Yesterday's discussion got me thinking even more about what a non-Domino web developer needs to know about Domino before designing for it.
What I think I might do if I get the chance is sit with the clearleft guys and give them a quick ten minute introduction to Domino Designer. In this time I should be able to:
- Create a blank database
- Add a new form with some fields of varying types and a Submit button
- Preview this form in the browser (and maybe the Notes client?)
- Submit the document.
- Create a basic view to show the documents.
- Preview the view in the browser.
- Open the document we just created, edit it and submit the changes.
- Discuss the HTML produced and show how to override it with PassThru.
I don't doubt they will be initially impressed by how quickly I created a working interactive website. Even more so if I show them things like the ACL and Full Text searching. My aim is not to impress them though. I merely want them to know what they need to know.
To that end I have started work on a CodeStore Wiki page called Domino in a Nutshell. In it I hope we will be able to provide a concise introduction to Domino for other web developers. Hopefully it will make a good reference for others in the future.
Can you help? Yes. If you've got some spare time today add whatever you like to this page. Don't be scared of it. You just click edit, make a change and press save.