Every time I get questions on developing plugins for the Lotus Notes 8 platform I mention that I really can’t comment too much on Lotus Expeditor Toolkit installation and usage questions. The reason is that I do not use the toolkit when developing for Lotus Notes. Since I get the question so much I thought I would take it to the blog as well.
The main reason I started developing for Lotus Notes without the Lotus Expeditor Toolkit was due to two reasons:
- Because I kept receiving new betas of the Lotus Notes client from IBM Lotus and because XPD toolkit wouldn’t work with these betas
- I wanted to use newer Eclipse versions than what the XPD toolkit supported
It’s not that I don’t find the toolkit valuable but for the work I do it isn’t a requirement.
I understand why you might want to use Lotus Expeditor Toolkit as it may be considered easier (if you’re not so Eclispe savy), because you have to! or because you need to switch target platform often (Notes -> Symphony -> Sametime).