1. We have Lotus applications (nsf) and we want to convert them to J2EE (WebSphere), is there any tool or specific way to migrate our applications?
2. We want the converted applications (from Lotus to J2EE) to send mail to Lotus Domino, is there any way to do that?
- Yes, there are tools available. The benefit of using a vendor tool is that you are working in a similar framework to Domino and therefore the familiarity of the concepts would allow you to leverage your existing skills pretty easily. I have previously listed a non-exhaustive list of vendor tools here.
- Sending mail is simpler than you may think. If you are using a vendor framework, such as FlowBuilder, it would generally include high-level messaging functions like in Domino that allow you to format and send mail to any SMTP server very easily. If you're not, you can send mail from any Java program to Lotus Domino using either the Domino Java API (if you want to use Domino rich text formatting or SMTP is not enabled on your server for example) or you can use the more generic JavaMail API to send email messages to any SMTP server.
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This was first published in November 2004