Archive for September, 2008

iNotes on the iPhone

September 30, 2008

Just ‘installed’ iNotes Ultra lite on the iPhone and it’s actually quite impressive.

I read a Macworld article published today, that IBM have just released a Lotus Notes client for the iPhone – as a FREE download from the Apple App Store!

As a Lotus user and an iphone owner, you can imagine that got my immediate attention.

As it happens, it is NOT available from the App Store. Instead I had to open my work mail file with Safari and when I get the “This browser is not supported page” (Could someone in IBM change the look of this page – It screams “go away!”) click the Notes Ultralite button.

The resulting web page should be saved to the Home Screen on the phone. Instead of a webclip, you get a Lotus Icon – though it still works like a web clip via safari.

Obviously you need a mail file on a domino server for this to work. Obviously (# 2)Native support on the iphone for Domino mail would be a lot better, but my initial reaction is good – though I think my work log-in screen will have to be more iphone friendly.

So over the next week I’m going to give it a good whirl. I’ll report back.

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3 Months Old Today

September 23, 2008
The Dude with the Hood!

The Dude with the Hood!

Current Podcasts

September 23, 2008

A quick list of the podcasts I subscribe to:

Ian Dempsey breakfast show

Colm and Jim-Jim breakfast show (duggie and gitsy are class)

Taking Notes (the last one with Ed Brill and Dwight Morse was excellent!)

Stephen Fry’s podgrams

Apple Gazette Daily

San Francisco Giants – Chronicle podcast

New York Giants official podcasts

Discovery channel video podcasts

Talking History – Newstalk 106

Macworld video podcast

Official LOST podcast

RTE – conversations with Eamon Dunphy

All Finished Operations Window

September 19, 2008

Just noticed a new pane in the Domino R8.5 BETA 2 designer client that is VERY WELCOME!

It seems to be called the ‘All Finished Operations’ pane and it gives you information on the progress of tasks being run by the Designer client itself.

Domino Designer R8.5 BETA 2 - All Finished Operations Pane

Domino Designer R8.5 BETA 2 - All Finished Operations Pane

Now maybe I just hadn’t spotted this window in previous versions of the client and it’s not new – it’s just new to me! It seems to give information on process that are happening in the background of the designer – like “Yes I’m opening that huge database on the company server that ain’t exactly next door – hold your horses!”
A very welcome addition to the client. It certainly beats the flashing lightening symbol on the bottom right on the client telling us very little.

8.5 (BETA 2) – A Clarification

September 18, 2008

First things first, my thanks to Paul Mooney for letting the Domino community know about my blog – I’ll have to write stuff for it now!

On my last 2 posts, I have been telling people about my experience with Domino 8.5 BETA 2. I explained where I was coming from on the first post on the subject and that I am using the beta. However, on my last one – where I was pointing out a problem with the working sets functionality I didn;t make it clear that it was a BETA.

Apologies for the confusion. I did say in my first post on the subject that I am using the beta 8.5.2 release. I have added the word BETA to the title of the confusing post.

Overall it has been a positive changeover to eclipse, but as a 10 year Domino developer, I’d like people to know how I’m getting on with the new environment and if any IBM people get this feeedback and fix these minor gliches, it might allieviate a future headache or two for us all.

On the upside, I’m getting visitors and causing controversy. Huzzah!

More on Domino 8.5.2 (BETA)

September 18, 2008

More on 8.5.2 (BETA)

I am one of those developers that uses the Workspace to organise my databases and only keeps databases in my designer navigator if and when I need them. This allows easier managing of backups and version templates.

I was trying to open a database in Domino Designer 8.5.2 today and despite many attempts and a restart of both Notes AND the PC, it still wouldn’t open!

I then decided to clear all the databases in my ‘Working Sets’ navigator and when I got to the last couple of databases, the database I was trying to open miraculously appeared!

So far my biggest issue with the new designer is that the opening of the databases seems to be very slow and a bit flakey. Incidents like the one today demonstrates what I’m talking about.

BY THE WAY, There is a default working set called ‘Recent Applications’ which shows all recently opened databases. Even if you have included the database in a working set, the database will disappear from the working set if you remove it from ‘Recent Applications’.

Thought for the day …. “Now where is that database gone now?”

Domino 8.5.2 – My Experiences

September 17, 2008

I haven’t had time lately to look more at X Pages, but over the next month I plan to re-write a web site I look after with X Pages to see how it goes.

BUT, I have been running Domino 8.5.2 (BETA) on the laptop for work projects over the last 3 weeks. I was running 8.0.1 before the upgrade. How’s it gone? Well…….

FIRST, THE BAD THINGS
1) It’s no faster to load than R8. (I didnt use 8.0.2 before anyone shouts)
2) ECLIPSE – it’s different:
– It seems slower to work with it somehow. I am getting faster with it, but I’m not up to my 8.0.1 speed.
– UI is still buggy. Leave the finger on the trackpad and unintentionally you’ll move windows around. There’s no ‘Barry Setup’ or anything to get back, so I usually save my work and restart the designer.
– Previewing in the client is PAINFULLY slower.
– I can’t just press the letter ‘H’ to get to the ‘Hello’ form. ALL DEVELOPERS USE THIS – I hope IBM finds a way to include it! It’s the most anoying thing about the new designer.

3) No ‘Teamstudio Configurator’ facility. YES it has a ‘Search’ option, but it’s not find and replace (which I use a lot, especially in UAT & deployment). I don’t know of any other development platform that does not include this facility.

4) The Designer ‘Start Page’. I wanted to keep this coming up when I started designer as I haven’t fully gotten used to it yet, but I had to turn it off. IT WAS APPEARING EVERYWHERE – and radically slowing down start up time for Designer. I wish these start pages were available as a pop-up when I wanted them and not exist on start-up. Annoying.

5) I ave not figured out this ‘Working Sets’ thing at all. I have a fairly cluttered database list.

6) Although it took a while I ‘ve found the new design element structure easy enough to follow. HOWEVER, the decision to move Framesets and Pages to somewhere in the middle baffles me. For the vast majority of applications these 2 elements are the start point. It made more sense to me to leave them at the top. And who’s bright idea was it to promote ‘Folders’ to third in the list. Does any developer use folders in designer any more?

 

GOOD THINGS
1) It hasn’t crashed nearly as much as the 8.0.1 release – and it’s a beta! I have not run the new 8.0.2 relase which is meant to be faster & better, and I’m hoping I won’t have to.

2) The Eclipse UI (yes it has it’s good points)
– Yes it’s radically different but I found myself swapping between Domino 6.5.2 (that we use on a customer site) and my laptop without any problem fairly quickly. I also feel more like a programmer with it somehow. Maybe its my maturing years talking.
– The change to the properties boxes is brilliant. Copy and Paste Rules OK!

3) The server hasn’t given me any trouble at all. I even gave a customer demo with it.

4) AT LAST SOMETHING FOR DEVELOPERS! I am a PCLP Developer in R5-R8 and I didn’t notice any radical/useful new design elements or features for developers in any of the R6, R7 or R8 releases. Sure we can organise our script libraries/stylesheets, add web services, and the rest, but we were already doing this. NOTHING WAS NEW! Everything seemed targetted at Administrators and enhancing plug-ins (like Sametime). Does anyone use Composite Applications? I mean at all?

X Pages will change how I for one will work in the future and the ability to add new eclipse plugins makes me feel more secure that Domino will grow and allow developers to grow with it.
This is only the first of my posts on this subject. I’m not running any other Domino versions and use the clients for 100% of my work.