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Creating a Calendar view in Notes
The Notes 4.5 Calendar view displays documents on a calendar, rather than in a traditional tabular view format. This article shows how to use the Calendar view in any application. (Downloadable examples are available in the Sandbox.)
13 Jan 1997
Executing Java Applets Using Trusted Hosts
This article focuses on Java applet security within Notes. It discusses the design of Java for secure application delivery, running Java within a secure environment, establishing trust, looks at the future of Java for mission-critical applications.
13 Jan 1997
Lotus Domino Advanced Services: High Availability Powered By Notes
This article defines high availability (continuous access to networked resources despite failures in network components) and describes Lotus Domino Advanced Services, a set of advanced server features of which Domino server clusters are a key part.
13 Jan 1997
Using the Notes Date/Time Values
In Notes 4.5 the rich Time/Date format and new time/date graphical controls make it easy to pick dates and display data adjusted to the user's context. This article shows how to use these enhancements in Notes applications, with downloadable example code.
13 Jan 1997
Integrating the Web browser control into your databases
This article describes Microsoft's Web Browser control, an ActiveX control that exposes the IE internal properties and methods, and shows how to build it into a Notes application using a downloadable example template.
27 Jan 1997
ActiveDocuments deliver next-generation in-place editing
Domino/Notes 4.5 ActiveDocuments expand on the visual or in-place editing functionality provided through OLE 2.0. The sample template (downloadable from the Sandbox) supports documents created in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Paintbrush.
27 Jan 1997
White paper: Lotus Notes and Distributed Objects
This article lays out the Lotus roadmap for using the open protocols of the Internet. It describes the Notes Object Interfaces (NOI) and Lotus' adoption of the Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA) and the Internet Inter-ORB Protocol (IIOP).
27 Jan 1997
Replication Tuning For Mobile Users
This article discusses replication for mobile users of Notes, and offers tips on space-saving management of replicas, configuring locations, initiating and ending connections, and editing database settings on the Replicator Page.
18 Feb 1997
Notes Gains All-Star Status in Cleveland
This article describes the Jam Session information station, a Notes application created for the NBA's premiere traveling fan event. This walk-up information terminal application was based on an unofficial feature in Release 4.5 called Kiosk Mode.
18 Feb 1997
The Architecture of the Domino Web Server, Part 1
Part 1 of 2: The Domino Web Server is comprised of a front end, the HTTP Server, and a back end, the Domino App Server. This article focuses on the HTTP Server, a multi-threaded task that listens for Web client requests and sends responses.
10 Mar 1997
Interview: Mike Kudla
Mike Kudla leads the team working on the Notes R5 Mail client, code-named Maui, which he describes as a messaging client that has all the functionality of today's Notes Mail plus support for Internet standard protocols like NNTP, LDAP, and IMAP4.
10 Mar 1997
Bob Balaban: Inventing the future
Developer Bob Balaban wrote the Notes back-end class libraries for LotusScript and helped develop agents for Notes. In this interview he talks about his work on creating Java back-end classes, CORBA, and Notes support for Java.
31 Mar 1997
SSL: it's not just for commerce anymore
SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) was created to add certificate-authenticated encryption to HTTP transmissions. This article discusses what SSL is, how it co-exists with existing Domino and Notes security protocols, and how Domino implements SSL support.
28 Apr 1997
Managing users in Domino 4.5 and Windows NT
This tutorial shows how to get started with the Release 4.5 User Synchronization feature, which synchronizes Domino/Notes user information and Windows NT user accounts. It provides step-by-step instructions for three scenarios.
28 Apr 1997
Merging Domino domains into one
This article is a step-by-step guide to merging multiple domains into one by merging the separate address books into one composite Public Address Book for the domain. It also discusses ways to customize the merge process.
16 Jun 1997
Testing TCP/IP connections with NotesCONNECT
NotesCONNECT (a Notes application downloadable from the Sandbox) troubleshoots Notes TCP/IP connection problems by using Notes API calls (but not the Public Address Book or Notes address resolution logic) to make TCP/IP connections.
