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Notebook?! How to get your Lotus Notes 8.5 Basics Welcome Page to work with your Lotus Notes-based blog!
01/26/2009 12:32 PM by Chris Toohey
Now that I'm running completely on Lotus Notes 8.5, I wanted to continue with the new experiences and embrace change. So, I've abandoned the Workspace (at least for the moment), and decided to embrace the full-on Lotus Notes 8.5 client experience.
That works for me - gives me single-click access to most everything that I'd
use at any given time... but I don't use "Notebook". Not too sure who does to
be honest. I do however, have my custom template-based weblog
(which you're reading, so you know that... yeah). My first
thought was to modify the
bookmark.nsf template and hack the
WPDfaultBasic Form Design
Element, and just point it to my blog. I even went as far as to create a
logo-ed Image Resource for the replacement button... but was that embracing
So, I took a look at it from the user experience.
So, I could create a new Notebook, or - more importantly - define an existing Notebook via this simple on-screen option! I pointed this to my blog of course!
Now, after checking out exactly what this did (by opening the bookmark.nsf
in the Designer Client). When you click on the New button from the
Basics screen? Yep - simply launches the defined Notebook application's
JournalEntry Form Design Element - not unlike an
So, I did what any self-respecting developer would do in this situation: I
added an additional alias to my "New Entry" Form Design Element of my custom
blog application - specifically added
JournalEntry as the 2nd of 3
names for said Form Design Element.
See, while the first name is for visual sorting, menu options, etc., and the
3rd option (or last option if you are already multi-aliasing your Design
Elements like you should be) is for programmatic use (ie.,
that's the value stored in the
form NotesItem, used in View
Selection Formula, etc.), I simply added the
Now, when I click on the Notebook option, I get my blog. When I click on "New", I get the "New Entry" Form Design Element. Good times!