This is one of the most important developer products that IBM is releasing this year. I am impressed by its versatility: It can be used by a wide range of developers, including those who are familiar with Domino and those who are not, as well as those familiar with Java or not. So those who are familiar with Domino Designer to make the jump into the Java world, and those who know Java can get even more out of it.
As Dick's article notes,
If your background is in Notes/Domino programming, you can think of Workplace Designer as a tool for providing Domino Designer type application development functionality to IBM Workplace. In fact, those familiar with Domino Designer will notice a lot of similarities with many IBM Workplace features and concepts described later in this article. This similarity is not coincidental -- Workplace Designer was created with Domino Designer in mind. This allows experienced Domino developers to leverage their existing skills to quickly create new applications for IBM Workplace.On the other hand:
Even if you don't have a great deal of experience with development platforms such as Domino Designer, Workplace Designer will give you an easy way to use document-oriented programming for collaborative components without requiring an in-depth knowledge of Java. Workplace Designer's underlying J2EE technologies are not exposed, so expertise in this area is not necessary to develop production applications -- although if you need the power and flexibility of Java, there are extensive APIs available that let you access the data and services provided by IBM Workplace servers. Developers who have a greater need for customization and the ability to access the code directly can use tools such as Rational Application Developer. Workplace Designer offers a number of extension points that more experienced Java developers can use to share code artifacts created with Rational Application Developer and other IBM tools.
This standards-based development tool lets developers quickly and easily create components for release 2.5 of the IBM Workplace family of products. These components can then be used within IBM Workplace applications from any Web browser. Slick.
For additional info on Workplace Designer
- See "Designing Workplace Designer: An interview with the IBM Workplace Designer design team"
- Download the free tutorial, "Exploring IBM Workplace Designer"
- Register for the live IBM Workplace Designer webcast set for July 26
- Check out the Workplace application development page for still more info.