Posts Tagged: ‘HCL LEAP’

Business Users Can Supercharge Their Application Development with the Newest Version of HCL Leap

24. Juni 2022 Posted by HCL Digital Solutions

Our latest HCL Leap v9.3 delivers major improvements to help you automate processes faster than ever and unleash innovation with your business users and citizen developers. This release includes new features and tools enabling continuous process improvements in a secure and sustainable way. Here are some of the new benefits:

  • A modern look, with a flatter UI, to increase user productivity eliminating the need to click into dialogs to discover and set item properties. 
  • Updated visual designer and UX to simplify the building of workflow apps. Sketching out new workflow stages, setting user assignments or sending out email notifications are now more intuitive. 
  • Three new features — App Pages, Data Grid and Navigation — let you build apps, not just forms. It’s now easier than ever to build dashboard-style apps which include non-form pages and item lists for viewing and selection. 
  • A code editor to improve productivity by highlighting and properly formatting the JavaScript you write. The new editor will also allow you to pick from a predefined list of code snippets and provide typehead choices to speed up your work. 
  • Enhanced role and stage-based rules to provide more power for customizing the business logic in your app without having to write code. 
  • Added name-picker widget enables a user to easily choose names or groups, from the apps directory, to engage others in the app-building process.
  • A rich-text widget for app building allowing users to enter and format text — complete with links and images. 

 And that’s not all we are delivering….

Visit the HCL Leap Sandbox to try out our latest features and view ready-made app examples which demonstrate our capabilities.  You can also watch this video on how to build apps with HCL Leap. See how quickly you can turn all your great ideas into real innovative solutions!

Meet the HCL Domino, Leap, and Sametime Team

8. November 2019 Posted by Andrew Manby

I’m thrilled to share with you the people behind the Domino, Leap, and Sametime product management team, some of which you know already, and some who are probably new to you. These are the people that work closely with HCL development, sales, support and marketing, our HCL Masters, and Business Partners to get the Domino and Sametime portfolio to market.
We have a “two in the box” approach to ensure we are covering everything from covering: market, product and technology, for example, from grooming the backlog to competitive analysis, to product strategy and go-to-market.
Product Managers Contact Information
Thomas Hampel
Application development
products: Domino, Nomad, AppDev Pack, Enterprise Integrator
Agnes Ng
Mail products: Notes, Verse On-Premises, Verse Mobile, HMSMO
Ginni Saini
Chat and meetings
product: Sametime (lead)
Ketan Godhaniya
Product: SafeLinx and Sametime
Martin Lechleider
Low-code application development
product: LEAP, Domino Volt


Business Product Managers
“Go to market” planning
Contact Information
Kathryn Corey
Business planning, life-cycle management, pricing and packaging
Joe Stoisits
Business planning, SaaS/Cloud
Jarrett Regier
Market analysis, low-code app dev: Domino AppDev Pack and Nomad
Frank Fuchs
Product management process, royalty reporting and ISV partnerships

We are all looking forward to the launch of V11 in Q4 2019, seeing you are one of the upcoming events, and working with you in our new format V12 workshops beginning in January 2020. 
Thank you.

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Domino App Dev: The Low-Code and Pro-Code Future

23. September 2019 Posted by Andrew Manby

We recently hosted a lively and informative webcast that covered the new updates coming later this year for Domino application development. Andrew Manby and Marty Lechleider took attendees through the specifics of the upcoming App Dev Pack release, and a preview of what’s coming in future versions. On the low-code front, Marty gave an update on plans for bringing HCL LEAP into Domino (Project Sandstone) and how it will enable IT and business users to build new apps easily. You can watch the replay here.

There were a lot of great questions asked, and we provide those, and the answers, here.
AppDev Pack
Q: The AppDev pack v1.0.2 contains a feature in “preview” mode. What does “preview” mean?
It means that the feature will work but should not be used in production. The feature might change slightly before being defined as production-ready.

LEAP on Domino Service Integration

Q: Is it possible to integrate LEAP with external services?  Including lookups for names on a database other than the Domino directory?
A:  Yes, LEAP has a generalized way to connect to any REST service to do lookups. However, please note that full support may not be in the initial LEAP on Domino (Project Sandstone) release but will follow shortly in a subsequent release.
Q: Are LEAP apps exposed as services to other non-LEAP applications?
A: Yes, this is the way LEAP works today.  A developer can access LEAP applications data via this API.  The API will honor any access rights you have set on the data:  However, please note, that full support may not be in the initial Project Sandstone release but will follow shortly in a subsequent release.
Q: It would be cool if we could use Domino data “as a service” like Marty did with the LEAP apps as a service.
A: Yes, we agree. The team is looking into this and should be able to add this at some point.
Q: Can we “look up” the manager for a particular request from existing customized NSF?
A:  We will add the ability to look up data from Domino source in Project Sandstone at some point.
Q: Can drop-down choices be populated directly from a backend ODBC? Oracle, DB2, etc.?
A: LEAP supports REST for data integration and not ODBC. If the backend is exposed as a REST endpoint, then LEAP should be able to get the data and use it to populate the drop-down.
Q: Does LEAP support responsive web settings?  Can apps be mobile-friendly?
A: Yes, LEAP has page settings which allow you to specify responsive web-behavior. Page widths can be dynamic; breakpoints can be set to collapse to a single column or carousel mode and rules can be set to show/hide elements of the page based on width.
Q: If I want a LEAP app work on both a desktop and a smartphone, do I need to design two separate “forms”?
A: No. The responsive web settings will take care of this so that a single app will render appropriately on any device.

