DominoJam – The need for an appstore

With a couple of days left to a DominoJam here in Stockholm  was thinking what I think is really desired (perhaps needed) at the moment for development in IBM Notes.

Perhaps besides a stable and enhanced Domino Designer (hint) I would probably benefit most from a real appstore for Domino. With appstore I mean some sort of updatesite provided by IBM.

We all use the extension library in some form, if it the version that is shipped with the Domino server in form of an feature pack or a version that is available via OpenNTF.

Can you imagine starting a project WITHOUT that library nowadays? So this is a practical example of something that is good ON TOP of the Domino server when using it as an APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT platform, so MORE THAN JUST EMAIL.

In the beginning I heard several administrators and hosting companies (including IBM) complaining that they was no guarantee on the library. Well I do not know how many crashed servers you have had due to that extension but I can not remember a single one.

So if IBM would somehow guarantee the quality of plugins on that appstore (do some quality- & security checks and some code review) and there is hardly no argument for administrators not to install of plugins from that appstore (in Production).

An easy install from the Domino console (similar to npm – install) and voila! a plugin is installed. For paid plugins you should provide somehow a registered IBM account (you know how to bill us).

It would also could make Domino more attractive to developers if plugins could become available with a reasonable price (you do the suggestion here).

I do not think that the amount of plugins on the appstore will so overwhelming (lost opportunity?/not the most important) but at least the threshold to have the ability to extend the Domino server for your development projects is much less.

Good initial candidates for the store are:

My apologies if there are OpenNTF projects that I have been using during the years and do not appear in my list. Perhaps some projects could be split up in several projects with dependencies.

My goal would be a quicker, easier, latest (update) installment of stable and secure plugins and perhaps a wider range of offerings. This would enable me to quicker adapt new technologies and perhaps trigger myself to learn how to write an extension one day.

Ending with an adapted famous movie quote:

All right, plugins, plugins, plugins! Come on in plugin lovers! Here at the Titty Twister we’re slashing plugins in half! Give us an offer on our vast selection of plugins, this is a plugin blow out! All right, we got white plugin, black plugin, Spanish plugin, yellow plugin, we got hot plugin, cold plugin, we got wet plugin, we got smelly plugin, we got hairy plugin, bloody plugin, we got snappin’ plugin, we got silk plugin, velvet plugin, Naugahyde plugin, we even got horse plugin, dog plugin, chicken plugin! Come on, you want plugins, come on in, plugin lovers! If we don’t got it, you don’t want it! Come on in, plugin lovers!

 

Or more decent (from a colleague) :

When you roast old bread it becomes tasteful again.

Happy DominoJam 🙂

A happy camper?

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4 thoughts on “DominoJam – The need for an appstore

  1. Cameron Gregor 2017-December-4 / 11:50 pm

    Even if they couldn’t get an appstore together, it would be great if there was just a central server that could act as a permanent update site.

    I am thinking if OpenNTF had something like an FTP site that OpenNTF plugin projects could deploy to.

    That way once you have configured the updatesite url, it is easy to discover new features and upgrade to latest version

    • Patrick Kwinten 2017-December-5 / 8:08 pm

      Hi Cameron, your suggestion to have such appstore hosted by OpenNTF will run immediately to a wall.

      “officially not supported by IBM” , “can we have support?” , “is it tested?”, “might the code be harmful?”

      what if apple just have allowed any app in their appstore? one bad application and your reputation is ruined.

      if developers would submit their code, IBM is smart enough to do some quick analysis to check if code is potentially harmful.

  2. C Yuen 2017-December-5 / 8:08 am

    For people who still use the Notes client, a refresh of the features is urgently required. Who still exports to Lotus 1-2-3 nowadays ? The Lotusscript debugger needs to be much more stable, instead of crashing every 5-10 minutes.

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