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Every year I am surprised by how many people that do not know about the Meet the Developers Lab at Lotusphere. This year it is in the Dolphin, Asia 1 and 2. Usually the rooms right next to the escalator down to the product show case. If you have any level of technical questions that are not clear or answered in a session then this is the place to go!
I will also be in the lab at designated times, see below. If you want to know the schedule of a speaker for lab time then you can simply ask the podium at the front of Asia 1 to print it out for you. This way you can visit the developer you want to see on your time.
If you are doing any plugin development for Lotus Notes then you need to check out the OpenNTF project Java UI API Exerciser. The project is a pretty good reference and usage of the Java API’s we will be talking about at Lotusphere. The tool can also be used to inspect documents, views, etc and the different properties each of them have in the Eclipse world.
Ok, now back to reality. And yes, I watched the extended version of Lord Of the Rings tonight.
I have just finished the “Ultimate Attachment Viewer” implementation for OpenNTF. Since the default browser on Windows in Lotus Notes uses Internet Explorer I had to rely on Dojo in many areas for the different views. I will be posting the updated viewer on OpenNTF within the next week or so, so stay tuned. The primary additions are the new Dojo toolbar and the three view modes: Film Strip, Slide Show and Thumbnails.
I am seeing first hand that web based UI’s can integrate and play in the Notes client – soon, and end user won’t be able to tell if something is written in SWT or HTML. Lately I have been playing with CSS layouts and menus. Some browsers still have a ways to catch up but for the most part the stuff works great and is dead simple to code. When I start seeing these kinds of things and really processing it, it makes me thing Google Chrome’s Operating System may play a major role going forward. In short, if you aren’t coding to CSS3, Dojo or JQuery you may be left in the dust!
If you had to choose, which one would you prefer? CSS, Dojo or JQuery?
There is definitely a lot of competition in this space and I actually think a lot of it is complimented between the players (CSS versus JS frameworks).
Now that we are in for Lotusphere 2011, we are deciding which topics to include in the plugin Jumpstart and the session during the week. If you plan on attending either of these and want to provide input to the session please feel free to post your suggestions here! We have a good set of things we want to cover but its always good to hear what is in demand from the community.
Don’t be shy, email me or post a response here. 🙂
Thanks for all feedback and we hope you take time out of your busy Lotusphere schedule to learn about plugin development!