The Domino 11 Upgrade - Coming Soon

    Robert Baehr  February 18 2020 02:42:52 AM
    Greetings:

    We found the root cause of my previous post of not seeing my Domino Utility Express in the HCL License Portal.

    Somehow, I managed to haveTWO separate accounts with HCL!   These accounts are being merged, and, the Domino 11 upgrade will be happening soon!

    Special shout of thanks to HCL for calling me and resolving the problem.   I don't use their support much, but, in this case, their support team rocked it!

    Cheers!
    Bob Baehr
    The Unofficial Poster Child for Notes and Domino

      The Domino 11 Upgrade (or lack thereof)

      Robert Baehr  February 17 2020 07:04:26 AM
      Greetings:

      I went to upgrade to HCL Domino R11 today.  It is not appearing in my list of entitlements.   Is anyone else experiencing this?


      Oh, and yes - I have the invoice to prove ownership.


      Feedback appreciated.



      Bob Baehr

      The Unofficial Poster Child for Notes and Domino

        Feedback Appreciated - Integrating Domino, External Data, and Graphics Engines Like Google Charts and Dojo Charts

        Robert Baehr  July 13 2019 04:20:02 AM
        Greetings:


        I am seeking feedback on something that I have developed that will integrate Domino, external data (SQL, MySQL, etc.), and Google Charts.   And if Dojo Charts are your preference - don't worry, I am integrating those, too.  


        I call this project DYLYTHIUM.  It is running on Domino 10 (of course).


        The goal of DYLYTHIUM is simple - to allow you to enter a minimal amount of information and, without coding, generate charts and graphs for inclusion in Domino and non-Domino web applications.  Furthermore, these charts will be updated based on a time frame that you specify.   The results will include:
        • a link to the chart for web browser display.
        • embedded code so that the chart can be placed on a web page, even in a non-Domino front-end development environment.
        • dashboards containing a user-selectable grid of charts that can be displayed in a web browser.  Currently, a 4x4 grid is supported to keep the dashboard layout "readable".

        A simplified example is shown below:


        Let's say you have a database containing the popularity of South Park characters.   This data can be almost anywhere - in Domino, SQL Server, MySQL, etc.   This data will change, and, you want to make a chart that will update periodically and display the data in a friendly format to the user.   And... you don't want to take the time to "code" the chart - you want it now!


        For this example, you decide on a 2D Google Pie Chart.    You open DYLYTHIUM, and create a document, as shown below.  You provide the name, title, size, data source (Domino FT Query), whether you want a 2D or 3D chart, and the data you want displayed on the chart.  Note that we can connect to external data sources to retrieve the data as well (not just Domino).


        Image:Feedback Appreciated - Integrating Domino, External Data, and Graphics Engines Like Google Charts and Dojo Charts

        Once you save this document, a link to the following is generated for display in a browser.


        Image:Feedback Appreciated - Integrating Domino, External Data, and Graphics Engines Like Google Charts and Dojo Charts

        You will also get the embedded code which can be one-click copied, then pasted into virtually any front-end development environment.


        Other items of note:
        • The chart will update, in this example, every 10 seconds.   This will allow the page refresh to have near-time updates of the data.
        • Since the link/embedded code will reference the chart in Domino, the application containing the link/embedded code will update automatically.
        • If new data is added to the data source (for example, you add Kyle to the list of characters), he will be included on the chart at next refresh.
        • Currently supported Google Charts include line (smooth), line (straight), linear regression, column charts, gauges, pie charts (2D and 3D), among others.

        Would such an application be useful to the Domino Universe?  I'd appreciate any feedback on this concept, even if it is harsh criticism (I'm a big boy,,, I can take it).


        Thanks - and happy computing!


        Bob Baehr

        The Unofficial Poster Child for Notes and Domino

          HCL Factory Tour - Chelmsford, MA

          Robert Baehr  June 24 2019 04:12:48 AM
          Greetings:

          I'm all set to attend the HCL Factory Tour in Chelmsford, MA on July 16, 17, 18, 2019.   Airfare... booked!  Hotel... reserved (Raddison)! - Flux Capacitor... Fluxing!  Everything a growing boy needs to feed his curiosity of,  and passion for, the current state AND future of Notes and Domino!

          If you're going, look me up.  We'll buy each other a beer and get caught up on life, liberty, and our experiences / expectations of the Domino platform!

          Cheers!

          Robert Baehr
          The Unofficial Poster Child for Notes and Domino

            IBM Thought 2019

            Robert Baehr  February 15 2019 08:04:03 PM
            Greetings:

            IBM Think 2019 is history!   Here is what I learned this week:


            1. Domino is FAR FROM DEAD!


            HCL, in my opinion, is pushing the Domino platform in the right direction.   Domino is no longer the "Red-Headed Bastard Step Child" of IBM.   The direction of open development, data exposure to other platforms, extensibility, programmability, is a welcome, refreshing, and business benefit usability of Notes and Domino.   For the first time, in a long time, I am encouraged about the future of the platform.  I think they need to hire Denis Leary and do a worldwide blast of TV spots to re-introduce the product to businesses everywhere, and bombard the airwaves with the commercial!  I have ideas, so if anyone at HCL is reading this - contact me.....


