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Mastering XPages: A Step-by-Step Guide to XPages Application Development and the XSP Language by Tony McGuckin, Mark Wallace, Martin Donnelly

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Chapter 7. Working with Domino Documents

Notes/Domino is often referred to as a distributed document-centric database system. Sometimes, this description is used as a convenient means of defining what Notes is not—as in, it is not a relational or object database, without actually attempting to identify what its key characteristics really are, so it might be useful to do so quickly here.

A Notes application or database is manifested on disk as a Notes Storage File (NSF). All information stored within an NSF is contained in a collection of data documents or design documents. Each document in turn contains fields or items (these terms can be used interchangeably) of different data types, from simple scalar types to multivalue fields and ultimately ...

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