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||MWLUG 2016 Recap
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 creepy in some respects, such as when you find a bookmark in your book where a dogear used to reside. Weather was not typical as it rained during most of the event, making treks out to see the live music and other amenities the city has to offer a soggy affair.
The event kicked off on the Wednesday with a tour of the IBM Design Labs. Austin is the home to several tech companies, including IBM. It was interesting to see the sometime unusual aspects of a workspace designed to foster creativity. Movable walls. Stand up desks. Rooms filled with balloons and boxes filled with ducks.
Although the sessions started up Wednesday afternoon, the Opening General Session began on Thursday. IBM, as a Diamond sponsor, had the floor first. Although the focus was more on Watson and the whole concept of cognitive computing, I was pleasantly surprised to see a slide appear that mentioned Notes & Domino.
Katrina Troughton, IBM GM, Social and Smarter Workplace Client Success, used a slide to illustrate that IBM was still committed to Notes & Domino. Most of the dialog was about Verse and she did not address the unanswered question regarding the long awaited (almost three years and counting) release of Notes 9.02. Katrina said FixPack 7 includes several new features, so it is really more than a Fix Pack. Blue Mix was also mentioned, and she asked for a show of hands of how many people used BlueMix for development. I counted a total of three hands. If she had asked who used Notes & Domino it would have been dozens.
The Keynote speaker was local singer/songwriter and studio owner Christine Albert. She is also the Founder and CEO of Swan Songs, a non-profit that fulfills musical last wishes for the terminally ill. The irony of Swan Songs at a conference for Notes & Domino professionals hung in the air.
Several of the sessions focused on security, which included SSL/TLS/and SHA1 certificates and the fact that they would not be supported by Microsoft or Google after Jan 1, 2017. That should be a RED ALERT for Quickr customers who have Quickr sites that are exposed to the internet. Basically it means that if customers do nothing content will not be available to users in the new year. Of course they could front end the Domino server with a proxy, but it represents a clear call to action.
For me MWLUG confirmed that the Notes client is pretty much reached the end of its life. This was openly discussed in several sessions by many of the speakers who in the past have only spoken openly about it behind closed doors. That has never been an issue for Darren Duke, whose final session around security was vocal to say the least. He made the comment that version 9.02 has been complete for almost 2.5 years now, but IBM has not released it. Duke says the most recent fix pack, due out in September, could be pushing 1 GB in size and will represent the majority of what was intended to be 9.02. This supports what Katrina had said in the OGS. He suggests that the September announcement IBM has planned around the Notes & Domino LifeCycle Policy could potentially be a change in the nomenclature regarding releases and fix packs. I think they will extend the life of 9.0x to something like 2020 or later since there is no intention to do a version 9.1, let alone a 10.
For me MWLUG has re-enforced our DOCOVA strategy. The Notes client is no longer a target for investment within IBM. DOCOVA is an opportunity for companies who want to minimize their risk to transition off the Notes client sooner rather than later. If the Notes client were to disappear, and IBM does not have a solid offering beyond email that will address the future of Notes applications, DOCOVA represents the best migration alternative. It is a browser and mobile based replacement for the Notes client, with platform independence that provides a migration path if customers decide they are leaving the Notes & Domino platform. For more information check out our 2.5 minute migration video or visit our migration page.
The MWLUG torch was passed to Washington DC during the closing session. That will be the location for the event next year. We will be there.
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MWLUG 2017 – We Believe!|
Thu, Sep 7th 2017 5:22p Gary Walsh
They call Toronto “Leaf Nation”, because so many of the population are passionate about the hockey team, the “Toronto Maple Leafs”. No matter where the team sits in the standings, they “believe”. The Notes and Domino community has been like that too over the last decade or so. Regardless of how the technology is trending, they believe it is the best.
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Why we DO migrate code.|
Tue, Jun 27th 2017 1:28p John Ryan
I decided to write a blog entry on the issue of migrating Notes application code when migrating Notes applications to DOCOVA. When I say “code”, I mean the LotusScript and @formula language that is contained in Notes applications.
