Lotusphere 2009


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Wow!  I had five great days of sessions and fun at Lotusphere 2009.  The Blue Man Group was the entertainment for the opening general session and the guess speaker was Dan Aykroyd.  Like all other years I had a hard time selecting the sessions to go to since there were so many great sessions to choose from.  For the closing session we got to listen to a great speech by Bejamin Zander.  He even got all the lotus geeks in the closing session to sing “Ode to Joy” in German.  This was the best closing session I’ve been to so far at Lotusphere.

After the closing session I went to the Blogger Open for some mini golf fun.  Thanks CuriousMitch for organizing this event, it was fun and a great way to meet others from the community.

I will definitely be back for Lotusphere 2010.

See you all there!

Lotusphere 2009 A Bit Late But Made It

Well I made it to the Dolphin 20 minutes before registration closed.  I wanted to make it to B.A.L.D. but didn’t make it on time.  I have a very busy schedule with all the sessions I plan to attend, but I’m looking forward to meeting some of the other bloggers in person.  I will also be blogging all the cool stuff I see this week so stay tuned.

Lotus Notes 8.5 First Impressions


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Well I finally got around to upgrading my Lotus Notes 8.5 Beta installations on my iMac and on my Thinkpad at home yesterday.  I’m happy to say that performance is way better than that of the beta and also of the 8.0.2 client, specially loading time.  I also noticed that memory usage is also less on 8.5.  I plan on upgrading my development server later today so I will post a follow up on my impressions on that.

Great job IBM!

Lotus Notes DB User Activity


Last week I was asked to provide some stats from an existing application which didn’t have logging built into it.  After extensively searching on google and other search engines the only method I found was to use the NotesUserActivity class from the Lotus Sandbox.  This class uses the C api to get at the user activity data of a lotus notes database.

I know the user activity is in no way a replacement for building logging into the application, but this is an existing application which didn’t have logging.  The issue I ran into was that the user activity in a notes database only holds 1400 records, so this means that if the database is used heavily you might only get a few hours of usage data.  Luckily the application I’m reporting on isn’t used that heavily so I got about a month worth of usage data, but I was asked to provide stats since the release of the application.  So I was just wondering if there another way to get usage data from a lotus notes application that doesn’t have logging built into it?