Learn about deploying features, plugins and widgets

This is a really good web cast about Eclipse Features, Plug-ins and how they are deployed and installed into Lotus Notes.  Chris Miller does a great job explaining the difference between plugins, features and widgets.  I really like how Chris talks about Eclipse Features – many do not understand or even realize what a Feature is.  If you want to know this stuff make sure you watch and listen to his great web cast about these new packaging models in the Lotus Notes 8.x client. You can see his original post or you can just watch the embedded replay below.

Education like this is very important.  More and more companies develop plugins and widgets; as an administrator you need to know how the plugin and widget get deployed and then, more importantly, how they are updated or removed.

http://ui.mevio.com/widgets/mwm/MevioWM.swf?r=36915

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Updating and Deploying a Composite Application

If you want to leverage the NSF Update site template and include your Eclipse plugins with your composite application then this article is for you.  It shows you step-by-step based on role how to do this.  The great thing about this method is all of the Eclipse features and plugins are self contained in the NSF – which makes distribution a snap.

Check out the article here.