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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!

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NotesIn9 201: Thoughts on the Future of XPages and NotesIn9

This show is the sequel to my recent blog post titled “No More”. As I said in that post I HATE doing opinion stuff but feel that I now must. I also HATE talking about myself but because of things that happened at IconUK that is also a topic in the show. Because I wanted to talk about IconUK the show has grown bigger then I originally intended.  Sorry that couldn’t be helped.

As mentioned in the show I have LOTS of people to be thankful for, especially, Mark Roden, Rob Mason, Amanda Bauman, Tim Clark and too many others to mention.  I want to thank everyone not just for the activity and comments around the Marky Roden video, but also all those who sent me comments showing support for the No More post.  I’ve NEVER gotten that kind of reaction before and it meant a lot to me!!

The show does contains an announcement on the future of NotesIn9.

Once all that is out of the way I do give my personal opinions on the Good, the Bad, and the Future of Domino XPages.

At the end of the show I also have a clip from the end of the IconUK event simply because I just wanted to never lose it.

This show is about 38 minutes. There are no rules for today.




Community Notes In 9

From the NotesIn9 Vault: Advertisements!

I’m still working on the next show, but to tide anyone over I thought I’d dig up some old advertisements I had done.

First I think this might be the only XPages TV ad ever!!


Then the kids played the roles of cousins to talk about Domino vs Sharepoint.


Good times.


P.S. The boy is now taller then I am!!!  WTH?  🙂





Stunned… again… level 11

No words…  Thank you Marky and all!


Just stunned….

I don’t know the who, the what, or the why. All I know is this happened today at IconUK in London England about 3,500 miles away from where I film my silly little screencast.

I don’t know what to say…   Thank You!

P.S.  I showed the pics to my wife and she started crying.notesin9shirtsimg_2761


Well Crap

No More.

I hate doing opinion stuff.  Who cares about my opinion?  Probably not you.  Certainly not my dog. I don’t often blog my opinion and it’s very rare that it makes it onto NotesIn9.  It’s one of my rules actually.

No More.

I’ve had enough and I’m no longer going to stay silent.

Today IBM released information that they’re going to be supporting Domino to 2021.  And yes it’s clear that the terminology is actually “at least 2021”.  So there’s nothing to say it’s going to end in 2021.  Ok that’s good news and some people took it as a very positive sign.

Yeah that’s not going to work for me.

I’m going to come out and disagree with this positive spin stuff.  Yes Domino is “not dead” as they’re going to “support” it.  And yes they’re going to move to some kind of “incremental delivery model“. So probably not a new “version” but fixes and features are still on their way. Who cares about the version number?  Not me.  No big deal there.

But “incremental delivery” is only beneficial if you have stuff to deliver that people actually want and that adds value. 

I am just a customer.  I don’t want “Bluemix” crap.  You can’t have production XPages .nsf data on Bluemix.  So it’s a waste of my time as an XPages developer.

I don’t want some new email thing that shows pretty circle pictures of people I already know and many who probably would never add their picture anyway.

I don’t want some new Chat tool that no ones going to use.  I want to better work with what people are using tools like Slack, Skype, Skype for Business, and Sametime.  Why did Google + not take off?  Not a lot of people used it.  They stayed with Facebook and Twitter.

I WANT a modern Designer client and not the current one which is based off Eclipse 3.4 from 2008.

I WANT updates and improvements to the core XPages runtime and core .nsf database to build better apps.

I WANT a built in Domino Java API so I can ask a question on Stack Over Flow and not be laughed from Java people for using obsolete Vectors.

I WANT Source Control that actually works well, because by God everyone else has that so why can’t we?

And by God it would be nice to see some IBM documentation that I didn’t have to produce myself!

Domino is tough.  It can run forever BUT support to 2021 (and beyond) is not a promise to fix things or add things you want. It’s simply a promise to take your phone call and not play Pokemon Go for the 5 minutes it takes to enter a ticket.

Look at support for XPages.  9.0.1 is “IBM Supported”. BUT enhancements and bug fixes come out via the OpenNTF Ext. Library.  Which really has better “Support”?  The official IBM version which hasn’t been updated for years?  Or the OpenNTF version that has had regular bug fixes and enhancements?

I maintain that the “unsupported” project from OpenNTF has better real support then the “supported” product from IBM.

No, Notes and Domino are not “Dead”. But they’re not flourishing and they’re not vibrant.  What else is not dead?  OS/2 it seems. Does anyone want to try to find a job with that “Not Dead” technology?

To be continued on NotesIn9 201….

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NotesIn9 200: Access Server Databases From Code

Wow! Major milestone here. I really don’t want to make too huge a deal of this at the moment but I do have to say thanks for all the contributors that helped the show get to 200 episodes. NotesIn9 has contributed 94 + hours of free tips and tricks to the community.  Most importantly to me, 41 contributors have donated their time and talents to the show and I am so grateful for them helping out with my silly little corner of the Internet. I could never thank them enough.

I had many ideas for what to do with this show and in the end I decided to try and help a viewer who sent me an email. NotesIn9 was created to help others so to me it seems so very appropriate to mark this milestone with at least an attempt at helping others learn to code.

Learn. Code. Share.



Updates to XPages.TV

So I have this site called “XPages.TV“.  This is basically supposed to be a nicer index of all the NotesIn9 shows.  Something I’ve no idea how to do in WordPress.

Anyway I’ve updated it a little recently to make it easier to get to the original blog posts and videos.  I’ve also re-added the contributor breakdown which shows all who contributed, how much time they’ve donated (roughly) and a details to at least see which shows they’ve done.

Needs more work in sorting, and more links to shows etc, but it’s something at least.

So if you’re looking for older shows on XPages that should be a pretty good place to start.

Java Notes In 9 Podcast XPages

NotesIn9 199: Bitmask, Enums and Creating Excel reports from XPages

This is the big one!  The last demo of my presentation at MWLUG 2016.  In this show I’ll demonstrate how you can use something called a “Bitmask” and combine it with some Java code and the Apache Poi project to allow the user to create a custom Excel spreadsheet.  The user will be able to choose any column they want from the data provided and save it to Excel.  Users like that kind of stuff.