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Friday musings about… Lotus Notes?

Lotus Notes/Domino isn’t something I’ve thought about much lately at all. I’ve not been working with it for the past few years (which I’ll comment on later in this post, because, reasons), however this week coming across a conversation on a popular social media platform got me thinking about a few things. The post was asking for suggestions for an on-premises email solution that “isn’t Exchange”, and it didn’t take long before some comments about Lotus Notes crept in (image heavily edited, lots of other replies removed, I only left in the anti-Notes ones): I found...

“IBM was here first!”

When your product name clashes with the name of an app that suddenly gets built into an operating system, much fun ensues: Supportability Q&A about Lotus Notes and OS X 10.8 It’s not just one of those things that’s funny because it’s happening to IBM, but there’s also an interesting lesson in software engineering and not being able to plan for everything. As always Volker has some amusing discussion over on his site, along with an amusing image that I won’t link to directly here. If you like reading more Yellowsphereverse gnashing of teeth then I suggest heading...

A Domino Server migration tip for part time / ex Domino Admins

One of the things I always loved about the Lotus Domino Server was how easy it was to move it to new hardware. Run the installer, copy the data directory (and .ini file if needed) and boom – server comes up as before, no problems. So when I recently did a migration (for my last remaining Domino customer) where the drive structure changed I was surprised to see logging errors appear as it was trying to access the old Domino Data path. Turns out the culprit was Traveler. To fix this, simply edit the %DominoData%\traveler\cfg\NTSLogging.properties file and update the...

Nothing to see here folks, everything is fine

Whenever a new New Zealand specific freelancer / crowdSPRING type site pops up I like to check it out – it’s an interesting window into your country’s technology trends. Freelancer.co.nz seems to be spending quite a bit of money on Adsense clicks at the moment, so I wandered over and took a look at their site and more specifically at the list of technologies they have current postings for. So from the screenshot below, can you see a couple of technologies which are absent? (Hint: these technologies might appear under either “IBM Tivoli” or under...

Notes/Domino Application Review for Upgrading to Version 8.5.x

Application Review for Upgrading to Version 8.5.x – it’s pretty short, which is a good thing. I do think it’s kind of funny trying to sneak subconscious messages in there trying to remind “some” developers that Option Declare is good, but I guess when it comes to teaching best practice you have to do whatever works. If that means telling people that by not using Option Declare they may die them in their sleep, then so be it. Tags: IBM, Lotus, Notes/Domino

It happens a lot, Notes 8 client running with a Notes 7 mail template

Notes 8 client running with a Notes 7 mail template – it happens a lot, for various reasons (lots of them in the comments if you care). It strikes me that some of the positive things about being able to customise a mail template can also lead to some very negative things, such as being a software vendor and giving up a lot of control over how your mail environment appears to your users. In some ways, you’re putting potential customer satisfaction in the hand of Administrators – and while there’s some great admins out there, simply looking at...

On Vowe’s recent DNUG posting and similarities in NZ

You only have to glance at my tag cloud or my site introduction paragraph in the sidebar to the right to see that I’ve not called myself “A Notes person” for quite some time – however I still have clients who use the technology, and as such I can’t help keep an eye on things. Vowe’s recent post “Things I learned at the DNUG conference in Berlin” shows that a lot of the things I’ve noticed about the IBM/Lotus market in New Zealand are happening in other places too. New Zealand has always been a stronghold for Microsoft, and...

Fixing an issue where DominoBlog displays categories incorrectly

Issue: One or more of your categories in a DominoBlog isn’t displaying correctly. Instead of seeing the contents of the category you see a set of DX tags, i.e. $DXSubjectLink$ and so forth as shown in the image below: A quick search reveals that there's a few other people who have this issue, but no one mentioning the (rather simple) fix. As I don’t use DominoBlog it took me a little while to find out what was causing it so thought I’d mention it here in case it helps someone. Simply edit the content category...

My Notes Client Setup

After building my new Macbook Pro as well as rebuilding my main rig on its new Intel X25 SSD I wanted to briefly document my client setups for Visual Studio and Lotus Notes/Domino. So to get started, here’s the Notes/Domino post. Firstly.. I install the client! I’m currently using 8.5.1, but ideally would be running 8.5.1 with 8.0.2 basic installed concurrently. Why? 8.5.1 is an utter pig for making quick design changes over slow remote connections – and this is how I do a lot of work for my clients. Setting the project to build automatically often means making...

