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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...

Where does technical debt come from

Over the past year I’ve been dealing with some technical debt across a couple of different ASP.NET applications that we recently inherited. As part of that work I’ve spent a bit of time thinking about technical debt, how to deal with it, and how to avoid it. Describing the subject of technical debt as interesting might be overstating things a little however it is a subject which is relevant to most developers at some point in their career. So when I read this article (Lotus Notes - a Double Edged Sword) it struck me as a great example of...

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...

OpenNTF projects for Feb

Yes, I know it’s March – I clicked this link in Feb but haven’t had a chance to sit down and watch the video until now. There’s some very good stuff in here. The widgets I can mostly take or leave (although the File Manager one has some good potential for anyone using a Notes client for day to day use), however xTalk, the Next Gen Discussion template, and the xPages Wiki all look very useful indeed. On the developer’s side of things, part 2 covers some useful XPages controls. These are the...

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...

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...

…and we’re off.

Currently downloading the just released Notes/Domino 8.5.1. Hoping to get it all downloaded before the Americans wake up so I can give it a test drive tomorrow. Very interested to see whether this release fixes some of my current gripes with the full blown Godzilla client. I may finally put Notes on my Mac too, as apparently it’s more Mac like! Tags: IBM,Lotus,Notes

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...

Briefly touching on Notes/Domino 8.5.1

This interesting collection of hints about the potential quality of Notes/Domino 8.5.1 (the NDA has been lifted from beta testers) makes for some interesting if slightly saddening reading. Personally if the bits about improving Domino Designer performance are slightly true then that’s probably going to be enough for me as a casual user only, but at the moment switching between using Visual Studio 90% of the time vs Domino Designer 10% of the time makes for an interesting comparison between the 2 environments. A post about IBM quality control seems like a suitable place to drop in this little...

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...

Notes performance tuning

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

Have you seen Notes 8?

"Have you seen Notes 8? Wow! Seriously, wow," he says. That's what I said when I saw the lack of speed and the excessive RAM consumption too! Link: Some generic piece of PR bullshit Link: A vacuous link to a generic piece of PR bullshit Technorati tags: IBM, Lotus, Notes

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...