NotesIn9 206: Rest Servlets

In this episode, OpenNTF Board Member and long time IBM Champion, Paul Withers returns with a great show on how to get starting building REST Servlets inside an EXTERNAL Library.  This is a longer show as getting started with Libraries is a little involved but believe me it’s so worth it.  Just like you take advantage of the Extension Library you can now make your own custom library.



NotesIn9 205: Leverage Domino Development with New Tools!

In this show Eric McCormick returns to talk about ways in which Automation can help you.  While this is not needed for basic XPages development if you want to level up on your skills be sure to check this episode out!


Eric has some further information about this show on his blog.  Check it out!


NotesIn9 204: Building an Alexa Skill

I’m so excited about this show. After years of negotiations and down right harassment I’ve finally convinced/tricked Bruce Elgort to come on the show and share some if his knowledge. In this show Bruce will give us a great demo on building a skill for Amazon Alexa. If you’re not familiar with Alexa, it’s similar to Siri and “Ok Google”, in that it’s a voice based service. I think these voice services are going to only get bigger and bigger as time goes on.

There’s also a little discussion on an important blog series not to be missed for the Domino Developer as well as a note of congratulations to Julian Robichaux for being named a lifetime IBM Champion. Congrats Julian!!!



Everyone Pay Attention!! Declan is blogging again!

Declan Lynch is famous for his legendary 54 part series on “Learning XPages”.  This was back in the day when there was no good info on XPages.  His series did not just pre-date NotesIn9, it was one of the inspirations of NotesIn9.

Anyway – after a LONG hiatus Declan is finally blogging again. Our company is moving away from Domino and XPages.  So he’s starting a to blog on what that really means for application development.  What do you replace Domino with and why?  What options did he explore and what did he choose to use.

Regardless of what IBM announces for App Development at the Connect conference in a couple weeks.  These posts should be required reading for the Domino/XPages developer.

Read them now at :





The Famous Lotusphere Pretzel Cookie

One of the many legendary things from the conference once called “Lotusphere” was the “Pretzel Cookie” that was provided in the box lunch on the last day.

If, like me, you’re not able to go to the conference this year but don’t want to miss out on the famous cookie I present to you 2 options.

The first is this recipe from John Rolings blog :

Create the infamous Pretzel Cookie at Home!

My wife has made these before and I can attest it to be a pretty good representation.

But what if you want the real thing?  Did you know you can order the cookie yourself?  Yep it’s not some special Disney recipe at all.  It’s from a Bakery called Silverland Bakery.




2017 IBM Champion thoughts.

Yesterday IBM announced their 2017 “IBM Champions”. I’m honored to once again be associated with an amazing group of people.  This will be my 7th year as a champion going all the way back to when the program started. I do want to thank the people that took the time out of their day to think of me and nominate me.  I do hope my silly little NotesIn9 screencast has been valuable to you.

I don’t talk about being an IBM Champion too often because one, I hate talking about myself, and second, my philosophy has always been that I’m going to contribute and share content on my terms no matter what.  If I’m in the program great.  If not, I’m still going to keep contributing and sharing where I can.

It’s been my experience that the more you share, the more you learn and the more you gain.  I’ve received back so much more then I’ve given.  I’ve gained knowledge, friends, and even a job from my sharing content and contributing to the community.

One of the things I love the most is working with new people and trying to help get them engaged in the community by blogging, sharing content and even putting a show on NotesIn9. It’s possible that I’ve played a very very small part in helping a few people start their path to be an IBM Champion.

If you are reading this post, then you have things you can share as well. If you want help getting started please let me know and I’ll do whatever I can to help. Feel free to email me (Email address is at the end of every show), ping me on Twitter (@DavidLeedy)  or reach out on the XPages Slack chat.



NotesIn9 203: A Smart Admin Bootstrap Theme for XPages

This show brings us not only a brand new contributor to NotesIn9, but it’s the first official appearance of newly minted IBM Champion Csaba Kiss! Congrats Csaba!!

