Mastering XPages: A Step-by-Step Guide to XPages Application Development and the XSP Language (IBM Press) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2011/1/19
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The first complete, practical guide to XPages development - direct from members of the XPages development team at IBM Lotus
Martin Donnelly, Mark Wallace, and Tony McGuckin have written the definitive programmer's guide to utilizing this breakthrough technology. Packed with tips, tricks, and best practices from IBM's own XPages developers, Mastering XPages brings together all the information developers need to become experts - whether you’re experienced with Notes/Domino development or not. The authors start from the very beginning, helping developers steadily build your expertise through practical code examples and clear, complete explanations. Readers will work through scores of real-world XPages examples, learning cutting-edge XPages and XSP language skills and gaining deep insight into the entire development process. Drawing on their own experience working directly with XPages users and customers, the authors illuminate both the technology and how it can be applied to solving real business problems.
Martin Donnelly previously led a software startup that developed and distributed small business accounting software. Donnelly holds a Commerce degree from University College Cork and an M.S. in Computer Science from Boston University.
Mark Wallace has worked at IBM for 15 years on many projects as a technical architect and application developer.
Tony McGuckin participates in the Lotus OneUI Web Application and iWidget Adoption Workgroup. He holds a bachelor's degree in Software Engineering from the University of Ulster.
The authors of this book have a number of things in common. All three hail from Ireland, work for the IBM Ireland software lab, and have made significant contributions to the development of XPages over the past number of years.
Martin Donnelly is a software architect and tech lead for the XPages runtime team in IBM Ireland and has worked on all three XPages releases from Notes/Domino 8.5 through 8.5.2. Prior to this, Martin also worked on XFaces for Lotus Component Designer and on JSF tooling for Rational Application Developer. In the 1990s while living and working in Massachusetts, he was a lead developer on Domino Designer. Now once again based in Ireland, Martin lives in Cork with his wife Aileen, daughters Alison, Aisling, and Maeve, and retired greyhounds Evie and Chelsea. Outside of work, he confesses to playing soccer on a weekly basis and salmon angling during the summer when the opportunity presents itself.
Mark Wallace is a software architect working in the IBM Ireland software lab. In the past, he worked on the XSP runtime, which was developed for Lotus Component Designer and subsequently evolved into the XPages runtime. He has a keen interest in programming models and improving developer productivity. Mark has worked in Lotus and IBM for more than 15 years on various products and is currently working on Sametime Unified Telephony. Mark lives in Dublin with his wife and two children and spends as much time as possible in the Ireland’s sunny south east enjoying fishing and kayaking with his family.
Tony McGuckin is a senior software engineer in the IBM Ireland software lab. Having studied software engineering at the University of Ulster, he began his career with IBM in 2006 working in software product development on the component designer runtime before moving into the XPages core runtime team. When not directly contributing to the core runtime, Tony is busy with software research and development for the next generation of application development tooling, and also engaging directly with IBM customers as an XPages consultant. Tony enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, and getting out into the great outdoors for hill walking and the occasional chance to do some hunting in the surrounding hillsides of his native County Derry.
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The book is written by Martin Donnelly, Mark Wallace and Tony McGuckin with a foreword by Philippe Riand. Although all authors declare that "none of us had been down the book-writing road before", the book is well written, even for readers that do not have english as the first language.
The main content starts with a high level overview about XPages. Even if you are already experienced in XPages development, it is worth reading this chapter. Start writing your first XPages application and follow the instructions step by step. The resulting application is a good starting point to put enhancements on top.
If you run into a problem regarding security settings on the server take a look at the very end of the book where you find the settings that have to be applied to your server.
IMHO, this information should be part of the "Getting Everything You Need" chapter.
The anatomy of an XPage is described in detail in chapter 4. Newbees to this field should read this chapter carefully. You will need this information if you want to dig deeper into XPages development later on.
Chapter 12 explains how to build your own user interface controls. This part of the book is not easy to understand for a non experienced developer, but if you follow the step by step instruction carefully, you will succeed.
All over the book you find tons of source code and numerous screenshots. It would be a good idea to make the source code available for download. But perhaps it is already available and I missed this part in the book.
The book also gives credit to all of the members of the Notes Community that started back in 8.5 with spreading the news about XPages in blogs, podcasts etc. Take these ressources as a supplement to the information you find in the book.
As a conclusion, I would recommend this book to every developer that wants to start with XPages development.
