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NotesIn9 076: What are Java Beans?

In this show I attempt to tackle the “forbidden topic”. Yep. Java. Me talk about Java. It’s unexpected. I know. This show is an expanded version of parts of a presentation that I did at MWLug.

I first talk about some of the tools available to the XPages developer and when you might want or not want to use some.

Then I get into the meat of the show – Java Beans. I try and explain exactly what they are and show what they look like. I talk about managed and “unmanaged” beans and go through what they look like and a little bit on how they can be used.

This is a “getting to know them” type show. Not an indepth getting started on building them. I didn’t intend to do this show quite yet but I’m getting some great contributions as part of the Drive to 99 Event that are starting to talk about Java beans so I wanted to get this little intro out.

There’s lots more Java Beans stuff coming. If you can’t wait Jeremy Hodge did 3 shows for NotesIn9 that are highly recommended. I’ll probably be doing my attempt and an indepth intro to Java in the near future as well.

If you have any questions please ask.

P.S. This show is about 36 minutes and I got it in 1 take! BOO YAY!! 🙂

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NotesIn9 074: Getting started with jQuery Plugins in XPages

In this show Dr. Mark Roden from returns to NotesIn9 to show us how to get started with adding a typical jQuery Plugin to our XPages applications. There are probably thousands of plugins available for jQuery and they can be used to enhance your website.

I also talk about the current open nomination period for elections. If you have time and desire please consider getting involved in OpenNTF. It’s a worthwhile resource.


Lotus Notes

Company might leave Notes App Dev (but not email) due to lack of developers.

I received a sad phone call yesterday. My former company is considering abandoning the Notes/domino platform for Application development due to the inability to find a Notes/Domino Developer. They would keep Notes for Email as they’re very happy with Notes overall. But not having a resource available to continue to enhance the applications is becoming a big problem.
They have iSeries (AS/400) developers on staff and I guess are considering moving app dev to PHP on the iSeries. I guess that’s a supported language in some fashion.

One of the problems of finding a person is that the company is a little “old school” in some ways. They have no interest in “Work form Home”. They want someone, full time, in Lebanon Pa. Lebanon is not exactly a hot bed of technology. They also need someone “affordable”.

I’m on good terms with them and they’ve asked me to come in next week to have a brief discussion with the President of the company on the pros and cons of this thinking. Of reasons to stay with Notes as opposed to moving to a different platform. Almost all the apps are currently Notes Client apps, and before I left, the decision was made to move them to XPages to embrace the web.

Of course I don’t want to see them move off Notes, though not being able to find an affordable resource is a pretty big hurdle to the discussion. I could go on and on about some of the advantages or the platform, Security…. agents… XPages… Maybe get into RAD though it’s clear other platforms can be RAD as well to at least some point. I know very little about PHP, especially PHP on iSeries.

The interesting thing is that they really don’t have any true Web developers in house. They have excellent RPG developers who can do SOME things on the Web like Web services and Net.Data pages. So there’s going to have to be some training that has to take place. Do they bring someone up to speed on Domino/XPages? Or do they just forget it and go the PHP route? It boggles my mind that they can find RPG developers pretty easily but not Notes Devs.

If anyone has any opinions or thoughts I’d sure appreciate hearing them.

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Notes In 9 015: How to Search Email and Change the Web Browser

In today’s show I do my first one that’s geared to the End User and not the Developer. There were a couple of people on Twitter recently who had some issues with Notes. The first wanted to know how to tell Notes to use Chrome as the browser and the other was having some problems searching his Email database.