16 Jun 1997
Michael Clark: Easy Install
The developer in charge of all of the installation kits for Notes clients and servers talks about how he got to be the install expert, how the Web has changed his job, and the brand new, lighter Web-downloadable Notes client coming in Notes 4.6.
16 Jun 1997
Domino and JavaScript: dynamic partners (Part 1)
Part 1 of 3: This article compares Java and JavaScript, looks at JavaScript as part of a new Webthink application model, and discusses some guidelines for when and where you might want to use JavaScript in your applications.
16 Jun 1997
Setting up phone numbers for mobile connections
This article explains the steps in setting up a Notes client to a dial-up connections: set up and enable ports, create Location documents, and add server connection documents. (This article does not cover RAS or other third-party software.)
16 Jun 1997
Adding a Friendly Ad-hoc Query Tool to Domino applications
This article describes how to add a powerful, easy-to-use, ad-hoc query capability to any Domino 4.5 application. The design uses formula language and LotusScript to create a Custom Query form and submit it to the Notes full-text search engine.
16 Jun 1997
Notes 4.6: Overview
With version 4.6 the Notes client becomes a strong standalone application for managing personal information. This article catalogs enhancements in information management, Internet mail and browsing, and desktop integration.
17 Jun 1997
Controlling the agents in your system
This article introduces the controls on agent execution, including access control lists (ACLs), agent types, the difference between shared and personal agents, and execution location. It also discusses LotusScript properties that help control agents.
26 Aug 1997
Domino 4.6: Accessing the Domino directory with LDAP
The Domino 4.6 support for LDAP is a step towards getting true directory assistance for Internet mail. This article describes LDAP, looks at how Domino supports it, and shows how to set up LDAP support on a Domino network.
03 Sep 1997
Notes 4.6: Microsoft Internet Explorer integration
Notes 4.6 support for Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) ActiveX control in Domino applications. This article shows how to install the control and discusses its ties to the system registry, LotusScript enhancements, and Web browser control events.
03 Sep 1997
Notes Designer 4.6: Developer tools for building better Web sites
This article looks at tools to help develop better Web sites using Notes. It describes: the Lotus BeanMachine, for creating Java applets; Domino.Action, for creating template-driven Domino Web sites, and Notes Global Designer, a database translation tool.
03 Sep 1997
Notes 4.6: Microsoft Internet Explorer integration (interview)
In this interview developers Teresa Deane and Jay Rosenthal discuss how the Notes 4.6 client uses Microsoft's WebBrowser Control to make Internet Explorer an integrated Notes application.
03 Sep 1997
Notes 4.6: POP3 and SMTP support
Notes 4.6 support for POP3 and SMTP brings Internet mail to Notes users, and brings Internet mail users the benefits of the Notes tools and user interface. This article looks at setting up the Notes client for Internet mail, sending, and receiving.
03 Sep 1997
Notes 4.6: Managing documents with the MS Office Library template
Domino 4.6 updates the Microsoft Office Library template with better OLE/ActiveX integration of the MS applications. This article looks at how to get started with the template, and how to customize it and use it with other OLE/ActiveX applications.
03 Sep 1997
Domino 4.6: MIME support
Domino 4.6 supports Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (MIME). This article looks at what that means for recipients of Internet mail, users of Internet mail clients --and Domino administrators who will set up and configure it.
03 Sep 1997
Notes 4.6: Editing mail with Lotus WordPro or Microsoft Word
Integration features in Notes 4.6 let users choose Lotus WordPro or Word for Windows (or, indeed, native Notes editing services) as their mail editor. This article looks at how (OLE DocObjects) and why (International settings and alternate languages).
03 Sep 1997
Domino 4.6: Internet messaging with the SMTP MTA
Domino 4.6 makes the SMTP MTA (Message Transfer Agent) part of the core Domino server, so Notes mail can connect to the Internet and other e-mail networks. This article explains how the SMTP MTA works and the benefits of its integration with Domino.
03 Sep 1997
Domino 4.6: Getting more out of Internet mail with IMAP
Domino 4.6 supports Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP), a standard for managing an Internet-based mailbox. This article describes how Domino supports the standard and shows how to get the service set up in Domino.
