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MyWidgets just got better - Option to specify a custom widget icon for sidebar

Please note: The following is from the release notes of Notes 8.5.2 so I don't take credit for writing this. Lotus Notes 8.5.2 is in beta and there are no guarantees that the features described here will be in the final product that IBM ships.

Power users and administrators can add a new viewImageUrl attribute to the palleteItem element in a widget's extension.xml definition to specify a custom icon to use in the sidebar view/title bar for that widget. The viewImageURL attribute value must be a URL to the desired image, for example:

viewImageUrl="http://my.server.com/myImage.ico"
Example widget XML syntax is shown below:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<webcontextConfiguration version="1.1">
<palleteItem allowMutlipleSidebars="true" 
    contributeToSideshelfOnStartup="false" 
    id="1140471160" viewImageUrl="http://my.server.com/myImage.ico" 
    imageUrl="http://www.google.com/favicon.ico" 
    providerId="com.ibm.rcp.toolbox.web.provider.WebServicesPalleteProvider" 
    title="Google Search" url="http://www.google.com/" >

MyWidgets just got better - Option to set default widget double-click action

Please note: The following is from the release notes of Notes 8.5.2 so I don't take credit for writing this. Lotus Notes 8.5.2 is in beta and there are no guarantees that the features described here will be in the final product that IBM ships.

You can now set a default double-click action to open widgets in the sidebar, a new window, a float window, or a tab. The default does not impact widgets that have a pre-defined double-click action defined in their XML. The supplied default is newWindow.

Note: See Tech Note 1399534 "Adding a widget custom double-click action" for information about customizing an individual widget's double-click action. (Red: I was unable to find this technote - maybe it hasn't been published yet).

This change enables the control of what action is taken when you double click on a widget in the My Widgets sidebar panel. The default will act on all widgets that do not already have a pre-defined double click action. The new plugin_customization.ini file preference is

com.ibm.rcp.toolbox/doubleClickAction=<option>
where valid values for <option> are:
  • sideBar
  • newWindow
  • float
  • tab
For example, to set the default double-click action to open the widget action in the sidebar, add the following statement to the user's local plugin_customization.ini file:
com.ibm.rcp.toolbox/doubleClickAction=sideBar 

On TwitNotes, Twitter and the transition to OAuth

Thanks for all the e-mail and all the IM's reminding me that Twitter would retire the use of basic authentication (username/password) in client applications on 30 June 2010. After that announcement it was postponed to 16 August 2010 so there's still time... That's how I read the frontpage of the Twitter API wiki as of today anyway.

Nathan was the first to poke me and remind of it and ever since the reminders have been tickling in. Happy to see that so many are using TwitNotes and is using it enough to actually be bothered by it not working. I'm in the process of testing an OAuth approach using Scribe and hopefully the solution will be ready soon and in good time before the deprecation... :-)