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Inside Mobile Design and User Experience

Thoughts on mobile and social business applications, design, and user experience, by Chris Reckling.

I bring to your attention a couple of new items for your entertainment and edification. One of the truly cool things about Sametime 7.5 and Notes 8 is that it is built on Expeditor, which is built on Eclipse. Therefore, there are lots of extension points for you developer types to play with. This really opens up the client to a lot of applications that simply couldn't be written before.

The design team had Brian Leonard give us a mini-tutorial on how to built an Eclipse plugin for Notes last week, from his Lotusphere talk. Now there's an article on developerWorks Lotus that gets you started. You can do some pretty interesting things. He showed us the little notepad app he wrote and how it could be added to the toolbar or the sidebar. You can get this code in the article. He also showed us part 2, which saving the note to your Personal Journal or To Do list using the Notes backend classes (notes.jar). He also said it only took him about an hour or so to get it working - granted, it's a demo and he is a good developer who knows Eclipse already, but that's pretty quick.

The second thing to check out is the webcast, Developing Plugins for IBM Lotus Sametime Connect - Overview. That's live at 11 on April 11, but available in replay until January 2008.

Article: Extending the IBM Lotus Notes V8 sidebar and toolbar

Chris Reckling
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Chris Reckling | 10 April 2007 07:45:35 PM ET |

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