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The idea is simple. At the start of your day - upon completion of your first task - create an entry highlighting what you did and whether you feel it was an efficient or inefficient use of your time. Based on several requests, you can also select the priority, apply categories, or even align your time against a project.
For Lotus Notes Client v8.0 and above, you can use the Time Tracker Widget to make this process even easier!
My Configuration-based Rich Text Mail Merge and Emailing Utility, Zephyr allows you to create rich, data-driven emails to support automated workflow - all via Microsoft Word Mail Merge-like architecture. Dear <firstname> allows you to personalize each email message not only to the individual recipient, but also to the individual application workflow event!
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.
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Editorial: Is there a market for XPages apps?
10/25/2012 04:04:00 PM by Chris Toohey
I've talked in the past about an absolute need for an app store for IBM Collaborative Solutions (Say it with me: App Stores define the product! and Yes, we *do* need a Lotus App Store...!, just to highlight two posts). I've had great personal success selling $5 Lotus Notes Client applications. Of course, I define great both in that I'm able to help someone out with a pretty cheap cost solution and purchases allow me to pay for my Netflix and XBox Live subscriptions. I'm by no means retiring off of the proceeds from someone buying Junction Lite...
With the tonal shift towards modernization of IBM Lotus Notes Client applications in the form of creating XPages-based versions of those same apps, I can completely understand the sales of any consumer-facing solutions specifically designed for the Lotus Notes client waning.
So what can XPages-savvy IBM Lotus Notes Domino application developers do to weekend warrior some solutions to pay for their own Netflix and XBox Live subscriptions?
OpenNTF.org has an excellent solution in their XSnippets, which allows developers to contribute reusable XPages-centric code and controls to better enable XPages as a RAD platform.
Imagine if there was a marketplace that allowed content authors to setup shop and sell directly to the consumer. Imagine if, as a consumer, you could visit such a marketplace and browse through free and relatively inexpensive subject-specific publications, reusable code snippets, and multiple client apps.
I still maintain that an application platform is nothing without a transparent, consumer-friendly, and consumer-facing marketplace. And I also maintain that there is great potential for the IBM Collaboration Solutions platforms (Notes and Domino, Connections, Sametime, et al) to be a pioneer in the enterprise solutions marketplace.
We just need to build the online presence, and make sure it's not a front for an individual vendor. We need to streamline the delivery mechanism (easier signing, installation, etc.). We need vendor support (that's you, IBM, as well as the larger ISV community). And we need to make it easier for a developer to quickly ramp up on a solution from the IBM CS portfolio and quickly turn that newfound knowledge into money in their wallets.
And, just for the record, consumer doesn't mean Joe the Accountant. The majority of the people who buy my $5 apps are in IT and are looking to address some immediate need, and they figure instead of wasting half a day writing their own individual-case Excel import code to populate a NotesDatabase, they'll spend $5 USD and get something that they can re-use again and again.
With Connections' iWidget adoption, we have an immediate avenue for deploying in-solution add-on applications for that product. The opportunities for IBM Notes and Domino are potentially endless - from end user facing applications to IT utilities to DDE and Notes Client plug-ins. XPages, via priced-to-sell reusable code snippets to products and services integration add-ons, that's certainly got legs. And ebooks that target specific topics, let's say at $1.99, would be an amazing additional to the documentation of the various platforms.
For my part, I'm currently writing an XPages-based version of my Zephyr app. While that app is freeware, I'm seriously considering making Zephyr HD another $5 app, and see if there's actually a market for consumer-priced XPages-based applications.
So what are your thoughts? Think (like I do) that the only way this'll be truly successful is if it's backed by IBM? Think that consumer-priced solutions are not worth the time investment due to internal policies? Have you already stopped reading this in order to download Calibre and start writing your own ebook?
Weigh in via the comments below. Like/+1/Share if you want to help spread the word. And I'm really interested to hear what you, who've made it this far into one of my post without finding a single line of code, thinks on this topic.