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XPages Extension Library: A Step-by-Step Guide to the Next Generation of XPages Components (IBM Press) [Kindle Edition]

Paul Hannan , Declan Sciolla-Lynch , Jeremy Hodge , Paul Withers , Tim Tripcony
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The XPages Extension Library’s next-generation XPages controls make application development far more efficient, effective, scalable, and rewarding. With IBM® Lotus® Notes®/Domino® 8.5.3 and Upgrade Pack 1, IBM has incorporated powerful new capabilities and support. These components and technologies are now fully ready for even the toughest production challenges.

XPages Extension Library is the first and only complete guide to Domino development with this library; it’s the best manifestation yet of the underlying XPages Extensibility Framework. Complementing the popular Mastering XPages, it gives XPages developers complete information for taking full advantage of the new components from IBM.

Combining reference material and practical use cases, the authors offer step-by- step guidance for installing and configuring the XPages Extension Library and using its state-of-the-art applications infrastructure to quickly create rich web applications with outstanding user experiences. Next, the authors provide detailed step-by-step guidance for leveraging the library’s powerful new support for REST services, mobile and social development, and relational data. The book concludes by showing how to include Java™ code in Domino XPages applications—a great way to make them even more powerful.

Coverage includes
  • Automating deployment of XPages Extension Library throughout your IBM Lotus Notes/Domino or IBM XWork environment
  • Integrating modern design patterns and best practices into Lotus Domino applications with drag-and-drop ease
  • Incorporating AJAX capabilities with Switch, In Place Form, and other dynamic content controls
  • Extending applications with Dojo widgets, popups, Tooltips, Dialogs, and Pickers
  • Implementing state-of-the-art navigation and outlines
  • Using Layout and Dynamic Views controls to painlessly modernize most Domino applications to XPages
  • Quickly building mobile interfaces for existing applications
  • Using social enablers to connect with social platforms and incorporate social features
  • Integrating SQL datasources into XPages data-driven applications

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About the Author

This book has many authors, all from the XPages community.

Paul Hannan is a senior software engineer in the IBM Ireland software lab in Dublin and a member of the XPages runtime team. He has worked on XPages since it was known as XFaces in Lotus Component Designer. Previous to this, he worked on JSF tooling for Rational® Application Developer, and before that on Notes Domino 6 back to Notes 3.3x and Lotus ScreenCam. A native of County Sligo, Paul now lives in Dublin with his wife Katie and son Alec. A recent con- vert (dragged kicking and screaming) to opera (not the web browser), Paul also enjoys thinking about stuff, taking pictures, commanding the remote control, and playing with his son and his Lego.

Declan Sciolla-Lynch was born in Dublin, Ireland and now lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylva- nia. Declan has been working with IBM Lotus Notes/Domino for more than 15 years. He wrote one of the first XPages learning resources on his blog and is widely considered one of the com- munity’s XPages gurus. Declan has spoken at Lotusphere on a number of occasions and has con- tributed popular projects to OpenNTF, the community’s open source hub. He is also an IBM Champion. He and his wife have three dogs and three cats and go to Disney theme parks when- ever they get a chance.

Jeremy Hodge, from southern Michigan, is a software architect with ZetaOne Solutions Group and has more than 15 years’ experience in the software design industry. He has designed and implemented applications in the vertical market application, custom application, Software as a Service (SaaS), and off-the-shelf product spaces in many platforms and languages, including IBM Lotus Notes/Domino, C/C++/Objective-C, Java, Object Pascal, and others. He has served as the subject matter expert for courses with IBM Lotus Education, including those on XPages applications. He blogs on XPages at and his personal blog at

Paul Withers is senior Domino developer and team leader at Intec Systems Ltd, an IBM Premier Business partner in the UK. He is an IBM Champion for collaboration solutions and the cohost of The XCast XPages podcast. Paul has presented at Lotusphere and various Lotus User Groups across Europe. He has written blogs, wiki articles, and a NotesIn9 episode. He has authored reusable XPages controls and an application, XPages Help Application, on OpenNTF. Outside of work, Paul is a Reading FC supporter and netball umpire in the England Netball National Premier League.

Tim Tripcony leads the Transformer ExtLib development team at GBS, creating XPage components and other JSF artifacts that extend the native capabilities of the Domino platform. He maintains a popular technical blog, Tip of the Iceberg (, offering tips on cutting-edge Domino development techniques. He frequently speaks at user group meetings and technical conferences, including Lotusphere. Tim is a globally recognized expert on advanced XPage and JSF development and has been designated an IBM Champion.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 576 pages
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  • Publisher: IBM Press; 1 edition (16 May 2012)
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  • Language: English
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I was recently given a copy of the latest XPage book to review and I have found it a very worthwhile read in many ways but also a bit frustrating.

The book was written by some of the best experts in the XPages community, talented developers that use XPages day in and day out and people who regularly present at the User Groups and Lotusphere. They are also people that are also particularly generous with sharing their knowledge within the community via blogs and wikis. One of the key benefits of the book is that it brings much of this information together into a single concise volume.

The book also marks a turning point in the functionality that my team and I can use in developing XPage Applications. Although I was an early adopter of XPages ( or perhaps because I was ) one of the policies within FoCul has been that we should not get too close to the bleeding edge. The book clearly shows that the Extension Library has come of age and will add real value to XPage projects. The functionality is a game changer for Notes developers - from little things like the value pickers to much bigger things like the mobile controls.

