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What is domino 7 and why you should use it




Domino 7 is a powerful and versatile application server that can be used for developing customized business applications, providing enterprise-grade email, messaging, and scheduling capabilities, and hosting web-based games such as dominoes. In this article, we will explore the history, features, benefits, and uses of domino 7, as well as how to develop applications and play games with it. Whether you are a developer, a business user, or a casual gamer, you will find something interesting and useful in this article.


A brief history of domino 7




Domino 7 is the latest version of IBM's Lotus Domino product, which has a long and rich history dating back to the late 1970s. To understand what makes domino 7 so special, we need to look at its origins and evolution over the years.




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The origins of Notes and Domino




The genesis of Notes and Domino has achieved a near legendary status within the history of software development. Three middle-American college boys in the late 1970s wanted a way to share information. So they utilized a bug-reporting software program called PLATO Group Notes, which ran on their mainframe-based college computer system. This program would be considered archaic compared to modern day business programs, but it was an improvement upon the traditional swapping of handwritten notes hastily scribbled during classroom lectures. And it provided just enough communication and collaboration functionality to offer a hint as to what more could be done, given the right software and technology.


After graduation, these three students, whose names need no introduction to long-time members of the Lotus Notes community (but we'll mention them anyway, in case you're a newcomer: Ray Ozzie, Tim Halvorsen, and Len Kawell), went their separate ways. But none forgot the potential he saw in PLATO Group Notes. Halvorsen and Kawell took jobs at Digital Equipment Corporation, where they eventually created an in-house communication tool that resembled PLATO. Meanwhile, Ozzie took programming positions with other corporations, but never lost sight of his vision to form his own company and develop a more advanced, PC-based collaboration program.


The evolution of Domino as an application server




In 1984, Ozzie founded Iris Associates with Halvorsen and Kawell as his partners. They began working on a project called Notes, which was designed to be a distributed database system that allowed users to create, share, and access information across networks. Notes was not just a communication tool; it was also an application development platform that enabled users to create their own databases, forms, views, agents, scripts, and more. Notes was revolutionary for its time; it offered features such as replication, encryption, security, workflow, offline access, and rich text formatting that were not available in other products.


In 1989, Lotus Development Corporation acquired Iris Associates and launched Lotus Notes as a commercial product. Lotus Notes quickly gained popularity among businesses that needed a flexible and powerful solution for managing information and collaboration. However, Lotus Notes also faced some challenges; it was complex to install and administer, it required expensive hardware and software licenses, it had compatibility issues with other platforms and standards, and it had limited web capabilities.


To address these challenges, Lotus introduced Domino in 1996 as a companion product to Notes. Domino was a web server that allowed Notes databases to be accessed through web. The features and benefits of Domino 7




Domino 7 is the latest version of IBM's Lotus Domino product, which has a long and rich history dating back to the late 1970s. Domino 7 offers many features and benefits that make it a powerful and versatile application server for developing customized business applications, providing enterprise-grade email, messaging, and scheduling capabilities, and hosting web-based games such as dominoes. Some of the features and benefits of Domino 7 are:


  • Improved performance and scalability. Domino 7 can handle more users, more transactions, and more data than previous versions. It also supports clustering, load balancing, and failover for high availability and reliability.



  • Enhanced security and compliance. Domino 7 supports industry-standard encryption, authentication, and authorization protocols, such as SSL, TLS, S/MIME, PKI, LDAP, and Kerberos. It also provides tools for auditing, logging, archiving, and policy management to help meet regulatory requirements.



  • Rich application development environment. Domino 7 provides a variety of tools and technologies for developing applications, such as Domino Designer, LotusScript, Java, JavaScript, XML, Web Services, and Domino Access Services. Domino 7 also supports composite applications, which allow developers to combine different components from various sources into a single application.



  • Easy web access and integration. Domino 7 enables users to access Domino applications through web browsers or mobile devices using Nomad Web or Nomad Mobile. Domino 7 also allows integration with other web-based applications and services using REST APIs, RSS feeds, SOAP, and WSDL.



  • Fun and challenging games. Domino 7 can host web-based games such as dominoes, which are played by matching the pips on the open ends of the tiles. Dominoes can be played by two to four players or in teams. There are many variations of dominoes with different rules and scoring methods.



How to develop applications with domino 7




Developing applications with domino 7 is a rewarding and creative process that can help you solve business problems, automate workflows, enhance collaboration, and provide value to your users. To develop applications with domino 7, you need to follow these steps:


  • Plan your application. Before you start coding, you need to define the purpose, scope, requirements, design, and architecture of your application. You also need to identify the target audience, the data sources, the security policies, and the testing strategies for your application.



  • Choose your tools and technologies. Depending on the type and complexity of your application, you may need to use different tools and technologies for developing it. For example, you can use Domino Designer to create forms, views, agents, scripts, and other design elements for your application. You can also use LotusScript, Java, JavaScript, XML, Web Services, or Domino Access Services to add functionality and logic to your application.



  • Create your database. A database is a container for storing the design elements and data documents of your application. To create a database in domino 7, you can either use a template or start from scratch. A template is a pre-built database that contains common design elements and features that you can customize for your application. To start from scratch, you need to create a blank database and add the design elements manually.



  • Develop your design elements. Design elements are the building blocks of your application that define how it looks and behaves. Some of the common design elements in domino 7 are:



  • Forms: Forms are used to display and collect data from users. Forms contain fields that store the data values entered by users.



  • Views: Views are used to display data from multiple documents in a tabular format. Views contain columns that show the data values from specific fields.



  • Agents: Agents are used to perform actions on documents or databases automatically or on demand. Agents contain code that executes the actions.



  • Scripts: Scripts are used to add functionality and logic to forms, views, agents, and other design elements. Scripts contain code that executes when certain events occur.



  • Documents: Documents are used to store the data entered by users or generated by the application. Documents contain items that store the data values.



  • Test and debug your application. Testing and debugging are essential steps to ensure the quality and functionality of your application. You can use various tools and techniques to test and debug your application, such as:



  • Preview in Notes: This allows you to run your application in the Notes client and see how it looks and behaves.



  • Preview in Web Browser: This allows you to run your application in a web browser and see how it looks and behaves on the web.



  • Agent Profiler: This allows you to measure the performance and resource consumption of your agents.



  • Domino Domain Monitor: This allows you to monitor the health and status of your Domino servers and databases.



  • Debugger: This allows you to set breakpoints, watch variables, and step through your code.



  • Error Handling: This allows you to catch and handle errors that may occur in your code.



  • Deploy and maintain your application. Deploying and maintaining your application involves moving it from the development environment to the production environment, and ensuring its availability, security, and performance. You can use various tools and techniques to deploy and maintain your application, such as:



  • Replication: This allows you to copy your application from one server to another, or from a server to a client, or vice versa.



  • Template Inheritance: This allows you to update your application design by inheriting it from a master template.



  • Access Control List: This allows you to control who can access your application and what they can do with it.



  • Database Properties: This allows you to configure various settings for your database, such as quota, encryption, compression, full-text indexing, etc.





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