Tuesday, 28 July 2015

IBM XPages on Bluemix: XPages NoSQL Database Part II - Connecting to the XPages NoSQL Database service from Domino Designer (1)

In my previous blog post, IBM XPages on Bluemix: XPages NoSQL Database Part I - Create an XPages NoSQL database service instance, I showed how to create an XPages NoSQL database service instance in Bluemix. In this blog post I will show how to connect to the XPages NoSQL Database service from Domino Designer. I have split this section in two separate parts / blog post. In this blog post I will go through the Bluemix part and in the next blog post I will go through the Domino Designer part, the connection document in the local IBM Notes client for the service provided Domino server.

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IBM XPages on Bluemix: XPages NoSQL Database Part I - Create an XPages NoSQL Database service instance
IBM XPages on Bluemix: Deploy changes to the Bluemix environment via Domino Designer Part II
IBM XPages on Bluemix: Deploy changes to the Bluemix environment via Domino Designer
Customizing the XPages Web Starter Application on Bluemix - Start Coding
Creating XPages Applications with the IBM XPages Web Starter on Bluemix

After the creation of the service instance, the underlying Domino database can be modified by using Domino Designer. This database must be accessed by using the Notes ID provided by the service.
The following steps can be followed to connect to the XPages NoSQL Database service from Domino Designer.

1, Switch to the user ID supplied by the XPages NoSQL Database service.
In the Services section of the Dashboard navigation bar, click on the instance of the XPages NoSQL Database service. In the example below I have three instances of the XPages NoSQL database service. One for the IBM XPages ToDo Design Application and already two Unbound services. In the example below I use the XPages NoSQL database service that was created in the previous blog post, IBM XPages on Bluemix: XPages NoSQL Database Part I - Create an XPages NoSQL Database service instance.


The IBM XPages NoSQL Database Service page will open. Select the Launch button in the upper right corner. The IBM XPages NoSQL Database Service page will open. Select the Launch button in the upper right corner. The IBM XPages NoSQL Database Service Dashboard will open in a new browser window and displays your credentials.


Click the ID Download link to save your credentials locally.


In the next blog post this ID must be used to log into the Domino Designer.
You also need the corresponding password (click on the button show as shown in picture above).
In Designer, click File > Security > Switch ID.
Browse for and select the downloaded ID. Click Open.


For more information about the using the ID file see my earlier blog post on IBM XPages Bluemix: Deploy changes to the Bluemix environment through Domino Designer Part II.

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