Redbook: So we are writing this Redbook on plugin development – what do you wanna know?


As posted the other day my nomination to ITSO was accepted and I’m now on the team for writing a Redbook wiki on plugin (or component if you will) development for Lotus Notes, Lotus Sametime and Lotus Symphony. We had our first call yesterday and we’re currently putting together the table of contents and discussing what to include.

For products versions we chose to target Lotus Notes 8.5.2, Lotus Sametime 8.0.2 and Lotus Symphony 3 beta 4. Of course we will try and make the samples work in prior versions but that’s the versions we’re aiming for. Any objections?

On the first call we also discussed the target audience for the wiki and defined who we’re writing for. Here’s what we came up with:

“We’re writing for Java developers with some experience in the language that is they know the syntax. We will aim to give them a high level introduction to the plugin model and give them the material to dive deeper and make sure the appropriate Eclipse resources are linked in. The specific topic sections should readable to those who want to dangle their feet but also deep enough to allow a Java developer that know about plugins to actually start building stuff to make production quality plugins. “

How does that sound?

I would be very interested in hearing what you (yes you!!) the Notes developer wants to know about plugin development and maybe what’s holding you back from getting started. Is it Java? Is it extension point documentation? Or is it something else? Please share and I’ll do my best to make sure it’s covered or at least written about here on the blog.