The past few days I’ve been involved with quite a lot of Std Notes Development. Waking up this morning I realized that working in Notes 8 Eclipse, as awesome as what it is for many reasons related to XPages, has come at some cost. I’ve been working on a Project that required no XPages Development, and decided to run Notes 8 Classic just to get a feel for it. In doing so, i’ve identified the following that makes me frown daily:
1. The Speed
DDE (Domino Designer in Eclipse) is quite a bit slower than Designer 8 Classic or prior releases. Every time I open DDE for the first time I go make myself some coffee so that it can finish up whatever it’s trying to do. DDE is also less responsive to what i’m used to in prior releases of Notes. Every time i click on something there’s this delay before it reacts.
2. The Build
Ok, this is probably the bane of my existence. How I miss the days of “Modify, Save, Preview”. Now, it’s “Modify/Save/Build/Preview/Hmm, it must have not built properly/Build again/Preview/Dammit, now what!!!/Clean/Build/Preview/Finally! I’m all for XPages but there’s got to be a better way. It’s gotten worse lately where if I have a Local Replica where I design all my changes, then build and replicate with the Server, 60% of the time I have to open the Replica on the Server and re-build, which sometimes takes up to 3 minutes depending on size, etc. This has given me massive amounts of frustration and unnecessary time wasted.
3. The Crashes
It almost feels like DDE is in a bad mood by default, until you can somehow convince it otherwise. I had to install Subversion in DDE on multiple machines the other day. 5 out of the 6 machines resulted in their DDEs crashing and none of them for the same reason. I couldn’t believe my luck. 5 out of 6. Is this the cost of having functionality like XPages, Source Control, etc?
I apologize that this is not one of my more positive Blog Posts, but I realized this week what a joy it was to work in Classic Domino Designer. Yes, sure Eclipse brings a lot to the table, but most definitely not for free.
I’d love to hear feedback from everyone on their experiences. Maybe this post could result in finding a way to have DDE Perform the way we all want it to.