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Catching up on Domino community via blog scene

You can turn to a slew of blogs when you wantch to catch up on the Domino arena. Associate Editor Peter Bochner tells of his quest.

Having just started here at, I need to catch up on the Domino arena – how Notes has evolved, what part WebSphere integration plays, what effect Workplace will have, how collaborative technology is evolving. The last time I had any real interaction with the technology, I was a Notes 3.0 user, and Jim Manzi was in charge of Lotus. Clearly, things have changed.

I was on my way to the company library to catch up on a few years of Lotus-related activity when I chanced up a Domino Weblog. Which led me to another, and then another. These blogs are a ready way to find out what people in the Domino and Notes arenas are saying, how the community is responding, what enhancements are coming down the road, and which ones are never going to see the light of day.

First stop: Ed Brill's blog site, This IBM executive and collaboration evangelist has a site that's filled with interesting ideas and more navigable than a well-designed magazine. The only problem is that, as one of the first bloggers, his archives go all the way back to December, 2002. It's going to take me a while to read through all of them, especially because he posts so much feedback. . .which is part of the allure of his site. Check out the feedback on his March 30 blog on enterprise collaboration with blogs and wikis for an interesting back and forth between the Microsoft and IBM cultures.

Many bloggers cover the area of Notes & Domino development. One of the first I come across is written by Ben Poole, In recent blogs he offers his thoughts on coding "proper" applications for IBM Workplace Collaboration Services.

Next I wanted to find a blogger who specifically covers the area of Domino administration. After hitting a few dead-ends, I come upon the site of Declan Lynch, Lately he's been covering his adventures with Workplace Services Express.

We all know about the love/hate relationship between admins and developers. Lynch's Feb. 16 blog lists the following questions as "signs your Notes developer needs more training."

How do I turn on the script debugger?

What's a mail-in database?

Can we give everybody manager access to this database?

What does signing a database mean?

On the subject of WebSphere, there's a blog site that was begun in October 2003 by IBM'er Robert S. Sutor, who late last year handed it over to his colleague Kareem Yusuf. It doesn't contain any feedback from users, but it's still got lots of good stuff about WebSphere on it. Yusuf's current focus is on the benefits of composite applications.

There are many, many more blog sites – far more than I've had to time to check out – so help me out by letting me know your favorites and why you like them.

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