social connections and what were you thinking?

Last week I attended Social Connections VII event in Stockholm. More about the event you can read by clicking on the next image:



One presentation that stayed a little longer in my head was Louis Richardson’s keynote ‘What where you thinking?’ (#WWYT).

Badge scanning app

Almost everyone at the event agreed that IBM Notes has been a tremendous great application platform over the years. A long long time ago I worked at a public relations company and by that time we used Lotus Notes (indeed it was a while ago) on similar events and trade fairs. We used one of the first Microsoft Tablet PC’s with the Domino Designer the HTTP task running on it. Attached to this tablet was a card scanner device that we integrated with a Notes app.

After scanning a visitor’s business card or badge we went through a simple questionnaire and from there we continued the conversation or thanked the person for her/his time and cooperation. The interest thing about this setup was that in the evenings we synchronized the information (replication = easy with Notes) with an CRM system and leads were distributed to the responsible sales persons according to the provided information.

Personalized post

Another feature of our Notes tool-set was to create personalized printed mail. Most people do not like printed post, but when it has an image with your name on it becomes personal and people liked it (remember long long time ago and people like innovative ideas (and even email)). Below is an example:


For this we developed a Notes application that interacted with activePDF to create personalized PDF’s with a requested subset of our product catalog. We sent this directly to a ‘print on demand’ company that would also handle the shipment to a postal service. So in an ideal situation the requested information was sent 1 day after the event!

When I walked in the office this monday-morning I found nothing in my letterbox. What was I thinking? #WWIT



Presentations from EntwicklerCamp 2014 – Track 1

Track Session Subject Download Presentation
Track1 Session1 XPages – 1 – Notes-Daten auf das Smartphone oder Tablet – Datenaustausch zwischen nativen mobilen Anwendungen und Domino mit Hilfe von XPage$FILE/T1S1-Notes-Daten-1.pdf
Track1 Session2 XPages – 1 – Notes-Daten auf das Smartphone oder Tablet – Datenaustausch zwischen nativen mobilen Anwendungen und Domino mit Hilfe von XPage$FILE/T1S2-Fehlerbehandlung%20in%20Notes.pdf
Track1 Session3 XPages – 3 – Schick mit Grid – DataGrids in XPages$FILE/T1S3-SchickMitGrid.pdf
Track1 Session4 Notes-Daten auf das Smartphone oder Tablet – konkrete Code-Beispiele und Erfahrungen aus echten Projekten$FILE/T1S4-Notes-Daten-2.pdf
Track1 Session5 Domino Designer – Tips, Tricks and Enhancements for Maximum Productivity!$FILE/T1S5-Designer%20EntwicklerCamp%202014.pdf
Track1 Session6 Composit apps – Fange ich noch an?$FILE/T1S6-CompositApps-fange-ich-noch-an-Anleitung.pdf$FILE/T1S6-CompositApps-fange-ich-noch-an.pdf$FILE/T1S6-CompositApps-fange-ich-noch-an-Beispiel2.pdf$FILE/T1S6-CompositApps-fange-ich-noch-an-Beispiel1.pdf
Track1 Session7 Sicherheit in Notes (Anwendungen)$FILE/T1S7-Sicherheit%20in%20der%20Notes%20Entwicklung.pdf
Track1 Session8 dynamisches Maskendesign$FILE/T1S8-DynamischesMaskendesign-V2.pdf

New project on OpenNTF: DB Manager Notifier

Today I created a new project on OpenNTF called ‘DB Manager Notifier‘. The application is a tool that can send periodically notifications to persons who are listed as Manager in an Application document in the catalog.nsf on your IBM Domino server.

A typical use case is a Development or Sandbox environment where users are free to install new applications. In such loosely managed environments people tend to “forget” their applications and leave them installed on the server.

The application contains an agent which you can set to scheduled e.g. monthly. The memo contains a default message and an overview of the applications the recipient is listed as Manager, including a doc-link to the catalog document and a link to the application. From there the recipient can decide what to do with their application(s).


The idea behind this app is not to increase the amount of mail people receive but receiving a summary of your applications with links can saves you time doing your application maintenance and may reduce the used amount of disc-space on the server.

New app in town: Rooms & Connections

This post is for all you IBM Notes users:

I assume you all have experienced the problem of finding an available room when you register a new entry in your calendar. Especially with spontaneous meetings it is frustrating not be able to find a room, and if you check at the physical location the room seems to be empty.

You have then the option to start/open your laptop, open one or more the resource reservation applications and find out who has booked the room, contact the person and ask if he/she really needs the room at the moment OR dive in the room and sit uncomfortable because people could appear later and you have to find another room and start the meeting from scratch.

Those days are over! 

The Rooms and Connections app is an indispensable tool to find room information via your smartphone or tablet or book a room.




Domino Blog support tip: do not use/allow apostrophes in the Page Name field

I experienced a bit of blaming and naming today. A customer “announced” that commenting in the IBM(?) Domino Blog Template had stopped working and the counters were not correct.

It appeared that the Page Name field (shows when you select the Show Advanced link in the Notes client) had inherited the apostrophe(s) used in the Subject field. Normally these apostrophes are removed by the following input translation formula:

@ReplaceSubstring(@ReplaceSubstring(@ReplaceSubstring(pagename;”?”:”&”:”@”:”£”:”$”:”%”:”^”:”<“:”>”:”*”:”/”:”‘”:”#”:”~”:”(“:”)”:”+”:”=”:”!”:”;”:”\””:”:”:”,”:”|”:”\\”;””);”–“:” – “:” “;”-“);” – “:”–“:”—“;”-“)


For some reason this function has stopped working in the application concerned.

The Page Name field is used on the comment form in the action property:



Comment documents are still being created, but the relation ($REF) to the parent article/blog post can not be computed.

I hope this will help you in supporting the Domino blog.

Good news is that rumors say that IBM will soon replace this dated “traditional” template with a brand new XPages based version 😉 




If alignment of a row in a view requires an upgrade of your server… (XPages Documentation Wiki)

I reported a defect on the XPages Documentation wiki. As you can see in the screen shot the alignment of information in the view is broken:

Here it is in an instance on an IBM address:


I was surprised I got contacted shortly after that by IBM (mostly they don’t seem to respond on reported defects on IBM projects on OpenNTF)

Here the conversation:

Michael Stewart
8:07 PM (15 hours ago)

to me, Jennifer

Your server level may be the cause of some or all of the problems you’re
seeing. The 2.8.2 template requires IBM Domino 9.0 Social Edition. My
apologies for not making that clear on OpenNTF or in the 2.8.2 template
documentation. Jennifer Heins has added text to that effect in both places.

If you are able to upgrade, you can get the beta here:

and I would appreciate it if you could let us know at that point whether
you still see the problems you have reported.

Again, sorry for the inconvenience–but I’m also glad that you made the
initial attempt, since it exposed the need for this clarification.


From:   Patrick Kwinten
To:     Michael Stewart
Cc:     Jennifer Heins
Date:   01/24/2013 01:17 PM
Subject:        Re: Re view alignment defect

Hi Mike,

no I did not make any modifications to the views or styling.

As theme have I set idctheme, since our server is on 8.5.2. it extends

KR Patrick

On Thu, Jan 24, 2013 at 6:52 PM, Michael Stewart wrote:

Regarding this defect:

I don’t recognize the styling in the top image. It isn’t just the view
entry alignment that is off, but also the highlighting of the navigation
entries in the lefthand column. Have you made any modifications to the
styles in this wiki?



Well excuse me? Do I need to upgrade my server so a broken line for a row are fixed? FAIL!