Episode 90 recorded on Friday 24th February 2012.  We meet with four IBMers about the latest XPages book, the XPages Portable Command Guide, to discuss the aims and content of the book, who should read it, which resources someone new to the technology should read and more. Oh and Darren takes questions from the audience. Dangerous!


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


Martin Donnelly

Martin Donnelly (LinkedIn | Twitter) is a software architect and team lead for the XPages runtime team in IBM Ireland and has worked on all four XPages releases from Notes/Domino 8.5 through 8.5.3. Martin lives in Cork with his wife, three daughters, and two greyhounds. He admits to playing soccer on a weekly basis (should have hung up his boots YEARS ago) and salmon angling during the summer when the opportunity presents itself.

Tony McGuckin

Tony McGuckin (LinkedIn | Twitter) is a Senior Software Engineer on the IBM XPages development team working from the IBM Ireland Software Labs.  He is also co-author of the Mastering XPages and XPages Portable Command Guide books.  Currently he is focussing on XPages Mobile and Social tooling/controls for XPages futures.

Maire Kehoe is a Staff Software Developer at the IBM Ireland Software Labs, where she has worked on the XPages technology for Lotus Notes and Domino since the 8.5 release. She is a co-author of the book XPages Portable Command Guide.

dan o'connor

Dan O’Connor (LinkedIn | Twitter | IBM) is the team lead for Domino Designer based out of Littleton, MA. He is a co-author of the book XPages Portable Command Guide. Dan has worked on Domino Designer since the 8.5.0, prior to that Dan worked on Lotus Component Designer and Rational Application Developer.


xpages portable command guideThe XPages Portable Command Guide

  • (Amazon US Paperback | Amazon US Kindle | Amazon UK Paperback | Amazon UK Kindle)
  • Follow on to the magnificent Mastering XPages
  • How did Maire and Dan get involved?
  • What does it cover?
  • Do you get stopped in corridors?
  • If one was new to XPages, would you still read ‘Mastering Xpages’first?
  • Who is it for?
  • Available in what formats?
  • Does it cover the extension library as well?
    • No, but new book coming from Paul Hannan, Tim Tripcony, Paul Withers et al in April

Meet the Authors video:

  • How did this come about?
  • Do you think it will help sales of the book?

Where are we with XPages?

  • Has it now completely replaced ‘classic’development techniques?
  • Are we seeing some leading-edge apps written with it yet?
  • What is IBM developing in XPages internally? Any great use cases you can share?
  • How do you feel about the vitality around XPages now that it’s a toddler 😉

Andrew Pollack’s “Delving into XPages”post

  • Lots of comments
  • Is he right? Is documentation inside of the product lacking?

From the TweetBag:

  • From Steve Pitcher, “What does the major lack of Quickr sesions at LS12 indicate?”
  • From Keith Brooks, “If not yellow, which color will ICS be?”



  • Watch out when deploying Symantec Endpoint Protection with Notes preloader in 8.5.2 and later. It seems to be SEP 11.0.7 and higher but don’t take my word on that. Basically it crashes Notes at log on and the only fix (so far) is here. So far the issue seems random (not all PC’s are affected), but YMMV.


  • Get on OpenNTF.org and try our latest stuff as a habit – whenever you can. Give us early feedback, and contribute where you can …it’s a great chance to influence XPages futures!





Episode 89 recorded on Thursday 16th February 2012.    We meet with Dave Durazzano of IBM and Elaine Murray from Applicable to discuss the planned rename of Lotuslive, announcements from Lotusphere 2012 and plans for new bundles to clear up a few confusing names…

[Full title: Lotuslive becomes SmartCloud for Social Business. Longer name but less confusion?]


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


dave durrazano

Dave Durazzano (twitter) is Program Director for IBM SmartCloud for Social Business.  David joined Lotus in 1994 as a technical support analyst, he then went on to co-founded a Lotus Business Partner consulting company and later started a cloud computing services company.  David rejoined IBM in 1999 where he has held several technical leadership roles on the Lotus Notes/Domino, Workplace & Greenhouse teams before shifting his focus in 2007 to contribute to the IBM on-line collaborative SaaS business previously called LotusLive.<br>

Elaine Murray

Elaine Murray (twitter) is IBM/Microsoft Messaging & Social Collaboration enthusiast at Applicable. A Marketing Manager with a passion to promote powerful collaboration.


SmartCloud for Social Business

  • For those new to the community, what is Smart Cloud for Social Business?
  • IBM SmartCloud portfolio
  • Formerly LotusLive
    • New brands to be established in Q1 (next few weeks)
    • SmartCloud Engage to be key brand, various levels within that
    • What happens to customers that have LotusLive contracts?
  • New URL in Q2 – http://ibmcloud.com/social
    • What is the proposition that SCSB represents?
  • Many would see Office 365 and Google Apps as the main competitors
    • What are IBM’s advantages?
  • Will the iNotes and Connections brand confusion be cleared up?
    • Yes!
  • Whats coming in 2012?
    • Will the newly named IBM Docs be part of SmartCloud too?
      • Yes, 2H12


  • What does winning the Lotus Award mean for your business?




