesheet language that allows you to use variables, nesting, functions (and more) in your CSS file. LESS files can be compiled into plain CSS file. xspless is the name of a new project that Jesse Gallagher created. It is a LESS CSS Builder for Domino Designer. From the documentation:

"This is an Eclipse builder plugin for Designer. By installing this plugin, right-clicking on an application, and choosing "Add/Remove LESS CSS Nature", it allows Designer to automatically compile LESS files to normal CSS versions. It matches two types: stylesheet resources with names in the form "foo.less.css" (because Designer automatically appends the ".css"), in which case it creates a file named "foo.css" next to it, and file resources elsewhere (e.g. File Resources or WebContent) with names in the form "foo.less", in which case it creates a new file next to it named "foo.less.css" (to avoid overwriting similarly-named normal-CSS files)."

In short: if you add a mystyles.less file to the WebContent folder, Domino Designer will automatically (when the application is "build") create a mystyles.css file in the same folder containing the compiled CSS version of the LESS source file. The download comes with the full source of the project: it also is a good example on how to extend Designer's build process.

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On OpenNTF: PC Config - easy inventarisation of hard- & software

Mark Leusink | 2 months ago | Comments
Dominic Shields just released v0.23 of PC Config. This Notes client application can collect all types of information from the PC it runs on with a single click. It allows you to easily get an overview of the hard- and software in your organisation. Out of the box it shows you the collected information in various views (by OS, CPU, RAM, User, Drive space, etc.). It can also create (Excel) charts from the data it collected.

Examples of the information it collects are:
  • OS, CPU, RAM, Hard disk (usage)
  • Network drives and configuration (IP, subnet, DNS, etc.)
  • Installed software (information retrieved from the registry)
  • IBM Notes version installed
  • Internet Explorer version installed
  • Printers

Note that, as the name already indicates, this application runs on a PC only. The screenshots were taken using a Windows VM running on my Mac.

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