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.

Text transformations in Java or with the Property Converter???

Ben Fletcher does an excellent job in his new Wiki article explaining how the Property Converter works and then compares it to the same concept using a custom action.  He even goes to the extent to explain the Pro’s and Con’s between the two approaches in a table format.  Ben then references the Property Converter project on OpenNTF – which is a very nice component to have around.

Transformation in Composite Applications

Thanks Ben!

What’s new in Composite Applications in Notes 8.5.1/Expeditor 6.2.1!!!

I just published this all around “What’s New” document hitting the various areas with some basic screen shots and a short description.  What is probably more valuable is the Wiki Articles index at the end of the document.  It outlines based on area the different articles that were posted for 8.5.1 education.  The 18 articles/tutorials are designed to walk you through a particular feature – most are in tutorial format with a step by step process and should be able to be completed under 20 minutes.

There will be many more articles coming as we already have several in the pipeline.  If you want documentation or a tutorial on a specific area let me know or post it on the Wiki as a suggestion.

Linked article:

What’s new in Composite Applications in Notes 8.5.1/Expeditor 6.2.1

Adding configuration panels to your custom component

If you are one of the low level Eclipse/Java people out there and you want to create Eclipse components for Lotus Notes 8.5 you might want to check out the new article on the CA Wiki.  There is an extension in the CAE that allows you to contribute your own configuration tab (user interface) to the Advanced Properties dialog for your component.  This would make configuring your component as custom as you would like.


If you use the OpenSpan container for native applications you can see the extent to which they customized this dialog.  You can check out their demo which shows how to integrate a native application into Lotus Notes.

Referenced article is here.

Closing the Dev/debug on Mac poll at the end of the day

I never know how long a poll should be open so I was thinking of announcing the closing of the poll to give it more attention.  I will be closing this poll at the end of the day today (Eastern Standard Time) so if you haven’t voted please do. 🙂

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Introduction to custom actions and a new OpenNTF project

Lotus Notes 8.5.1 offers a wide range of extensibility and one of the new exciting features is custom actions.  This is an easy way to add function to any container type with basic Java.  We have just published a new article on the CA Wiki (Introduction to custom actions) that does a pretty in depth walk through of what custom actions are and how you can use them to add functionality to any of the containers (Web browser, Notes View, Notes Document, Symphony, HOD, etc).  Unlike the other tutorials that showed you how to implement different custom actions for specific containers, this one is more general and explains the overall architecture.

Lastly, we have also introduced a new OpenNTF project for a custom actions library.  While we have many ideas for actions currently we will immediately be opening this project up to customers and business partners for input and contribution.

Check out the new article here.

Check out the new OpenNTF project here.

If you want to learn more about actual custom action samples you can check out these other two tutorials that were posted previously:

Creating custom actions in java

Extending the Notes View container with a custom action

Create a custom container action that executes JavaScript.

Extending the Notes View Container with a “Run Agent” custom action