Creating custom tools with the UI framework
You can extend the capabilities for the user interface in IBM® InfoSphere® Master Data Management Collaboration Server - Collaborative Edition by using the UI framework and the Java™ API for InfoSphere Master Data Management Collaboration Server - Collaborative Edition.
Custom tools provide a custom user interface in the Collaboration Server system. You can use custom tools to extend the user interface of the Collaboration Server system. For example, you can use custom tool to present item and category together on a screen when the client wants to view item and category together on a screen.
The Collaboration Server system comes with standard user interfaces to render the catalog items. The ready-to-use user interfaces try to address most of the common scenarios but does not address very specific client-specific scenarios. The custom tools help bridge the gap between native Collaboration Server system's functionality and the client requirements. Most of the Collaboration Server system implementations use custom tools to their advantage to enhance the client experience in the Collaboration Server system.
- Keep in mind that Custom tools are hundred percent scripted and it is your responsibility to integrate that custom tool with the native Collaboration Server system functionality programmatically.
- Custom tools take a lot of time to develop, integrate, and test. You should use the custom tools only when you have ample time.
- Custom tools must be implemented strategically at various points of the implementation to help address client requirements. Custom tools are not meant to replace the interfaces of the Collaboration Server system.