Nice things customers say
Fri, Aug 22nd 2014 10:15a Sean Cull A nice way to end the week
“Working with FoCul has provided a great partnership, improving the ABB processes and services whilst retaining the ability to customise our products
at short notice to meet specific customer needs. The benefit has been a 30% efficiency saving, allowing ABB to deliver over £15M of studies more competitively.”
http://www.prime-toolkit.com/demo [read] Keywords:
SNTT – getting access to a Git derived nsf/ntf when you are not in the ACL
Wed, Aug 20th 2014 9:55a Sean Cull Sometimes when you pull down a git based Notes design you find that you cannot open the NSF that you have crated from the On Disk Project because you do not have access in the ACL.
Open the folder structure of the ODP at file system level and use a text editor to change the line below.
You then need to refresh the ODP via Package Explorer.
Don’t forget to push this change back to Git or the next person will struggle too. [read] Keywords: acl
Adding Jar and zip files to SourceTree Repositories
Mon, Mar 31st 2014 4:46a Sean Cull When we use JAR files such as DocX4J for exporting from XPages we need to store these within the git repositories so that the developer can add them to their /jvm/lib folder when building the XPage application. If the correct jars are not present the build fails.
The files are stored in a /jar folder away from the /notes folder where the Noes design elements are. We also use a /documentation folder for user guides etc..
When you add these jar or zip files to the repo they do not appear in Source [read] Keywords: notes
Reflections on Engage by Blug
Sat, Mar 22nd 2014 1:35p Sean Cull Engage – probably the best user group in the world
I was very lucky to attend and speak at the fantastic Engage conference this week. I found it a truly uplifting experience.I have been full time in Notes / XPages for 14 years now but have only been able to get to LotusSphere / Connect once. These regional events are where I get my enthusiasm and ideas batteries recharged and come away with some great ideas about how to move forward with the ICS platform.
The things that impressed me the m [read] Keywords: connections
Draft Engage / BLUG Slides – Seeing the Wood for the Trees
Sun, Mar 16th 2014 9:38a Sean Cull I am very honored to be speaking at the fantastic Engage User Group ( formerly known as BLUG ) this week.
The session is called “Seeing the Wood for the Trees” and is about how I and my colleagues use Domino Designer, Git Source Control and some mostly Atlassian products to manage our help tickets, project management, release management and billing.
The session is at 14:45 on Tuesday and is 50% slides / 50% live demo.
As I have learnt to my cost before it is difficult to go into Sour [read] Keywords: domino
A bit of Christmas Cheer
Sun, Dec 15th 2013 7:58a Sean Cull A couple of years ago my wife Jane got a bit bored ( with work - not me - I hope ) and decided to teach herself iOS programming. At the time I was a bit sceptical ( she was not an IT person ) but I [read] Keywords:
A bit of Christmas Cheer
Sun, Dec 15th 2013 6:47a Sean Cull A couple of years ago my wife Jane got a bit bored ( with work – not me – I hope ) and decided to teach herself iOS programming. At the time I was a bit sceptical ( she was not an IT person ) but I am please to say that my scepticism was unfounded.
Jane’s latest app is now out in the iTunes App Store. Its free so take a look and if you get the chance please give it a rating.
It was a whole family affair. She stole ( literally ) my Mac, I provided cups of tea, she did the p [read] Keywords: lotus
GIT is coming together ( at last )
Thu, Nov 28th 2013 2:04p Sean Cull I have been on a mission for us to use GIT with our XPages and Notes work for about 10 months now.
And it is just getting to the point where it is coming together nicely although it has been a LOT of hard work.
We still have issues like the previous post but it is working well. The latest step change was integrating our GIT repository ( bitbucket.org ) with JIRA which is the ticket system / agile board that we use.
Referencing a JIRA ticket in the GIT commit messages now shows the specific [read] Keywords: lotus
Thanks Mr ElgorT
Wed, Oct 2nd 2013 11:39a Sean Cull Thanks Bruce I started developing with Lotus Notes back in 1994. I didn't know another Notes developer, actually I didn't know any developers at all. I taught myself Notes development by talkin [read] Keywords: lotus
Review - Samsung Note 10.1 tablet - fantastic for taking notes
Sat, Dec 22nd 2012 8:11a Sean Cull I have wanted a tablet PC for years, in fact the strap line for this blog talks about living with a tablet PC. The problem is that it never really worked for me. I would inevitably need to use my tablet laptop for both doing a demonstration or taking notes. I gave up on the tablet PC and decided to wait until I could have a device that was additional to my laptop, The iPad came along but without a proper pen - as in a pen based on a digitiser - it didn't do what I wanted. It was great as a cons [read] Keywords: notes
Connect 2013 Podcasts
Sat, Dec 15th 2012 6:16a Sean Cull I have a dirty secret With the lack of Lotus podcasts I have begun to listen to Share Point community podcasts - there I said it, its off my chest now - they say daylight is the best disinfectant. [read] Keywords: lotus
Connect 2013 Podcasts
Sat, Dec 15th 2012 3:19a Sean Cull I have a dirty secret
With the lack of ICS / Lotus community podcasts I have begun to listen to SharePoint community podcasts – there I said it, its off my chest now – they say daylight is the best disinfectant.
