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One Reason for Installing At Least One 8.5.3 Designer Client

There are a host of good enhancements in 8.5.3. But one that is worth it’s weight in gold is the ability to review, set or clear the Prohibit Design Refresh setting on all design elements in an application in one go. From Domino Designer, just right-click on the application and select Application -> Set Prohibit …

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Domino 8.5.3: Greater Power Over Dojo. Thanks IBM For Your Work

I’ve been rather busy today so I’m yet to upgrade to Domino 8.5.3 but there are a host of goodies in the new release, not least for XPages developers. While preparing for my session at Lotusphere last year one of the areas I looked at was managing the Dojo version used by XPages. With research …

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The IBM XWork Server: More Than A One-Trick Pony

Late yesterday Ed Brill announced the new IBM offering, the IBM XWork Server. It’s been in the planning for a long time now and has been, on the whole, well received by the community. There’s a lot of discussion about what it is and what it is not. But the one thing people agree is …

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'Get Bold' by Sandy Carter: Why It's A Book You Can't Ignore

A couple of weeks ago I received an email from IBM Press about Sandy Carter’s new book ‘Get Bold‘. Shortly afterwards, my copy arrived. I’m not one for reading many IT books – most of my library comprises fiction, often based in the Classical world. But I was interested to get a bit more of …

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XPages Help Application 2.0.0 Now on OpenNTF

Over the weekend I uploaded a new release of the XPages Help Application to OpenNTF (now available under the short URL http://xhelp.openntf.org. As well as a few minor changes, the main enhancement was a change to use the dijit.Tree Dojo widget for all navigation throughout the application. This may seem a relatively small piece of …

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Why Social Business Makes Sense

Over the last week or so I’ve been making some major enhancements to the XPages Help Application I provided on OpenNTF earlier this year, now available at the shortened URL http://xhelp.openntf.org. The main areas have been adding dijit.Tree support for the navigation, but also fixing an issue that meant images didn’t appear when viewed in Notes …

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Thoughts on Recent XPages News

Last week two announcements were made in the world of XPages that were worthy of further mention. The first was the new IBM course on Modernizing IBM Lotus Domino 8.5.2 Applications. The main author of this course is Jeremy Hodge, with whom I’ve been working on the upcoming Extension Library book. He has been involved …

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Plugin Development – Take a Dive

This week the “Creating and Deploying a Java Plugin for Notes and Symphony” lab from Lotusphere has been added to the Notes and Domino wiki by Shane Kilmon, an excellent IBMer who was helped me a lot with a plugin development project of my own at the end of last year. Those who have used …

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NotesIn9: F4 Is Your Friend

A whle ago I wrote a blog post on Formatting Dates on Links, which talked about using F4 to identify the methods of the underlying XPages Java classes. It’s something I’ve done for a while ever since Tim Tripcony and Nathan Freeman told me about it. It’s a technique which has proved particularly useful when …

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A Host of XPages and Dojo Resurces

Two and a half years ago when I started working with XPages, there was a relative paucity of support materials. Declan Lynch’s 50-odd introduction was a god-send as were blog posts from John Mackey and Matt White. The Dojo documentation was okay, but the implementation of Dojo 1.1.1 was very limiting. There had been sessions …

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