“Planet NTF” aggregiert deutschsprachige Blogs zu Themen rund um “IBM/Lotus”

Lars Buntrock und Henning Schmidt haben kürzlich lotusnews.de aus der Idee heraus geboren, dass auch im deutschsprachigen Raum viel zum Thema IBM/Lotus gebloggt und auch diskutiert wird. Wie im Artikel “Willkommen bei lotusnews.de” erläutert, sind auch “bei uns” eine Menge lesenwerte Artikel in der Vergangenheit entstanden und werden sicherlich viele tolle Beiträge in der Zukunft entstehen.

Aus diesem Grund (nach Vorbild planetlotus.org) wurde die Seite planetntf.de ins Leben gerufen, um an einer zentralen Stelle entsprechende Artikel zu aggregieren. Bleiben Sie auf dem Laufenden, indem Sie bei Planet NTF vorbeischauen. Es besteht zukünftig keine Notwendigkeit mehr, täglich mehrere Blogs abzuklappern und zu schauen, ob es Neuigkeiten gibt!

Also besuchen Sie einmal planetntf.de. Sollten Sie selber einen Blog rund um das Thema “Lotus/IBM” haben oder einen interessanten Blog kennen, so informieren Sie “Planet NTF”, damit auch von diesen Seiten Artikel gesammelt werden können. Schicken Sie eine Mail an blog auf planetntf punkt de. Wir nehmen jeden gemeldeten Blog gerne auf, wenn er sich mit dem Thema Lotus oder IBM befasst und in deutsch geführt wird.


Lotus Notes Client – R.I.P.

There is currently a big discussion in the community about the future name of Lotus Notes. Will it keep its name or do we end up with something like IBM Notes? Nobody knows yet, even IBM don’t es Ed Brill states in his recent blog post. You can find my opinion in Eds comments (No. 40).

Anyway, despite of the name of the product were is Lotus Notes heading? Look at the new features that have made their way into the client. Those are at a high percentage level XPages features. Now, XPages don’t necessary need the client, do they? There is something like XPiNC that allow XPages applications to run in the Notes Client. I personally do not see the advantage to let XPages apps run in the Notes Client instead of a web browser.

The XPages train has just left the station and started to roll. Business Partners and the Lotus Community start to develop new applications on xpages. GBS is convinced that there is a huge market for their transformer application which „transforms“ standard Lotus Notes applications to XPages apps. Big customers (at least in Germany) have opened up projects to get their Lotus Notes applications moved to XPages. Business Partners will get their apps redesigned as well to not fall behind. People are beginning to use the cloud. This train can not be stopped anymore.

This leads to the question: What’s with the Lotus Notes Client? Do we still need it?

Yes we do, at least for a few more years to come. It’ll take some time to get all applications XPages- or web-enabled. We are not talking months, we are talking years. But to me it is quite clear that the Client will reach it’s end soon.

Rest in peace TBD  Notes!

June was „Learn XPages“ month!

How quick can a month end? I remember seeing a tweet saying „June is Learn XPages month so let’s go“ on June 1st. Now that the month is over it’s time for a resumee.

I am a person who likes books to learn stuff. So I got myself a copy of „Mastering XPages“. Since XPages are not yet a main part of my workday I did most of the reading in the evenings and over the weekends. So I got as far as Chapter 11 – Advanced Scripting (Page 391).

The other thing I did was following the XPages Dev Contest and try out some XPages sources from OpenNTF. I am quite happy with what I have done so far. I am no expert yet, but I reckon I am on a good way to become one. 😉

What have you done?