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Web Services In Action. Mike Miller * * * Western National Insurance Group. About Me. Have had a fondness for Notes since R4.5; started developing at R5. Notes has provided me a great environment to learn about technology and connected me to a great community. About Western.

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Web services in action

Web Services In Action

Mike Miller

* * *

Western National Insurance Group


About me
About Me

Have had a fondness for Notes since R4.5; started developing at R5.

Notes has provided me a great environment to learn about technology and connected me to a great community.


About western
About Western

We use Notes for mail and applications

Environment: R7.0.2 on iSeries and Win32

Biggest Notes application is ourAgency Management System (ARM)


About arm
About ARM

Used as front-end for tracking agencies and agents.

Is interfaced to our policy management system and web portal throughDECS, ODBC (LS:DO & LSX:LC)


CSC

New policy and claims administration system and web portal.

Opportunity to now use web services to interface systems.

Helps us in our hybrid environment.


Web services in notes
Web Services in Notes

Standardized way to connect systems using http and XML

ND8 will have service provider and service requestor capabilities

Available as a service provider starting in R7; can use LotusScript

No official support as a service provider or as a service requestor in R6

However…


Java to the rescue
Java to the rescue…

Gives you access to classes that can connect to network resources and work with XML

With the right tools (Eclipse) working with Java is not extremely difficult

If you know LotusScript, all the back end objects are the same!


Three takeaways
Three Takeaways

  • Web services adds value to your Notes/Domino investment

  • Don’t be afraid to start learning Java, even if ND8 will make web services easier (Learning Java will make you better at LotusScript)

  • Eclipse is a valuable tool for productive programming in Java


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