Bob Balaban June 19 2007 08:35:51 AMGreetings, Geeks!
I hope that all of you in the Northern Hemisphere are enjoying the onset of Summer, and that all of you in the Southern Hemisphere are enjoying the prospect of cooler times. I hope that all of you in between are....well, finding something to enjoy!
So! *Everyone* who knows me knows that I am a BIG fan of LotusScript, and that I have a very long history with it. I have taken every opportunity at every conference I have spoken at in the last 10 years (and that's a LOT of conferences), and in most of the articles I have written to point out (sometimes with the help of a great Monty Python video clip from the "Holy Grail" film) that LotusScript is NOT DEAD (yet). That is STILL TRUE today.
The back-end classes for LotusScript (and Java, and COM and CORBA) continue to be improved and extended. The LotusScript front-end classes work just fine in the Notes 8/Hannover client. I will have more to say on the topic of back- and front-end classes and on improvements to LotusScript itself in a future post, but for now there's no way this stuff is going to disappear anytime soon.
Having said that, my major focus for 8.5 (NMFR - "next major feature release") is on Web application development (I'm not ignoring Notes appdev or anything else, but this is a strategic thing for 8.5 NMFR). Anyone doing web development on Domino knows that this area needs some work to be great again (dare I say, "kick-ass"?). LotusScript will continue to play an important role in Domino Web appdev, in the form of WQO/WQS agents, as before. However, LotusScript has one rather large drawback in this space: it does not run in browsers.
It seems clear to me (please tell me if you disagree) that:
a) We need to be putting code on browser clients to make the user experience and the data transfer good
b) Nobody wants to use Java applets for this purpose anymore
c) IBM is not going to hand control of its technology future in this space over to someone else's "custom player" (e.g., Flash, Dreamweaver, some Microsoft thing...)
So, fellow Geeks, here are some questions on which I would like to get your feedback:
As always, dear Geeks, thank you for your dedication and feedback!
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