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XPages Extension Library: A Step-by-Step Guide to the Next Generation of XPages Components (IBM Press) [Kindle Edition]

Paul Hannan , Declan Sciolla-Lynch , Jeremy Hodge , Paul Withers , Tim Tripcony
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Book Description

The XPages Extension Library’s next-generation XPages controls make application development far more efficient, effective, scalable, and rewarding. With IBM® Lotus® Notes®/Domino® 8.5.3 and Upgrade Pack 1, IBM has incorporated powerful new capabilities and support. These components and technologies are now fully ready for even the toughest production challenges.

XPages Extension Library is the first and only complete guide to Domino development with this library; it’s the best manifestation yet of the underlying XPages Extensibility Framework. Complementing the popular Mastering XPages, it gives XPages developers complete information for taking full advantage of the new components from IBM.

Combining reference material and practical use cases, the authors offer step-by- step guidance for installing and configuring the XPages Extension Library and using its state-of-the-art applications infrastructure to quickly create rich web applications with outstanding user experiences. Next, the authors provide detailed step-by-step guidance for leveraging the library’s powerful new support for REST services, mobile and social development, and relational data. The book concludes by showing how to include Java™ code in Domino XPages applications—a great way to make them even more powerful.

Coverage includes
  • Automating deployment of XPages Extension Library throughout your IBM Lotus Notes/Domino or IBM XWork environment
  • Integrating modern design patterns and best practices into Lotus Domino applications with drag-and-drop ease
  • Incorporating AJAX capabilities with Switch, In Place Form, and other dynamic content controls
  • Extending applications with Dojo widgets, popups, Tooltips, Dialogs, and Pickers
  • Implementing state-of-the-art navigation and outlines
  • Using Layout and Dynamic Views controls to painlessly modernize most Domino applications to XPages
  • Quickly building mobile interfaces for existing applications
  • Using social enablers to connect with social platforms and incorporate social features
  • Integrating SQL datasources into XPages data-driven applications

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About the Author

This book has many authors, all from the XPages community.

Paul Hannan is a senior software engineer in the IBM Ireland software lab in Dublin and a member of the XPages runtime team. He has worked on XPages since it was known as XFaces in Lotus Component Designer. Previous to this, he worked on JSF tooling for Rational® Application Developer, and before that on Notes Domino 6 back to Notes 3.3x and Lotus ScreenCam. A native of County Sligo, Paul now lives in Dublin with his wife Katie and son Alec. A recent con- vert (dragged kicking and screaming) to opera (not the web browser), Paul also enjoys thinking about stuff, taking pictures, commanding the remote control, and playing with his son and his Lego.

Declan Sciolla-Lynch was born in Dublin, Ireland and now lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylva- nia. Declan has been working with IBM Lotus Notes/Domino for more than 15 years. He wrote one of the first XPages learning resources on his blog and is widely considered one of the com- munity’s XPages gurus. Declan has spoken at Lotusphere on a number of occasions and has con- tributed popular projects to OpenNTF, the community’s open source hub. He is also an IBM Champion. He and his wife have three dogs and three cats and go to Disney theme parks when- ever they get a chance.

Jeremy Hodge, from southern Michigan, is a software architect with ZetaOne Solutions Group and has more than 15 years’ experience in the software design industry. He has designed and implemented applications in the vertical market application, custom application, Software as a Service (SaaS), and off-the-shelf product spaces in many platforms and languages, including IBM Lotus Notes/Domino, C/C++/Objective-C, Java, Object Pascal, and others. He has served as the subject matter expert for courses with IBM Lotus Education, including those on XPages applications. He blogs on XPages at and his personal blog at

Paul Withers is senior Domino developer and team leader at Intec Systems Ltd, an IBM Premier Business partner in the UK. He is an IBM Champion for collaboration solutions and the cohost of The XCast XPages podcast. Paul has presented at Lotusphere and various Lotus User Groups across Europe. He has written blogs, wiki articles, and a NotesIn9 episode. He has authored reusable XPages controls and an application, XPages Help Application, on OpenNTF. Outside of work, Paul is a Reading FC supporter and netball umpire in the England Netball National Premier League.