  • Start a 60 day trial of IBM SmartCloud for Social Business – See first hand how your business (any size) can leverage the cloud to collaborate with customers, partners, vendors today.   IBM SmartCloud for Social Business Toolkit – Found in IBM DeveloperWorks.  Access the IBM SmartCloud APIs for integration development!


  • Knowledge is Power.. Keep up to date with the customers who visit your web pages and learn more about them and their areas of interest: http://www.trovus.co.uk/


  • TweetBot v2.0 – fab new Twitter client for iPhone and iPad. Granular notification settings, no nasty panels, customisable buttons. It rocks.
  • UC Expo – effectively the biggest Social Business trade show in the UK – 6/7th March at Olympia.

Episode 88 recorded on Thursday 9th February 2012. Jason Dumont joins Darren and Stuart to discuss the roadmap for the Lotus clients – Notes, iNotes and Connections Mail – through 2012 including the exciting Social Edition release. He also fills us in on the details around ‘that plugin’ – the ability to render Notes applications in a browser as if in your Notes client.  


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


Jason Dumont

Jason Dumont (twitter | linkedin) is currently the Program Director for Messaging & Collaboration Client Strategy at IBM. His responsibilities include strategy development and product planning for all of IBM’s messaging and collaboration clients within the Lotus brand, including our on premise and cloud based delivery options. He also leads a new strategic effort focused on the delivery of a more social messaging experience, which will first be represented as IBM Connections Mail. His team is located in the United States with an extended team around the globe.


Lotusphere announcements

  • Lotus Notes and Domino Social Edition
    • What is Notes/Domino Social Edition?
    • Is this the ‘Notes Foo’that has been discussed over the last year?
    • Why ‘Social Edition’?
    • When will it ship?
    • Is this the equivalent of Notes Next?
    • Lets break it down:
      • What will Domino Social Edition offer in terms of iNotes functionality?
      • How about Notes Social Edition?
  • What Social features will be available in the new release?
  • IBM Connections Mail (aka social mail)
    • This has been explained as ‘triage mail and calendar’, can you explain the use case?
      • ‘Picture in picture ’analogy
    • When will it be delivered? Need Connections Next and Domino 8.5.3+ or Exchange 2007 & 2010
    • Works with Domino and Exchange mail? 
    • Will it support cloud-based mail?
  • The Plug-in
    • What does it do?
    • What are the use cases you foresee?
    • What are the requirements? Which browsers (IE, FF both on Windows), which Domino release?
    • How big is the plugin?  Will it get cached?

‘State of the Union’

  • Are you excited about 2012?



  • Workflow for XPages : OpenNTF project released by Phillipe Riand, Qian Liang and Niklas Heidloff. Fills a missing gap that has always existed in Domino.
  • Also in an XPages vein, the 3rd and latest XPages Development Contest is open. More prizes this time, again from the kind folks at We4IT!



Episode 87 recorded on Thursday 2nd February 2012. We review Lotusphere 2012, discuss some of the major announcements, reveal the details of a new jobs site just for social media and collaboration roles. 

Oh yes, we had a few technical issues too – make sure you listen through to the bloopers at the end!


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


Luis Benitez

Luis Benitez (blog | twitter) is is one of the Social Software Product Managers for IBM covering IBM Connections Files & Wikis, Connections on the Cloud and Quickr Domino.

Victor Toal

Victor Toal (Twitter, Blog Notesbusters, Websites ToalSystems & SSMCJOBS) is Chief Solutions Architect for ToalSystems, specializes in Social, Collaborative and Messaging solutions


Lotusphere 2012:

  • Looking back in the rear view mirror, what did we think?
  • Highlights?


  • Quickr Domino
    • Minor release in Q1
    • Bigger release in 2H12
    • 18 month release cycle
  • Connections Next
    • Mobile
    • Connectors
    • New Standard Support (OpenSocial, OAuth, ActivityStrea.ms)

New jobs site for IT folks in collaboration, messaging and social space SSMCJOBS.COM

  • IT Job website dedicated to Social software/Social media, Messaging and Collaboration
  • Free for Job seekers
  • Ability to search not only for jobs posted on the site but also pull in jobs from multiple other websites – one stop shopping for job seekers and contractors looking for their next opportunity

LCTY Get Social Do Business Roadshow Business Gets Social Dates Announced

  • Small list right now….early days
  • Yet another name change. Let the confusion reign!


Traveler tap to dial codes for Android. “P”or a comma will cause a pause. “#”enter a conference code. Semi-colon or “x”to prompt user before sending codes.

– and IBM Connections Users community , SXSW ideas

Tool “Beyond Compare”http://www.scootersoftware.com and a tip: Learn WebSphere to stay relevant

Don’t delete your Dropbox folder on secondary machines, it doesn’t work out well!
– Instagram for the Mac