Wednesday, April 8, 1998 at 5:35:34 AM Pacific
More Comments on NotesFrom David Gewirtz, email@example.com:
- Lotus is actively migrating from Notes to Domino. To them, Notes is legacy.
- Replication is deeper than it appears at first glance. This is serious technology that they gave serious thought to.
- To us, the Notes UI sucks. To many corporate users, it's a gift from heaven. When I first looked at Notes for my book and then interviewed Notes users, I was amazed by how enthusiastic rank and file users were about it.
- Notes has intense security and access control technology. This is another area where it stands out.
- If you're trying to learn about Notes, definitely pay attention to Domino. It's a form of content-driven web publishing that some people are going bonkers over.
- There's a pretty deep developer community out there called "Business Partners". Not clear how profitable they are as a group, but they're dedicated to the Notes/Domino strategy.
Now, some comments. You could use Frontier to build content for Domino servers, but the paradigm conflict would be pretty intense to get over.
Notes is a pretty inward-looking environment. But there is a lot of data-sharing going on, and it might make sense to read Notes data (somewhat hard) or be reachable from within the Domino server.
Honestly, though, rather than developing specific code, I think you'd do best to simply be conversant with Notes/Domino so that you can communicate on a level field with the Business Partners who are steeped in this stuff.
See also: Michael Norman on Notes.
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