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Notes Developer Tips Articles – August Edition

IBM ConnectED 2015

Many people have looked into their crystal balls and tried to guess what would become of Lotusphere, errr, IBM Connect, for 2015.  While full details are not yet out, we do have a new landing page to see.  As well as a new name, again.  Sort of.

UPDATE: Registration is now open!

Did You See These?

Often we go about our lives, and we don’t notice when new things appear. Take for example, Content Types on a Computed Field. Did you notice when several new content types appeared? Did you even know there are different content types? Well, there are. As of Notes 9, there are seven content types to choose from on a computed field.

While Trying To Make Things Easier, Sometimes We Make Things More Difficult

I really like jQuery. I like it because it often makes my life (as a Developer) a lot easier. Many times I think to myself, “I just want to do XYZ”, I Google “jQuery and XYZ” and BOOM!  I find exactly the code I need and I’m done.  As a result, I tend toward using jQuery more often than not. However, sometimes, while trying to make your life easier, you make things more difficult.

Do You Hate Dates?

I hate dates. I hate them. Not the kind where you buy dinner and see a movie, but the kind that have a year, a month, and a day. The kind that you have to generate in almost every workflow application ever created.

Review: Hands On Sencha Touch 2

Hands-On Sencha Touch 2
By: Lee Boonstra
O’Reilly Publishing

Right off the bat, I like the comparison to Sencha Touch versus jQuery Mobile, Appcelerator Titanium, and Kendo UI Mobile.  (Although a bit biased, perhaps, as the author is employed by Sencha, but still useful).  The book targets beginner to intermediate programmers, experienced with JavaScript, JSON, CSS3, and HTML5.


  1. Introduction to Sencha Touch
  2. Installation
  3. The Fundamentals
  4. The Class System
  5. The Layout System
  6. Structured Code
  7. Data Models
  8. Remote Connections (Server Proxies)
  9. Data Stores
  10. Offline Storage (Client Proxies)
  11. View Components
  12. Forms
  13. Themes and Styles
  14. Builds

“With the Sencha Touch framework, developers can create native-like mobile app experiences by building an HTML5 web application.”  Using the “FindACab” application, this book seeks to help you do just that.  While possibly necessary to know, the mention of Sencha products feels a bit heavy-handed.

I appreciate the Installation chapter, as all too often instructions or demos just assume you have every IDE and software installed.  Not only does the author list what you will need, but also how to install it, as well as some pitfalls along the way.

This is a well thought out book that hits the target of beginner to intermediate programmers.  Lots of sample code is included in the book, as well as downloadable code for the reader’s use.

Obtained From: Publisher
Payment: Free

SocialBizUg Articles – June Edition

I fell behind a bit in blogging these, so here are the articles posted to SocialBizUg.org for June …

Code For Tim

I lost an incredible friend and our community lost an incredible contributor. Tim Tripcony passed away May 11, 2014.  His friend and co-worker, Scott Hooks, posted the news on LinkedIn and asked that people share their memories of Tim there.Many, many people did just that.

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Review: Mastering XPages, 2nd Edition

Question:  What are three things that have happened since the first edition of Mastering XPages? Answer: Three years, the extension library, and Domino 9.0.1.

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Easy Sorting and Column Order

You have a Notes and Domino traditional Notes Client application. It’s been in place for years. The application has far too many views (with sorting and indexing and everything else that makes the application larger and larger). You are getting your feet wet with XPages and you want to “XPagify” this application.

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That’s Refreshing!

Often, when you’re learning something new, like XPages, you’ll accept the defaults or always use the selection provided in an example, without actually knowing what the options mean. In the case of page refresh (under “Server Options” on a server side event), you’ll probably start out using “Full Update” or “Partial Update”.  I wanted to point out what all the options do and provide two additional tips.

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Introduction to Event Handlers in XPages

On the Events tab of a custom control, we see the following events:

onClientLoad, beforePageLoad, afterPageLoad, afterRestoreView, beforeRenderResponse, afterRenderResponse

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View Article: Getting Started with XPages Localization

Part 1 of the article I co-wrote with Brad Balassaitis is now available on the View website.

This is a deeper dive on the topic that Brad and I co-presented at IBM Connect earlier this year.  Part 2 will be coming out soon.

The enterprise is global. If your organization stretches across borders or your clients are in other countries, you cannot just develop an application in your native language and expect that to be good enough. XPages allows you to enable localization and provide multiple languages to display to users.

Here in Part 1 of this two-part series, we will discuss localization features built into XPages. We’ll also demonstrate how to enable localization, work with the localization files, and verify that the application is handling localization. Additionally, we provide some helpful tips to make the process easier. In Part 2, we will demonstrate how to extend out-of-the-box functionality by providing a means to translate computed values and other programmatic text.


SocialBizUg Articles – Notes Dev Tips May Edition

In the May edition of  Notes Dev Tips:

WDTD – Dynamic View Panel

In this installment of What Does This Do, I demonstrate the Dynamic View Panel, thanks to viewer Steven Podrouzek!

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WDTD – Importing a plugin in XPages

In this installment of What Does This Do, I demonstrate how to add a plugin into an XPages application.

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Snip Snip

That’s right, I’m talking about code snippets. Specifically, I’m talking about code snippets on OpenNTF.org.

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IBM Social Business Toolkit

Have you looked at the IBM Social Business Toolkit? If you have, have you looked at it lately? It’s had quite a few additions and improvements since it first came out.

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