Some things in XPages don't work the way you want them to or the way you thought they were going to work or the way IBM said they were going to work.
That's not meant to be a knock of any kind. XPages are an awesome execution of extending JSF and coupling it into a very robust environment but the fact is there are a lot of moving parts and it is complex. The folks at IBM spend their time trying to reduce the complexity of the tool itself and that is hard work so if the odd bug creeps in in your specific use case...well, so be it.
When you do encounter strangeness, make sure you isolate the issue and test it by itself.
Sounds obvious but when you're knee deep in battle with the code you might feel it is a waste of time to extract code to try and fix a problem.
If your XPage will not work without a bunch of nested custom controls, it will not work with a bunch of nested custom controls.
One development path could be to develop the entire XPage and see if all of the data saves when everything is displayed and it is all in the same page. If it does, great! Now break it up into smaller pieces where pieces are panels or custom controls. etc.
If your XPage does not work and you have it built with custom controls or other dynamic elements, save yourself some time and frustration by removing everything except for the problem and work the problem until it is fixed.
You can do this by making a copy of the original XPage and then tearing down the "live" XPage and then rebuilding it piece by piece until you find the problem or by creating the simplest of XPages and testing the problem there.
Some Cultural Thoughts (4 Movies and a Book)
Sat, Mar 8th 2014 11:12a Russell Maher A few thoughts on Thinge Cultural... Heart of Darkness - by Joseph Conrad Finished Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad a few weeks ago. Had heard the book referred to in the remake of King Kong and also Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown Congo episode and added it to my list of "classics I should read." Moby Dick is a fairly dense read but this Heart of Darkness was a whole order higher in reading challenge for me. The book is written as someone telling a story about their experience headi [read] Keywords: wiki
Chicagoland Driving Stupidity Epidemic
Sat, Mar 8th 2014 9:10a Russell Maher In Chicagoland we are suffering from an epidemic of Driving Stupidity. The picture below shows exactly what I am talking about. We're at a stoplight and the car in front of me is more than a full car length back from the white line where you're actually supposed to stop. This person drove straight after the light turned green and never moved an inch forward after coming to their stop. You cannot drive more than ten minutes around here without seeing someone pull this stunt and it doesn't mat [read] Keywords:
Lotusphere: It just gets curiouser and curiouser - The Bad
Mon, Feb 3rd 2014 8:11a Russell Maher I always considered the annual IBM lovefest in Orlando in January as "Lotusphere" but after last week it is pretty clear it IBM Connect ain't no Lotusphere. The OGS (The Bad): Who are you talking to? Short Version: I was not a fan of the OGS. Here is the Good News if you prefer. Long Version: What can you say about an Opening General Session where people actually yelled "No" when asked from the stage at the end if they liked the demos and if there were enough demos? Sadly, not much g [read] Keywords: ibm
Yes! I am at Connect 2014 in Orlando!
Sat, Jan 25th 2014 1:10p Russell Maher Well, I did not think I could come to Orlando this year but several things aligned over the last eight weeks and so I am here! Last year at Connect 2013 I spent a significant amount of time in the hotel room working and that was a bit of a bummer. One reason I was considering not coming this year was, again, just due to workload. This is the busy time of year for our customers. I will most likely still be working while I am here but right now things appear to be a little more in hand thanks t [read] Keywords: ibm
I dub thee "Tree Killer"
Tue, Jan 21st 2014 4:10p Russell Maher I am not proud of it but we go through A LOT of paper and printing. It makes sense if you consider each work item we create typically generates 35-55 pages when printed, which legal people almost always do, and for each of those we might print each one 2-3 times until it is finalized. We definitely try to minimize the printing but for our work you can only go so far. Well I bought the beast of a color laser about 15 months ago and really liked it until my last Cyan ink cartridge only lasted a [read] Keywords: apple
Breaking Bad: A Few Comments
Sat, Jan 11th 2014 10:12a Russell Maher Never have been one to watch a lot of TV but I got pretty sick a few weeks back and then we had the crazy Polar Vortex so while I was resting and staying in the house I rejoined Netflix to take in Breaking Bad to see what all of the chatter was about. The Mrs. and I finished watching a couple of nights ago, but the fact that it is still in my head is a good indication of how good it is and I thought I'd pen a few thoughts before I start working today. General Comments... Interesting seri [read] Keywords:
Our heater can't keep up but it could be worse...
Tue, Jan 7th 2014 9:11a Russell Maher Anyone even mildly paying attention to the news in the U.S. is aware we are in the grip of a truly deep freeze right now. How cold is it you ask? Cold enough that our normally superb heating system simply can't keep up. Thermostat set to 72, actual temperature 65. Even though it is a little chilly here in the house, I am actually pretty thankful. Why? Because one of my worst memories of my childhood was my first winter in Mustang, OK (right about here but I think our house is gone now). [read] Keywords: google
Out with The Old, in with The New Moleskine
Fri, Jan 3rd 2014 12:11p Russell Maher We have a CRM system, we have IBM Notes which allows us to create any kind of customer-focused system we might need (we've built several), we have an email marketing system...we've evaluated all kinds of systems to manage customer information and projects etc. and so far I've not found one that truly meets all of my needs for the sales and training activity I need to track. So...I use...a Moleskine notebook for that! Yup. Paper. I like it because when a call comes in I have a handy place [read] Keywords: ibm