My buddy, Chuck Imperato, has created a neat little game called Golf Solitaire. It shows how simple SWT can use concepts like double-buffering and drag and drop.

You can install the plugins from the site I posted here on

Once installed into your Eclipse, you can do a simple “Show View” and select the view:

Here is a screen shot of the application in action:



Lotusphere 2007 session AD202

Looks like my presentation was not on Lotusphere online so I will post it here. I am impressed with the number of people who asked for it, thanks!

Developing with the IBM Lotus Expeditor Toolkit for IBM Lotus Expeditor and IBM Lotus Notes 8



is a pretty interesting framework.
I might have to look into this a little deeper. Has anyone had
any experience with this framework?

InfoWorld Rant

Ok, I may be a Notes bigot but I also know that Notes has close to (if not more than) 45% of the market share for email in the enterprise. It also has some of the best collaboration applications in the world. Why then did I read an entire article – a magazine even – about Collaboration and not one mention of Notes or Domino?

The January 15th InfoWorld has a “Collaboration Leaderboard” on page 42 and there is not one mention of not only Notes or Domino but no mention of any third party application for Notes and Domino. It is ALL Exchange based!

Jamie Bernstein however, promotes an email system called Gordano – yeah I may have seen some code from that on DailyWTF.

The more I read InfoWorld the more I think Bill Gates has them in his back pocket, no wonder I only read it on the crapper.



Good feedback from Spanky on AD202

Spanky's place has some good feedback on the AD202 presentation from Lotusphere.

Developing with the IBM Lotus Expeditor Toolkit for IBM Lotus Expeditor and IBM Lotus Notes 8


Property Broker Monitor and Topology Peek

Myself and Chuck Imperato have created two tools we have used
internally to assist in Composite Application Development and
debugging. Since these kinds of applications are defined then
deployed to a server and what Expeditor uses to project the application
is XML it may be difficult to debug what is wrong and where.

I wanted to get further feedback on the usefulness and availability of
these tools to the public. There is current discussion as to
whether or not it will show up in a future release of the Expeditor
Toolkit. At a minimum I can see us putting something of Developer
Works around Expeditor 6.1.1 launch time.

Please respond here or email me with your suggestion/desires.
Thanks Bob.

Property Broker Monitor

This is a real time log of events that occur over the broker. You
can evaluate things like a property change event, wires
enabling/disabling, pre and post action calls and general object
evaluation. Here is a screen shot of the Notes 8 Calendar that
many of you saw at Lotusphere where I have the PB Monitor tool opened
and calendar events are flying by. I selected a POST_ACTION
called event and I selected the Wire object in this screen shot.

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Topology Peek

This is a Composite Application evaluation tool. Since the
definition of a Composite Application is a rather large and complicated
XML file it can be cumbersome to figure out what is in an application –
or at least what Expeditor thinks it has. Of course the original
tools that created the application can also be used many times when an
application comes from multiple sources what is actually on the client
may be different. This tool helps in locating and visualizing
those differences.

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Looking for Expeditor feedback from Lotusphere

We got a lot of positive feedback at for and in general. Now that you have had a time to see the material and possibly visit presentations off-line I welcome any suggestions or input now. Respond here or email me at balfe [at]