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Lotus Notes and Domino 6 Programming Bible

   by Brian Benz / Rocky Oliver

    15 April, 2003


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Editorial description(s):

Book Info
Guide explaining the programming features of Lotus Notes and Domino 6. Topics include Domino designer; application architecture; automating applications; formula language techniques; LotusScript, Java, and JavaScript techniques; relational database integration, XML, and Web services. Useful for all developer skill levels, from beginner to advanced. Softcover.

From the Back Cover
"This unmatched book is a must-have reference for Notes and Domino developers."
- John Hawkins, Editorial Director,
Lotus Advisor Magazine & Conference

If Lotus Notes and Domino 6 can do it, you can do it too...

Whether you';re an architect, developer, or administrator, this guidebook covers everything you';ll need to know to harness the power and flexibility of Lotus Notes and Domino 6. Written by a team of award-winning authors, it explores the latest programming techniques, concepts, and languages you can use with this messaging and collaboration platform. And it';s packed with numerous examples and sample code, providing you with the tools to create your own customized applications.

Inside, you';ll find complete coverage of Lotus Notes and Domino 6

About the Author
Brian Benz is CEO of Benz Technologies, an IBM Business Partner that specializes in building software applications using the unique strengths of the Internet, Domino and XML. In addition to building applications for Notes since 1992 and the Web since 1995, Brian is a frequent presenter and industry conferences including Lotusphere, Advisor DevCons and VIEW seminars, and writes articles for Lotus Advisor, e-Pro magazine and others, as well as RedBooks for IBM. 

Rocky Oliver a Lotus technologies veteran began his "Lotus geek" existence with Lotus Development in 1992. Since then he has led the development team of a large, national consultancy, opened a new branch for a startup, and started his own company. Rocky is a Technical Editor and writer for Lotus ADVISOR magazine. Rocky loves to share his knowledge and experience by speaking often at Lotus technology conventions including Lotusphere, IBM DeveloperWorks Live, and ADVISOR Devcon. He co-authored Teach Yourself LotusScript for Notes/Domino 4.6 (MIS Press, 1997).

Book Description
* Covers all the programming techniques, concepts, and languages used with Notes and Domino, as well as the many new features of Domino 6
* Thoroughly examines the Notes and Domino role with Java, XML, Web services, and other IBM products and technologies
* Provides extensive code and examples, many geared to the needs of administrators
* High-profile authors, known to their audience through conferences and articles
* Companion Web site shows example applications from the book running on a live Domino server and provides code download

Reader review(s):

The Best Notes/Domino Book Ever!, May 21, 2003
Executive Summary: Needs a special hardcover edition with a gem-encrusted leather cover so that I can stroke it with one hand while typing with the other and cackle, "My Precious, My Precious". It *is* that good.

Let me hasten to provide detailed reasons for this highly enthusiastic summation.

This is the best single book compilation of Notes development information that I've ever seen. It's slanted toward detailing the new features of Notes/Domino 6 (new features are flagged in the text), but is hardly limited to ND 6 features. Even experienced developers are likely to pick up useful information from the ND6 Bible. While this might not be the only book you'd need as a beginning Notes/Domino developer, it will serve as much more than a starting point. It's got lots of wise advice on Notes database design. You could learn all this though bitter experience instead, but why do that when you can just skip over many pitfalls with the aid of this book? The early chapters give all the detail a beginner or novice will need to get going. More advanced chapters skip the basic details, but whatever the level, this book is very good at giving you the why along with the how.

Many of the code examples not only demonstrate the topic under discussion, but show how to do useful things besides. If you're tired of books with "toy" code examples, the ND6 Bible is for you. In particular, Advanced Formula Techniques and Advanced LotusScript Techniques are two chapters that will be of interest to all but the most experienced of Notes developers.

Particularly providential for me were Chapters 43-45 on relational database integration. I'm working on a project that will need to do something along these lines. Various data integration options are described. Capsule histories are given when relevant. Most important are the tips on when to use and when not to use each of these technologies. These chapters saved me hours of research.

Often, we techies are too busy to read a huge book from cover to cover, so a good index is a key feature. The book has a good index. One feature I hadn't encountered before is that the LotusScript classes are listed in the index in a separate font and each class's methods are listed with it, indented slightly. If you haven't been exposed to OO programming, that won't make much sense so just trust me that this style of indexing is a big plus. You'll find what you want faster. There are good cross-references in the text too, a detail that is far too often neglected in other technical books. I'll have to pay more attention to the publisher's (Wiley) technical books in the future. These details matter a lot.

Technical books need code, but not too much. I've seen all too many books shoveled full of code that does nothing but increase the page count. The ND6 Bible has a good mix of code to text. It's there when it needs to be; it hasn't been dumped in indiscriminantly. The book does not come with a CD, but you can download the files from the publisher's web site. This can be done all at once or chapter by chapter if your download speed is limited.

Good as this book is, it's not perfect. I would have liked to see a bibliography and an appendix of web resources. There are links in the text though. Maybe they'll make these things available in the second edition or on their web site. The section on web applications is only an introduction to the topic (though quite a good one). I'd guess that the authors preferred to devote the space to more advanced topics. As there are whole books on the subject of Domino Web Apps, I can see why they'd make that choice. And finally, I have to throw in a technical nitpick. I couldn't find a caution against using the @now or @today functions in view selection formulas. Notes allows this, but it can bog down a server amazingly. Given all the other sage advice, I'm surprised this wasn't included.

In conclusion; if you're doing Notes and Domino development, buy this book! You won't regret it.

Great for both beginners and experts., June 12, 2003
This is an excellent book. I have been developing in Notes/Domino since R3, and still managed to find quite a bit of information in here that was new. Brian, Rocky, and Richard present their information in a clear and easy-to-understand conversational style. Instead of the "I am the master; bow down in my presence" feeling that comes across in other programming guides, reading this book is like having a conversation with a more experienced mentor / co-worker. I highly recommend this book to both novice and experienced developers.

There is only one book that you need ..., June 12, 2003
This book is not only the best book for Notes and Domino 6, including the IBM redbooks, but may be the best book every written for Notes/Domino technologies. The reason for that is it covers everythiing you need. Very comprehensive. The only downside is that its too heavy to ready in bed or carry with you on the train!

I bought this for myself and have bought copies for my team members. Get this now!

Every application developer needs this book., July 15, 2003
This is the book I've been waiting for. It has a wealth of information organized in a way that meshes nicely with the Notes/Domino application development process. It more than paid for itself in the first day!

No reference guide but excellent, informative book, July 3, 2003
As stated in the beginning of the book, it's not a reference guide. It's intended to explain useful (new) features in Notes 6.
Also the downloadable example databases are helpful.
I recommend this book to all Domino Notes/Web developers.

Not for Beginners, August 12, 2004
As with any book, it's only useful if it has what you want. Like many of the Bible series, it is rated for "Beginning", but it is really for experienced techs to add Lotus Notes to their skill set. The book assumes that you are familiar with scripting languages. If you aren't, don't expect this book to help you much. There are no reference materials for any of the functions or commands, no syntax helps, and no tutorials for the programming at all. Yet most of the chapters rely on programming extensively.

Tips are useful and more than a text book, December 22, 2003
Many books assume the readers are students, but this book is taking a very practical approach. I particularly like the 'tips'.

Excellent definitive manual on ND6, June 7, 2003
This is a great book for any Notes aficionado to own. Rocky Oliver writes with authority and clarity. If you want to add value to your ND6 investment then this is the book to buy. There is also a section by Richard Schwartz that is worth reading.

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