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Migrate Notes to DOCOVA Blog Series Part 7: XPages
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Migrate Notes to DOCOVA Blog Series Part 6: Security
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Migrate Notes to DOCOVA Blog Series Part 5: File attachments
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Is 2017 The Year IBM Announces the End of Life of Notes?
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EngageUG 2016 Recap
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IBM Extends Support for Notes V9.0.1 to 2021
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12 Apps in 18 Days – A Notes Migration Project
Wed, Apr 26th 2017 4:09p   David Wice
Jamesway Incubator, located in Cambridge Ontario, manufactures and sells incubators worldwide.   For years they have used IBM Notes and Domino collaboration products to automate business processes and share information with a staff located all over the world.  However, like many in the Notes and Domino community, a corporate decision was recently made to switch to Microsoft based technologies. Replacing Notes based email is relatively easy, since the migration tools and processes are well def
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Migrate Notes to DOCOVA Blog Series Part 8: Profile Docs
Wed, Apr 26th 2017 1:35p   John Ryan
Welcome to blog series part 8 of 17 on migrating Notes apps to DOCOVA.  In this entry I’m going to go over profile documents. In Notes apps, profile docs were convenient for, and typically used for, holding application settings type information.  The information on profile docs was easily gotten with @formula commands like @GetProfileField. The question is: Does DOCOVA support profile documents? Yes.  If a Notes application used profile documents then they will be supported in the migra
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Migrate Notes to DOCOVA Blog Series Part 7: XPages
Thu, Apr 20th 2017 2:17p   John Ryan
Welcome to blog series part 7 of 17 on migrating Notes apps to DOCOVA.  In this entry I’m going to discuss XPages. So, the simple question is: Does DOCOVA migrate and support XPages? Annnnd, the answer is: No. For DOCOVA’s development we pretty much stayed away from XPages for two reasons.  First, although we might have been able to leverage it on the Domino side, it wasn’t a good fit for the SQL edition of DOCOVA which caters to several different relational platforms.  Second, we n
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Migrate Notes to DOCOVA Blog Series Part 6: Security
Wed, Apr 19th 2017 1:00p   John Ryan
Welcome to blog series part 6 of 17 on migrating Notes apps to DOCOVA.  In this entry I’m going to talk about three things. Security, security and security. We thought the security in Notes/Domino was pretty good.  It was clear, easy to manage and provided for a lot of variable implementation.  DOCOVA’s enhanced security capabilities were made so that it is flexible enough to support the Notes/Domino approach to security. DOCOVA application access control is handled similarly to Notes
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Migrate Notes to DOCOVA Blog Series Part 5: File attachments
Tue, Apr 18th 2017 3:33p   John Ryan
Welcome to blog series part 5 of 17 on migrating Notes apps to DOCOVA.  In this entry I’m going to talk about how file attachments are migrated over to DOCOVA. When it comes to the importing of data from a Notes application to a DOCOVA application, the DOCOVA App Importer initially scans and detects all file attachments in the source nsf and keeps track of what form design elements contain an attachment. As the import of form designs occurs, if a form had an attachment, not only will the
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Migrate Notes to DOCOVA Blog Series Part 4: Richtext and Doclinks
Wed, Apr 12th 2017 2:57p   John Ryan
Welcome to blog series part 4 of 17 on migrating Notes apps to DOCOVA.  In this blog entry I’ll talk about richtext and how it gets migrated over. So, first off, there is  no such thing as a “richtext” field in a browser as compared to what a richtext field is in a Notes client.  If you are running DOCOVA on a Domino platform rather than one of the other SQL database platforms, DOCOVA RT remains RT and is rendered to HTML by the server when the page/form is first loaded.  From that
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Migrate Notes to DOCOVA Blog Series Part 4: Richtext and Doclinks
Wed, Apr 12th 2017 1:57p   John Ryan
