Residency Announcement: LO-0W01-R01 Developing Customized Components for Lotus Notes, Sametime, and Symphony

Passing this information on for the Redbooks team.

Benefits to Resident:  Do you have experience developing customized components for Lotus Notes, Sametime, and Symphony? Are you interested in showing how to make the most of those powerful add-on capabilities within our Lotus collaboration environment?  Would you like to contribute your knowledge to a new wiki deliverable project?  If so, we want you to join our virtual team.

By participating in this residency you will gain hands-on, practical experience in working with Lotus Expeditor, Lotus Notes, Lotus Sametime and Lotus Symphony. You will also interact remotely with other highly skilled residents, and members of the Lotus product management and development teams.

The ITSO in conjunction with Lotus is conducting this remote residency to create a new deliverable that uses wiki technology. Wikis are a relatively new Web browser-based technology that allows remote collaboration to create a new form of on-line document.  You can be a part of this leading-edge effort for a new way of delivering quality technical documentation. Getting involved in this project will give you an opportunity to learn and share tools and techniques about the Lotus design tools, and as with other ITSO residencies, to pass your knowledge to other IBM employees, business partners, and customers. Working alongside and exchanging knowledge with other highly skilled residents and some of the top experts in the IBM Lotus community, you will develop a competitive edge that will serve you well in developing customized components for Lotus Notes, Sametime, and Symphony. In addition, you will get recognition for being an author of this wiki!

This residency begins 30 Aug 2010, ends 01 Oct 2010 (5 weeks), and requires 5 residents. The residency is running in No primary location.

Nominations should be submitted online on the Web by 13 Aug 2010.

The residency leader is Axel Buecker whose email address is

Note:  ITSO pays authorized travel and living expenses for all residents, but does not compensate for the time or services of its residents.  For IBMers, ITSO residency travel is pre-approved.

Residency Description:

Business Partners and ISVs play an integral role in both selling and adding value to our IBM Lotus portfolio. We have learned a great deal on how to successfully enable new ISVs, from startups to leading industry players, and are looking forward to expand this program by building out a definitive Redbooks wiki guide.

Specific topics we will cover include:
* Business context
* Architectural components
* Developing Menus and Actions
* Developing Toolbars
* Developing Sidebars
* Leveraging Notes-specific APIs
* Leveraging Sametime-specific APIs
* Leveraging Symphony-specific APIs
* Debugging
* Performance
* Usability

Objectives:  This residency will create a new Redbooks wiki online deliverable called “Developing Customized Components for Lotus Notes, Sametime, and Symphony” using a Domino-based wiki tool, hosted by Lotus on developerWorks.

To submit a nomination, you must use the online web nomination form:

Business partners can go directly to this announcement and its online nomination form using this link:

IBMers with access to the IBM Intranet can go directly to this announcement and its online nomination form using this link:

All residency information is available by clicking Residencies on the IBM Redbooks Internet site at  Employees of IBM will prefer using the IBM Intranet site  The websites fully describe the residency process and offer online nomination forms.

New articles for Notes 8.5.2

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New Component Level Access Control in Notes 8.5.2 by Michael Cooper

Using a Notes Outline to control page navigation in a composite application by Bob Balfe

Understanding the DataChange event in Container Components by Chuck Imperato

Understanding the CAI URL by Bob Balfe

jWidget – Easy Creation of Java Composite Applicaiton Components by Michael Cooper

n.Fluent is now on all IBM wikis!

Watch out Google Translate, n.Fluent technology is now on all IBM wiki’s!  I only hope the translation is better than Google’s.  If you see something wrong in your native language don’t hesitate to write in or help change it.  This is one of the benefits of all of the wiki’s using the same design – they are all updated!  Check out the Composite Application Wiki for a sample:

Creating wiki articles and some great tips

Amanda Bauman posted a nice Wiki Help article on the Composite Application Wiki.  The post shows you how to format the text for your articles including many other tips like moving a document from Microsoft Word to the wiki or including an SWF file in your article.  This formatting is good for all of the wikis based on the XPages wiki template, you can check the for the full list of wikis.

More structured Tutorials page on Wiki for new users.

I went ahead and changed the Tutorials page on the Composite Application Wiki.  The page now has a couple of sections at the top to get people started.  With 25 tutorials I can see it be pretty difficult to “get started” in this area so hopefully this helps.  Any other suggestions on things like this are great so keep them coming.

Referenced page is here.

Side Shelf tutorial – managing the side shelf within a composite application

In Notes 8.5 you could specify what components should show in the left and right side shelf.  In 8.5.1 you can now wire to components and also control when the components should be visible or not.  This article shows how you can manage the side shelf in the context of your composite application.

Reference article is here.

New CA Tutorial for 8.5.1 – Using the Notes PIM and Notes View containers in composite applications

Still trying to work with the new wiki template so the formatting is not perfect yet for this article.  This is the first of many tutorials/articles that will be posted for the Lotus Notes 8.5.1 release.  Since 8.5.1 is not generally available the articles are subject to change but should be able to be accomplished with the managed beta and code drop 8.  Any and all feedback on the tutorials is welcome.

Here is a link to the article.

Composite Application Wiki statistics

The composite application wiki is seeing some good gains in hits per month.  Even though there was little to no new information on the wiki the hit count was pretty good the last two months.  I am seeing more and more customers, partners and IBMer’s referencing the wiki’s in emails and on blogs.  Good stuff!