If you’re wondering why your widget catalog deployment doesn’t work…

…then make sure your widget catalog is in the root of the server. This will be fixed in Notes 8.5.1 and a SPR has been generated (SPR #DMDD7Q4MWT) for Notes 8.5 FP1 so open an PMR and vote for it if this is important enough for you. For the record the way that this works is by the Notes client having a replication event listener for the widget catalog database.

Re: Still a Domino Developer

There’s quite a heated discussion going on at the moment at edbrill.com and at codestore.net. I’m a bit late to chime in but here’s my 5 cents…

I enjoy working in Notes/Domino and overall I think that the platform really kicks a…! Does the product have its shortcomings? Sure – but that is true for most Swiss-army knife products. Could things be done better? Sure – but so it’s true for many other applications and environments. Do I always agree with the decisions of Lotus? Nope – but I hardly ever agree with anybody… 🙂

Being serious for a moment… My number one grievance with Lotus is not about feature XYZ but rather that that the bug/feature submission process for many IBM products, incl. Lotus Notes, is opaque. Once the bug/feature request is submitted it is very difficult to get the *real* status on the issue unless you know someone on the inside.

Would it be possible to make bug/feature request submission more transparent? What if the bug/feature request database was available on the web for all to peruse? Bug tracking systems like Atlassian JIRA and Bugzilla have functionality for voting on bugs. In this way all customers and business partners could see what’s going on and what’s actively being developed. It could also help Lotus to gauge what’s really important to developers and what’s not.

While I know that a process is probably not always possible I think it would go a long way to give developers an outlet for issues and ideas. It could be that I as an user wouldn’t be allowed to create issues in the database myself but it would give me a chance to keep track of my issues.

Just a thought…