Welcome to blog series part 4 of 17 on migrating Notes apps to DOCOVA.  In this blog entry I’ll talk about richtext and how it gets migrated over. So, first off, there is  no such thing as a “richtext” field in a browser as compared to what a richtext field is in a Notes client.  If you are running DOCOVA on a Domino platform rather than one of the other SQL database platforms, DOCOVA RT remains RT and is rendered to HTML by the server when the page/form is first loaded.  From that
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Migrate Notes to DOCOVA Blog Series Part 3: @formula language
Mon, Apr 10th 2017 3:59p   John Ryan
Welcome to blog series part 3 of 17 on migrating Notes apps to DOCOVA. In this post I’m going to talk about @formula and @command language. Most Notes apps have the @formula and @command language strewn throughout them.  The @formula and @command languages were very useful in that they were an easy way to quickly accomplish simple tasks as well as tackle what were sometimes quite complex operations without being a master coder. In order to handle the conversion of @formula and @command l
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Migrate Notes to DOCOVA Blog Series Part 3: @formula language
Mon, Apr 10th 2017 2:59p   John Ryan
Welcome to blog series part 3 of 17 on migrating Notes apps to DOCOVA. In this post I’m going to talk about @formula and @command language. Most Notes apps have the @formula and @command language strewn throughout them.  The @formula and @command languages were very useful in that they were an easy way to quickly accomplish simple tasks as well as tackle what were sometimes quite complex operations without being a master coder. In order to handle the conversion of @formula and @command l
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Migrate Notes to DOCOVA Blog Series Part 2: LotusScript
Thu, Apr 6th 2017 1:30p   John Ryan
Welcome to blog series part 2 of 17 on migrating Notes apps to DOCOVA.  In this entry I’m going to go over LotusScript. In part 3 of this series I’ll talk about @formula and @command language. When we began to embark on the journey of providing a killer platform and migration strategy to bring Notes applications to DOCOVA, we knew that the conversion of LotusScript was going to be an important part of it. Converting LotusScript to JavaScript and PHP is complex.  If anyone out there
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Migrate Notes to DOCOVA Blog Series Part 2: LotusScript
Thu, Apr 6th 2017 1:30p   John Ryan
Welcome to blog series part 2 of 17 on migrating Notes apps to DOCOVA.  In this entry I’m going to go over LotusScript. In part 3 of this series I’ll talk about @formula and @command language. When we began to embark on the journey of providing a killer platform and migration strategy to bring Notes applications to DOCOVA, we knew that the conversion of LotusScript was going to be an important part of it. Converting LotusScript to JavaScript and PHP is complex.  If anyone out there
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Migrate Notes to DOCOVA Blog Series Part 1: What gets migrated?
Tue, Apr 4th 2017 2:11p   John Ryan
Welcome to the first installment of the Migrate Notes to DOCOVA blog series.  This is a multi-part series touching on what gets migrated when moving Notes applications to the DOCOVA collaboration platform.  It doesn’t have to be Sharepoint.  I will publish entries on a regular basis, every couple of days or so, I’m shooting for Tuesdays and Thursdays right now. You can fast-track and get all the whitepapers on our migration methodology and everything that will be discussed in thes
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Migrate Notes to DOCOVA Blog Series Part 1: What gets migrated?
Tue, Apr 4th 2017 2:11p   John Ryan
Welcome to the first installment of the Migrate Notes to DOCOVA blog series.  This is a multi-part series touching on what gets migrated when moving Notes applications to the DOCOVA collaboration platform.  It doesn’t have to be Sharepoint.  I will publish entries on a regular basis, every couple of days or so, I’m shooting for Tuesdays and Thursdays right now. You can fast-track and get all the whitepapers on our migration methodology and everything that will be discussed in thes
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Migrate Notes to DOCOVA Blog Series Part 9: Response Documents
Fri, Mar 3rd 2017 4:00p   John Ryan
Welcome to blog series part 9 of 17 on migrating Notes apps to DOCOVA..  In this entry I’m going to talk about how DOCOVA handles response or child documents. First let me take a second to praise response documents in IBM Notes.  You know, they seem like such a simple thing but I think it’s surprising how many systems don’t include this type of construct out of the box.  With their ability to inherit field info from their parent on creation and deep hierarchical depiction in
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How Complex are Your Custom Notes Applications?
