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Based on your clicks, here are the top 10 most popular Notes/Domino development tips from 2006. From creating PDF documents, column color charts and Lotus Notes views to converting Microsoft Word and Excel files, these topics piqued your interest in 2006.

#1    Creating PDF documents from Lotus Notes member Michael Marcavage discusses iText, which is a free JAR file that uses Java code to create PDF files on the fly from a back-end Lotus Notes database.
#2    Exporting email from Lotus Notes to .EML messages
Have you ever wanted to store your Lotus Notes email in a file system, but still be able to keep the whole context of the email together? member Arthur Turner explains how to extract individual email items and store them in a file system for archiving and document management. The file created can then be read directly from Microsoft Outlook while still keeping all the internal integrity.
#3    How to convert Microsoft Word or Microsoft Excel documents to HTML
This WebQuerySave agent from member T. Wynn takes a Microsoft Word or Microsoft Excel file and converts it to HTML. It then creates a new Lotus Notes document and attaches the converted HTML files and original Microsoft Office file to respective rich-text fields.
#4    Prompting a Lotus Notes user for input using LotusScript
In increasing order of complexity and usefulness, contributor Cregg Hardwick explains four ways you can prompt a Lotus Notes user for input using LotusScript: InputBox, MessageBox, NotesUiWorkspace, and the DialogBox method.
#5    How to print a form in landscape format automatically member Michael Marcavage provides some simple HTML code that will automatically change the page orientation of a form to landscape for printing -- without the user needing to go into Print Setup.
#6    Creating a marquee effect in a Lotus Notes client
The marquee effect tags in Internet Explorer and Mozilla can also be used in Lotus Notes client welcome forms. member Sunilkumar Vishwakarma provides step-by-step instructions and code in this tip.
#7    Creating column color chart on a Web page using LotusScript
Adding this LotusScript code to an agent will create a simple column chart on a Web page using divs. The script generates random colors and values, so you may need to provide your own values if you want further customization.
#8    Creating a Lotus Notes view column categorized by month
A common problem when creating a Lotus Notes view is designing a column that categorizes documents by month (or quarter). Many Lotus Notes developers have reinvented this wheel many times over, with varying degrees of success. In this tip, contributor Chuck Connell attempts to solve this problem once and for all.
#9    Converting XML files into Lotus Notes documents
This LotusScript agent from member Genesio Zomparelli parses XML into a standard DOM (Document Object Model) tree using the NotesDOMParser class.
#10    Importing data from files
When processing files from other sources, sometimes you have fixed length files and sometimes you have delimited files. This tip shows two generic subroutines -- SetVariableValueByLen and SetVariableValue -- that simplify the process and unclutter your code.

This was first published in January 2007

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