Now, I’ve seen some blogs and vendor web pages that espouse how you should NOT attempt to migrate the code. These vendors typically want to convince you that you should re-develop your Notes applications on their platforms. I get it. That repr
Migrate Notes to DOCOVA Blog Series Part 17: Input translation and input validation formulas|
Thu, May 25th 2017 1:51p John Ryan
Welcome to blog series part 17 of 17 on migrating Notes apps to DOCOVA. The subject of this blog is Input translation and input validation formulas (formulae if you prefer).
Right. So, one day I hear this argument coming from down the hall here at DOCOVA. The dev team embroiled in some discussion. Oh the controversy. Fisticuffs? Naw. Heated? Maybe that would be a bit of a stretch. The debate? How should input translation and input validation formulas be handled in DOCOVA?
Migrate Notes to DOCOVA Blog Series Part 16: Form events|
Tue, May 23rd 2017 1:24p John Ryan
Welcome to blog series part 16 of 17 on migrating Notes apps to DOCOVA. In this entry I’m going to talk about form events.
Okay, so the talk about form events usually starts of with the question:
Does DOCOVA have document events like onLoad, onUnload, QueryOpen, QuerySave and WebQueryOpen?
Yes. DOCOVA supports both typical browser events like onLoad and onUnload but has also been extended to handle similar events that were found in Notes forms like QueryOpen, QuerySave, PostSave and so
Migrate Notes to DOCOVA Blog Series Part 15: Private on first use folders|
Thu, May 18th 2017 1:38p John Ryan
Welcome to blog series part 15 of 17 on migrating Notes apps to DOCOVA.. In this entry I’m going to talk about good ‘ol Private on first use folders.
This is another one of those “interesting” Notes application design constructs. In my journeys I don’t think I’ve ever come across this same sort of construct in any other application environment. Anywhere. Ever. Sure, a private folder, but “…on first use” is the kicker. Interestingl
Migrate Notes to DOCOVA Blog Series Part 14: Column sorting and categorizing|
Tue, May 16th 2017 12:18p John Ryan
Welcome to blog series part 14 of 17 on migrating Notes apps to DOCOVA.. In this entry I’m going to talk about view column sorting and categorizing.
All view sorting and categorizing functionality is supported in DOCOVA. Additionally, other properties like “Show multiple values as separate entries” and showing response docs in a hierarchy are also supported.
I mean, as you get more in depth with DOCOVA, you’ll learn the breadth of the view object model and all the cool stuff
Migrate Notes to DOCOVA Blog Series Part 13: Shared columns and fields|
Thu, May 11th 2017 1:52p John Ryan
Welcome to blog series part 13 of 17 on migrating Notes apps to DOCOVA. This entry is dedicated to shared columns and fields. It’s short and sweet.
DOCOVA does not support the concept of shared columns and fields between applications at this time.
Say what? I know, right? DOCOVA is so over the top, so chalk full of functionality…it’s crazy, alas at the time of writing this blog entry, it doesn’t support shared columns and fields. Well, that’s the reason ri
Migrate Notes to DOCOVA Blog Series Part 12: Multi-value fields|
Tue, May 9th 2017 12:01p John Ryan
Welcome to blog series part 12 of 17 on migrating Notes apps to DOCOVA. In this entry it’s all about multi-value fields.
Notes had the concept of multi-value fields on forms. All fields were basically treated as arrays of values. For example when addressing field values in LotusScript, you might write some code like;
Dim myval = doc.myfield(0) (where doc is a NotesDocument)
Although it’s a bit of an odd duck, DOCOVA supports the same type of addressing when it comes to form
Migrate Notes to DOCOVA Blog Series Part 11: Pass-thru HTML and Generate HTML for all fields|
Thu, May 4th 2017 1:02p John Ryan
Welcome to blog series part 11 of 17 on migrating Notes apps to DOCOVA. In this entry I’m going to talk about “Pass-thru HTML and Generate HTML for all fields”.
Migrate Notes to DOCOVA Blog Series Part 10: Refresh fields on keyword change|
Tue, May 2nd 2017 12:11p John Ryan
Welcome to blog series part 10 of 17 on migrating Notes apps to DOCOVA. In this entry it’s all about “Refresh fields on keyword change”.
Ya, let’s take a moment to just love this one. Have you ever used it in your Notes apps? Refresh fields on keyword change was a bit of an odd beast, no? The purpose of this operation was to enable field options (or values) to be recalculated based on the change of a selection field.
For example, if you had one keyword field on a