Transitioning from Workbench and Designer with JEE to OSGi

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A traditional JEE forms developer environment involves form authors using Workbench to checkout forms then edit those forms in Designer. Then, check those XDPs back in for use by the server for rendering.

aem_forms_manager_upload_screenshot2019-01-31at8.08.35amFor customers that use the JEE platform as a “black box” where there are no long lived or short lived processes deployed (and developed in Workbench) and the server is purely used for it’s API’s, transitioning to the OSGi platform is an excellent and rapid move but it may leave a “desktop” void for your developers if you don’t provide the right tools.

Many developers are under the impression that in the new OSGi environment, the Forms Manager interface is the only way to interact with the forms DAM where new forms can be uploaded using the File Upload dialogue.

aem_dam_viewOne of the best ways to interact with DAM assets of any kind from your desktop including forms and images is via the AEM Desktop App. Instead of using the web interface (local server link) to upload and download XDPs from your server. It mounts the DAM directly to your desktop to allow you to interact with assets as if they were a mounted drive.

aem_desktop_app_checkedout_screenshot2019-01-31at8.30.48amForm developers can make full use of the app to not only upload and download forms but also to check in and check out assets. This is an invaluable function when working in a team environment.

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