Tue, Feb 7th 2017 4:00p   Gary Walsh
When it comes to Notes application migration projects, the first thing that needs to be done is an analysis of the Notes environment. There are a lot of analysis tools on the market, and to determine application complexity many count and compare the number of design elements that make up each of the applications.  That is really not a very good indicator as there is specific code that is problematic when you migrate from a Notes client based application to a browser based application. At a high
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How Complex are Your Custom Notes Applications?
Tue, Feb 7th 2017 4:00p   Gary Walsh
When it comes to Notes application migration projects, the first thing that needs to be done is an analysis of the Notes environment. There are a lot of analysis tools on the market, and to determine application complexity many count and compare the number of design elements that make up each of the applications.  That is really not a very good indicator as there is specific code that is problematic when you migrate from a Notes client based application to a browser based application. At a high
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Are You Attending IBM Connect 2017?
Thu, Dec 15th 2016 3:28p   Gary Walsh
The IBM Connect Conference,  which used to be Lotusphere until it was re-branded several years back, is to be held in San Francisco February 20-23 2017.  As you are probably aware, for more than two decades this event was held at the Disney complex in Orlando.  This is the first time the event is to be held on the West Coast of the USA. It has also been pushed back a month on the calendar. I personally have been to 18 of these events, starting out back in the day when you continuously cycled
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Are You Attending IBM Connect 2017?
Thu, Dec 15th 2016 3:28p   Gary Walsh
The IBM Connect Conference,  which used to be Lotusphere until it was re-branded several years back, is to be held in San Francisco February 20-23 2017.  As you are probably aware, for more than two decades this event was held at the Disney complex in Orlando.  This is the first time the event is to be held on the West Coast of the USA. It has also been pushed back a month on the calendar. I personally have been to 18 of these events, starting out back in the day when you continuously cycled
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@DbLookup in Javascript? You Bet!
Mon, Nov 7th 2016 5:46p   David Wice
When moving Notes applications from a Notes client to a web client, there are a number of design approaches that need to be changed.   While Domino will support many @Functions on the web, often they come with the unwanted side effect of a refresh of the form.  One example of this is drop down selection fields that present available values based on a lookup, where the lookup key comes from another field on the form. This article presents a way to achieve this functionality using Javascript an
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@DbLookup in Javascript? You Bet!
Mon, Nov 7th 2016 3:46p   David Wice
When moving Notes applications from a Notes client to a web client, there are a number of design approaches that need to be changed.   While Domino will support many @Functions on the web, often they come with the unwanted side effect of a refresh of the form.  One example of this is drop down selection fields that present available values based on a lookup, where the lookup key comes from another field on the form. This article presents a way to achieve this functionality using Javascript an
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ICAA – Did IBM Release a Free Version of the Notes Client?
Sun, Oct 30th 2016 12:05p   Gary Walsh
ICAA stands for IBM Client Application Access.  This is a standalone client, available for Mac and Windows, that is a stripped down version of the R9 Notes Basic client.   It has been around for awhile, June of 2015 I believe is when it was first released, however it seems to have come in under the radar of most customers and business partners.   Many thought it was simply a re-branding of the Notes browser plugin, which has been around for years now, and is installed by default when you in
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ICAA – Did IBM Release a Free Version of the Notes Client?
