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This blog interrupted by the Lotus Design Partner Program

By Andrew Pollack on 05/17/2009 at 08:28 PM EDT

There are things I want to tell you about. I've decided it's time to make a statement about some of them.

Why haven't I been posting all kinds of neato Lotus Domino tricks? It's this weird side effect of having access to more information. The more you know, the less you can say. A few cynical bastards have suggested that the only reason I'm IN the design partner program is to shut me up. If that's true, it's working and I'm grateful for it.

There's no rule against me telling you that I'm in the DP program. There's also no secret that part of the DP program involves trying out the earliest software builds IBM makes available. We can't tell you what's in them. We can't tell you what's not in them. We can't really tell you any of the really cool things we'd like to. That's a shame, because I'm almost all smiles at this point.

Here's my statement:

I have personally been using, on both laptop and workstation, as well as on my development server and one of my production servers, the most recent code that IBM has made available to me. I've been doing this since before the beginning of this year. I've been using whatever software IBM allows me to use as the ONLY version of Notes that I use and write code in -- with the very unusual exception of editing existing web services build in version 7 (for those, I use a VM and launch a version 7 designer). I will say that I'm very happy with the code that IBM has been allowing me to use, and that I have no plans to drop back to any previous version if I can help it at all.

Based on that statement, here's some advice: Start using and learning the newest features in Domino 8.5. Start using DAOS. Start getting used to the designer in 8.5.0 -- I know, it's a bit clunky still. Just start getting to know these tools. When the next versions of them come around, jump on them fast.

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re: This blog interrupted by the Lotus Design Partner ProgramBy Henning Heinz on 05/18/2009 at 07:30 AM EDT
Nice advertising. And it works, I now want this stuff too.
re: This blog interrupted by the Lotus Design Partner ProgramBy Julian Buss on 05/18/2009 at 08:25 AM EDT
yeah, I can second this: really good stuff is coming in 8.5.1.
Sometimes I believe 8.5.1 should be labelled as Notes 9 :-)
re: This blog interrupted by the Lotus Design Partner ProgramBy Palmi on 05/18/2009 at 08:26 AM EDT
cant wait - thanks
re: This blog interrupted by the Lotus Design Partner ProgramBy Chris Toohey on 05/18/2009 at 10:21 AM EDT
I feel the same exact way. And while I understand the need for the NDA, a lot
of the FUD that I hear could be extinguished through evangelizing some of the
latest features and administration and development capabilities of the latest
code drops.
re: This blog interrupted by the Lotus Design Partner ProgramBy Henning Heinz on 05/18/2009 at 01:18 PM EDT
I have heard mixed messages if a public beta is coming (next month) but if that
is true (and your impressions) then the end of the FUD is not that far away.
re: This blog interrupted by the Lotus Design Partner ProgramBy Jo Grant on 05/18/2009 at 01:37 PM EDT
You should still make blog postings, but put them on "time delay". Could make
for an interesting "time capsule" later. :-)

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