This document discusses the Notes 8 "shelfViews" programming model, and explicitly explains how to contribute a shelf view to the Notes 8 sidebar. There are basically two steps:
1. Create a view and add a contribution to the org.eclipse.ui.views extension point.
2. Contribute the view to the com.ibm.rcp.ui.shelfViews extension point to have it appear in the sidebar.
Following these descriptions, we compare the Notes 8 "shelfViews" programming model to the Sametime "miniApps" programming models, such that developers will know how to migrate a plugin from the Sametime client to the Notes 8 client.
Documentation — Sidebar Contribution Design Pattern and Migrating a Sametime 7.5 plugin over to Notes 8 via the Composite Application blog.