LotusScript plugin for Eclipse

by Volker Weber

I am not really sure what this gentleman is saying. It appears he is talking about a plugin for Eclipse which lets a developer work on the LotusScript code inside a Notes database. The screenshot that I have seen (and am not ready to publish yet) suggests that the code is exported as DXL and then read into Eclipse. The Domino perspective shows a dependancy tree and a class hierarchy tree.

It's going to be interesting to see how this story develops over the next days. I made sure I have captured this web page. ;-)


It would be about time. I've been doing a lot of custom classes in LotusScript lately and the Domino Designer support for it sucks. Spoilt by autocomplettion and syntax check this really sounds promising.
Is that an disguised attempt from IBM to test if Domino Designer as an Eclipse Plug-in would be acceptable? (My vote would be yes)
:-) stw

Stephan H. Wissel, 2005-08-11

certainly this needs some more offline investigation.

Ed Brill, 2005-08-11

Well, in all of the Lotusphere sessions I've been attending by Maureen Leland in the last couple of years there were some questions being asked about a class tree browser for LotusScript. This year she mentioned that via the Workplace Designer and Eclipse path there might actually be an option to make it happen. Maybe this is now the path?

Ragnar Schierholz, 2005-08-11


this one seems to be related to your topic:


To use this methods in a eclipse plugin might by just the next logic step.

Karsten Fusenig, 2005-08-11

Ah - yeah - at this Lotusphere, there was a lot of moaning that the class tree browser didnt make the cut for ND7. A lot of folks internally were committing to ND7.5 however. We're not lost on that front.

Yes - we've developed something like 50k lines/400+ class libraries in our product, and can confirm that its a PITA.

However, the guys over at TeamStudio reacted to this sentiment, and released a free class browser - that has the added advantage of working in Notes 5,6 as well as ND7. So we're slightly better off..

Eclipse based Designer ? Definately! Something with better LS support - yes please. Something with a very good java editor for Domino (as opposed to the current clunky java editor in Designer 6).

Even better - Domino designer in RAD v6 ? With support for outlines, and all the other "hidden" stuff ? Absolutely.

(Yes, I know, RAD 6 is huge, and slow, and takes ages, etc. But by god, its feature-rich!)

---* Bill "No I dont know any internal stuff on this either so I'm speculating too" Buchan

Bill Buchan, 2005-08-11

I remember contributing to a wiki on this very subject some time back, and the method for integrating Eclipse with Designer was as voew described, i.e. via DXL. I'll have to dig out the URL.

Ben Poole, 2005-08-11

Hi Volker,

I have been developing an Eclipse plugin for Domino which is just about ready for alpha testers.

The plugin is called Domiclipse and allows a developer to use Eclipse for all *Java* development and then 'replicate' the changes back to Domino.

For more information have a look at http://www.frunobulax.com for more information.

Keith Smillie, 2005-08-17

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