Here's another brand new feature in Component Designer 6 - a relational query editor. You would use this if you want to access an existing ("External" in Designer terms) RDBMS. First, you create a "Connection" which is a simple form that tells Designer what type of db it is and where it's located. Then, you can create a Relational Query that uses that connection.
Here's what the Relational Query editor looks like.
When you use the query in the page editor, you can see the XML representation in the Data Navigator in the lower right, in the picture below.
Link to download page.
InsideLotus - Lotus, Portal and Social Collaborative Software
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Lets bring the debate to Lotus customers. I'm not just talking about the large Lotus blogging community, but really looking for feedback on a strategic direction IBM should get involved in around syndication. The two most common methods to syndicate information are RSS 2.0 and Atom 1.0. While it is perfectly acceptable to use both of these methods, the past technologies will tell us that eventually one of these methods will prevail and be the standard. Whatever method is chosen, is usually based on the more advanced technology that has the ability to expand and grow as Web 2.0 evolves and continue growth into the 3rd generation of the internet.
While RSS is more commonly known and used by internet sites today, the code has been frozen so there does not seem to be growth within this syndication method. Some people view that as a weakness while other agree in freezing the code so that it does not become a complicated technology. On the other hand you have Atom. Another method of syndication that is designed to expand with technology. As Atom expands, so will it's complexity which may turn the avid user away from Atom and use a more simple method such as RSS.
P.S. RSS capabilities coming to Notes and Domino this fall.[Read More]
Courtesy of Alan Lepofsky, but worth repeating here, since it might be the first time I've seen basic material published on developing Domino applications.
Building Databases with Domino Designer 7
Speaking of which, a long time ago I lost a battle to change our terminology from "database" to "application". Do you think users (not seasoned Domino developers, but newer ones are ok) understand they are making a database or an application?
IBM just announced today support for Notes on Linux. It includes the WMC (Eclipse RCP-based) client and the Notes plug-in.
Press release: IBM Delivers Lotus Notes for Linux PCs, First Leading Collaboration Environment for the Linux Desktop
The press release also covers an "up to" $20K incentive for migrations to Linux.
There was an article in the Boston Globe today (June 12), on customer service delivered via instant messaging. There are some interesting uses going beyond simple "Click here to talk to a rep..." For instance, they cite Lands End as popping up a message as soon as you enter the site - kind of the equivalent to a greeter at the store, I guess. Or another company, Proficient, provides profiling services so they can route you to a person based on location and the content you are looking at on the page.
Article: Instance Results
Note: I have no idea what technology is behind these web sites, and the Globe does not say either.
The following contains information about the future direction of IBM products, but it not a commitment that IBM will deliver specific features or capabilities, or that IBM will deliver any product releases at all. Future product direction, dates, features or capabilities can change at any time without notice. The screen shots in the blog represent non-production build and the UI is subject to change.
This week’s Sametime Sunday is about the business critical features of emoticons in the Sametime 7.5 client. Well, maybe emoticons aren't business critical to an instant messaging application but users have come accustom to smiley faces during chats. Emoticons are mostly known as smiley faces and Sametime 7.5 has some out of the box emoticons:
Out of the box emoticons
So far, everyone would expect to see this in an instant messaging client. Sametime 7.5 also allows users to add there own images through the palette editor in the preferences. Users can add additional animated smileys or they can even create a new palette. The example below shows that I have created a new palette called IBM. In the IBM palette I have added some logo images that I would like to use while in a chat. When adding a picture to a palette, I have the ability to have a keyboard shortcut associated with that logo. For instance, all I have to do is type in "lnlogo" and the Lotus Software image will display in my rich text chat window.
Preferences -> Palette Editor
Keyboard shortcut is optional. I still have the ability to select the IBM palette and associated images/contents directly from within a chat.
Chat Window showing palette and emoticons
Hot off the press. Nice article by Todd Page and Jennifer Kelley about the architectural and design changes planned for IBM Lotus Sametime 7.5. The article dives into the new Connect client, a new Web conferencing UI, policies, click to call, click to chat, A/V integration, and a new SIP solution to connect to external communities, including AOL and Yahoo.
Taking a tour of the new features and technology in IBM Lotus Sametime 7.5
I have been trying to post a new Sametime 7.5 feature every Sunday. I would like some feedback around any features you would like to see more about.
Ted Stanton[Read More]
Many people are unaware of the support tools that are available to assist in problem determination for Portal. I have been working with Portal products for over two years now and I find some of these tools very useful.
IBM WebSphere Portal Automated Problem Determination Tool version 1.2
IBM Support Assistant product plug-in for WebSphere Portal 5.x
IBM Support Assistant (ISA) v3 is available
MustGather: Read first for IBM WebSphere Portal and WebSphere Portal - Express, for Multi-Platforms
IBM WebSphere Portal for Multiplatform Content
IBM Premium Service Manager/IT Specialist
Workplace, Portal, and Collaboration Software[Read More]
As a follow on to last Wednesday's post on CRAPy design, check out this new blog, Interface | matters, devoted to user interface design for Notes and Domino - written by Chris Blatnick.
User expectations have come a long way since Notes first came out. Make your apps, even the simplest ones, look good AND be functional. Don't make them, what I call - Dugly -> Developer-ugly. You know, the yellow background color, just to have something, giant buttons placed haphazardly on a form, action bars that provide actions you actually aren't allowed to use, etc, etc.
Chris Reckling, etc, etc...
