Yep, the course just came out and I already can comment on it. The reason is quite simple: the guys at TLCC asked me to be part of the review team before the course went public. It was a great honor for me to be part of that team.
So the new course is really a great follow up to the previous xpage course TLCC has. It goes a lot deeper into xpages with topics such as these:
- XPage architecture and events
- Specific uses for Custom Controls
- How to use Dojo to add Web 2.0 features
- Creating different types of charts and graphs using Domino data
- The OneUI theme
- Displaying reports using the Dojo DataGrid widget
- Creating “XAgents” to output Domino data in XML and JSON data formats
- Using XML and relational data as data sources
- Creating a great user interface with Dojo dialog boxes
- Allow users to expand and collapse all categories in a view
- How to use third party CSS frameworks like Blueprint on your XPage
- Fix display issues with categories in a View Control
- Return the user back to the correct starting view page from where they opened a document
- Localizing your XPages for different languages
I am quite pleased with the content as these are topics I faced when I started building more complex xpages applications. Some of the topics I was really happy to see in there are communication between custom controls and all that has to do with Dojo. I always though t IBM could have done a better job at making our life easier when they integrated Dojo and with 8.5.2 and the TLCC information in that course, it is a lot easier to take advantage of the Dojo features.
I wish they would have covered themes though, as I think this is a topic that needs to be understood as I’m pretty sure not all of us will want to Lotus look and feel of OneUI for our applications. But they do cover localization and this is one fairly important topic as well being from Canada, a bilingual country.
So, fellow yellow bleeders, for those who already have the previous xpages course from TLCC or for those that want to move their knowledge to the next level, this is a really great course. As I already mentioned, I’m a “hands on learner” and the TLCC format suits me very well: being in Notes learning Notes develpment, you can’t be wrong!
Great job again TLCC!
-note: TLCC did give me a copy of the course (after all, I had to review it) but never asked for anything else than reviewing the course. This blog entry is my initiative alone and apart from asking when would I be able to publish, TLCC has nothing to do with it. We all blog about things we like and I have been a TLCC fan since my R5 to R6 update course.