And I actually really like them. This one is a crowd of MS MVPs ( a bit like IBM Champions ) reflecting on the state of SharePoint in a studio set aside for them by Microsoft at their equivalent of Connect.
The podcast is vibrant, positive but also realistic – peop [read] Keywords: ibm
A Fresh Insight from a User Group
Fri, Sep 7th 2012 3:22a Sean Cull Almost all of the people reading this love their User Groups. For us it is a chance to meet old friends and reaffirm our belief in the products that we build our work around. I was at the fantastic [read] Keywords:
A Fresh Insight from a User Group
Fri, Sep 7th 2012 2:00a Sean Cull Almost all of the people reading this love their User Groups. For us it is a chance to meet old friends and reaffirm our belief in the products that we build our work around.
I was at the fantastic UKLUG this week but this time it was a different experience for me. I was lucky enough to be there with a new colleague from outside the ICS community who will be joining our company in November.
Although Jane has been a very IT literate Lotus Notes user for 15 years she is a “Line of Busin [read] Keywords: connections
In Defence of XPiNC
Sun, Apr 29th 2012 4:28p Sean Cull This week someone expressed their admiration at how I have persevered with XPiNC - it actually made me wonder about the messages I have been sending out. Anyone who follows my Blog knows that I am p [read] Keywords:
Andrews Presentation at BLUG
Wed, Mar 21st 2012 4:52a Sean Cull My colleague Andrew Champion is doing a presentation at BLUG on Friday about his journey from being a Notes Developer to being and XPage developer. I am helping out but it is very much about Andrews [read] Keywords: notes
Our latest XPage project
Mon, Oct 3rd 2011 1:21a Sean Cull Some of you may have seen me present on the ABB Risk Based Inspection System that FoCul have developed and maintained for ABB over the 10 years. It has been fantastically successful and has contribute [read] Keywords:
7 Steps to making the new XPages Wiki simpler ( about an hour )
Thu, Sep 15th 2011 12:26p Sean Cull The "new" XPages wiki on Openntf ( known as the Xpage Documentation Wiki ) has some useful improvements over the older version but the tailoring for its use in the IBM product Wikis has also more complicated. This is a very quick article showing how it can be simplified so that it is easier to use for general projects etc.. The end result Step 1 - Hide the media gallery if you don't want it [read] Keywords: ibm
SNTT : Pulling Notes data into Excel via http / XML
Mon, Sep 5th 2011 5:20p Sean Cull Just a very quick tip to show how you can dynamically pull your latest Notes / Domino data into an Excel Spreadsheet. Note that this method will only work for domino applications which do not require authentication Basic Idea In Excel go to Data and click on the Data and then "From Web" options Next paste in the URL of your Domino XML feed ( more on that later ) Accept all of the options and your data will be added in a nicely formatted table. The table is also given a name so that when you re [read] Keywords: domino
XPages Web Survey Tool
Wed, Mar 23rd 2011 11:23a Sean Cull We have been working on a new XPages web survey product. There will be three versions. A Full version, a "Lite" version and an open source version which we will release via Open NTF under the Apache [read] Keywords: ntf
SNTT : Using Active Directory to authenticate web users
Thu, Mar 10th 2011 4:34p Sean Cull Introduction This article describes how you can use Active Directory via LDAP and Directory Assistance to authenticate your web users. This is particularly useful in our case where we have an XPages based application running in on a black boxed appliance in a MS shop. The example uses a Windows Server 2008 R2 for AD and Domino 8.5.2 running on Linux. The scheme is simple enough but I struggled to piece the bits together so I thought a write up would be useful. Useful tools I found that the Apach [read] Keywords: domino
IBM is listening
Mon, Dec 13th 2010 12:17p Sean Cull At an impromptu event at ILUG2010 inspired by the Lego story Mary Beth invented the idea of a "Listen Cast" - a means for IBM to listen to what the community would like to see in 2011. The Listen Ca [read] Keywords: ibm
Concerns about the speed of Xpages in the client ( XPiNC) - please comment.
Thu, Nov 25th 2010 2:39a Sean Cull Please bear with me on this, it is a long post but I feel it is very important, probably the most important issue on my radar at the moment. Introduction As anyone who reads my Blog will know I am a huge fan of XPages. One of the most exciting things about it is the promise of designing only once for the Web and the Client. XPages in the Browser is definitely fast enough to use today but I have been struggling with the speed of XPages in the client to the point where I have not been able to reco [read] Keywords: xpages
Speaking at ILUG 2010
Mon, Nov 8th 2010 5:27a Sean Cull I am very pleased to be speaking at ILUG 2010 in Belfast next week, I will be presenting a case study on a project that I have been working on with ABB for the last 8 years. I think that it is an e [read] Keywords: ilug