Archive for June, 2009

LiveCycle ES Processes Do Not Support Collections of Collections

If you try to add a list to a list in a process, you’ll get unexpected behavior — because it’s not supported. Nor can you add a list to a map, a map to a list, or (you guessed it) a map to a map. If you try to add a collection to another collection, each item in the first collection is added to the second, not the collection itself.

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What’s to come in LiveCycle ES documentation

Since we released LiveCycle ES last year, we have continued to update and improve the documentation. We hear what you are telling us and are working with the various teams here at Adobe provide you, the customer, with the best quality of information.

What we have provided you so far:

- Updated the installation and configuration documentation for each of the Service Packs to address reported issues
- Provided new documents such as “Techniques for Configuring Applications for LiveCycle Workspace ES
- Responded to LiveDoc comments requesting more clarification or information on certain topics, and updated the online documentation with these responses. (Please keep the comments coming!)
- Posted new articles on the LiveCycle Developer Center such as “Displaying LiveCycle ES process data in Flex graphs” or “Using Java servlets to invoke LiveCycle ES processes”.
- Posted new technical notes on the LiveCycle Knowledge Base to clarify technical issues encountered by you. We continue to roll these type of notes into our documentation for the next release.
- And last, but not least, all of the posts on this new LiveCycle documentation blog.

What are we working on for you for a future release:

- Improving the discoverability of the documentation. This includes redesigning our documentation web page and investigating ways to improve the usability of the documentation and your search experience.
- Providing more “getting started” content for the new LiveCycle user and using new media such as video tutorials.
- Integrating our content with the content on the Developer Center and community contributors.
- Providing more samples and quick starts and making them easier to find and use.

Please continue to send us your feedback on the documentation. This blog is the perfect way to contact us.

And, don’t forget to check out LiveCycle Café and the Tour de LiveCycle. Both of these applications have an abundance of information to help you develop your application or troubleshoot a problem you may have encountered.

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Are you ready for Adobe LiveCycle Data Services 3 (beta)?

Adobe LiveCycle Data Services allows Rich Internet Applications (RIAs), developed using the Adobe Flex SDK, to communicate seamlessly with LiveCycle ES. Flash Builder 4 (beta), as previously discussed, is available on Adobe Labs.
Both Flash Builder and LiveCycle Data Services are important parts of the LiveCycle ES ecosystem because they allow you to rapidly develop RIAs to leverage LiveCycle ES services.

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Tour de LiveCycle

LiveCycle ES is a large software solution to get your mind around. You know it, and we know it. That’s why we’re always looking for ways to make it easier for you to delve in and learn all about it.

A more recent addition is the Tour de LiveCycle desktop application provided by our Adobe Evangelist team. This application is designed to both help you get familiar with LiveCycle ES and refer to as an extensive reference tool.

To download and install Tour de LiveCycle or to read more about it, go to http://www.adobe.com/devnet/livecycle/tourdelivecycle/.

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What is an Adobe LiveCycle ES Application

As an Adobe LiveCycle ES user, you have encountered the term LiveCycle ES application; and if you have not, you will. Well, what exactly is a LiveCycle ES application? Is it a process developed in Adobe LiveCycle Workbench ES that uses some forms and form data and allows users to interact with it using Adobe LiveCycle Workspace ES? Is it watched folder solution that enables users to place PDF documents in a folder where they are encrypted by a process created in Workbench ES. Or is it a client application written is Java, web services, or Adobe Flex that invokes LiveCycle ES. Well, the answer may surprise you. The answer is all of the above and much more.

LiveCycle ES is a development platform that lets you develop enterprise solutions to automate business processes. Some companies spend time and effort to process information the old fashion way; that is, by using paper-based forms only. And by doing so, information is lost or a lot of cost is involved processing the paper-based forms. As a LiveCycle ES user, you can use its functionality to develop a LiveCycle ES application to automate business processes. You can use Workbench ES, the LiveCycle ES SDK, or a combination of both. The LiveCycle ES SDK is provided to enable you to create client applications that can invoke LiveCycle ES services.

One type of use case is using both the Workbench ES and the LiveCycle ES SDK. That is, you use Workbench ES to create a process that automates your business processes. Then you can use the LiveCycle ES SDK to create a client application written in Flex, Java, or a development environment that supports web services. The client application is used to invoke the process created in Workbench ES.

For example, if you belong to a company that develops in Java, you can invoke a process from a Java client application. It does not matter if the Java application is an EJB bean, a Java Swing application, a Java servlet, or a console application.

When using the LiveCycle ES SDK, you do not have to create a process using Workbench ES. For example, you can develop a web application that directly invokes a service, such as the Forms service. In this situation, the web application is able to render interactive forms to users in a web browser. To develop this type of data capture application, you use the Forms service Java API. This LiveCycle ES application is created without using Workbench ES. Most LiveCycle ES services have a Java API that enables you to directly invoke the service.

On the other hand, you do not have to develop a client application using the LiveCycle ES SDK either. Instead, you can develop a process by using Workbench ES and then have users interact with the process using Workspace ES. This approach enables a LiveCycle ES application to be developed without any programming involved.

As you can see, when creating LiveCycle ES applications, you have many choices. This is what makes LiveCycle ES a very powerful development platform. Before you start developing an application, it is important to plan your application and have a clear understanding of what you want it to do and how you want users to interact with it.

So in conclusion – the next time you encounter the term LiveCycle ES application, know that it can mean many different types of solutions. This is just a tip that hopefully makes your experience with LiveCycle ES a positive one.

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The Blueprint Eclipse plug-in is live on Adobe Labs (for Flex Builder 3 and Flash Builder 4)

Our friends on the Flex Doc team have an exciting announcement on their blog regarding Blueprint. Blueprint is an innovative code-centric search application for Flex Builder 3 and Flash Builder 4.

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Adobe Flash Builder 4 Beta: Get it while it’s hot!

Earlier this week, Adobe launched the Adobe Flash Builder 4 beta program. Flash Builder 4, which is the next evolution of Adobe Flex Builder, includes a long list of feature improvements, new data-centric development features, and a new design-develop workflow with the new Adobe Flash Catalyst.

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