03 Sep 1997
Notes 4.6: Contact management features
The Notes 4.6 client is the first step towards integrating personal information and contact management (PIM) features into Notes. This article tours the new features and user interface of Notes 4.6 contact management.
03 Sep 1997
Notes 4.6: POP3 and SMTP support (interview)
Developer Jackie Ferguson talks about her role in charge of adding SMTP and POP3 mail support to the Notes 4.6 client, the differences between POP3 and IMAP, and the hardest part of the project -- support for international languages.
03 Sep 1997
Domino 4.6: NNTP News server
Domino 4.6 supports the Internet standard Network News Transfer Protocol (NNTP). This article discusses the benefits of using Domino to serve newsgroups, and how to set up and configure NNTP on a Domino server.
03 Sep 1997
Notes Designer 4.6: New Web design features
Notes Designer for Domino 4.6 is the first step towards a true Web design client. This article looks at new features for designing Web applications, including embedded elements, navigators, buttons, computed text, HTML, and anchor links.
03 Sep 1997
Notes: A sustainable platform architecture
This article is an in-depth examination of the Notes/Domino architecture, which it presents as a series of layers radiating out from a central core of operating-system-style services -- object store, security, replication, directory services, and more.
01 Oct 1997
Domino and JavaScript: Dynamic Partners (Part 2)
Part 2 of 3: This article explains how to do field validation with JavaScript, and covers topics including testing for browser type, JavaScript functions, input data types, retrieving field values, and cleaning up strings. Code examples are included.
01 Oct 1997
Webifying an existing Notes application
This article presents a process to follow when modifying an existing application for the Web. Topics include planning your application, designing forms and views, and putting your application to work.
01 Oct 1997
Tips on debugging Java agents
Domino 4.6 Java agents, but doesn't include a Java IDE (integrated development environment) like the one for LotusScript, so how to debug your Java agents? This article describes how to rewrite the agent to run stand-alone so you can use any Java IDE for debugging.
01 Oct 1997
Interview: Charlie Kaufman
In this interview, Notes security expert Charlie Kaufman talks about SSL, S/MIME, X.509 v.3 certificates for R5, and how he figured out how to make the exportable edition of Notes nearly as secure as the North American 64-bit edition.
01 Oct 1997
Interview: Doug Conmy
The developer of many innovative features in the Notes 4.6 mobile client talks about some of the most important, like the replicator page and stacked replicas, and looks ahead to mobility features in the upcoming R5.
03 Nov 1997
Signing on with Domino Remote:DISPLAY
Domino Remote:DISPLAY is a server add-in that lets you use Domino to send messages to a remote LED display. It can be operated from the server, a Notes workstation or a Web browser. This article tells you how to download and set up Domino Remote:DISPLAY.
03 Nov 1997
Tips on monitoring Domino statistics and events
This article looks at the tools for monitoring Domino's statistics and events and how they help administrators keep track of server conditions by issuing notices and alerts -- for example, whenever a server is running low on disk space.
03 Nov 1997
Workload balancing with Domino clusters
This article explores some of the common approaches to workload balancing available to Domino administrators, with special emphasis on the server workload balancing capabilities of Domino Advanced Services' clustering feature.
01 Dec 1997
The hidden power of Profile documents
Profile documents are a useful tool for storing and retrieving user-specific or database-specific values. This tutorial shows how to create a profile form, use @commands and LotusScript to create and edit profiles, and edit profile documents from the Web.
01 Dec 1997
Notes User Assistance: Help meets the Web
In this interview, we talk to members of the Notes/Domino User Assistance team.
01 Dec 1997
Making server connections from Notes
Part 1 of 3: This tutorial focuses on the types of connections a Notes client can use to access a Domino server, how they are set up using the address book and location documents, and how they work.
05 Jan 1998
Domino and JavaScript: Dynamic Partners (Part 3)
Part 3 of 3: This article explains how to create interactive dialog boxes for Web applications using Notes forms, pass-thru HTML and JavaScript. It uses the functionality and look of the native Domino Public Address Book for the Web as an example.
