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There is nothing worse then leaving the
‘Ask the Developers’ session at Lotusphere and then thinking of a question
that you would have loved to have asked so I’m going to ask it here in
the hope that somebody might see it.
There was a lot of sessions on XPages
at Lotusphere this year, a lot of the development sessions concentrated
on XPages development for the web browser but there are still a lot of
people who develop for the Lotus Notes client or who like to create a good
client interface for applications that can be accessed via the web or the
Notes client. When version 8 was originally released it introduced a new
concept for the Notes Client called ‘Java Views’ which was added to a couple
of the standard templates like the mailfile and personal addressbook.
These new Java Views looked really great
but the ability for the non-IBM application developer to create these Java
Views was hidden from us but it was soon discovered that you could apply
the java views to your own applications by adding in a notes.ini variable
to expose some extra options in the Domino Designer client.
However if you d reuse the Java View
framework in your own applications you end up with the default switcher
in the upper right corner of the navigator. While it’s handy for your mailfile
it serves no purpose in custom applications. Starting in 8.5 you can now
disable the default switcher thanks to these
instructions from Steve Castledine but what I’d love is a way
to create your own switcher options.
In Blogsphere and in many other applications
that I have created I like to ‘hide’ the configuration and logging navigators
behind the switcher as it creates a cleaner interface for the standard
user who does not need to see these areas of the application on a regular
basis. Using Java Views this is not possible however if I could program
the default switcher to my own needs then I’d be able to do it.
So my question for the ‘Ask the Developers’
session should have been, when will you release more information about
Java Views and allow us the ability to customize all aspects of Java Views
including the default switcher.
The temperature has really dropped in Orlando,
I’ve even heard rumor that it is warmer in the UK then it is here although
it’s still pretty low in Pittsburgh and an email from our dog sitter said
that we got another foot of snow in the past few days so I won’t be complaining
My Tuesday started out with yet another
XPages session called XPages 101. This session was a great starter session
on some of the things that you can do with Xpages and how to start building
them and using them in your applications. I’ve been doing a lot of XPages
sessions as I can see where XPages can really make a difference in my organization
with the future development of web applications for our end users and customer
After the session I headed on down to
the labs to talk to the XPages developers to clarify a few of the features.
In the lab down at the product showcase you can also sit down and go throught
an exercise to get you familiar with using XPages.
After lunch headed to Bob Balaban
and Rocky Oliver’s session on Mythbusters where they talked about a few
of the different myths about Notes/Domino and gave their reasons and experiences
as to if the myth was true or false.
Then it was on to Lotusphere Idol to
watch the contestants get up on stage and give their 5 minute overview
of the session they wanted to give at Lotusphere while being brated by
the judges afterwards. There were two winners of Lotusphere Idol this year
and they will be given a halfhour session on Thursday. It was a fun session
to attend and the surprise contestant will mean I’ll never look at Locust’s
the same way again.
I then went to see Matt White’s session
on using the wrong Domino Designer elements to do the right thing. This
was an interesting session on hw to use Pages and forms to get domino classic
After a quick break it was down to Speedgeeking.
We setup and the crowd flowed in, there was a good crowd and with about
20 sppedgeeking stations I ended up with about 5 or 6 listeners for each
of the 5 minutes that I was speaking. After an hour and a half and having
run through my session on building multilingual applications my voice was
starting to go. In all it was quite a good time and I certainly enjoyed
Once everybody was out of there they
were all off to different parties but myself and Terri decided to take
the evening off and tke a nice walk around the boardwalk area before heading
back to our villa to put our feet up and relax with another day in the
Well the first ‘Real’ day of Lotusphere
is wrapping up so time for a quick recap of what i’ve seen and heard…
First of all I’d like to thank everybody
who joined us for the live blog of the Opening General Session. Looking
at the stats for the live blog we had 658 unique readers, we entered in
351 entries in the live blog and received 368 reader comments of which
we published 48. Since the end of the live blog and at the time of this
blog entry the live blog has been replayed over 280 additional times. While
myself and Matt were having some terrible issues with the network the rest
of the team did a great job making sure the stream didn’t go quiet for
all you readers so a special thanks to them is well deserved. We
know a few IBM people were watching the live blog so hopefully they enjoyed
it and it helps encourage the expansion of the blogger program they are
running this year.
