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Engage updates

Monday, January 10, 2022 at 3:12 PM UTC
It is much to my regret that I won’t attend Engage this year.  This decision was made wisely but came in lately, so if you considered to team up with me: I have to disappoint you this time. I am very sad about this as I really wanted to meet the gang again after 2 years of physical absence, but hey, time will tell if it will be possible again some time. The focus of my daily wo [...] 

Friendly reminder (to myself): send an Engage session abstract!

Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at 9:01 PM UTC
These days I got a friendly reminder mail from Theo to encourage us to send a session abstract for Engage - or more than one. I am late this year but I promise I will send some  It's also this time of the year when I ask others to team up with me for a session. This way I want to encourage people who never spoke at a conference. Speaking is such great fun and - even more important [...] 

Finally good news at the end of the year

Wednesday, December 15, 2021 at 8:19 PM UTC
These were some busy days around December 14 and 15. First, HCL released 12.0.1 of Notes and Domino on early Tuesday morning. Then, in the afternoon OpenNTF held it's 20th birthday get-together (virtually). Today HCL published the new class of 2022's Ambassadors - and I am on it again!  Thank you, HCL, for keeping promises of releas [...] 

Happy Birthday, OpenNTF!

Monday, December 13, 2021 at 11:30 PM UTC
In 2001, on December 14th, two guys founded an open-source resource, dedicated entirely to that very special niche product called Lotus Notes and Domino. The guys were Nathan T. Freeman and Bruce Elgort. Nathan got the idea some days before, posted this in a forum and immediately got feedback. Some days later Bruce set up a server in his office and the project got started. Today we are celebrat [...] 

Quick-Tip: Grouping App Windows

Friday, December 3, 2021 at 7:11 PM UTC
Today I saw something on a customer's machine I never did before as I didn't know this options exists - the grouping of windows in the Notes client. The goal of this setting is to reduce clutter and the amount of open windows (tabs) in the Notes workspace. If enabled, you now have grouped windows and your are able to close them all at once. The caveat: the "x" i [...] 

Quick-Tip: Java program in Eclipse prompts for password

Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at 6:18 PM UTC
After months of developing a new company product with Eclipse using the local Notes client to access databases etc. I started to create another customer app today. I also did this some hours. All of a sudden, Eclipse prompted me to enter my Notes-ID password when I wanted to test my code. After ignoring it (as it won't work anyway) I wasn't able to access a database on my server anymore. W [...] 

You asked the experts - and they answered

Thursday, November 18, 2021 at 10:06 PM UTC
Today's OpenNTF webinar "Gurupalooza" perked up a good old "tradition" from the LotusSphere (and everything that happened after it with different names) days, the "Gurupalooza" session. The idea was to bring the experts together in a single webinar to provide answers to your questions in a "live" session, hearing and even seeing the protagonists in th [...] 

Help wanted!

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at 8:26 AM UTC
Today's post is a bit unusual as I am not telling you anything but asking you for help. I have an app that collects data from another database (docs from various views) and transforms them into JSON. Basically I go through a view and for each document in there I add JSON to a JSON array which finally is stored as a string inside a MIME entity of a separate document. The goal is to "pre [...] 

Technical Documentation? Here you go!

Friday, November 12, 2021 at 11:25 PM UTC
I admit: I love to write technical documentations. It's an unusual habit of a developer to do so, but somehow I adore having something to look at after a while and still be able to understand what's going on. In the past I used several tools for that. What I can say is that word processors like MS Word are NOT suitable to write a decent documentation for software. Just do not use them. [...] 

November OpenNTF Webinar - Gurupalooza!

Tuesday, November 2, 2021 at 11:18 PM UTC
Got a question about Domino, Notes, Sametime, Connections or any other product or solution from HCL? Joins us and ask the gurus! We have gathered the brightest minds to take your questions about development and administration. You can ask ahead of time at or ask live in our webinar. Are you a guru and want to be on the panel? We welcome all g [...]