The book is an excellent reference for understanding the various properties associated with each design element and I am sure that we will be reaching for it on a regular basis ( we have already bought extra copies ).

The bit that frustrated me was that from my perspective this is a technical reference book rather than a "Step-by-Step Guide". Over the last 6 months I have become more of a Project Manager and an Architect rather than a full time XPage developer so I may not be representative of the target audience.
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2.0 out of 5 stars IBM does it again: totally un-intelligle 9 Jun. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I am not professional programmer, but I love Lotus Notes, have programmed some complex business model applications, and I have started with XPages. IBM invests a lot on their products, has designed some pretty good user interface, make it ultra-powerful, the extension pack is not as intuitive as the XPage basic application, so I thought that this book would provide the logical documentation to all the functions. But of course, it doesn't. Like the supposedly "step by step guide to xpages" published by IBM pressbooks, it follows this structure:
1) During 50 pages, it will tell you "how your life is going to be easy".
2) There is much emphasis on the OneUI layout theme, which is an horrible layout for your application and will make it inflexible to customize, instead of using simple CSS.
3) It immediately forgets about the user-friendly UI.
4) It never speaks about the Lotus Notes formula language, which is a good and simple way to do 80% of the coding you need instead of using complex Javascript.
5) Their main example is the infamous Teamroom, a weird forum only used by programmers, which you would never dare to suggest to your customers.
6) If you are not an expert programmer, just forget about trying to understanding it.
To be sure, you need this book, because there is nothing else available, and as you decide to experiment on some of the controls, you will need some documentation. But IBM Pressbooks once again confirm their elitist view that their products are only to be programmed by ultra-professionals and not the great public... a shame considering what XPages can do even if some limited knowledge.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If You're Developing XPages, You Need This Book 25 May 2012
By K. Brown - Published on
By now, if you're doing XPages development, you likely picked up a copy of "Mastering XPages: A Step-by-Step Guide to XPages Application Development and the XSP Language". You've probably also heard about, but possibly been afraid of the Extension Library. Well, fear no more. This book tells you everything you need to know to install and use the extension library.

Part I: The Extension Library, Installation, Deployment, and an Application Tour
Chapter 1 The Next Generation of XPages Controls
Chapter 2 Installation and Deployment of the XPages Extension Library
Chapter 3 TeamRoom Template Tour
Part II: The Basics: The Application's Infrastructure
Chapter 4 Forms, Dynamic Content, and More!
Chapter 5 Dojo Made Easy
Chapter 6 Pop-Ups: Tooltips, Dialogs, and Pickers
Chapter 7 Views
Chapter 8 Outlines and Navigation
Chapter 9 The Application's Layout
Part III: Bells and Whistles: Mobiles, REST, RDBMS, and Social
Chapter 10 XPages Goes Mobile
Chapter 11 REST Services
Chapter 12 XPages Gets Relational
Chapter 13 Get Social
Part IV: Getting Under the Covers with Java
Chapter 14 Java Development in XPages

As you can see, this is a power-packed book, with lots of information. One of the things I really like about this book, is that it is written by members of the Xpages community, not just IBM employees. For example, Declan Sciolla-Lynch wrote a comprehensive tutorial for XPages on his blog back in early 2009, that many people still use now to learn XPages. Many (if not all) of the authors are commonly seen presenting at conferences, blogging their ideas, and answering questions about XPages on Stack Overflow.

The book really is a step-by-step guide, taking you from download of the extension library, to installation, to coding and deployment. If you are doing XPages, you need to be using the extension library, and if you're using the extension library, you need this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars No excuses - just go buy it 28 July 2012
By Mark D. Roden - Published on
If you are a developer using the Extension Library, like you should, then you NEED to buy this book and read it. I am not understating that fact, you need to buy it, otherwise you are doing yourself and your company a disservice.

What I realized very quickly was that I thought I knew the Extension Library, when in fact I had only scratched the surface and how much more functionality I could be taking advantage of. I have used many parts of the Extension Library now for a few months and I have re-used parts of the example database like the REST services and basically copied and pasted them.

I never really understand what they were and how the worked, but didn't think I needed to loss apparently. What this book does is it breaks down all those sections you see every day in the Control Palette and explains it in a simple to understand manner.

No excuses - just go buy it!
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for IBM XPages developers, but only after you purchase Mastering XPages! 13 July 2012
By Chris Toohey - Published on
Who this book is for:

IBM Lotus Notes Domino Application Developers that are at least familiar with XPages.
XPages developers who own/have read IBM Press' Mastering XPages.

Who this book is not for:

Admins - the ExtLib deployment stuff is great, but you guys can borrow it from your friendly neighborhood developer when setting that up.
IBM Lotus Notes Domino Application Developers that are not familiar with XPages.

IBM Press has a winner on their hands here... but a developer that is new to XPages should consider purchasing Mastering XPages: A Step-by-Step Guide to XPages Application Development and the XSP Language first.
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you need to know about the extension library in one book. 15 Jan. 2013
By Tony Westwell - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a companion guide to a previous book Mastering XPages, in my opinion you need this book if you intend to excel at XPages development. Awesome this book is. Already refereed to it many times and will continue to do so.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book! 13 Jan. 2013
By Lars Hendriksen - Published on
Thanks for a good and quick service! I needed the book and you did sent it so I had it in my christmas, which was great service!


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