After the OGS I went to a session on
the new and cool stuff in Domino 8.5 and the future. They talked about
XPages, DAOS and ID Vault. The admin side of me is really interested in
both DAOS and IS Vault but the developer side of my persona is really kicking
itself for not playing around with XPages while it was in beta. After this
session and another XPages session that I went to later I can certainly
see the power of XPages and after Lotusphere it’s something myself and
the other developer where I work will need to start putting to full use.
I can already see a few projects in our future being done with XPages.
I also managed to go to the Bill &
Paul show, otherwise known as ‘The 11 Commandments’. This is a new session
for Bill and Paul but along the same lines as the infamous Worst Practices
session it was a fun filled experience at which i was shouted at for having
designer rights in my production environment and Greyhawk was shouted at
for giving them to me. Something tells me my rights on my work domain may
be getting curtailed when I get back next week.
Overall the first day of Lotusphere
has been filled with a lot of information. Make sure your looking at PlanetLotus
to read all the other blogs to get a great grasp of what has been announced
and the different sessions the other bloggers have been to.
I am pleased to announce that I’ve been
selected as a speaker for the Speedgeeking session at Lotusphere 2009.
I will be giving my 5 minute presentation
in the AppDev track on the topic of developing Global Multilingual Applications.
In the 5 minutes you’ll learn how to create a single database that contains
multiple versions of the same application but in different languages. I’l
also quickly cover the Domino Global Workbench and how that application
can save you a lot of time when creating multilingual applications. If
you work in a global corporation then this is 5 minutes you won’t want
Speedgeeking will be help on Tuesday
Jan 20th at 6.00pm in the Dolphin Pacific Hall. It is a fun filled, fast
paced way to learn something new as you move from presenter to presenter.
Well the Lotusphere Opening General Session
is now less then a week away and it is probably the most look forward to
session from the whole of Lotusphere as this is where all the new announcements
are revealed along with demonstrations of the newly released Domino 8.5
and hopefully some future stratigies and roadmaps.
Normally I run a live blog for the OGS
and this year will be no different except it will be very very different
indeed. This years live blog of the OGS is going to be a group effort with
some of your favorite bloggers like Paul
McIntyre and The
Turtle. We will each be covering
different aspects of the OGS and YOU as the reader can even join in by
leaving comments* and answering quick web polls.
The live blog should be available on
all of our blogs, it won’t mater which of our blogs you visit you will
get to see the same live blog session and best of all you won’t need to
wear out your browsers refresh button as this truly is a live blog system.
So if your not able to make it to Lotusphere
or even if your at Lotusphere and want to leave a comment on something
you have heard at the OGS then we look forward to having you join us for
the unofficial Lotusphere OGS live blog.
* Comments will be moderated and only
added to the live blog if relevant.
I know that there are quite a few Mac users
who will be using their Macbook for presenting at Lotusphere so I just
wanted to share a small application that I found that I find is really
Caffeine is a tiny
program that puts an icon in the right side of your menu bar. Click it
to prevent your Mac from automatically going to sleep, dimming the screen
or starting screen savers. When your doing a presentation the last thing
you need is for the screen to dim while your talking and not moving the
Caffeine is also very handy for other
things like if your monitoring a server and need to make sure the screen
doesn’t turn off for a little while and just like the coffee service at
Lotusphere you can set it up to disappear after a set number of minutes
so you don’t accidentally leave it turned on all day.
Traditions start by doing the same thing
year after year and traditions at Lotusphere are no exception. Over the
past few years there has been a small group of early arrivers who gather
together for a few drinks and this year will be no exception. So if you
arrive into Orlando on the Friday before Lotusphere and fancy joining us
for a relaxing drink after all the hectic travel then you will find us
at Raglan Road in Downtown Disney. If the weather is good we will probably
be sitting in the outside area from about 7pm onwards.
This is a great opportunity to talk,
laugh, share ideas, speculate over what announcements we are going to hear
over the following week and basically just catch up while unwinding after
your day of putting up with trains, planes and automobiles. So if it’s
your first Lotusphere or even if you have been to every single one feel
free to join us, say hello and kick back.