Episode 74, recorded on Wednesday 19th October 2011.  We discuss the latest release of the XPages Extension Library, the IBM XWork Server offering, the XPages Contest, DANNotes and more...

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This Week in Lotus 074 - The X-Rated Show. XPages, XSnippets and Xtensions - what have OpenNTF and IBM done to Xtend Domino Development?

Hosts:  Stuart McIntyre (blog | twitter | company) & Darren Duke (blog | twitter | company)

Niklas Heidloff (blog | twitter | OpenNTF blog) is is an architect in the IBM Lotus Domino development team and leads IBM's engagement in OpenNTF including XPages.info.
Martin Donnelly (linkedin) is a software architect and tech lead for the XPages runtime team in IBM Ireland and has worked on all three XPages releases from Notes/Domino 8.5 through 8.5.2, Prior to this, Martin also worked on XFaces for Lotus Component Designer and on JSF tooling for Rational Application Developer. In the 1990s while living and working in Massachusetts, he was a lead developer on Domino Designer. Now, once again based in Ireland, Martin lives in Cork with his wife, three daughters, and two greyhounds. When pressed, he confesses to playing soccer on a weekly basis, and salmon fishing during the summer when the opportunity presents itself.
Chris Connor (company | twitter | blog | linkedin) is a Consultant / Developer in XPages, Mobile, Eclipse, Java. Worked with Lotus Notes and Domino for 16+ years. Based in Hamilton (just outside Glasgow) in Scotland. Works for customers throughout the UK.

XPages Extension Library update
  • What is the Extension Library?
  • Why did IBM release this as an extra library?
  • What’s new in the release?
    • Mobile controls
    • Social Enabler
    • Extlib tooling plugin for Designer
    • New discussion and teamroom template
    • Upgrade to support accessibility and localization
  • What version of Notes/Domino is required?
  • What happens to the Mobile Library?
  • How does the Extension Library get deployed and how does support work?
Reflections on IBM XWork Server launch
  • What has the reaction been like from customers?
  • Seems the sense is that beyond the 4x4 and 8x8 restrictions the response has been overwhelmingly positive.
Uplift parts for Connections entitlements announced
  • Just 60GBP list price
  • Effectively discounts Connections sales into N/D customers by ~40%
  • Difficult to know how to handle customers where only some of the users need the uplift
XPages Contest
  • Goals: Mobile apps or social applications
  • Awards: 3 iPads/iPhones/vouchers and 1 Lotusphere 2012 ticket
  • Deadline for submissions: 12/02/11
XSnippets - Next Generation of the OpenNTF Code Bin
  • Contributors: Frank van der Linden, Serdar Basegmez, Bruce Elgort, Niklas Heidloff
  • Other goal: Document how we do things, not only the results
DANNotes coming soon
  • Niklas, Chris and Stuart all speaking there
  • 23-24 November, 2011 in Korsor, 75 minutes West of Copenhagen


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New books:
XPages Extension Library - ETA April 2012 (Amazon US | Amazon UK)
XPages Portable Command Guide: A Compact Resource to XPages Application Development and the XSP Language - ETA January 2012 (Amazon US | Amazon UK)

Look at building XPages apps more around java instead of SSJS.

- fixed price deployment of Connections Files & Profiles for Notes/Domino customers

[Music this week courtesy of the Stone Roses who announced they are reforming yesterday. Go buy their music on iTunes!]


  1. BT

    This link is not working to download as many other links from this site, can these be fixed please

    11/08/2011 1:09:35 AM

    Please fix the links, several links to download podcasts are not working from this site

  2. Stuart McIntyre


    11/08/2011 4:38:09 AM

    Sorry about that, download is fixed now...

  3. BT

    Thanks for fixing, there are lots of links not working please fix them as well when you get a chance.

    11/26/2011 4:25:59 AM

    Thank you

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