IBM Think Big Challenge – Join #YellowLivesOn

Yesterday, IBM announce the IBM Think Big Challenge, a fun community game in the lead-up to IBM Think. Daniel Lieber and I are team leaders for #YellowLivesOn, with Bill Malchisky and Amy Stonesifer leading our opponents. You don’t have to be attending IBM Think to get involved and you only need to be involved in …

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Thinking about IBM Think

With December just around the corner, it’s now that time of year when the days rapidly disappear towards IBM Think. This year it’s February 12-15 (Tuesday to Friday) in San Francisco, with the IBM Community Day preceding it. There is already a lot planned and many sessions finalised, but more announcements will come and more …

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Domino on Linux – Two Key Points for Developers

For a couple of weeks I’ve been working with Domino V10 on Docker, partly to use the App Dev Pack which is only available on Linux for the beta. There are a couple of gotchas that developers may fall into and may require changes of design. The first is that all file names and folder …

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The DQL Approach

I’m loving the approach with DQL. Kudos to the team, there are some very good fundamental approaches. Will try to blog later to clarify — Paul Withers (@PaulSWithers) 22 November 2018 Earlier today I posted this tweet. It followed another update from John Curtis teasing more enhancements coming to DQL. If you’ve been following closely …

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Understanding Notes Client JVM Heap

It’s (hopefully) widely-known that one of the key influencers on Notes Client startup speed are the jvm settings in <notes>\framework\rcp\deploy\jvm.properties. The three key ones are vmarg.Xmx – the maximum Java heap size allocated to the client vmarg.Xms – the initial Java heap size allocated to the client vmarg.Xmca – the incremental memory allocated to the …

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Node-RED for Integration Testing

When I was working with John Jardin on our session at IBM Think, one of the key aspects was testing the REST services I was writing. For that testing I used Postman, a standard REST service client. But the final test I needed to do comprised a call to a bulk process marking ToDos as …

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Plugins Not Picked Up From Update Site

Recently I’ve been working on an extensive OSGi REST service plugin, based on ODA Starter Servlet. Local development is using a pde launch configuration to load my plugins directly from Eclipse. Even with ODA Starter Servlet being maven-enabled, which means building the update site takes moments, running directly from Eclipse is much more preferable. The …

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The Changing Domino Environment Architecture

This article has been prompted by my previous one on Domino application development. One of the major differences between Domino application development in the past and the approaches for Node.js-related development in the future is architecture. But part of that could also be an inhibitor for existing customers, because of the incubated world of Domino. …

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Whither XPages?

Some years ago I wrote a blog post called “Whither the Notes Client”. At the time (2012) XPages was flourishing, the Notes browser plugin (subsequently ICAA) was being launched, Symphony was being stopped and the IBM-specific enhancements routed back to Apache OpenOffice and iNotes was being integrated into what is now Connections Cloud. My takeaway …

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Social Connections 14

A couple of weeks ago I attended Social Connections 14 in Berlin. I flew in on the Tuesday morning and out again on Wednesday evening, so it was a flying visit as well as a rather tiring couple of days. I was fortunate enough to deliver two sessions there. Social Connections 14 – You Get …

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