Sun, Oct 30th 2016 12:05p   Gary Walsh
ICAA stands for IBM Client Application Access.  This is a standalone client, available for Mac and Windows, that is a stripped down version of the R9 Notes Basic client.   It has been around for awhile, June of 2015 I believe is when it was first released, however it seems to have come in under the radar of most customers and business partners.   Many thought it was simply a re-branding of the Notes browser plugin, which has been around for years now, and is installed by default when you in
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IBM Extends Support for Notes V9.0.1 to 2021
Fri, Sep 23rd 2016 4:06p   Gary Walsh
The announcement IBM indicated was coming in September came.   It confirms that IBM will be extending support for the current version of Notes until “at least” 2021.  It also mentions that new features will be delivered as fix packs rather than new versions.  It delivered on some of the “what” but not much on the “why”.   Some blogs have suggested that IBM is embarking on a continuous delivery model for features, which in my opinion is a good thing.  It
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IBM Extends Support for Notes V9.0.1 to 2021
Fri, Sep 23rd 2016 4:06p   Gary Walsh
The announcement IBM indicated was coming in September came.   It confirms that IBM will be extending support for the current version of Notes until “at least” 2021.  It also mentions that new features will be delivered as fix packs rather than new versions.  Some blogs have suggested that IBM is embarking on a continuous delivery model for features, which in my opinion is a good thing.  It would have been nice for them to include that in their announcement, so customers and par
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Mobile App Dev for Dummies
Fri, Sep 23rd 2016 3:13p   Gary Walsh
I fly a little home built airplane as a hobby.  I am lucky in that it burns car gas instead of the much higher priced aviation fuel.  In Canada, in the province of Ontario, because a portion of gasoline tax goes to road improvements and an airplane does not use roads, you can get the tax back.  Its not hard to do. You take the information from your gas receipt, the quantity purchased, the price per liter, the total cost…that kind of thing, and you put into a log.  At the end of the yea
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Mobile App Dev for Dummies
Fri, Sep 23rd 2016 2:13p   Gary Walsh
I fly a little home built airplane as a hobby.  I am lucky in that it burns car gas instead of the much higher priced aviation fuel.  In Canada, in the province of Ontario, because a portion of gasoline tax goes to road improvements and an airplane does not use roads, you can get the tax back.  Its not hard to do. You take the information from your gas receipt, the quantity purchased, the price per liter, the total cost…that kind of thing, and you put into a log.  At the end of the yea
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MWLUG 2016 Recap
Sat, Aug 20th 2016 10:31p   Gary Walsh
Overall the attendance was about the same as last year.  Somewhere around 200.  MWLUG, like many of the  Lotus User Groups, continues to fan the embers of the Notes and Domino community, keeping the flame burning.  Unlike the IBM Connect Event, formerly called Lotusphere, the sessions were Notes & Domino heavy, with a variety of seasoned speakers distributing valuable technical advice. The MWLUG venue was the Four Seasons in downtown Austin Texas.  Service was off the charts. A bit cree
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MWLUG 2016 Recap
Sat, Aug 20th 2016 6:31p   Gary Walsh
Overall the attendance was about the same as last year.  Somewhere around 200.  MWLUG, like many of the  Lotus User Groups, continues to fan the embers of the Notes and Domino community, keeping the flame burning.  Unlike the IBM Connect Event, formerly called Lotusphere, the sessions were Notes & Domino heavy, with a variety of seasoned speakers distributing valuable technical advice. The MWLUG venue was the Four Seasons in downtown Austin Texas.  Service was off the charts. A bit cree
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Quickr Alert – SSL Certs Expire Jan 1, 2017
Fri, Aug 19th 2016 12:39p   Gary Walsh
I went to a session yesterday at MWLUG regarding SSL Certificates.  I had heard there were issues around SSL certs and it could impact Quickr customers.  What I learned is that Microsoft and Google are phasing out support for SHA-1 style certs, in favor of the more secure SHA-2 format.   As of Jan 1, 2017 Microsoft and Google will stop supporting these older SHA-1 certs. Since Domino 8.5 does not support SHA-2 certificates, customers need to upgrade to Domino 9.0.1 FP3 or higher. Quickr is n
