Domino2025 webinar – a technology U-turn?

In the last webinar around #Domino2025 time was spent on announcing NodeJS to/for/on Domino, a new search engine, NSF improvements but very little was discussed about the AppDev environment.

Today we have XPages as AppDev tool. Nothing about the lifecycle of this was announced. Or embracing an open source UI framework for JSF like Primefaces.

Some words about an “open IDE” environment which might be good to have the option to choose your favorite development environment. But the main problem I have that the whole webinar sounded like a complete U-turn in technology.

What will be your options as a Java developer?

Should you dump your learned skills and switch over to JavaScript and React, Angular or Vue?

Is there hope that JSF on Domino will be upgraded to a recent version so you can bring in new opportunities to your applications?

What must companies do with their existing XSP applications? Re-write them (again)?

To me it sounded IBM is keeping its hands of from developing and maintaining any development framework. The “traditional” Domino development framework with forms, views, pages, subforms is left dead. The “Web 2.0” Domino development framework with XPages and Java will be left for dead. The only thing that remains is a platform where applications reside, services like mail, replication, http, etc runs on. BUT WHAT ABOUT APPDEV?

I am not aware if there are any drag and drop IDE’s for react or angular but the power to Notes was and has always been rapid application framework. I build applications in close relation to my customer (an IT manager or a LOB manager) which does not have the time or competence to set up and gather all the specifications in front. It is a journey of implementing capabilities and discovering opportunities. I may develop a new idea within an hour or rebuild or remove another idea within another hour.

I heard nothing about this during the webinar!

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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!