A Possible Role For XPages

A comment from Mark Maden on my recent blog “Thoughts on the Problem of XPages” prompted me about a potential area XPages could add value for the future. One of the strengths of XPages from the start has been flexible reporting. Indeed my very first session at a conference, at BLUG (now Engage) nearly ten …

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How Do I Use XXXX Java / JavaScript in XPages?

A common request seems to be how do I use XXXX Java or JavaScript project in XPages. One of the strengths of XPages was that it made the approaches more standard. So the answer is often less an XPages question, and more a generic web development question. There are a few caveats, but many of …

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Thoughts on the Problem of XPages

Jesse Gallagher posted a thoughtful blog about the challenges for the way forward with XPages. It’s a challenge I’ve had a number of discussions around, many of which are ongoing. The reason there’s not a simple solution – throw whatever resources are required into XPages – is that it simply doesn’t make business sense. There …

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Modernising Domino Applications: Technical Deep Dive Part Three

I didn’t realise this post was still in draft, so it’s took much longer than expected to publish. But it’s quite timely, because this covers Node-RED, and a blog post has been published this week covering some of the content from the slides of my session with Fredrik Malmborg at Engage. Still, better late than …

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Thoughts About HCL’s Update

Yesterday Richard Jefts published an update on the acquisition, specifically relating to cloud. Before talking about the content, I want to comment on the approach HCL have taken. Although the blog post points to a tech note, what we have is more than a tech note and more collaborative than a press release. HCL have …

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Need Advice for Collabsphere Contest?

Recently Richard Moy announced the Collabsphere 2019 Beauty Contest, a competition to enhance a yet-to-be-decided database for use on DMA. I don’t intend to be involved on a specific team. However, I do intend to make myself available to offer advice and experience to anyone looking to get involved. As well as technical experience, I …

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LotusScript and The “Static” Keyword

Moving from language to language, I’m constantly re-evaluating how coding improvements can be made to make the applications I work with more pleasurable and the code I write smarter. Unless a language has a narrow focus or limited power, there are likely to be aspects you’ve not dug into. That’s particularly the case if it’s …

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Goodbye IBM and ICS, Hello HCL and Digital Solutions

One thing with a tight community like our is that good news spreads quickly. Yes, there are times when news should be kept quiet and it is. But when news spreads, it always spreads quickly. So it’s already an open secret on social media that HCL’s acquisition closes today (June 30th) of Domino, Connections, BigFix, …

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Converting Dates to ISO Formats

Today I came across a blog post from Daniel Nashed about international date conversion. It’s a problem I came across about a year ago with getting JSON dates from Notes fields in ODA. The code there was getting the GMT format by parsing specifically for US date formats. For a temporary workaround at the time, …

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