Q: Will Project Sandstone apps, if used on mobile devices, use local storage, or will they require to be always online?
LEAP today does not store any data locally or support disconnected use.  We are looking at ways to leverage Domino for offline use on mobile devices.  As a workaround one could use Domino Designer to add Forms/Views to a LEAP generated NSF to support mobile offline use. 

Q: Do you have an anticipated (approximate) ship date for LEAP for Domino (Project Sandstone) yet?
A: It is planned to be shipped in beta in the V11 timeframe, more details to be released when we launch Domino V11.
Q: Will it be part of the V11 beta?
A: No, Project Sandstone will be a separate beta.
Q: When will the Project Sandstone beta happen?  How will I be able to enroll?
A: More details to be released soon when we launch Domino V11.

LEAP Sandbox

Q: Where is the sandbox? How can I access the sandbox?
A: You can access the sandbox here.
Q: I tried making service calls to different external APIs in the LEAP Sandbox, and they failed. Can you help?
A: The LEAP Sandbox requires that certificates be set up for each service endpoint and for the APIs to be whitelisted by the LEAP server admin.
LEAP Capabilities
Q: What is the roadmap for printing in LEAP?
A: LEAP has a print view which can be used to print or print to PDF the form and data.  We plan to improve this print view over time.  LEAP also has the ability to fill PDF templates and store them as part of the submission record.  These capabilities will not be in the initial Project Sandstone release and will follow shortly.
Q: Can a LEAP app contain an array of entries inside an app, like “photos taken on-site”?
A: Yes. To do this in LEAP you would add a table with fields for the photo. At run time the user could then add any number of photos into the table.
Q: Can we create our own templates?
A: Yes, you can create your own templates.  LEAP has the ability to export apps with or without data to a file. This file can then be easily imported into a user’s LEAP workspace.
Q: Will LEAP on Domino have a visual workflow editor?
A: Not initially. We have started looking at how we can simplify workflow in LEAP and include a visual approach for building workflows.
Q: Can we create apps from Domino data, like you did in the webinar with Excel data?
A: This is something we are working on and hope to have in LEAP at some point.
Q: Will the LEAP generated NSF require new design elements, and will they be visible from Domino Designer?
A: Project Sandstone will take care of everything needed for the NSF.
Q: Can we use custom CSS style sheets with LEAP?
A: Yes, LEAP allows you to attach or point to external style sheets.
Q: Can we add LEAP forms and workflows to existing Domino apps?
A: No. This is not the initial focus of Project Sandstone.
Q: Can I add widgets to the LEAP palette?
A: This is not something LEAP currently allows but is a top customer request.  We are looking into this capability and to how we can open LEAP to third parties for custom extensions.
Q: Can we send an email and make a service call when an action button is clicked?
A: Yes, in fact, you can call multiple services and send multiple emails.
Q: How can LEAP apps be localized?
A: Strings can be externalized for your content and labels and dynamically pulled into the app at runtime based on the locale or language preference.

Q: Can an area/section of a LEAP app contain a grid item from another LEAP app?
Yes, a grid of external information (another LEAP app) can be included in your app by using a table.  The table would be set up to pull the information from that external source based on an event.

Q: Can GPS/Maps be integrated?
A: Yes. LEAP includes a function for determining a user’s location: app.getLocation().  This function will return the users GPS coordinates which you can then dynamically push into an HTML fragment as part of the map embed code.
Other Questions
Q: Where can the certifications be taken?
A: No certification testing has been developed or announce at this point.
Q: What will it take to install LEAP on Domino?
A: Project Sandstone will be a very simple install and will not have any dependencies on anything that you do not already have with Domino.

Q: What technology is LEAP, and how will it run on Domino?
 LEAP is a Java program which will run on Domino.

Q: Is Domino still viewed as a low-code platform by HCL, or LEAP?
A: Domino is a low-to pro-code platform, and we are adding Project Sandstone to augment Domino’s strength. Also, Designer is more mid-code as you know. Think of it as Domino improving its tooling.
Q: Do I have to pay extra to get LEAP if I am an existing Domino customer?
A: The plan is to include LEAP on Domino (Project Sandstone) for existing Domino customers.
Q: Will LEAP on Domino be an additional capability that requires us to upgrade our license?
A: No, the plan is not to require this.
Q: Will the planned Project Sandstone replace Domino Designer?
A: No, Project Sandstone is focused on the low-code part of our strategy.  Domino Designer will continue to play an important role with the mid-pro code part of our strategy.

Q: Is it a valid use case for the business user to create apps and then have a pro-coder modify them?
Yes. We often see use cases where business users create the basic structure of an app and pro-coders complete some of the more challenging pieces around integration and custom JavaScript functions.

Q: Can I have multiple people working on a LEAP app at the same time?
A: LEAP is not currently architected for this.  Multiple people can work on an app but not at the same time.

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Tom Zeizels Blog: Low Code Programming – bitte sei so leap

13. Juni 2019 Posted by Thomas Zeizel, IBM

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