05 Jan 1998
Filtering data for Domino Web users
This short article discusses three techniques for filtering data so that Web users see only the data they want to see (or you want them to see) -- ad hoc queries, drill-down views, and Reader fields.
05 Jan 1998
Trust Yourself: Become your own Certification Authority
This article describes certificate-based SSL security for Web applications, discusses the benefits of using an internal Certification Authority (CA) versus obtaining certificates from an external CA, and explains the process for setting up a CA server.
05 Jan 1998
Server Connections: Just passing thru
Part 2 of 3: This article discusses the basics of passthru connections. It shows how to set them up in a personal address book and how to use them with LAN, dial-up, and Internet connections.
15 Jan 1998
Expanded Command Caching in Domino 4.61
The Domino HTTP server keeps a volatile, in-memory cache of requested HTML pages called the Command Cache. This article describes how the Command Cache works so your applications can take advantage of its capabilities and performance gains it provides.
26 Jan 1998
Putting Connection documents to work
Part 3 of 3: This article discusses specific connection scenarios using LANs, dial-up, the Internet, and remote LAN service -- and how to use Server Connection documents to extend the reach of the Notes client.
02 Feb 1998
Java servlets: Extending your Domino applications
Servlets are server-side Java components that perform better and are more easily extensible than CGI programs for Web applications. This article introduces servlets and how to use them with Domino and shows how to code the Hello World servlet.
02 Feb 1998
Combining forms and views for friendlier Web applications (Part 1)
Part 1 of 2: This article shows how to use Designer 4.6 to make forms and views work together on the Web. As an example it shows how to add a quick-find search bar to your Web applications.
02 Feb 1998
Java introspection: Easier reading and writing of Notes documents
This article tells how to create a new, reusable Java class called NotesDocumentObject that simplifies reading and writing with the back-end classes for Java by using introspection, a Java program's ability to examine itself.
02 Feb 1998
Notes.Net Exposed: Registering users on your Domino Web site
This article dissects the Notes.net registration database and its forms and agents and discusses the challenges of the clustered environment. (For changes since R5, see What's new in the Registration template and download the new template.)
02 Feb 1998
Combining forms and views for friendlier Web applications (Part 2)
Part 2 of 2: This article focuses on how to create views using Designer 4.6 that allow users to select and perform actions on multiple documents and edit directly in the view.
02 Mar 1998
Julie Kadashevich: Managing the Agent Manager
In this interview the developer in charge of the Agent Manager talks about the basics of agents and Agent Manager, trouble-shooting, security, and where it's going in R5.0.
02 Mar 1998
SSL client authentication: It's a matter of trust
This article introduces client authentication with SSL (Secure Sockets Layer, a security protocol), discusses its benefits and explains how to set up SSL client authentication on a Domino 4.6 or 4.6.1 server.
02 Mar 1998
Troubleshooting agents
This article introduces tools you can use to troubleshoot Domino 4.6 agents, and looks at some common problems with agents and their solutions. (For help with R5 and Notes/Domino 6, see the LDD Today article Troubleshooting agents in Notes/Domino 5 and 6.)
02 Mar 1998
The ABC's of using the ACL
This primer explains why and how the ACL evolved into its present key role in the Notes/Domino architecture. It reviews ACL components and the ACL dialog box and offers tips for developers and users on using ACLs.
01 Apr 1998
The upgrade is in the mail
This tutorial explains how to use the Upgrade by Mail to have users upgrade their mail files or client software. Send them a notice that includes a button. They click to run the upgrade process, and Notes can send you a message confirming the upgrade.
01 Apr 1998
Notes.net Exposed: Gathering feedback on your Web site
This article uses the Notes.Net customized feedback forms as an example of how to collect feedback into a central database, sort it into views, and use an agent to respond to messages. The database is available for download.
01 Apr 1998
Troubleshooting Free Time Lookups in Notes
Notes supports free-time lookups in a distributed fashion across calendars kept in other applications and platforms and this process can get out of whack. This article looks at how to troubleshoot and resolve common problems with free-time lookup.
