The Sametime 8 SDK ships with a new toolkit called the Helper toolkit. The following is from the Sametime 8 SDK overview (Sametime_SDK_Overview.pdf).
“The Sametime Helper Toolkit is an API that provides an external interface to basic functionality of the Lotus Sametime Client. The Sametime Helper Toolkit is not intended to directly extend the capabilities of the Sametime Client. This toolkit differs from other Sametime client toolkits by providing an external interface to basic functionality exposed in the locally running desktop Lotus Sametime Client application. Applications that integrate the Sametime Helper API are essentially able to proxy the functionality of the locally running Sametime Client (Managing contacts, Starting chats, Alert notifications).”
Highlights of the Sametime Helper Toolkit
The Sametime Helper Toolkit exposes the following basic functionality of the Sametime Client:
- Contact Management, Query, and Notification
- Chat session initiation
- Instant Share initiation
Be sure to review the API_Changes.txt file in the client/connect/doc directory of the SDK for changes in the public API.