Late last year I was approached to write a blog post about using Vaadin on Domino and in particular the new Vaadin Designer. After my work for the current blog series on moving from XPages to a web application, I felt capable of doing it justice, even though there are others in the community like Mark Myers and Rene Winkelmeyer (and probably Sven Hasselbach as well) who have more experience. And covering Vaadin Designer, which is out of scope of my blog series, was also worth covering.
It’s worth remembering that Vaadin Designer only reached its 1.0 release at the end of last year, so I’m sure there is more to come. But it also highlights separation of visual design and business logic, which has become more popular in XPages development.
The article includes links to wiki articles that walk you through building a Vaadin application that will run on Domino and, unlike some basic “Hello World” applications, give you everything you need to know how to access the underlying Domino Object Model. While reading the article I would strongly encourage people to investigate the rest of the Vaadin website, including the recently revamped documentation (from the Framework menu), including the link off to the Sampler and Demo applications.
I’ll be talking (briefly!) about Vaadin and Domino at SpeedGeeking at IBM Connect and, if all goes well, attendees of my session will get a chance to get hands-on experience of a Vaadin application on Domino.