Advanced XPages : A Nicer Domino Login Part 1

When logging into a Domino web based application
with session authentication you are normally brought to to the login page
that is held in the domcfg.nsf database ( or the server default login screen
if you don’t have domcfg.nsf setup ). Last year Jake Howlett
described a method to do an AJAX login on the
Domino server so I have taken it a bit further and rewrote it to work with
Dojo and XPages.

This short series ( only three parts,
I promise ) will describe the methods I used to integrate it into the phonebook
application from the ‘Learning Xpages’ series. As we are going to be using
some dojo/dijit widgets it will also be a great introduction on how to
use some advanced XPages features.

Lets start by opening the XPages Phonebook
application in Domino Designer. I am going to put the login dialog box
into it’s own custom control so goto the custom controls section and create
a new one. I’m calling mine ‘layout_Banner_Login’ because I’m going to
nest it inside the ‘layout_banner’ custom control in a bit.

In your nice empty custom control we
need to add a couple of DoJo and DiJit modules. To do this we will go to
the all properties section of the page and under resources we’ll click
the ‘add’ button and select the xp:dojoModule option.

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In the new resource we’ll fill in the
name of the dojo module that we want to load. The first one is called dojo.cookie
and we also need resources for dijit.Dialog, dijit.form.TextBox and  dijit.form.Button.
If you look at your source once you have done this you should see something
like the following. Don’t forget that there are all case sensitive.

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With our modules in place stay in the
source view and we’ll manually in in the required html to get the login
dialog box to appear on the screen. Here is the initial DIV that we will

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The DIV references a few parameters
that may not be familiar with if you have never used dojo before. The dojoType
specifies what the div should be converted into by the dojo parser. The
execute parameter references a javascript that will be run when the dialog
box is submitted. Here is the full code to paste into the custom control.



As you can see we have a table to assist
in the layout of the dialog box and each of the input fields also have
a dojoType to tell the dojo parser what type of field it is.  You
may also notice a hidden field called ‘RedirectTo’. This will be passed
to the domino login as the item to return to the browser after the login.
As we are using AJAX to do the login the end user will never see the returned
file. I have selected a small gif image from the domino/icons directory.

In the next part I’ll add the client
side javascript that you need that will do the actual login.

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