Technorati tag(s): Sametime
The buzz about the next release of Sametime started at Lotusphere 2006 and now IBM is starting to really tease us. The new information is looking VERY promising. While I guess the users will mainly focus on the updated UI the release brings a host to new features of which I'm really excited about a couple of them:
- A supported, standards based, plugin architecture for 3rd party extension
- Location based awareness
- Possibility to save chat history
- Administration of users and groups based on policies
- Emoticons (I think it definately has its place in business IM'ing)
While perrusing the fix list for Notes 6.5.5 I stumbled upon an entry describing how it is now possible to override the standard error messages if you know the hex error code. It's SPR #ARUI6FRLJ5.
It means that you will be able to customize error messages like "The server is not responding" etc. I will need to look into this.
I guess the only thing we need to know now is the actual hex error codes... :-)
Technorati tag(s): Lotus Notes
...please let him know that his RSS feed is messed up and hence not working. Something about a mismatched tag:
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I discovered it by accident since I went to his site for the link to the super cool button maker and saw some posts I hadn't seen in my RSS reader. I almost missed Bob Balaban guest blogging about UTF-8, UTF-16 and LMBCS (which are character sets if you were wondering)... :-)
Show 'n Tell Thursday: Export directly from a web agent to an Excel spreadsheet in landscape format (23 Feb 2006)
In this installment of Show n' Tell Thursday I'm going to show how to create an Excel spreadsheet from a web agent. The twist is that it is going to use some lesser known HTML attributes to allow you to set the page title and the page orientation.
I upgraded the combined Domino/Sametime server at a remote site from Domino 6.5.4/Sametime 6.5.1 to Domino 7.0/Sametime 7.0 the other day. The only issue during the upgrade were some problems with some files being written to the wrong place. Afterwards the install tested out okay. The problem was however that I tested using my Notes 7.x client... :-(
I'm trying to write some LotusScript to open a database in a clustered environment using the replica id. It seems impossible using the standard LotusScript API since the methods supporting this is simply missing. Where is the OpenWithFailover-method that takes a replica id as an argument?
(FIELD xxx CONTAINS yyy) OR (FIELD xxx CONTAINS zzz) OR (FIELD xxx CONTAINS www)becomes
[xxx] = (yyy, zzz, www)
Are we just a short step from cognative computing so the Domino server simply knows what we want to search for?
As posted the other day (To OR or not to OR...) you can use parenthesis' to condense the fulltext search string in Notes when OR'ing terms together. Another option I just discovered today is to use square brackets instead of the "FIELD"-keyword.
The search query
FIELD xxx CONTAINS yyycan therefore also be written as
[xxx] CONTAINS yyy
Combining this with my previous post a verbose search query such as
(FIELD xxx CONTAINS yyy) OR (FIELD xxx CONTAINS zzz) OR (FIELD xxx CONTAINS www)can therefore be written much shorter as
[xxx] CONTAINS (yyy, zzz, www)
It makes you wonder which other gems are hidden in the fulltext search syntax doesn't it...
For those of you who do Web applications in Java (using JSPs) make sure to look into displaytag. Displaytag is a set of open source tag libraries for displaying tables in all shapes and forms. I use it (Displaytag 1.0) on a number of projects and can highly recommend it.
Many of you might know this already but when fulltext searching a Domino database and you need to OR some arguments together you have two choices for the syntax.
The verbose option (which I have been using so far):
(FIELD xxx CONTAINS yyy) OR (FIELD xxx CONTAINS zzz) OR (FIELD xxx CONTAINS www)or the much less verbose option that achieves the same as the above example (which I learned today from a co-worker):
FIELD xxx CONTAINS (yyy, zzz, www)
He found the syntax using trial-and-error - go figure!! :-)
P.S.: It would be really interesting if there is a AND shorthand as well...
Disclaimer: Before starting I just want to point out that I know that there might be legitimate business reasons for not upgrading sooner.
While going through the Lotus developerWorks forum today (using the RSS main topic feed) I saw a post asking a question regarding ODBC before upgrading their server to version 7 later in the year. The versions used in the setup amazes me:
- Domino server on 4.6.7a
- OS of Domino server is NT4 SP5
- Workstations running Notes 4.6.7a (on Windows XP though)
If it aint broken - don't fix it!!
If nothing else it just proves that Domino just runs, and runs, and runs, and runs...
Sometimes Notes produces some quite interesting dialog boxes - maybe they should really be considered Easter Eggs. They sure make me laugh and lighten up the day.
P.S.: It did take me quite a lot of time to place all 1.328.506.228 databases in the replication queue. But hey - that's my Tuesday. Good thing it's billable time...
I'm very proud of myself (I'm patting myself on the back as I write this)... :-)
Jens - thank you for the kind words, the very nice post and all the comments and feedback on LotusScript.doc. Great finally meeting you at Lotusphere.
Talk about redesigning for reusability: Using SnagIt! as a COM server. One thing is developing it as a COM component, another is exposing and documenting the API.
If you are not familiar with SnagIt! it is a screen capture application for Windows and it is so cool - by far the best screen capture application I have ever used and purchased. If you find yourself doing a lot a screen capturing for documentation etc. I really recommend it.
|An update to Firefox 1.5 has been released with security fixes, improved support for the Mac and most importantly - DNS support for Icelandic domains... :-)|
After Lotusphere I have been spending some days driving around Florida more specifically going to Tampa, St. Petersburg, Naples, Everglades, Key West, Kennedy Space Center and Daytona Beach. Now I'm in DC where I'm going to spend a couple of days before leaving for Copenhagen on Friday afternoon.
One question though - where do people shop in DC? I'm really looking for some shops with sunglasses and clothes in general but have been unable to find any. I guess it is because I'm staying in a business part of the city (I'm staying near the Washington Monument).
If anyone has any pointers I would really be grateful. I guess I need to take the subway or similar to get out of the central part of town but some general directions would be nice... :-)
As an aside - I have spent the day (re-)seeing the sights (was in DC a couple of years ago) and it really seems that every other shop in DC is either a coffee shop (it seems like Starbucks really has a stronghold here) or a deli selling sandwiches. Quite amazing actually...