Lotus Notes development with KENTUMI uses an Eclipse-based IDE. The new tool permits database designs, forms and views, LotusScript, Java and more to be generated automatically. KENTUMI allows for an application-spanning style sheet design, relations within a database or between databases, as well as explicit data modeling or automation-supported versioning.
Complexity-Handling in Lotus Notes
Knowledge management and workflow automation are primary applications for Lotus Notes, however customer-specific implementation is required for both. The development tools integrated in Lotus Notes do support such implementation, but usually this implies increasingly complex workflows and the need to make change within ever shorter time spans – to speak nothing of the implications for knowledge management requirements. Even using LotusScript, the application limitations soon become obvious. Even if a given database uses only a few dozen associated views, making changes can be time consuming process indeed. In addition, tricky work-arounds are needed when it comes to versioning and displaying database relations.
Lotus Notes-Based Development with Ease of Overview: That’s KENTUMI!
For large projects, ease of overview becomes absolutely essential within the overall project scope – and Lotus Notes development is no exception. Templates and style sheets are needed to replace multiple independent views, as are libraries in place of “island solutions” and early error checking instead of time-consuming regression tests. To achieve all of the above, explicit data modeling and methodic type consistency are a must.
To provide ease of overview in such situations, a dedicated development environment is needed, and KENTUMI fits the bill. OBJENTIS Software Integration GmbH designed this powerful tool to provide precisely the development environment needed by Lotus Notes-based developers. KENTUMI lets you create a data model that supports a template-based approach, with modeling and development performed on an XML basis.
KENTUMI features import-export interfaces and automation-supported versioning, for ease and reliability of release tracking. Basic functionalities, such as Word and Excel tie-in and preconfigured standard menus, are available in the form of libraries. Time consuming changes – especially in the case of databases with a large number of views – can now be avoided, as KENTUMI supports central layouts that can be quickly tested and then implemented. Cut and paste in the Lotus Notes-based environment is thus – finally! – a thing of the past. Another key advantage: Multi-language support makes creating and maintaining multiple language versions easy and cost-effective to implement.
- The definition of data models and data classes
- Template based development support
- An application-spanning style sheet design
- Cross-database relations
- Programming with XML editors
- Multi-language support
- A consistent, role-based ACL model
- Automation-supported versioning
- Early error checking
Fast - Consistent – Less Errors
KENTUMI will vastly speed up Lotus Notes-based development. Standard functionality includes MS Word and MS Excel tie-ins and application designs are now easy to reuse. Most importantly, KENTUMI significantly improves the quality of Lotus Notes-based software development by supporting consistent development processes and early error checking and removal, while automation-supported versioning permits the tracking of all development steps.