01 May 1998
Measuring your Domino server's reliability
This article describes a new tool called Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF), which you can use to monitor the uptime of your Domino servers. MTBF is not an official product of Lotus or Iris, and is therefore, unsupported.
01 May 1998
Ned Batchelder: Designing Domino Designer
The project leader for the Domino Designer R5 talks about making the Designer a premier development tool for both the Notes client and Web browsers, and new features like Outlines and Frameset Designer that will make it happen.
01 May 1998
Notes from Support: From the Field--Managing CACHE.DSK size when serving the Notes client
The From the Field column is brought to you by Lotus Support, and features technical articles based on our experiences with helping customers to find solutions in the field. This month's article focuses on a customer solution for managing the size of the CACHE.DSK file when serving the Notes client from a network file server.
01 May 1998
Notes from Support: Notes Encryption - Locks for a Digital World
This article presents a primer on data encryption technology and looks at the ways it is used in Notes to protect databases, documents, field contents, mail, and traffic on a port.
01 Jun 1998
Russ Holden: Domino R5 Database Improvements
Holden, in the Database Project Group, talks about changes to the datastore architecture in R5 including transaction logging and ODS that will make major improvements in performance and database integrity.
01 Jun 1998
NotesPeek: X-ray vision into Notes databases
The NotesPeek tool displays a graphical representation of the Notes API containment hierarchy. Developed by Ned Batchelder originally for the use of API programmers, it can help you answer all kinds of questions about the databases you're working on.
01 Jul 1998
Displaying marquees on your applications
This article shows how to add marquees that display constantly changing headlines on a page in both Notes and a Web browser. The application is coded in LotusScript, HTML, and JavaScript. (Downloadable example code is included.)
01 Jul 1998
Notes from Support: Conversion Services of the SMTP MTA
Part 2 of 3: This article covers conversion services of the SMTP Message Transfer Agent (MTA) and explained how the MTA converts messages from Notes to Internet format, and vice versa.
01 Jul 1998
Notes from Support: Special Report--Creating a Sent Mail folder
The different behaviors of views and folders can confuse users. Often the solution is to make the view act like a folder. Sent Mail is a good example. If you're willing to alter the standard mail database the changes are simple, as this article shows.
01 Jul 1998
Logging your Web Site Traffic
You can record hits (page retrievals) to a Domino Web site using either the Domino Log database or direct logging to text files. This article covers how Domino creates its log files and suggests ways to use log files to create statistics for a Web site.
03 Aug 1998
Domino R5: The Domino Internet Cluster Manager
The Domino Internet Cluster Manager (ICM) is a major enhancement to clustering in Domino R5. This article provides an overview of Domino clustering and introduces the ICM and discusses its failover and load-balancing features, and how to configure it.
03 Aug 1998
Implementing a View Navigation Bar Across Frames
This tip shows how to use JavaScript to access embedded invisible GIF files and make the default view navigation bar work in frames.
03 Aug 1998
Notes.net Exposed: A Day in the Life of Notes.net
This article is the next in our series exposing how the Notes.net site is run. This time, we literally "expose" ourselves (well, almost!), and take you behind-the-scenes to see a typical day of running our site.
03 Aug 1998
Scrolling to the End of a View with One Click
Create a LotusScript agent that counts the number of documents in the target view and then displays the last page of entries. (In the webmail.ntf template the $$ViewTemplate for Discussion Threads form contains an example of this agent.)
03 Aug 1998
Musical Notes
This tip shows how to replace the mail alert sound in Notes 4.6 by editing the NOTES.INI to specify the path and filename of the new sound file.
04 Aug 1998
Creating doclinks on the Web
This article shows how to create a Notes-like interface for Web browser clients to create hyperlinks between Domino Web page using HTML and JavaScript. It also discusses how to create Agents that programmatically use the information from the link.
01 Sep 1998
Rebuilding hidden views
This tip shows how to use keyboard shortcuts to force the update of views in a database, including any hidden views used to store information accessed through lookups -- either all the views in a database, or an individual selected view.
