Win Stevens has created a new project
Add-on. Below is how he describes
Everybody is using e-mail. Despite
the availability of new social tools we are still using e-mail to send
tons of information over the Internet and within the company. Mailboxes
become overloaded, system administrators have a difficult time in making
Most SMTP servers impose message size restrictions. I have no global
figures but in my company the mail size is limited to 10 MB. I know
of other servers that refuse mails larger than 2 MB. Gmail is more
forgiving and allows you to send a 25 MB limit.
As Domino administrators we must warn our users and advice them to keep
message size below 5 MB. However the size of a good marketing presentation
in Powerpoint goes very quickly above this limit.
Then came FileSendr.
A wonderful XPage application written by Declan Lynch. It could
be used within your company but also for delivering big files to external
contacts. I rolled-out FileSendr for one of my customers; I informed
all 1000 Notes users but - to my surprise - people were not fully happy.
Yes, they could send large mails. But, each time they created
a mail message, they had to make an estimate of the message size. If
too large they had to look-up the FileSendr URL and create the mail outside
their day-to-day mail client.
With some other Domino administrators we started brainstorming. Could
we come up with a better solution without having to reinvent FileSendr
? And this with a small budget. The answer was a FileSendr Add-on.
The idea is very simple: do tell anything to the end-user. They
are allowed to send big mails (we set the limit at 300 MB). On the
Domino server we created one additional mail rule: "if the mail is
larger than 5MB move it to the FileSendr Add-on database". This
is a standard Domino feature. No need to install a server-hook or
some other tricky software.
When the router deposits the message in the FileSendr add-on database it
triggers a LotusScript agent. After a few minutes (depending on the
amgr settings of your server) the agents code starts running: it creates
a document in the FileSendr database, moves the body of the mail and the
attachments into the document, generates a secret key and informs the recipients
of the presence of the download. Optionally, the sender of the mail
is informed about the interception of the mail message. Net result:
we did not have to train the end users, adoption is automatic, users are
The FileSendr Add-on application has some additional settings:
- blacklist/whitelist: you could restrict
some people of using the system
- max message size
Aren't there any disadvantages ? I would
say a few. First of all the large mail will probably be stored in
the Sent folder of the sender. Secondly, the system works transparent
for sending large mails. Reception of large mails from the Internet
is more difficult. The mail will probably never arrive to our server.
All suggestions and remarks are welcome. Some people have already
downloaded the product. Let us know about your experiences.
On OpenNTF: Automated Dead Mail Deletion App
Wed, Mar 5th 2014 12:23a Niklas Heidloff Shankar Venkatachalam has contributed a
project to OpenNTF, called Automated
Dead Mail Deletion App.
"This application helps IBM Domino
administrators in clearing/purging the dead emails from one or more domino
servers of their organisation automatically.
1) The application server first read
it's configuration document, and take a connection to that server.
2) The application also reads the configuration
document to understand, how many mail.box are availa [read] Keywords: domino
New Release of the XPages Extension Library
Tue, Mar 4th 2014 2:15a Niklas Heidloff Paul Hannan has uploaded a new release
of the XPages
"This release is the fourth IBM
Notes Domino 9.0.1 version of the XPages Extension Library (ExtLib) to
OpenNTF. Again it closely matches the XPages Extension Library that is
currently in Notes Domino 9.0.1 and contains new support, enhancements
and a number of bug fixes. This release continues the improvements 9.0.1
ExtLib which we hope you will enjoy.
The MOBILE area is continuing theme
with this release [read] Keywords: domino
2000 XPages Questions on StackOverflow
Wed, Feb 19th 2014 12:10a Niklas Heidloff What a great story. Two
years ago the XPages community
decided to use StackOverflow for XPages related specific questions and
answers. Since then 2000 questions have been asked and 84% of them have
been marked as answered.
One advantage of StackOverflow is that
XPages developers can get help from other developers who might not even
know anything about XPages. For example questions about Java are often
answered by Java developers. Another advantage of StackOverflow is the
nice [read] Keywords: xpages community
On OpenNTF: Demo code for C&S APIs
Thu, Feb 13th 2014 12:17a Niklas Heidloff Nathan Barry and James Cooper have published
code they used in their IBM Connect
session "AD204: What's new in the IBM Domino Objects: By Example".
Abstract: "Through a series of
demos, we will showcase and explain use cases for the major enhancements
to the back-end classes included in release IBM Domino 9.01 and 9.0 in
the areas of Calendar & Scheduling and View Navigation." [read] Keywords: domino
On OpenNTF: XPages Unit Test Samples
Wed, Feb 12th 2014 12:03a Niklas Heidloff Padraic Edwards has published the samples
he, Brian Gleeson and Martin Donnelly used in their IBM Connect session
"AD208 - End to End Quality Processes for Top Notch XPages Apps".
"When it comes to getting XPages
apps ready for production there's a lot to know. Do you have a web test
automation suite in place to drive your apps through the browser and guarantee
quality? Do you have a JUnit test framework to exercise your XPages components?
Is your application accessible to the lat [read] Keywords: ibm
Infinite Scrolling in Mobile XPages Apps
Mon, Feb 10th 2014 1:03a Niklas Heidloff At Connect 2014 the XPages team showed
the new infinite scroll feature for views in mobile apps. See the video
from Dario Chimisso and Tony McGuckin to see this feature in action.
Here is Dario's description:
"Infinite Scroll is a new feature
included in the extension library release as part of the OpenNTF
project. You've probably seen the nice work done by Keith Strickland about
wrapping a dataview with a dojo scrollablePane, we've taken the same approach
and improved [read] Keywords: xpages dojo
Wizard to create XPages based Mobile Apps
Wed, Feb 5th 2014 11:55p Niklas Heidloff At Connect Gary Marjoram, Jonathan Roche
and Eamon Muldoon demonstrated the new wizard in IBM Domino Designer to
create typical mobile business apps with views and documents.
Gary's description: "The Single
Page Application Wizard allows you to create an initial design framework
for your XPages mobile application. It was published to OpenNTF.org on
the 13th Dec 2013 as part of the XPages
Below is a demo from Gary.
Here is the deck from t [read] Keywords: domino
Some Pictures from IBM Connect 2014
Mon, Feb 3rd 2014 1:28a Niklas Heidloff OpenNTF booth:
Christian Guedemann and Niklas Heidloff
before the OpenNTF session:
OpenNTF BOF session at 7:00 AM:
Lars Buntrock, Henning Schmidt, Nathan
Freeman, Serdar Basegmez and Christian Guedemann: [read] Keywords: ibm