Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Spotty line numbering in Lotus Domino Designer 8.5.1

Line numbering is one of the nice features of Domino Designer 8.5.1, but its availability is rather spotty, so here’s a “heads up” (just for the record, as they say).

I’m still settling in to using this Eclipse-based IDE, and really like being able to turn on line numbering, from within the preferences for Domino Designer, thus:

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Then suppose that you’re editing an agent, as in Figure (1), which is for a LotusScript agent (the same works for Java agents):

DDE_851_line_numbering_2_of_2_Agent

You simply right-click just near the left edge of the programmer’s pane and select “Show line number” in the context menu (as highlighted in green). Happiness and smiles all round!

Then I moved on to updating the code in an Action Bar button, and after four or five fruitless minutes found that (even though it’s LotusScript code) you can’t turn on line numbering in this environment. As shown in Figure (2) below, the context menu is the same as in earlier DDE releases (no line numbering option):

DDE_851_line_numbering_1_of_2_Action

A pity, that’s inconsistency for you! … I hope it appears in a near-term future release of DDE.

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