Having said that, I have started diving into the book and it's just what I needed to pull all this information together, really filling in the gaps! Although I'm only a short way into Chapter 4, Anatomy of an XPage, I'm really "getting" it more than I've been able to in the last 2 years. I've been developing in Notes since V2 and all skills have been self taught and by example. Yep, they seem to have it nailed down!
As a technical reviewer my role was to read each chapter and test each example, make sure everything worked as expected, and then provide my feedback. I can't say enough of how I enjoyed the book. It is not your typical approach for learning development in a new language. The author's approach is to have the reader learn how to do everything in the source panel first as opposed to the graphical interface. The concept is that the reader will learn XPages from the bottom up and in depth. This will lay the foundation to understand the fundamentals of the language, and provide you with the skills to read XSP markup and understand how everything works together at runtime.
Well, I have to tell you, I thought I knew XPages very well prior to reading this book. Not so! It really took my skills to the next level. I feel much more comfortable reading the XSP source and identifying an issue quickly. It's second nature now.
The other thing I enjoyed about this book, is the Author's insight into the development of this product. In various chapters they point out and explain the behind the scenes knowledge and the history of the technology..... why certain decisions were made, why things work the way they do. For example, XPages in the Notes client and the technology and challenges behind that. That type of information can only be delivered from this team of Authors, and it made the book that much more enjoyable.
Here's a list of the table of contents:
Part I Getting Started With XPages
-Chapter 1 A Little XPages History
-Chapter 2 Getting Everything You Need
-Chapter 3 Building Your First XPages Application
Part II XPages Development: First Principles
-Chapter 4 Anatomy of an XPage
-Chapter 5 XPages and JavaServer Faces
-Chapter 6 Building XPages Business Logic
Part III Data Binding
-Chapter 7 Working with Domino Documents
-Chapter 8 Working with Domino Views
-Chapter 9 Beyond the View Basics
Part IV Programmability
-Chapter 10 Custom Controls
-Chapter 11 Advanced Scripting
-Chapter 12 XPages Extensibility
-Chapter 13 XPages in the Notes Client
Part V Application User Experience
-Chapter 14 XPages Theming
-Chapter 15 Internationalization
Part VI Performance, Scalabilty & Security
-Chapter 16 Application Performance & Scalability
-Chapter 17 Security
Part VII Appendixes
-Appendix 1 XSP Tags Quick Reference
-Appendix 2 XSP Style Sheet Reference
-Appendix 3 Useful XPages Sites on the Net
I definitely recommend this book for Beginners, Intermediates, and Advanced XPage developers....there's something in there for everyone.
The authors, all from the IBM development lab in Ireland, also recognize the difficulty of writing for a diverse audience. This book is both a tutorial and a comprehensive reference. If you are just getting started, you can safely skip Chapter 5: XPages and JavaServer Faces, a brief section on working with managed beans in Chapter 11, Chapter 12 on XPages Extensibility and a section on Composite Applications in Chapter 13. For the more advanced developer this material is a gold mine. Chapters on internationalization, XPages in the Notes client, security and performance/scalability round out this impressive effort.
I would have liked to see more practical examples of Dojo integration in Chapter 11. For example, constructing an outline or creating a dashboard page with Dojo charts.
There's a sample .NSF file to accompany each chapter. You can download a Zip file containing all the example databases from the IBM Press web site with no registration hassles. It's important to note that this book covers Notes/Domino 8.5.2. Many of the sample databases are based on the 8.5.2 Discussion template, so you can examine the code in earlier 8.5 versions but you will need Domino Designer 8.5.2 or a Domino 8.5.2 server to run them. (Designer 8.5.2 is also a free download.)
Until now, the most comprehensive XPages source that I could find was the free PDF: "Redbooks Wiki: Building Domino Web Applications using Domino 8.5.1". This is still an extremely useful document, and its step-by-step tutorials (also with downloadable NSF's) are a great place to start if you are new to XPages. (A minor complaint: free wiki-based content means no proofreader.)
If you've waited to get started with XPages, this book will save you hours of time searching blogs and discussions for coding patterns and undocumented features. If you've already begun developing with XPages, this book will help you take your apps to the next level by giving you a better understanding of what's happening under the covers and specific how-to tips.
For the Lotus Notes developer it shows how you can leverage your knowledge of the Domino platform, agents, formula language, and the back-end classes. This is not your traditional Domino development world so be prepared to learn a new approach but leverage what you already know.
Great job to the authors, Martin, Mark, and Tony for this information packed, 750 page gem of knowledge!