Tag Archive: Lotus Notes

Published Another Article in The View

Somehow in all the excitement of my blog move, I forgot to mention that I’ve had another article published in The View!

Make Users Happy with a Form to Extract Data from Lotus Notes to Symphony or OpenOffice

Help users export Notes data to a Symphony or OpenOffice spreadsheet by supplying them with a query form for capturing the data they want and a button to export the data to a spreadsheet with a single click. Get guidance on writing the code for the export button and building the query form.

Hit the link to see the article (subscription required!)  http://bit.ly/rZ3oCe

What’s New in 8.5.3 Notes And Domino

I took part in “What’s New in 8.5.3 Notes, Domino, Traveler & IBM XWork Server” over at Consultant In Your Pocket with Chris Miller. Listen in to hear what’s new. You can sleep through the first half if you’re a developer.

IdoSphere Coming Up!

In case you missed my post before Lotusphere, I’ll be speaking at IdoSphere next week. It’s a two-day VIRTUAL event. Two days of sessions not seen at Lotusphere. And in case I wasn’t clear last time, the event is only $35 for the entire event! All sessions are being recorded for later viewing as well. And if you use this special link, and the code IDS2011KB, you can save 10%. I believe the agenda and abstracts are going up soon, if they aren’t already, go to http://idosphere.com to check it out.

TLCC Developing XPages Course Review

I recently completed the TLCC Developing XPages course. I had completed a TLCC course several years ago and felt the format was a good one for learning. The XPages course was no exception.

The course consists of 9 modules, starting with an overview and then jumping right into creating your first XPage. Controls, Views and Documents, Formatting and Styles, Javascript, Advanced Techniques, Custom Controls and changes in versions are all covered. The course begins at the very beginning. No XPages experience is required. However, the format is such that it is easy to skip ahead if you already know bits and pieces. The basic stuff is covered very well, building you up to each new skill. The text portions of the lessons are well balanced with activities and screen shots. I am definitely a visual learner and a do-er rather than a reader. This course is well suited for both. If you are a text learner, the information is there in the text. However, if you are a doer, you can skip the text bits and still understand and complete the activities.

I also liked the additional of links for more information in certain spots. Rather than bog down the course with “advanced” or tangental information at that point, there were links for those that like to go down the rabbit hole.

The course itself is an NSF and is self-paced. That works well for some, not so well for others. You need to know that you will stick with it. However, the nice thing is that the NSF is always there, for whenever you have a few moments to spare and want to learn. Since it’s an NSF, you can easily keep it local and refer to it whenever is convenient for you. Additionally, (and somewhat obviously) the course is a great option for those that can’t get out of the office or travel to course providers.

One additional feature I liked in the format was that the instructions for the activities were on the same page that I was working on, so I didn’t have to flip back and forth. Typically, that is my complaint of “electronic” learning, I like to have the instructions in front of me as I work, so alternating screens tends to irritate me. This wasn’t an issue here.

TLCC also provides forums for the “class participants” should you have questions. I didn’t find myself with any questions, so didn’t take advantage, but is a nice addition to the course.

The only thing I felt was missing was the “Don’t do this in thre real world” type of information. While something may be shown a particular way for the sake of learning it, it is often not the way you would actually implement it. I would have liked to see more of those types of warnings.

And speaking of warnings, anything teaching XPages should have a big yellow label telling you to shut off Skype before trying to start the local HTTP task. I spent a while completely baffled as to why the very first thing I was asked to do wasn’t working.

Overall, I felt this was a great way to learn XPages and look forward to XPage Development 2 from TLCC.

Obtained From: TLCC for review
Payment: Free

The Hack-tastic Hookup

So, the other day, I blogged about a problem with ComputeWithForm in LotusScript. Many of you feel that ComputeWithForm was the hack, rather than the workarounds, which is fine and dandy. However, if you have an application that already uses ComputeWithForm and you’re having issues, head over to Julian’s blog to get the tool he created to help find what is causing the failure.

An interesting note, I used the tool and found that I was getting an error on a field that had the following (admittedly poorly written) @Formula in input translation: @Date(@ThisValue). Of course, the formula should have been: @If(@thisvalue = “”; “”; @Date(@ThisValue)). However, the first formula still worked on the front-end document. If the field was blank, the doc still would refresh and save without error. BUT, if the field was blank, it was causing ComputeWithForm to fail. I was able to discover that, thanks to Julian’s ComputeWithForm tool.

My original problem had nothing to do with the field I wanted recalculated, but another field altogether.

Thanks Julian!

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