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Mastering XPages: A Step-by-Step Guide to XPages Application Development and the XSP Language (IBM Press) 1st Edition

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The Definitive XPages Development Guide--Straight from the XPages Team at IBM Lotus


XPages is the most significant improvement to Lotus Notes/Domino development in 20 years. Now, three IBM Lotus insiders have written the definitive programmer’s guide to this breakthrough web application development framework. Packed with tips, tricks, and best practices, Mastering XPages brings together all the information you need to become an XPages expert, whether you’re experienced with Notes/Domino development or not.


The authors begin with a high-level overview of XPages: how it works, why it works that way, and why it’s such a powerful step forward. Next, you’ll install XPages and Domino Designer, and start building your expertise through practical code examples using real-world XPages applications. As you progress, you’ll master XPages from the bottom up, gain deep insight into the entire XPages development model, and discover how XPages can be used to solve everyday application development challenges.


Coverage includes

•  Understanding how XPages development differs from--and is similar to--traditional Notes/Domino development

•  Getting started with XPages development using Lotus Domino Designer

•  Defining application metadata and binding XPages controls to Domino data

•  Managing all aspects of Domino view and document data

•  Navigating and linking XPages to form a cohesive application

•  Building XPages business logic using various programming technologies

•  Reading and writing XPage source (XSP markup) directly

•  Mastering XPages programming and extensibility features, including custom controls, advanced scripting, as well as creating your very own components

•  Making the most of XPages applications on the Notes client platform

•   Building slick and effective application user experiences using themes

•  Tuning XPages performance and maximizing application scalability

•  Securing applications with Access Control Lists (ACL), Execution Control Lists (ECL), and Active Content Filtering (ACF)

About the Author

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.


Product Details

  • Series: IBM Press
  • Paperback: 784 pages
  • Publisher: IBM Press; 1 edition (January 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780132486316
  • ISBN-13: 978-0132486316
  • ASIN: 0132486318
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,551,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Ulrich Krause on February 4, 2011
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"I never got the chance to meet the inventors of `Notes', but these guys were true visionaries." This is the first sentence in a 748 pages book about XPages that was recently published by IBM Press.
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.
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XPages itself is a marvel in the rapid application development space and this book carries suit. I got the book about two weeks ago and have already read most of it and have created many of the reference projects to play with. The best thing I like about the book is it is the real thing. From installing Domino Designer to a full reference section, the book covers anything and everything related to learning XPages, XSP, and even the Domino document model. This is hands down the single best resource I can find for learning the technology. The authors did a wonderful job explaining every aspect of XPages development. I have been personally doing a lot of web based development in Dojo and the way XPages integrates with Dojo is brilliant. You will inherently learn about the capabilities of Dojo just by reading this book, and there is an entire section dedicated to Dojo. This book is much more than just a book about XPages and XSP, it clearly shows how RAD based development for web based projects should be done. With this book you will hit on every major aspect of enterprise web development: internationalization, security, performance, extensibility and themes. They even cover running your applications off line in the Lotus Notes client!

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!
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Unless you've been living under a rock for the last couple of weeks, you're probably aware of the newly released "Mastering XPages" book by Martin Donnelly, Mark Wallace, and Tony McGuckin. As a emerging XPages developer it couldn't have come at a better time. Since the release of XPages in 8.5 I've been trying to get some XPages development skills and it's been a pretty hit or miss effort. Although there have been some very good tutorials out there and plenty of technical tips and tricks, learning this technology is not always easy when you're a sole developer in a company who is constantly being tasked with new projects (RAD anyone?). In my case it's been almost impossible to find the time to go out to all the forums, wiki's, and blogs to gather this information together into a meaningful collection of articles.
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!
Kudos guys!
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I was very humbled when I was asked to be a technical reviewer for the new book Mastering XPages: A Step-by-Step Guide to XPages Application Development and the XSP Language by IBM Press. I refer to the authors as the "Lotus Dream Team" because who better to publish a book on XPages but the folks who have led the development effort: Martin Donnelly, Mark Wallace, Tony McGuckin, and Jim Quill. The depth of knowledge here is deep folks.

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.
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