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I can not wait to see the new documentation and improved speed and stability in Notes 9

By Andrew Pollack on 12/13/2012 at 05:22 PM EST

While the addition of a massive new embed-feature to house Connections content isn't going to do anything for me, I'm sure the radically faster load times and smaller footprint will really help. Also, thanks to the recently re-hired QA and Documentation teams, no doubt this will be a huge improvement over current versions.

Wait. What? Oh. Never mind. At least we get a new color scheme.


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re: I can not wait to see the new documentation and improved speed and stability in Notes 9By Vladimir Kocjancic on 12/13/2012 at 05:35 PM EST
Look "mate". Don't want to sound patronizing and hell, don't give a damn if i
am never published, but get OVER BLOODY IBM. They suck. their Notes attitude
sucks, their DB2 to LUW policy sux major arse. They behave like they own the
world. They don't. They never will. They may-hap someday had, but today,
everybody takes a joke at IBM. Do you realize that IBM DB2 can't replicate XML
data normally on Luw systems?

That's the thing that puts me off IBM. Hell, that's the thing original Notes
author put off IBM (hence CouchDB). They, only care about z/OS machines and
mainframe software. All else is bullshit to them. They can and will deny it,
but it is true. You know how long I waited for solution for Notes environment
bug? First useful answer, 7 months.On a critical server malfunctioning bug. Not
to mention, between that I have been asked to update my software 3 times, so
that they could cut the PMR.

I found .NET environment much more programmer and user friendly. Pity as LN had
a huge benefit with security settings and all...
re: I can not wait to see the new documentation and improved speed and stability in Notes 9By Andrew Pollack on 12/13/2012 at 05:36 PM EST
oh look! You got published! You might actually enjoy some of the other recent
articles here.
re: I can not wait to see the new documentation and improved speed and stability in Notes 9By Ben Poole on 12/14/2012 at 07:15 AM EST
Small bit of pedantry: CouchBase lead Damien Katz is not the original author of
Lotus Notes.
re: I can not wait to see the new documentation and improved speed and stability in Notes 9By Adam Osborne on 12/13/2012 at 06:02 PM EST
Andrew, the only problem is that black is not a colour, it is the absence of
all colour. Thankfully the new UI can be turned off.
re: I can not wait to see the new documentation and improved speed and stability in Notes 9By Bob Balaban on 12/13/2012 at 06:14 PM EST
How many 64KB limits have they removed?
re: I can not wait to see the new documentation and improved speed and stability in Notes 9By Erik Brooks on 12/14/2012 at 08:32 AM EST
Actually there are several limits that are no longer barriers under some
circumstances. XPages can obviously render gobs of info in one formula where
computed-for-display legacy Form fields and computed text would have choked.

The 64GB NSF limit got a HUGE sigh of relief when IBM added formal support for
NSFs going past that amount with DAOS in 8.5.3 (it worked in prior versions,
but wasn't supported.) We've got apps with NSFs with 20GB of NSF data and
hundreds of GB of attachments. Now, 15GB of that 20 is view indexes, so if they
moved THOSE out of the NSF that would be quite awesome too.

With the changes made to the Fulltext query engine in 8.5.2 (specifically
sortorder processing) there are actually entire business cases where you don't
need views anymore, which gives you some relief of 16/32/64k limits. How much
depends on the app but it can be substantial. Note that if you build legacy
forms on top of said app you will be enforcing field limits lower than that of
NSF so if you go that route you need to use XPages.

And many of the Domino memory limits are long-gone since going 64-bit and
especially with the GetItemValue() rework in 8.5.3. Many memory pools are now
INI-driven with full 64-bit memory size support. We never see Out Of Private
Handles crashes anymore.
re: I can not wait to see the new documentation and improved speed and stability in Notes 9By Dwight Wilbanks on 12/13/2012 at 09:19 PM EST
Hell, I'm still waiting for the awesomeness that they told me about in R7.
Once note R8 comes along there's gonna be some great stuff coming.
re: I can not wait to see the new documentation and improved speed and stability in Notes 9By Julian Buss on 12/14/2012 at 11:15 AM EST
while I'm with you on the social business thing, I don't understand your rant
about Designer and XPages.

Designer is perfectly usable and since 8.5.3 I didn't had any issues with it.

XPages are a new platform that every customer I gave a lecture really likes.
And the documentation got much better. Perhaps it's not like the LotusScript
documentation, but XPages consists of so many areas and features that it's near
to impossible to document everything. And if so, it would result in a book so
huge that no one would read it.

Beside, there are pretty good book from IBM Press about XPages which covers
nearly everything.

Really, I was unhappy about the XPages documenation in 8.5.0 and 8.5.1, too.
But don't share this criticism anymore at all.
re: I can not wait to see the new documentation and improved speed and stability in Notes 9By Erik Brooks on 12/14/2012 at 08:50 PM EST
I'm looking forward to the improved documentation too:

- XPage source editor Content Assist
- XPage source editor resource & hyperlink navigation via CTRL key
- XSP source editor hover help

The improved speed is also nice. Not sure how much smaller the footprint is,
though I do know that Windows 8 drops the runtime memory down to ~100MB since
Windows 8 is the first version where Windows runs Java apps worth a darn.
re: I can not wait to see the new documentation and improved speed and stability in Notes 9By rami on 12/30/2012 at 09:35 AM EST
My experience with Notes 9 is inside win 7's virtual XP mode with 1gb
allocated. Speed and response is better than 8.5.3 previously running on same
instance. Designer feels significantly quicker. This is all on a T500 with 8gb
ram and SSD drive.


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