Here's a little tease for the upcoming Workplace Designer release, as we work to expand its capabilities. There are some really nice features in here that I don't have time to fully explain yet, but this will give you an idea:
Pages - first of all, we decided to rename "Form" to "Page" for 2 reasons: 1) It's more than a form! You can have views on the page and so on. 2) we have another product that does forms, Workplace Forms. So, to avoid confusion, Designer calls its "thingies": pages. (These are also JSF pages underneath the covers, but you don't have to know that unless you want to.)
Custom Controls - These are re-usable pieces of code - like a subform in Domino-speak. The custom controls will show up on your Palette, too.
XML Document Data - that's the Designer XML storage on top of a relational db of your choice. We do a lot of things here to make like easier when working with XML documents. This is what the main doc api goes against.
External Data - that is, data that isn't in the XML Doc store, including RDBMS and Domino connectors. Plus, the Web Service layer. The query editor is nice, too, and what you would expect based on other tools you've worked with. The beauty of what we are doing here is to make these data connections easily appear and bind to UI controls on a page.
Resources - shared stuff.
Composite Application - these all relate to integrating with the portal templating and portlet infrastructure. Actions and properties are new in this release.
Enjoy! Stay tuned for more information...
Manager, Product Design