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Best Practice Makes Perfect

A collaboration with Domino developers about how to do it and how to get it right in Domino

No, I don't have your card. No, I don't want it, thanks. Yes, I'm very very sure I don't want it. No, you may not have my zip code. My phone number is unlisted.I had to wait in the car the other day for my wife, while she went into a store to get exactly one thing -- she knew what she wanted -- and then spent 18 minutes in line at the register while, she reported, the clerks were busy trying to get each of the "zillion" people ahead of her to get their store card. This inspired me to create the time-saving device shown here; if every shopper (or even most) carried this card to display at the register, it would speed up lines considerably.

Addendum: My wife refused to carry the card; she says the clerks would take too long reading it, so it would actually slow things down. This is no doubt true -- for the first few people. But if two people, two people do it, together, they may think they're weird and show them the door. And three people do it, three, can you imagine, three people in a row at the register all showing the little blue card and waggling it back and forth... they may think it's a conspiracy.  And can you, can you imagine fifty people a day, I said fifty people a day waving and a-waving that little card, friends they may think it's a movement and maybe, just maybe, they'll stop asking and just mind their business and sell stuff.

Andre Guirard | 26 January 2009 07:00:00 AM ET | Home, Plymouth, MN, USA | Comments (6)


1) "No card"
JG | 1/26/2009 7:21:44 AM

Store clerks are likely to ignore it. They're not interested in what you want (or DON'T want in this case), they're interested in pleasing their boss/supervisor/whatever by scoring points (i.e. number of people they've managed to hook).

Same thing applies to tele-marketeers that try to talk you into an offer you can't refuse (well, when dealing with them you can at least hang up the phone).

2) 50 people a day
Bill Brown | 1/26/2009 8:58:57 AM

and all you got to do to join is sing it the next time it come's around on the guitar...

3) Love the addendum
Richard Hogan | 1/27/2009 5:53:09 AM

@2 . . . With feeling

4) Next challenge:
Stan Rogers | 1/29/2009 11:41:28 PM

Working "The Motorcycle Song (The significance of the X)" into a tech rant. Preferably with a plausible reason for changing the ink cartridge. Oh, and thanks for making me feel not too terribly old -- I don't get the cultural references the young whippersnappers use these days.

5) Blog Topic
Rishi | 2/1/2009 9:11:36 PM

Hi Andre,

I would like to see a blog on what are the scenarios where HTML fields are more speedy than Notes fields.For example,In one of my report form , we had almost 60 computed for display fields which were getting populated on WQO agent of the form itself.I know it's not good practice to use WQO agent, so I have converted that agent to ajax and used on onload event.Next I thought why don't we removed notes field and replace with html field (since all were display) which will avoid Notes parser to convert notes field into HTML and speed up the performance. I don't know ,it was my myth or I thought right.Please put post your view.

6) Buzzkill...
Brett H | 4/1/2009 2:06:42 PM

... and we all had that Arlo Guthrie vibe going.

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