Tim Tripcony leads the Transformer ExtLib development team at GBS, creating XPage components and other JSF artifacts that extend the native capabilities of the Domino platform. He maintains a popular technical blog, Tip of the Iceberg (, offering tips on cutting-edge Domino development techniques. He frequently speaks at user group meetings and technical conferences, including Lotusphere. Tim is a globally recognized expert on advanced XPage and JSF development and has been designated an IBM Champion.

Product Details

  • File Size: 82300 KB
  • Print Length: 576 pages
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  • Publisher: IBM Press; 1 edition (May 16, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0083JCEY0
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5.0 out of 5 stars If You're Developing XPages, You Need This Book May 24, 2012
By now, if you're doing XPages development, you likely picked up a copy of "Mastering XPages: A Step-by-Step Guide to XPages Application Development and the XSP Language". You've probably also heard about, but possibly been afraid of the Extension Library. Well, fear no more. This book tells you everything you need to know to install and use the extension library.

Part I: The Extension Library, Installation, Deployment, and an Application Tour
Chapter 1 The Next Generation of XPages Controls
Chapter 2 Installation and Deployment of the XPages Extension Library
Chapter 3 TeamRoom Template Tour
Part II: The Basics: The Application's Infrastructure
Chapter 4 Forms, Dynamic Content, and More!
Chapter 5 Dojo Made Easy
Chapter 6 Pop-Ups: Tooltips, Dialogs, and Pickers
Chapter 7 Views
Chapter 8 Outlines and Navigation
Chapter 9 The Application's Layout
Part III: Bells and Whistles: Mobiles, REST, RDBMS, and Social
Chapter 10 XPages Goes Mobile
Chapter 11 REST Services
Chapter 12 XPages Gets Relational
Chapter 13 Get Social
Part IV: Getting Under the Covers with Java
Chapter 14 Java Development in XPages

As you can see, this is a power-packed book, with lots of information. One of the things I really like about this book, is that it is written by members of the Xpages community, not just IBM employees. For example, Declan Sciolla-Lynch wrote a comprehensive tutorial for XPages on his blog back in early 2009, that many people still use now to learn XPages. Many (if not all) of the authors are commonly seen presenting at conferences, blogging their ideas, and answering questions about XPages on Stack Overflow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No excuses - just go buy it July 28, 2012
If you are a developer using the Extension Library, like you should, then you NEED to buy this book and read it. I am not understating that fact, you need to buy it, otherwise you are doing yourself and your company a disservice.

What I realized very quickly was that I thought I knew the Extension Library, when in fact I had only scratched the surface and how much more functionality I could be taking advantage of. I have used many parts of the Extension Library now for a few months and I have re-used parts of the example database like the REST services and basically copied and pasted them.

I never really understand what they were and how the worked, but didn't think I needed to loss apparently. What this book does is it breaks down all those sections you see every day in the Control Palette and explains it in a simple to understand manner.

No excuses - just go buy it!
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Who this book is for:

IBM Lotus Notes Domino Application Developers that are at least familiar with XPages.
XPages developers who own/have read IBM Press' Mastering XPages.

Who this book is not for:

Admins - the ExtLib deployment stuff is great, but you guys can borrow it from your friendly neighborhood developer when setting that up.
IBM Lotus Notes Domino Application Developers that are not familiar with XPages.

IBM Press has a winner on their hands here... but a developer that is new to XPages should consider purchasing Mastering XPages: A Step-by-Step Guide to XPages Application Development and the XSP Language first.
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This is a companion guide to a previous book Mastering XPages, in my opinion you need this book if you intend to excel at XPages development. Awesome this book is. Already refereed to it many times and will continue to do so.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book! January 13, 2013
Thanks for a good and quick service! I needed the book and you did sent it so I had it in my christmas, which was great service!


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