Heard in the hallways today - Lotus Component Designer 6 ships today! Since I spent a significant part of my life on that product, I'm proud to say that you can now get your hands on it.
The short version of what is new:
- Supports deployment to WebSphere Portal V6.0.
- Based on Eclipse 3.2.1 allowing Lotus Component Designer to take advantage of this popular toolsplatform.
- Includes a migration tool that will migrate components from IBM Workplace Designer V2.6.
- Has working sets that allow you to organize your projects into groups in the component navigator.
- Includes a visual page editor that allows developers to work in design or source page format mode.
- Supports the XML Scripting Page (XSP) page format that extends the JavaServer Faces (JSF) semanticsfor data binding and computed formulas to support XPath expressions.
- Allows developers to preview the page UI in preview mode without deploying.
- Provides outline view that allows developers to see the page structure and bring focus to elementsby selecting them in the outline.
- Includes new design element types which provide support for composite applications.
- Creates multilingual components for easier translation.
Evaluation download is here. You'll need both the tool and the runtime. I'd go for the Quickstart Guide first, just to see what is involved.
I did hear at the opening general session that Domino Designer 8 will include a license for Component Designer 6.x - that's the version that will support rich client application development, in addition to the portal/html rendering in v 6.0. This will make it easy for Domino developers to start using LCD, at least removing price as a barrier.
Maybe tomorrow I can get a picture of the Eclipse and Domino Designer integration.
(Updated to try to fix the formatting woes.)