            2. The Domino Community:


            Anyone who has "bailed" on the Domino platform, and the community should seriously reconsider their membership!   The platform AND community are alive, well, and bleeding yellow!  I did not attend a single session on Notes and Domino that was not at or near capacity - a sign of things to come?  I am encouraged!


            3. The Future:


            HCL should seriously consider a re-launch of Lotusphere - complete with the "cookie" - starting next year!   Same bat time - same bat channel (Orlando, FL).  I think that this would add credibility to your future direction of the platform.


            4. On A Personal Note:


            To me, the best thing about the IBM Conference is that it is over!  It's been a long week - and all I look forward to is getting home, and seeing my wonderful, beautiful, bride, Cindy Baehr.  She is my "reason", and yeah -  she's that incredible!  N'uff Said!


            More to come - stay tuned!


            Cheers!

            Bob Baehr

            The Unofficial Poster Child for Notes and Domino

              IBM Think 2019 - ICS Community Day

              Robert Baehr  February 12 2019 05:58:43 PM
              Greetings:

              Today I attended the ICS Community Day event at IBM Think 2019.   And it was full of surprises.  The room was pretty packed with Domino and Connections enthusiasts.   I was quite surprised, and for a moment, borderline overwhelmed.


              Thee energy level seems quite high surrounding Domino 10 (and the forthcoming Release 11).   Not only from participants, but, from those involved with product development.    Initially, I was skeptical about the sale of the Domino platform, but after today, that skepticism has been greatly decreased.  Reportedly, Domino license renewals are UP, customers who left the platform are returning, and I was happy to hear someone on-stage admit that Domino has been neglected for years, but that the neglect is over.   A refreshing surprise.


              Personally, I do not see Domino going away any time soon.  With what HCL has planned, I would not be surprised if you see a lot more of the platform... assuming they "market it" correctly.  I am interested to hear, later in the week, what's coming in Release 11.    


              I also attended a hands-on lab of Domino and node.js.   The nice thing about the lab is that it was "guided", but I had time to experiment with the code, and at times, blow it up to see how it would react.   Everything in this lab made me want to go home and look into it deeper.  I have R10 on Windows, and a Linux server ready to go!   Guess what I'm doing next week?


              No showcase reception for me tonight.  I have things to do, and, don't want to blow my new found eating lifestyle on unlimited free beer and food.  And the "free beer" thing really hits home.....


              More to come - stay tuned!


              Cheers!

              Bob Baehr

              The Unofficial Poster Child for Notes and Domino

                IBM Think - Coffee and Traffic

                Robert Baehr  February 10 2019 04:18:43 PM
                Greetings:

                I'm all checked in for IBM Think!   Just a heads up for those of you who will be commuting to the conference daily.   Traffic will be a little more harsh than normal due to construction on Howard Street (just off the block where IBM Think will occur).   I was down there today (on a Sunday) and could not believe the traffic.  When I asked, I was told that parts of Howard Street are completely closed due to construction.


                Another public service announcement:  There's a Target about 1.5 blocks from IBM Think, so if you need anything - they've got it!  This saved by life because, the "K-Cup" coffee makers that hotels provide just don't cut it!


                Image:IBM Think - Coffee and Traffic


                More to come - stay tuned!

                Bob Baehr

                The Unofficial Poster Child for Notes and Domino

                  IBM Think 2019 - REDRUM

                  Robert Baehr  February 10 2019 11:49:48 PM
                  Greetings:

                  Made it to San Francisco, and hoping that I am not disturbed by the sounds of "REDRUM" in the middle of the night.


                  Image:IBM Think 2019 - REDRUM


                  Actually, a nice place.  Great staff!  Friendly and helpful!


                  Cheers!

                  Bob Baehr

                  The Unofficial Poster Child for Notes and Domino

                    IBM Think 2019 - Getting My Game On

                    Robert Baehr  February 7 2019 04:20:38 AM
                    Greetings:

                    Well, I am in the homestretch as I plan the journey to San Francisco for the IBM Think 2019 Conference.  

                    I fly in late Saturday, and had to book a hotel in Japantown because the Intercontinental San Francisco was "blocked off."  Looking forward to seeing friends and colleagues, learning what I can, collaborating with people, and seeing what is coming in the Notes and Domino platform.   And, to hopefully meet up with some HCL professionals on how we can re-energize the Notes and Domino activity in my market.

                    Speaking of Hotel Rooms, if you haven't booked yours yet, you might want to do so as soon as possible.   At the hotel I am staying at, rooms are now available at about 66% higher price than I paid when I booked it months ago.  

                    If you see me at IBM Think 2019, say "hi" and buy me a beer.  I'm pretty easy to speak with.

                    See you in San Francisco.

                    Cheers!

                    Bob Baehr
                    The Unofficial Poster Child for Notes and Domino!




                      Interesting Notes 10 Observation - And A Major Headache

                      Robert Baehr  December 8 2018 12:46:58 PM
                      Greetings:

                      Has anyone ever encountered this problem in Notes 10?

                      Scenario:

                      I have a rich text field on a form.  I edit the document, and set the font to Arial, 9pt.   I save and close the document.

                      When I re-open and edit the document, the font changes to "All Fonts", and completely changes the font from Arial, 9pt to "All Fonts".

                      Image:Interesting Notes 10 Observation - And A Major Headache

                      Has anyone else seen this?  Any solution offering would be appreciated.

                      Cheers!
                      Bob Baehr
                      The Unofficial Poster Child for Notes and Domino