Notes 8.5.2 application on web

Posted on 2014-08-12
Last Modified: 2014-10-12
I have a simple application using regular forms, views and formula.  I want to access this app through a browser. The form shows fine, but I have a button with this formula:  FIELD Company := @PickList([Custom]:[Single];"":"";"Clients";"Enter Your Name";"Please select your name from the list";1);

It returns the error:  HTTP Web Server: Lotus Notes Exception - @Function is not valid in this context

Are there any alternatives I should use to access views and populate form fields when using a browser?
Question by:schmad01
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    Accepted Solution

    The @Picklist isn't implemented on the browser side. There are a few alternatives in JavaScript,  it involves 'old-school' Notes-Web development. Example: (code not verified).

    Why 'old-school' ? Well, Notes development for a browser has shifted towards XPages, a far more flexible environment, with many advantages and a few hurdles. You can reuse the existing documents and the views but all the rest must be redeveloped. There are some tools that make it possible to use an existing Notes application on the web (so they say), like XPagesDynamic and probably several others.

    And there is the all new Notes browser plugin, in R9. It is said to function like the Notes client but in a browser.

    Author Comment

    I will look into this. Thank you.
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    by:Nick Halliwell
    Hi schmad01,

    I would strongly suggest a Server upgrade to Notes 9 and Sjef has said above the Notes browser app is great, it looks exactly the real thing.  When you install the Notes 9 Client select install the browser plugin.  The browser plugin is designed to work with Notes applications, iNotes is designed for e-mail.  The browser plugin will not access your mail, use iNotes for that.  

    iNotes is simple to set up, if you need instructions please let me know.

    By the way once you use the Notes browser plugin, you can carry on on using the the normal Notes developer, and don't need to worry about xPages.  The browser plugin does all the work for you.

    Good luck.

    Author Closing Comment

    I will go for the R9 plugin. Thanks

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