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XPages: Let the Evolution Begin
Peter Presnell    

divSome time back I wrote a series of articles entitled a href=http://www.bleedyellow.com/blogs/dotdomino/entry/xpages_the_good_the_bad_and_the_ugly_i5?lang=enXPages, The Good The Bad, and The Ugly/a.  It chronicled my observations about XPages as a new development platform for building Lotus Notes applications.  Looking back a year later I think the key point I was trying to make was that XPages offered a lot, but in many ways it needed some further work before it could completely replace the functionality and other benefits offered by Notes Classic.  One year later a great deal of progress is being made.br //divdiv /divdivSince joining GROUP I have had the chance to see XPages from an entirely different perspective.  One that would only be possible when you get to see XPages the way people such as a href=http://ntf.gbs.comNathan T Freeman/a and a href=http://xmage.gbs.com/Tim Tripcony/a do.  Each and every release of Notes since 8.5.0 reveals more of the untapped potential that lies within.  But what people such as Nathan and Tim see in the product is truly something else.  Nathan has a href=http://ntf.gbs.com/nathan/escape.nsf/d6plinks/NTFN-888QDSeluded/a to some of what we are working on.  br / br /For companies wanting to invest in XPages there is presently no migration path for taking existing Lotus Notes applications and migrating them to XPages.  Without this you are forced to do a complete rewrite or continue to support and enhance the application using Notes classic or a combination of Notes Classic and XPages.   On Wednesday Jennifer Mead (GROUPs CTO) and Nathan T Freeman will be providing the first public demonstration of a href=http://www.lotususergroup.org/VUG#XPagesEvolution/a (aka the Genesis Project).   A tool that allows you to take almost any Notes application and convert it into an XPage application.  I believe registration is still open for those of you interested but have not yet registered,br / br /This is one of the most exciting (and complex) projects I have ever seen attempted with Lotus Notes.  Having the chance to work on a project like this was a significant component of what compelled me to relocated my family from one side of the US.  It is what keeps me bouncing out of bed each and every morning full of excitement and anticipation.   I never knew at the time of writing my series on XPages: The Good. The Bad, and The Ugly that I might one day have the chance to be be part of a team that provides real solutions for some of those gaps I saw in XPages.  I am very thankful for getting that chance.br //divdiv  br //divdivI hope you like what you see with Evolution.  If you do then I am confident we will really knock your socks off when you see what comes next.  Imagine a product with the power of ASP.Net development without many of its limitations.  Imagine a development platform that can sit on an NSF container, SQL databases, or almost any other data store.  Imagine an IDE as good, or better, than Visual Studio.  Imagine having this power with a platform that can provide RAD in a way that goes even beyond what we could do today with Notes Classic.  IBM are working very hard to deliver much of this promise.  But equally, our own project team at GROUP has quite a few ideas about how we can add some pop and sizzle to that environment.  As Nathan said - quot;Yes Virginia, there really is a Santa Clausequot;./divdiv /divdivspan class=bodyA person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds./span span class=bodybolda href=http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/m/marktwain121629.htmlMark Twain/a  /span /divdiv /divdivRegistration: a href=http://www.lotususergroup.org/VUG#XPagesEvolve You Domino Applications With Transformer/a/divdiv /divdiv /divdiv________________________________ br / /divdivDisclaimer: As author of this blog I take full  responsibility for all the words written on the lines above.  Should you find anything between the lines, please check with me first to see if those words are truly mine.br / /div

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