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New and Notesworthy, July 2004

In our midsummer product and service update, IBM gives R5 a longer lease on life, IBM lauds TLCC's JSP course and Ideax offers Notes-like views for Web applications.

R5 gets new life

IBM Lotus has announced an extension of the end-of-service date to Notes/Domino Release 5. Originally scheduled to be retired in April of 2005, R5 will be extended until at least September of next year. According to the company, the extension is intended to allow customers more time to upgrade to the most current release of the Notes/Domino product. IBM also noted that when the new tentative date arrives, Lotus Notes and Domino 6 will have been in service for three years. An exact end-of-service date will be announced at least 12 months prior to the EOS. Lotus has already announced that it will retire most R5 certification exams at the end of November.

TLCC WebSphere course gets IBM seal of approval

The Learning Continuum Company Ltd.'s distance learning course, Servlet and JSP Programming using WebSphere Studio 5 has been awarded IBM's Ready for WebSphere Studio Software Validation. The Boca Raton, Fla.-based company's course teaches developers how to manage user sessions, create Web site shopping cart functionality, add error handling to servlets and Java Server Pages, implement custom tag libraries for dynamic Web page functionality, use JDBC to integrate a WebSphere application with relational databases, and much more.

Servlet and JSP Programming using Websphere Studio 5 takes approximately 28 hours to complete. Prerequisites for this course are TLCC's Introduction to WebSphere Studio 5 and knowledge of Java. After completing this course, a student will prepared to take the IBM certification exam (286), one of two required exams to become an IBM Certified Solution Developer on WebSphere Studio, V5.

Ideax premieres Domino Webview Toolkit

The Domino Webview toolkit from Netherlands-based Ideax lets Domino developers create Lotus Notes client-like views in Web applications. Views built with this toolkit support, for example, quick search, alternating row colors, keyboard commands for opening documents and navigation (Enter, PgUp, PgDn), plus logic that 'remembers' its users -- i.e., returns users to the same position they were in when they left.

Targeted at professional Domino development companies, the technology can be easily implemented in Web-enabled applications. And since the full source code is included, developers can adapt all functions to suit their particular needs. The license allows royalty free redistribution of this technology once embedded in Domino applications. A five-minute demo is available on the company's Web site.

Fatwire extends its Domino Bridge

Fatwire Software Corp., a Mineola, N.Y.-based content management vendor, has released a new add-on module that enables its flagship Content Server software to interoperate with Lotus Notes and Domino. Content Server is designed to help an enterprise's knowledge workers manage all types of content, such as documents, Web content, images, or rich media.According to the company, the module, called Domino Bridge, enhances the infrastructure capabilities of Notes and Domino by enabling the development of applications that access Notes and Domino content. Domino Bridge thereby allows, for instance, the integration of Web-based content with data in Lotus repositories. Domino Bridge is available immediately.

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DYS aims to lower Lotus TCO

DYS Analytics Inc., based in Wellesley, Mass., has upgraded its Control family of application performance management software for several Lotus products. The Control offerings aim to reduce the total cost of ownership for Lotus applications by helping enterprises cope with spam, records retention requirements and increasingly complex IT networks.

Control 4.2 for Domino offers new trending and mailbox size reports, as well as notifications for Notes users when they fail to adhere to corporate messaging policies. The new iteration of Control for Lotus IM and Web Conferencing provides new chat logging capabilities, keyword searches and alerting, IM conversation tracking for easy archiving and "drill downs" into the Sametime administrative page allows IT staff to monitor process status and quickly implement fixes.Control for Lotus Team Workplace/QuickPlace 4.2 boasts what the vendor calls the missing centralized management capabilities needed by IT for production-grade team workspace support, including a streamlined, enterprise-wide view of Team Workplace disk, storage and network consumption that assist in Workplace maintenance and cleanup, capacity planning and server load balancing.

Visto announces availability for Domino

Visto Corp., a Redwood Shores, Calif.-based mobile e-mail software firm, has released a new version of its Mobile Enterprise Server wireless e-mail access platform for Lotus Domino. Mobile Enterprise Server enables wireless smartphones using Symbian, Palm or Windows Mobile operating systems to access e-mail and personal information management data from Notes and Domino. According to the company, the new edition offers over-the-air synchronization of calendar and contacts, fast and continuous IP-based push of e-mail and PIM data and a reduced installation time of 30 minutes.

PGP Universal 1.2 released with more Notes support

PGP Corp. has released PGP Universal 1.2 with several new messaging and security features. The Palo Alto, Calif.-based vendor's Universal Satellite for Windows now supports Lotus Notes e-mail clients in a Domino server environment. Organizations using Lotus Notes' built-in, internally focused e-mail security now have the option to extend secure messaging to both S/MIME and PGP users outside the company firewall.

Also, Symantec Antivirus Scan Engine is now integrated into the PGP Universal Server. In addition, customers using the S/MIME Support Package for BlackBerry can now load X.509 certificates into the PGP Universal Server to achieve automatic e-mail encryption, decryption, digital signatures and policy enforcement for BlackBerry users in the gateway.

Systemslogix adds configurable proxy mode to antispam product

Systemslogix, based in Glendale Heights, Ill., has added a configurable proxy mode to its AntiSpam Multiple Defense System product. The system delivers multiple techniques to stop automated junk e-mail by blending a filtering program, algorithms and verification response. This three-tiered multiple defense also minimizes worries about rejecting legitimate e-mail. Rightful senders can easily confirm themselves by typing and returning a "passkey word" provided by the server. This verification response feature places the burden of verifying e-mail messages completely on senders. Each e-mail address need only be verified once.

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