Born social – Create a Social Notes application from scratch


A long time ago (it seems) I had the idea to prepare integration of Connections with Xpages development via the SBTSDK. I thought this would be a good way to learn Connections and it’s API more in details. By setting up custom controls you would be able to build mash-up apps piece by piece.

However there seemed to be little interest for this in the market (correct me if I am wrong) so I continued with other technologies.

Lately Mark Roden posted a couple of posts on his blog regarding the social business toolkit so I hop on to this and post my previous work. Hopefully it can help someone getting started.


Born Social – the doc

The document Born Social describes how to setup your server, development environment and application to get started developing with the SBTSDK.

It also provide code samples of custom controls to display information from IBM Connections.

born social

Previous Posts on SBT SDK

Perhaps it helps to read some previous posts I wrote on the SBT SDK.

Born Social – the app

The following file contains an NSF file with all the code, custom controls and some sample xpages.

born social app


I hope the provided samples and guidance will help you to get started with the SBT SDK.

At IBMConnect at the IBM developers booth I asked what the upcoming plans where for SBT SDK and if we could get more controls for XPages but the answer was that IBM had received very few questions for application development with Connections :-/

Perhaps if more people debunk this mind-set at IBM, perhaps by sharing their samples, interest will grow.

eCard XPages app – Time for your seasonal greetings !

The last days I have spent some hours in the evenings to learn me Bootstrap in combination with XPages as bit more. The result is a basic eCard application on XPages which utilizes Bootstrap 2 for UI.

Since the Advent Calendar has started I guess you are allowed to start sending out your seasonal greetings 🙂


You can find the app as a project on OpenNTF (link to project). I noticed a card is not working properly in IE yet (what did I expect?). I will see if I can fix this on the short term. Of course you may contribute to the fix.

Here you can find some inspiration for your messages:

First project on OpenNTF – Bildr

There is a natural discussion going around about the OpenSource community for Lotus Notes Domino.

I have spreaded out my opinions about the state of OpenNTF (read: you could summarize it as: great job what the IBM-ers done so far, although I would have expected something more resources from their company) several times.

Nevertheless I am thankful to the people who have contributed code on OpenNTF and from I have learned quiet a lot.

I guess the best way to show my gratitude and my opinion or reaction on the discussion on OpenSource for Notes/Domino would be by uploading some of my past work as a project.  Dare to share.

Since this is my first release ever on OpenNTF I hope I have selected all the correct options etcetera. Just uploading the information I believe the tool to manage projects on OpenNTF can use a revision too. Especially more ‘collaborative’ applications are difficult to place under the correct category.

Anyway, my project is called Bildr, an application which allows an easy way to upload, resize multiple photos at once. The photos can be navigated via several options in the browser. Visitors can leave comments on photos.

The application is pretty much ‘domino development in the pre-xpages days’ spiced up with some MooTools and Lightbox stuff. I guess the next logical step for the application will be to XPage enable it.

Hopefully this action will lead to a continuous sharing of applications on OpenNTF. Have a nice weekend!