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Showtime
My Blackberry Enterprise Server Push Utility for the Lotus Notes Client, allows you to create Jobs for individual Channel, Message, and Browser Content Pushes, as well as allows you to delete Pushed Channel Icons from defined recipient devices.

Time Tracker
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!

Zephyr
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
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.

Community & Resources

Lotus Technical Information & Education Community

The Lotus Technical Information & Education community is comprised of IBM, business partner, and customer subject matter experts who use product wikis, published articles, white papers, community blogs and the latest in social media to build and share high quality technical content.

OpenNTF.org - Open Source Community for Lotus Notes Domino

OpenNTF is devoted to enabling groups of individuals all over the world to collaborate on IBM Lotus Notes/Domino applications and release them as open source.

developerWorks Lotus : Wikis

Share your deployment experiences and best practices in our wikis and help IBM to create scenarios for successful deployments. Contribute to the community by collaborating on shared content and leverage the shared knowledge from that community.

Welcome to dominoGuru.com!

Focused on being the go-to resource for the IBM Lotus Notes Domino developer, dominoGuru.com delivers introductory-level best practices and advanced development deep dives for the IT professional, book and gadget reviews, and technical weblog, and more!

Upcoming Webinar: Gamification of Enterprise Applications with IBM Domino XPages II

08/08/2013 11:43:00 AM by Chris Toohey

Gamification of Enterprise Applications with IBM Domino XPages II I'm current writing the demo and slidedeck for my latest session, Gamification of Enterprise Applications with IBM Domino XPages II... in which our heroes find the princess in the other castle we'll cover leveling up employees through user experience design and driving business process through the application of gaming tactics and industry-tested psychological ploys.

In other words, this session is Level 2.

Here's the session summary:

In this session, we will further explore the adoption of gaming tactics in enterprise applications using IBM Notes Domino XPages. Learn how to create fully-interactive user experiences for your applications that foster collaboration and automate business logic. Find out how to spot jobs and tasks within your organization that can benefit from gamifying process and the apps that drive it. We'll also review the light and dark side of gaming and user psychology, and how lessons learned here can boost employee performance and make for more effective users.

This webinar is scheduled for August 20th, 2013 at 2PM (Eastern US), and here's the registration page (required to attend).

For those of you who have attended these webinars in the past, you'll know I leave a good 15-20 minutes for an open Q&A (sometimes on-topic, sometimes not), so attending the webinar live has its benefits.

(Note: Turn-out and participation drives these webinars, not only having a solid Q&A at the end of the session... but also being able to justify to my bosses that these webinars discussing trending development topics specifically for our platform are critical -- so register, already!)

Have you attended my previous webinars? If you attended or were unable to attend, let me know in the comments below. And don't forget to Share/Like/+1 this post to help spread the word!

... now back to my demo (which, spoiler, is extremely sales/sales-support focused)!

GBS TechTuesday Webinar Replay: Using JavaScript and CSS UI Frameworks with IBM XPages

07/24/2013 10:54:06 AM by Chris Toohey

For those of you who were unable to make it to the GBS Tech Tuesday Webinar where I covered using JavaScript and CSS UI Frameworks in IBM Domino XPages yesterday, check out the replay here:

In this session, I deep dive into using Themes and Theme-friendly XPage source scaffolding to easily transition from a custom Dojo borderContainer-based layout to a Twitter Bootstrap layout for an application without having to modify the XPages markup.

The problem with these webinars is that there's no dialog -- it's one-way medium -- so it's very difficult to judge how well a given topic and presentation style are received. That said, I want to make these TechTuesday sessions better: are the topics of interest, is there a better way to get you this material, etc.

Feedback, as always, is appreciated. Also, if you like these sessions (and want to see more of them), don't forget to Like / Share this post and comment below.

Want to learn about using JavaScript and CSS Frameworks with IBM Domino XPages?

07/22/2013 01:11:00 PM by Chris Toohey

GBS Tech Tuesday Tomorrow at 2PM (Eastern US) I'll be hosting another GBS Tech Tuesday. My first session was (based on the feedback we received) a huge success, so they're giving me the chance to discuss another topic.

This month, I'm taking on JavaScript and CSS UI Frameworks in IBM Domino XPages.

Like I did with the Gamification session last month, the session will focus on two things: the why and how.

Personally, I think that many development presentations go too light on the why (if not ignore the topic entirely), so I stress in these presentations the reasons behind techniques. In other words, I'm going to show you that you should be using JavaScript and CSS UI Frameworks in your IBM Domino XPages development of enterprise applications, not just that you can... and I'll be showing off a few things that will help you trend-proof your applications with Themes.

It's not like you're doing anything tomorrow at 2PM (Eastern US) anyway, so use this link to register and join me for the session + live Q&A!

... and for those of you that missed our first Tech Tuesday, here's the replay:

CSS for IBM Notes and Domino XPages Developers

05/09/2013 12:50:00 PM by Chris Toohey

Cascading Style Sheets (or CSS) is a style language that enhances or can outright override the native Web and Mobile Browser rendered representation of HTML markup. Mastering CSS will enable you (browser-willing) to completely control the user interface and user experience of your applications.

In this article, we'll cover CSS Selectors and Media Types... but let's start first with a fundamental review of CSS, exactly what CSS is doing in a browser, and how CSS works with HTML and JavaScript via frameworks...

Appathon: Engaging the IBM XPages and Connections Development Communities

02/26/2013 05:28:00 PM by Chris Toohey

Appathon: Engaging the IBM XPages Development Community I am always thinking of ways that we, the IBM Notes and Domino Application Development Community, can engage developers both within our community and -- most importantly for the long-term success of IBM Notes and Domino as an application platform -- beyond the existing community.

OpenNTF.org is apparently not only always thinking, but always doing as they just announced their latest sponsored XPages and Connections development contests...

(Click thru for more details...)