I'm getting ready to go to the IBM Lotus Technical Forum 2006 in Karlsruhe, Germany on May 15-17. It looks like a nice town, and, I'm told, there are a large number of pubs per capita. I couldn't really verify that in my research on the web. I did find out that it's on the edge of the Black Forest and hugs the Rhine River. And there's a big castle, too, the Schloss Karlsruhe, and the streets radiate out from that like spokes on a wheel - cool!
Any recommendations on what to do after the conference? Is a trip to Strasbourg a good thing? What about vineyards?
Oh, yeah, the presentations... Maureen Leland and I will be giving the Workplace Designer Jumpstart on day one - that's the free day. We'll tell you about he other good stuff in our regular length Workplace Designer Intro, but you'll have to pay the conf. fee for that -> plus, we'll be in the onsite labs (kind of like Lotusphere Meet the Developers). Maureen is also reprising her Domino Designer 7 preso, and I branch out into Portlets for Domino options.
See you there, hopefully!
The following contains information about the future direction of IBM products, but
it not a commitment that IBM will deliver specific features or capabilities, or that
IBM will deliver any product releases at all. Future product direction, dates, features
or capabilities can change at any time without notice. The screen shots in the blog
represent non-production build and the UI is subject to change.
In this week’s Sametime Sunday, I will discuss the click to talk functionality in Sametime
7.5. Instant Messaging (IM) and awareness are allowing businesses to communicate
virtually instantaneous across multiple platforms and devices. As The New York Times
published last week, I.M. Generation Is Changing the Way Business Talks.
IBM Sametime 7.5 extends IM and meeting capabilities to include Voice over IP technology
(VoIP) built into the product. The VoIP in Sametime 7.5 uses the computers configured
microphone and speakers to allow voice communication without the need for a telephone or
phone number. Sametime 7.5 allows me to start a voice chat directly from within an IM.
The Sametime 7.5 client also allows users to start a voice chat without having to first
itinitiate a text chat first. From my buddy list window, I can right click on any Sametime
7.5 user and initiate a voice chat.
The Sametime 7.5 client also allows the user to customize multiple preferences as shown below.
More to come next week. In the meantime, register for a free demo.
IBM Premium Service Manager/IT Specialist
Portal, Workplace, and Collaboration Software [Read More]
I've been using Firefox for well over a year and about once a month, I wonder out to the Firefox Add -ons page to look at new extensions, plugins, search engines, and themes. The first place I go to is to check out the top ranked downloads. I take a close look at the top 10 to see what interests me. So over the past 10 months I have been removing, updating, and installing new search engines, themes, and extensions. As it is today, I would like to list my top 5 reason that I use Firefox, many of which are do to additional downloads.
1. Tabbed Browsing - Tab Mixer Plus
2. Remembers my Passwords
3. Fast Performance - Google Web Accelerator & Fastfox
4. Email Notification - Gmail Notifier
5. Easy Search Functions - Including IBM developerWorks
Thanks You Firefox. Below is a complete list of my extensions. If you have any that would improve my top 5 reasons for Firefox, please let me know.
Why am I blogging about this?
I joined IBM in 2002 as a messaging engineer for Domino and quickly became interested in this product/service/solution/idea called workplace. At the time, I don't even think Workplace was a product released but the concept caught my attention. I started reading up on what was called Workplace Messaging 1.0 and when it was released, I was all excited to install and play around. That's were my excitement ended as I must admit, the installation was not as straight forward as my experience with a 15 year old product such as Domino.
After some unsuccessful attempts and many visits to the product documentation, I was able to start up Workplace by the fourth day. Wasn't to impressed as compared to the rich features of Notes Client or DWA, but I saw the potential. Over the years, I stuck with Workplace messaging as hobby and to the best of my knowledge, I may be the only person certified in Workplace Messaging 2.0. What I find most fascinating about Workplace Messaging is how it has grown into an enterprise product over the last couple of years.
To my point, I will be presenting on Workplace Messaging for probably the last time this May at Admin 2006. I am no longer a software engineer but have transition into a Premium Service Manger and slowly losing my technical skills related to messaging. Where I have lost my deep technical skills in IBM messaging products, I have extended my knowledge to new solutions such as Workplace Web Content Manager, Workplace Managed Client, CPP, and WebSphere Portal Server.
IBM Premium Service Manager/IT Specialist
Workplace, Portal, and Collaboration Software [Read More]
via boing boing - Guy Kawasaki on effective email...
I've been a Guy Kawasaki fan since the days of The Macintosh Way. He's got some interesting things to say on his blog, now, too.
This one talks about sending effective emails. Most of these are common sense, if you thought about it, and I tend to follow them, myself having been annoyed enough by the inarticulate, unfocused body, THE SHOUT, and the opposite - mister all-lowercase, no punctuation.
A lot of people (I hesitate to say "most people") fail to follow even the most basic email etiquette, like putting a meaningful subject line in the email, like "Hey" or "hi" or absolutely nothing. This last one makes for a series of fun subject lines like "re:re:fwd:re:". Gotta love that!
I don't think I'll be "snipping" any urls any time soon. That sounds like more extra work. At least in Notes, you could potentially hide the long url in a hotspot link, but even that is probably beyond most users.
I especially like the 'Attach files infrequently' suggestion, since I'm always up against my quota limit.
What are your favorite suggestions?
I had a similar line of thought in the old Lotus blog site. I guess it's worth bringing up every once in a while.
Sr. Product Manager, IBM Workplace Application Development[Read More]