Asleep at the wheel during a server upgrade

I’ve upgraded a LOT of Domino servers in my time, and so yesterday when I upgraded another one (Windows 2003) to Domino 8.5.1 I was expecting another smooth ride. After running the install wizard it informed me that the computer needed to be restarted – interesting, as I don’t recall needing to do a Windows restart for previous upgrades, but who am I to argue? As the box was coming back up it locked up at “Applying Computer Settings”, meaning logging in via console or RDP was unavailable. It took me a minute to realise what had happened –...

I have a new favorite Domino Designer error

Yay! It’s awesome! Tags: IBM, Notes, Domino

Searching the contents of Notes/Domino design elements

I recently posted asking for recommendations for Notes/Domino refactoring and analysis tools. Thanks again to all of you who responded, and also to Ryan from Ytria who emailed me directly (even though I’ve been too busy/slack to respond). After thinking about it, I realised that really it was the Find/Search side of things which was important to me, and Andre Guirard recently posted about how to Export all code of an NSF to file system, which looks to give me access to the solution I was after - even if it is a little bit manual. ...

Looking back on the past couple of years as a freelancer

It's coming up to the 2 year mark since I resigned from my full time job and went into freelancing / owning my own businesses. After many years of working as an employee, a contractor and doing small bits of freelancing on the side I probably thought that switching to freelancing would be a bit easier than it ended up being, which is part of why I wanted to write a little about my experiences. There's plenty of material out there offering freelancers helpful tips or things to avoid - this post is similar to many of those, but it's...

Notes/Domino refactoring/analysis tools

I’m in need of a refactoring/analysis tool for use on a couple of projects - truth be told I’ve needed one for a while. The main (possibly only) feature I’m after is a global “Find” function to search for a string inside all design elements of a database (equivalent to Visual Studio’s ‘Find in Files’ / ctrl+shift+f function). The obvious contenders are from Ytria, and TeamStudio. Ytria’s product installation had a few issues, and I’m not in the mood to create an account right now so will have to take a look at it later – although looking at...

Interesting bits from Notes/Domino 8.5 and 8.5.1 Redbooks

The other night I spent a bit of time reading a couple of IBM Redbooks on the Domino Wiki, the Upgrade Cookbook:  Upgrading to Lotus Notes and Domino 8.5.1 and the Lotus Notes and Domino version 8.5 Deployment Guide. To some people that probably doesn’t sound like a whole lot of fun, but I ended up coming across quite a few useful bits of information that I was surprised to not have already read about elsewhere. A few of the larger examples were: Windows® single sign-on for Web clients You can set up...

Incorrect Domino Web Access ‘from’ address

One of my clients occasionally encounters an issue where a user’s return email address shows up incorrectly when they send email via Domino Web Access. It seems to only happen when someone has made an error with the initial user registration which has later been corrected by a rename or an edit. The person documents always look correct post rename and the from addresses of all other users in the Domain are showing up correctly. Here’s the fix which seems to work for me: Make a trivial change to the person document – just open it for...

A random Domino SoS

Just in case anyone out there glances over this and has some ideas, I’m going to throw up a flare and ask a couple of quick Domino questions. *queue flare sound* Converting Word/Excel attachments to PDF on the fly in a Domino web application. The requirement is that a user clicks on a link which points to a $File attachment, I want to convert it to PDF and spit that out to them. Some of Jake Howlett’s DEXT code using Java and the lowagie packages looks incredibly handy and close to what I’m after, but minus...

Notes/Domino 8.5 FP1

Fixpack 1 for IBM Notes/Domino 8.5 is out now, and fixes a fair few issues which might take the pressure off any administrators who are anxiously waiting for 8.5.1. Some links: 8.5 FP1 Download (requires an IBM ID) 8.5 FP1 Preliminary Fix List (some of those items look “interesting”, and not in a good way) Tags: Lotus,Notes,Domino

Notes/Domino 8.x maintenance release plans

I’ve had this link regarding the maintenance release plans for the Notes/Domino 8.0x stream in my browser for quite some time, as I’ve wanted to make a quick comment on it. 8.0.2 is the last planned/scheduled maintenance release (MR) for the 8.0x codestream. Notes/Domino 8.0.x will continue to be supported for a minimum of 5+3 years (following IBM SWG policy).  In lieu of producing a Notes/Domino 8.0.3 MR, more frequent 8.0.2 FixPacks will be provided.  IBM will continue producing both maintenance releases and fix packs for Notes/Domino 8.5.x, and customers who have deployed Notes/Domino 8.0.2...

