Pinging all Lotus Domino Developers!


You know that feeling you get when something goes terribly wrong, but you can’t do anything about the situation? I hate it! I also hate it when I can’t figure out how to do something that is probably really easy.

I have been working alongside Domino servers for as long as I could remember. The one thing I didn’t have was a mentor or even an Administrator to learn anything from. This caused me to focus on other things such as MySQL, MS-SQL, ASP, Visual Basic, etc… So whenever we had a problem, the first thing we would do was call the Domino people.

Well, there are a couple problems with calling on the Domino people.

  • They don’t know how to do the new stuff that I want to try out (Accessing Domino databases using PHP)
  • They are too scared to try something new (Setting up domino on a Virtual Server using VMWARE)
  • They want to charge us $1 million an hour to add a feature to our Domino website (Adding an RSS or XML feed of the same data that is already listed on the website)

I am calling on the power of the blogosphere in hopes that a ping will do its magic and get the attention of someone who can help me to better understand my problems and hopefully offer some pointers.
After doing some searches, here is a little list of a couple Lotus Notes/Lotus Domino blogs that I thought were interesting:

So, if there are any domino developers out there that can help me out, please leave me a comment or send me an e-mail, or send me an IM or anything.

P.S. I am not looking to buy anything, I am just looking for someone who is kind enough to point me in the right direction or maybe an article on how to do create a XML Feed using a domino database.



4 Comments

  1. Hi Jason

    Domino provides templates to do RSS out of the box for “any” database from version 7.0.2.

    It also does blogging “out of the box”.

    http://www-142.ibm.com/software/sw-lotus/products/product4.nsf/wdocs/rss

    http://www.dominoblog.com/dominoblog/dblog.nsf/dx/domino-rss-feed-generator-database-template?opendocument&comments

  2. PHP access to domino:
    http://www-128.ibm.com/developerworks/lotus/library/domino-php/

    Rss for PRE 7.02 servers:
    http://www.billbuchan.com/web.nsf/d6plinks/DOMM-6BFCYV
    or
    http://www.notestips.com/80256B3A007F2692/1/NAMO5MQVKJ

    note that becuase of the way I.E 7 rss reader is implemented you should not use DTD at all.

    Domino 7.02 has RSS creator template.

  3. For help with setting Domino up on VMWare, look here: http://www.instant-tech.com/instant.nsf/root/ls2007slides.htm

    More help with Domino and PHP (along with lots of other useful stuff) at: http://www.codestore.net, search for PHP.

  4. Thanks for all of your responses! All of these links look like they have a lot of great information. Now, I just need a development server so I can start trying some stuff out. thanks again!

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