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Quickr Alert – SSL Certs Expire Jan 1, 2017
Fri, Aug 19th 2016 8:39a   Gary Walsh
I went to a session yesterday at MWLUG regarding SSL Certificates.  I had heard there were issues around SSL certs and it could impact Quickr customers.  What I learned is that Microsoft and Google are phasing out support for SHA-1 style certs, in favor of the more secure SHA-2 format.   As of Jan 1, 2017 Microsoft and Google will stop supporting these older SHA-1 certs. Since Domino 8.5 does not support SHA-2 certificates, customers need to upgrade to Domino 9.0.1 FP3 or higher. Quickr is n
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IBM Announces a Change is Coming to the Notes & Domino Life Cycle Policy
Fri, Aug 12th 2016 6:06p   Gary Walsh
IBM recently posted this announcement. This is really an announcement that there will be an announcement.  Lets take a guess at what could be coming. The lifecycle policy defines the length of time that a product is supported following its release.  For IBM Notes it is classified as Enhanced, or 5 + 3.  The product will be supported for 5 years since the date it was released, with 3 more years  optional if a customer pays for support.   Notes 9.01 was released in April of 2013, so the end
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IBM Announces a Change is Coming to the Notes & Domino Life Cycle Policy
Fri, Aug 12th 2016 2:06p   Gary Walsh
IBM recently posted this announcement. This is really an announcement that there will be an announcement.  Lets take a guess at what could be coming. The lifecycle policy defines the length of time that a product is supported following its release.  For IBM Notes it is classified as Enhanced, or 5 + 3.  The product will be supported for 5 years since the date it was released, with 3 more years  optional if a customer pays for support.   Notes 9.01 was released in April of 2013, so the end
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Is 2017 The Year IBM Announces the End of Life of Notes?
Tue, May 24th 2016 12:16p   Gary Walsh
In 2016, following the MWLUG event in Austin, blogs from individuals in the Notes community became very critical of IBM’s lack of attention to the product.  Version 9.01 was released in April of 2013, and despite promises by IBM, no new release had appeared.  That is a span of over 3 years.  Our DOCOVA product was initially based on Domino.  Due to all the uncertainty we now have a version that runs on SQL. Prior to IBM Connect 2017, the conference that used to be known as Lotusphere,
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Is 2017 The Year IBM Announces the End of Life of Notes?
Tue, May 24th 2016 8:16a   Gary Walsh
The rumor “Notes is Dead” has been going around for over a decade now, there seems to be a feeling of resignation resonating with both customers and partners that has not been there before.  There are still the die hards loyal to the technology, those in the crows nest who continue to salute as the ship settles further and further into the water, but their ranks are growing thinner. I highly doubt the Domino component of IBM Notes & Domino will disappear anytime soon.  It is ju
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SharePoint – A Partner and Customer Perspective
Sat, Apr 2nd 2016 7:36p   Gary Walsh
Over the past decade SharePoint has gained market share and Notes/Domino has lost.  With more and more Lotus partners being forced into migration projects, more accurate information is becoming available on how the two compare. Marten Vosmer of Lialis B.V. in the Netherlands did a session at EngageUG 2016 that described in detail his process for moving Notes/Domino applications to SharePoint.  In his presentation he offered this sound byte that I found to be an excellent high level comparison
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IBM Connect 2016 Review – A Pleasant Surprise
Thu, Feb 4th 2016 5:06p   Gary Walsh
IBM Connect 2015 was the last year “what used to be called Lotusphere” was held at the Disney complex.  It was significantly scaled back, with the majority of the sessions and the showcase being in the Swan.  In the past it had been spread over three or four resort hotels. For this reason, the increased registration and booth costs and the weak Canadian dollar, at DLI we scaled back our investment in IBM Connect 2016.  We did not know what to expect.   I was the only one attend




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