Bulk importing from a filesystem into Notes

Last week I needed to bulk import a large number of files into a Notes document library. The client had already organised the files, and so they wanted that file system structure (which was many levels deep) duplicated when the files were imported into the document library. Sounds simple, but I was quite surprised that I couldn’t find a code snippet out there which did what I was after – surely this is a fairly common requirement? So after a few minutes of looking I gave up searching and wrote my own 10 minute bulk import agent in...

8.x Domino SMTP issues

I’ve had a couple of recent annoying Domino SMTP issues with a customer’s server I thought I’d post my findings here. The issue seems to have cropped up somewhere after the initial 8.0 release. Basically, SMTP mail gets stuck in the mail.box (can sit there for days) and the console displays: Router: No messages transferred to SAMPLE.COM (host SAMPLE.COM) via SMTP: The server is not responding. The server may be down or you may be experiencing network problems. Contact your system administrator if this problem persists. If you restart the router or issue “tell router update...

A couple of quick Notes/Domino links

A few links which are worth a read for those of you still keeping half an eye on the world of Notes/Domino (i.e. not you Doug!). Notes 8.5 – ignore the incredibly descriptive page title, this post contains a nice summary of some of the new features in Notes 8.5. How do you like the DDE? – DDE being Domino Designer on Eclipse. Read the comments for a good cross section of opinion on the updated designer client. What's new in Lotus Notes 8.5? – Official IBM technote, which is the usual overly verbose IBM document. They...

Domino Superior

Meet Domino Superior is a post from Nathan Freeman discussing and demonstrating a few features of Domino XPages. It looks interesting, although I can’t work out if the prospect of having @DbLookup available inside JavaScript is interesting or just scary? Tags: Notes,Domino

Notes performance tuning

An excellent tip for all Notes/Domino developers. Indeed. Yeah. Uhm. Sweet. Tags: IBM, Lotus, Notes, Domino, Godzilla

Now running Subtext!

The observant among you will notice that the site has changed. I'm no longer running on Domino, and hence I'm no longer running on Blogo. The site is now fully powered by ASP.NET, and is running the excellent Open Source Subtext. Thanks go out to Ferdy for all the time he's spent writing and maintaining Blogo - if you're in the market for an open source Domino blogging engine then check it out, it's well worth it. Why Subtext? I can't really say. I played with a few .NET solutions out there, and decided that I really liked quite a few...

Subtle Lock in - liberating my data from Notes Databases Part 2!

The final part of my data migration involved migrating the site's comments, and placing them against the correct entries in the newly populated SQL Subtext database. I used the same techniques as previously to get the bulk of the SQL script created, with one minor addition. Can you spot it? utcDateTime := @Text(@Year(@Created)) + "-" + @Right("0" + @Text(@Month(@Created)); 2) + "-" + @Right("0" + @Text(@Day(@Created)); 2) + " " + @Right("0" + @Text(@Hour(@Created)); 2) + ":" + @Right("0" + @Text(@Minute(@Created)); 2) + ":00.000"; NewEntryID := "set @newentryid = (select top 1 ID from...

Convert Notes Dates and Times to UTC format

This is a quick question to my Notes/Domino readers out there (yes, both of you!): I'm doing a bit of work migrating some data out of Notes and into SQL databases at the moment. For all my Date/Time fields, they obviously need to be converted into UTC Dates before they're going to be compatiable with SQL inserts. I was sure the @Function language would have supported this by now, but it seems not! I know Mike Golding (of the now defunct Notestips.com) had a rather large piece of code which would do the job posted on his site,...

Domino Web Access does not work in Safari

For those who are interested (both of you!), Domino Web Access does not work with Safari for Windows. Why is that interesting? Well, it's not really, however there was some speculation that it *might* work if you could get past IBM's horrible obfuscated browser detection JavaScript contained in /inotes/forms7.nsf. Speculate no more in the knowledge that it simply doesn't work! Tags: Notes/Domino, Safari,