I'm doing this review in two parts because the opening and closing chapters of this book are vastly different from the rest.
I have to admit to wondering, when I was first asked to review this book, exactly what the market was that it's aimed at. After all, aren't all domino developers heading towards XPages now? Could a book on "traditional web programming in domino" still be relevant today?
Well, surprisingly it is.
The opening chapters deal with issues and requirements that our developers and I still constantly struggle with . They cover version control, issues logs, staging servers, commenting/documentation, standards and the big killer "scope creep". There are sections on using the "champions" in your office to drive projects, maintaining consistent URLs and setting up a developer test environment.
The last two chapters of the book cover Security, Performance, Testing and Debugging. Again, these are mostly high-level. The security sections discuss planning for security, ACLs, reader and editor fields, the problems of hidden fields and sensible additions such as edit prevention after approval and logout facilities. The performance sections discuss archiving, code optimisation and the measurement of response time. The testing and debugging chapter talks about the requirements and limitations of user-testing and suggests various ways this testing could be improved. There are also some great sections on debugging which will help those new to domino to track down issues in their applications.
Getting Notes 9 to show Email Addresses as you type
Tue, Jun 11th 2013 10:05p Gavin Bollard Until recently, in fact until Notes 9, our Notes clients used to show email addresses as we typed them in but suddenly with IBM Notes 9, it started showing their Job Titles. We got a lot of complaints about this and the fix wasn't entirely obvious (to me at least), so that's why I'm documenting it here. As you can see, the problem wouldn't be so bad if all of our contacts came from the same company - but they don't. Our contacts come from lots of different companies. So, how do we change [read] Keywords: ibm
How to Figure out When an Extranet User last logged into your Domino Server
Thu, Apr 25th 2013 7:42p Gavin Bollard So, you want to do a bit of spring cleaning in your domino address book and apart from people whose email addresses you use all the time, you want to get rid of people who haven't accessed the server in ages. How do you find out when their last access was? I notice there's a lot of paid solutions on the web but it's functionality that is built into domino already. Here's how to use this feature; Start Domino AdministratorOpen the server that people log intoClick on the tab marked People a [read] Keywords: domino
How to Disable Phone-based data for the iPhone 4S
Thu, Sep 20th 2012 5:22p Gavin Bollard Why would you do this anyway? With the mobile data connection disabled, the iPhone can still hook into wireless networks, including those at home, in shopping centres and hotels, at McDonalds and Starbucks, on public transport and at the office to surf the internet and to receive data. It just won't be able to access data where there is either no internet wi-fi connection or where you haven't set it up. As a means of keeping mobile costs down however, the wi-fi option is certainly better th [read] Keywords: blogger
Packt Celebrates 1000 IT Titles with a FREE Gift
Wed, Sep 19th 2012 8:42p Gavin Bollard You may remember that I've reviewed a few of Packt Publishing's books on this site in the past; The excellent IBM Lotus Notes 8.5 User Guide by Karen Hooper IBM Lotus Domino Classic Web Application Development Techniques by Richard G. Ellis (Review Part 1, Part 2) IBM Lotus Notes and Domino 8.5.1: The Upgrader's Guide by Tim Speed, Barry Rosen, Joseph Anderson, Dick McCarrick, Bennie Gibson, Brad Schauf and David Byrd PACKT Publishing is releasing their 1000th IT title this month and are ce [read] Keywords: domino
Adjusting our Word VBA Macros for Office 2010 (64 bit)
Tue, Feb 28th 2012 5:44p Gavin Bollard We've had it easy these last few years. You could just upgrade Microsoft Office and not have to worry about file compatibility or about your macros not working. I was just beginning to relax. Unfortunately Microsoft never relaxes and the latest "innovations" extend past the annoying ribbon interface (I've been using it for over a year and I still consider it annoying) to clobber both file formats and macros. The File Format Problem The file format problem is easy to fix. First of all, I [read] Keywords: domino