Csaba is an amazing developer and friend to the community. He was my personal number 1 choice to become an IBM Champion and I’m so happy he has been recognized for his contributions.

His website is :

In this episode he’s going to look at using a popular Bootstrap theme inside XPages.

This is also the first show produced by John Jardin.  John is a long time IBM Champion and he has contributed on over 17 NotesIn9 episodes.  I’m very excited to have John join the team!



It’s back!!! The Tree on a Truck game!!

Ok. It’s that time of year again. The Tree on a Truck Game starts on Black Friday!!!

The game is simple. If you see a vehicle carrying a Christmas Tree you yell “TREE!!” and then record it. Team with the most called trees win.

The website to signup is :

Create your team. Add your member and then use that to track your trees.

Below are the official rules. If there’s any problems with the website let me know. I do hope to make it better this year.

Official Rules

Honor System. This is just for fun.

Game Starts Black Friday. Ends Christmas morning.

Only 1 person in a group can call the same tree during an outing.
Exception: If it’s a TRUE tie than each person who called it can count the tree.

Tree MUST be inside, on top of, or otherwise touching a vehicle.
1 point given per tree called.

If the vehicle contains more than 1 tree – each tree MUST be called to get the point. (Yes you must yell “TREE!” for each tree”)

If a vehicle has more than 5 trees and the # can not be determined the caller can get a maximum of 5 points for the vehicle

You MUST call the tree. If you see a tree you must shout “TREE!”

Do not call false trees. Don’t see that kayak in the distance and call it as a tree “just in case”.

Christmas Trees only. No landscaping trees. Artificial Trees in boxed are allowed.

Drivers: Do NOT crash while looking for trees. Play at your own risk.

You can call antlers, Rudolph noses or wreaths, but they do not count for scoring.

P.S. – Yes I know this is not a great app.  I do hope to improve it this year.  Suggestions or help are accepted!  🙂


Other Tech Podcast XPages

NotesIn9 202: Using Grunt With XPages

In this show, NEW CONTRIBUTOR, Patrick Kwinten comes on to talk about using Grunt – a JavaScript Task Runner and font-awesome with XPages. Patrick is an excellent developer and has shared a lot of great content on his blog at :

This show is also the first show from Oliver Busse, a new Video Producer for NotesIn9. I’m beyond excited to have his assistance in getting more content shared with the community.



My IBM Champion 1st Round Draft Pick

It’s that time of year again to talk about the IBM Champion program. I’ve blogged about it at least a couple times before in “how to thank someone”, and “thanking people that share” and I’m here to talk about again.  Additional information about the program is here.

Actually this is one of my favorite blog posts I make.  I love trying to find someone who is not an IBM Champion but shares great content and I think deserves to be an IBM Champion.

This year, for your consideration, I humbly suggest that Csaba Kiss deserves to be an IBM Champion. You’re supposed to look at contributions made in the last 18 months and Csaba has been pretty busy during that time.  In addition to his videos and blogs he’s done presentations at MWLug 2016 and IBM Connect 2016 and maybe even some others I don’t know about.

His website is  His Twitter is : @csakis.

His YouTube Channel is here. Since he’s so good at videos I am hoping to get him on NotesIn9 very soon.

If you agree please go to this form and nominate him.  The form itself looks a little “daunting” to say the least.  Choose IBM Collaboration solutions and then just fill in what you know.  If you can think of someone else then please nominate that person.  Keep in mind you can nominate more then one person and there are also other categories this year. If there’s someone out there that has helped you wether they are a current IBM Champion or not, please consider nominating them.

As I said before the nomination form is daunting.  Even with minimal information it’s an investment of time.  You do NOT need to nominate me. I would much rather you spend any time nominating someone else. I’ve been an IBM Champion since they opened the program.  I think that was 2011 or something but I’m not sure. While I’ve always been honored to be associated with the great people involved in the program it’s not something I’ve ever actually tried to attain. My philosophy is I shared my content before I was a “Champion” and I’ll share my content if I’m not a “Champion”.

So since my content is “a sure thing” don’t waste time on me but instead nominate a deserving person today!