01 Sep 1998
Mapping it out: Generated maps for your Web applications
This article shows how to include maps in Domino Web applications by generating URLs that include parameters recognized by mapping sites that allow external applications to run queries against them. It also discusses how to "frame" the map.
01 Sep 1998
Cleaning up Categorized Views with @Soundex
The @Soundex function returns the phonetic spelling of a string. In this article example code shows how to use it to reduce misspellings and variants and standardize the contents of a field used to categorize a view.
01 Oct 1998
Notes R5: Into the future with Internet standards
This article looks at how the Iris developers have added support for Internet standards to make Notes R5 a unified workplace for users. It covers POP3 and SMTP, IMAP, NNTP, HTML, MIME, and LDAP, and discusses what implementing them in Notes means.
01 Oct 1998
Finding the Top-level Document
This tip shows how to create a LotusScript function that returns the top-level document in a response thread.
01 Oct 1998
Simplifying your LotusScript with the Evaluate statement
This article will show you how the Evaluate statement works and give you examples of some of the more powerful formula language constructs you can exploit from your LotusScript routines.
02 Nov 1998
Notes from Support: Decommission your Domino server
Domino R5 introduces a new The Decommission Server Analysis tool that aims at reducing the tedium of server combines and name changes, and even works with pre-R5 servers. This article looks at how to use the tool and work with the report it produces.
02 Nov 1998
Domino Designer R5: New, versatile tables
This article discusses the changes to the user interface for creating tables, and inventories new types of tables you can create -- nested tables, tabbed tables, animated tables, and programmed tables -- with examples.
01 Dec 1998
Notes R5: Calendar & Scheduling
Notes R5 moves the code for your mail and calendar into the core product. This cuts the size of the mail template, boosts performance, and gives you a new interface and makes improvements in many areas including printing, customization, and PIM support.
01 Dec 1998
View usage: Count me in
This tip shows you how to create a report that shows how often each of the views in an application is opened. It works by adding a ViewCount form to the application and a LotusScript formula to the Queryopen event of each view that updates the form each time a view is opened.
01 Dec 1998
Changing your calendar display
Tip: If you have Manager or Designer access to your mail file, you can change the calendar view elements, including color, lines per row, table formatting, and text formatting.
04 Jan 1999
Creating field help for your Domino applications (Part 2)
Part 2 of 2: This article shows how to create field help that can be reused for multiple fields in your application. It also discusses an alternative field help solution for Netscape 4.x browsers, which has a problem with JavaScript in field events.
04 Jan 1999
Notes R5: Accessibility
One of the main goals for Notes R5 was to improve accessibility for the blind. If you are a blind user, you can now use the Notes client to do all of your normal day-to-day work. Let's take a look at how we achieved this goal.
04 Jan 1999
Knowledge Management in R5
This article introduces the concept of knowledge management, and shows how to use the new knowledge management tools in R5. It discusses Domain Search, content mapping, Welcome pages, real-time with Sametime, and TeamRoom.
01 Feb 1999
Notes from Support: SMTP MTA International Character Sets
This article discusses details of how the Domino Mail Transfer Agent (MTA) correctly identifies and maintains character set information for messages using the MTA Tables database.
01 Feb 1999
The IDE & more: JavaScript support in Designer R5
Ready to spice up your R5 applications with some JavaScript? Want to code your JavaScript directly within the new Domino Designer IDE? Write JavaScript that runs in both a Web browser and the Notes client? You can do all this with R5! Whether or not you've written any JavaScript in your Domino R4.6 applications, you'll be impressed by what you can do with JavaScript in R5, because R5 introduces broad support for JavaScript -- both for coding it in Domino Designer and running it in the Notes client.
01 Mar 1999
Keyboard shortcuts
This tip brings together several keyboard shortcuts submitted as tips by Notes.net readers.
01 Mar 1999
R5 Template Graphics: The High Resolution Revolution
This article introduces you to the new graphics included across R5 in Notes, Domino, and Domino Designer, looks at the goals behind the new graphic look, and then walks through the specific graphic elements. It'll cover some tips for creating your own graphics.
01 Mar 1999
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