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xCopy - Local Archiving and File Copying Utility for Lotus Notes
07/22/2008 12:28 PM by Chris Toohey
I ran into a situation recently where I needed to start backing up my My Documents contents onto a network drive (which is a good idea of course). I wanted to do this as easily as possible, and without the headache. So I thought to myself that there HAD to be a way that I could schedule the execution of a simple batch file that I'd write that did this for me. After I wrote this - which took a few minutes, it's not doing anything outside of a simple xcopy command with some attributes - I thought to myself that there's an opportunity here for not only a configurable application but also a slick little sidebar application in Lotus Notes. A few hours later, I had xCopy v0.1, a pretty slick little utility. The hours came as the result of little UI tweaks, including something slick that I'm doing with the Transaction Logs Form Design Element, a nice little sidebar widget in the form of a Form Design Element, which showcases a configurable embedded frameset and "webby" tabbed-navigation. And like with Sorting Hat v0.1, I've added an About this Application element that includes an embedded Digsby chat so - from within the application - you can instant message the author (... me).
xCopy is a simple configurable xCopy client for the Lotus Notes client. By creating and defining xCopy Profiles, you can batch process your file backup or remote upload jobs. With the addition of the xCopy sidebar widget, you can easily kick-off these jobs, and modify both the xCopy Profiles and xCopy itself.
It's simple, easy to use, and full of solid development examples!
To "install" the sidebar, check out this quick tutorial on Creating Form Design Element Sidebar Widgets!