January 2007 Entries

Microsoft Migration blog wakes up

We are still alive and kicking is the word, posted recently over at the 'Tools for Moving to a Microsoft Collaboration Platform' blog (which of course is aimed at moving sites from Notes/Domino over to Microsoft technologies. They say there are some announcements on the way in the next couple of days, which is interesting timing given that Lotusphere is currently underway. Interesting times indeed. I'm more of the opinion that there is more value in vendors who are willing to talk about options for co-existence rather than just push a migration path. The company I'm currently working with has moved...

Using NotesSQL with .NET

I'm doing a bit of work at the moment on a prototype of an application which needs to access Domino databases from .NET. It's interesting comparing the resources which are available on the subject with each other. A lot of them seem to be vendor specific, and so are filled with a fair amount of bias. It's also interesting using NotesSQL (which I actually thought was obsolete, but it seems the latest version was put up on IBM Partnerworld late last year), which is a product I've used before in conjunction with Reporting tools, but never in an integration context....

Small DataSet tip - blank/empty .cs files

If you happen to press F7 in the while working in the DataSet designer, it will generate you a class file for your DataSet. If you've pressed F7 accidentally and dont want/need this file, then you might delete it at some point, or someone tidying up your code might decide to do it for you. The file might seem like an obvious candidate for deletion - the main hint being that it contains no code! However, if the file is simply deleted then your solution may no longer compile. The solution is pretty simple - you simply need...

It's not just me!

Volker talks about his experiences with the IBM Lotus Salesperson test. I'm glad I'm not the only one who ended up guessing most of the answers in order to pass that exam!

Auckland train fare prices to rise from today

Or at least that's what we were told. I figured I'd buy a few 10 trip tickets a week ago before the price went up, to no avail, as they'd sold out. Back then I thought 'No matter, plenty of time before the increase' and went back on Friday to pick some up. This time, they had tickets, however they refused to sell them to me because 'the prices rise on Sunday'. So really, the prices rose a long time ago. Excellent. Yes, I could possibly have gone to another vendor, however there aren't any others near me (which...

Ferdy Christant: The path to Ruby enlightenment

I've been meaning to look at Ruby and Ruby on Rails for quite some time now. And, I still haven't as yet! But for when I do, Ferdy Christant has created a nice article which has a good collection of links for beginners. The 'Part 1' tag also implies there could be more coming. Check it out if you're looking for a starting point into Ruby. [EDIT] Added a link after Ferdy posted the second part. Link: Ferdy Christant: The path to Ruby enlightenment - Part I Link: Ferdy Christant: The path to Ruby enlightenment - Part II

Great start to the first commute of the year

The train arrived on time only to be delayed for 15 mins at Henderson, which is common and happens a lot. However there were then a series of 5-10 minute delays between various stations, to make the usual 40 minute trip take a grand total of 1 hour and 20 minutes. Excellent start to the year, I hope this isn't how things are going to continue. On a related note, I had a read of the October 2006 train planning information booklet the other day. It made for some interesting reading. It's filled with their projects planned over...

.NET for Domino Developers - Articles in progress

Happy new year! I've got quite a few articles in draft form at the moment. I'm trying to find some inspiration to finish some of them, and a bit of feedback wouldn't go astray. Here's a sample of what I have in progress: Life after @DbLookup - Working with drop down lists Covering the basics of drop down lists - usage, population, accessing selected values, and more. The @DbLookup reference is a bit obscure, but I think it works. Advanced ClientSide JavaScript techniques Expanding on the simple character counter example, this article will give some more complex examples, such as triggering server side...