What is LotusScript?

LotusScript® is an embedded, BASIC scripting language with a powerful set of language extensions that enable object-oriented application development within and across IBM® software applications. LotusScript allows you to place more complex scripts in a greater variety of locations and events than traditional macros. LotusScript and its development toolset provide a common programming environment across IBM applications on all platforms supported by IBM software (such as Windows, AIX®, Linux). It is available in:

  • IBM Notes® Release 4 and later
  • IBM Lotus® Approach® 96 Edition and later
  • IBM Lotus Freelance Graphics® 96 Edition and later
  • IBM Lotus Word Pro® 96 Edition and later
  • IBM Lotus 1-2-3 97 Edition and later
  • IBM Lotus Enterprise Solution Builder

LotusScript offers a wide variety of features. Its interface to IBM software is through predefined object classes. The products oversee the compilation and loading of user scripts and automatically include class definitions to allow more efficient coding. LotusScript extends the development capabilities of IBM software by providing:

  • The ability to place scripts in a variety of objects and events in many IBM software applications. LotusScript has a set of extensions beyond Visual Basic, that provide additional power and utility when writing applications using IBM software.
  • A debugger and syntax-directed editor.
  • Access to a broad range of product functions through the classes defined for each product.
  • Access to external class libraries defined using the the LSX Toolkit.

The environment in which you write, debug, and run scripts depends on your IBM software application. To learn about your product's programming environment, see your product documentation.