Perusing the the Composite Application Wiki I discovered a technology IBM calls jWidgets. Basically they are for Composite Application Java component development what iWidgets are to websites that is a widget framework for easily and more quickly doing stuff. Developing Java components for composite applications is a little hard as you have to manage wires etc. yourself. A framework would make that a lot easier and that’s exactly what jWidgets are.
Having the technology available to Lotus Notes (and not just Lotus Expeditor) would be really cool. From an IBM’er I however learned that they haven’t been formally tested in Notes, but the technical capability is there. They have only been tested formally in Lotus Expeditor 6.2.2.
jWidgets – Easy Creation of Java Composite Application Components
Lotus Expeditor Toolkit 6.2.2 is now available as a ZIP-file download from the below link. Previously it only available as an ISO-file. Will download and try out.
Lotus Expeditor Toolkit 6.2.2
Found this nifty wiki page on Expeditor 6.2.1 Known Issues and Limitations. As always nice to know about the limitations.
Developing plug-ins for Lotus Notes or Expeditor can be complicated enough but you also have to look out for platform differences and the difference in capabilities between different Notes/Expeditor/Eclipse versions. To make this easier for myself I’ve started compiling a Notes version to Eclipse version to Expeditor version mapping table (Notes / Eclipse / Lotus Expeditor mapping).
If you know one of the missing versions please let me know so the table may be complete and be a good reference for us all.