UKLUG’s over, and it was great

Posted by Theo Heselmans on June 2nd, 2011"Manchester is a great city, and luckily we've seen a bit of it. On top of that, if you organize a LUG in the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), then there is no other option

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LS2010: Day -1: Saturday: having a drink

Posted by Theo Heselmans on January 17th, 2010

This is my 15th Lotusphere, but my first time on campus (at the Dolphin itself). After a bad start in Brussels (1 hour late departure due to a technical problem), I barely got my connection flight fr

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Lotus loves NLLUG, NLLUG loves Lotus

Posted by Theo Heselmans on October 31st, 2009

I've just spend 2 days at the first NLLUG conference in Amsterdam. Around 300 people attended this well-organized event. Kevin Cavanaugh (VP of Lotus) did the keynote, and pointed out the remarkable i

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UKLUG, BLUG, NLLUG, Lotusphere: Here I come

Posted by Theo Heselmans on October 6th, 2009

It's just incredible. Tomorrow I'm leaving for Edinburgh, to UKLUG, the week afterwards we got our own BLUG meeting in Brussels, and 2 weeks later there is NLLUG, a 2 day seminar in Amsterdam. On top

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BLUG: Belux Lotus User Group: March 19th, 2009

Posted by Theo Heselmans on February 28th, 2009"If you live in or around Belgium, or like to visit, come join us at our first Belux (Belgium-Luxembourg) Lotus User Group gathering on Thursday the 19th of March, supported by IBM,

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Lotusphere 2009: Day 2: Tuesday

Posted by Theo Heselmans on January 21st, 2009

What a memorable day for me personally. As usual I did some sessions. A quick overview: Rob Novak and Viktor Kranz did a great 'Code giveaway: an incredible 'open' mashup application. Cool stuff. Go

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I’m definitely not an administrator :-(

Posted by Theo Heselmans on January 16th, 2009

Isn't a community like this just too good to be true ? After upgrading my server to 8.5 last week, it crashed regularly. I never had problems before when upgrading, but this drove me crazy. Thanks

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Building a UI: using Placeholders in JavaScript

Posted by Theo Heselmans on January 1st, 2009

I've been doing some serious (Domino) web-development lately, and I just love to build things to make it easier for a user. In this case, the users needs to be able to construct the body of a notifica

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Query Interface: the Code

Posted by Theo Heselmans on October 31st, 2008

Some time ago, I wrote an article about query interfaces. Ursus, Stephan (and others) asked for the code behind it. I never made/had the time to extract the essential design elements out of usually bi

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35,000 new Notes users !

Posted by Theo Heselmans on August 22nd, 2008

I was excited to hear this news: The Belgian government (department of Finance) is switching 35.000 users to Notes. This will make them the biggest Belgian Notes user. An investment over 5 years, wort

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Happy Yellow day !

Posted by Theo Heselmans on August 11th, 2008

Yep, it has started, the first Yellow Day is here. I scheduled Domino Blog to have this entry appear at 00:15 am, so it might still be the 10th when you see this ;-)

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GONAD too, and proud as hell

Posted by Theo Heselmans on August 3rd, 2008 are the first Belgian GONAD and as such you automatically become The Worshipful Grand Dragon's GONAD for the whole of Belgium...

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Speaking Nightmare

Posted by Theo Heselmans on April 18th, 2008

I was once given the opportunity to do a demo/presentation about 'Development in Notes' for a group of around 50 Microsoft/Oracle minded programmers of an IT consulting firm. As I was expected to ente

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Lotusphere 2008: closing day

Posted by Theo Heselmans on January 25th, 2008

Final day at LS08. I'm heading back to Belgium tomorrow. 3 sessions planned for today: Application Development Keynote: Kevin Cavanaugh gave an overview of the development opportunities. Starting of

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Lotusphere 2008: Day 3

Posted by Theo Heselmans on January 24th, 2008

Bruce Elgort and Chris Blatnick started of my day with funny examples of bad UIs. Luckily they did have good suggestions for improvement. Next up was Rocky: a charming show-guy, but his Formula/Lotus

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Lotusphere 2008: Day 2

Posted by Theo Heselmans on January 23rd, 2008

Strange LS day today. I only went to 1 session, but a good one: Jack Ratcliff showed off the latest release of Ext.nd. Great framework. Still a long way to go, but it's very promising ! I did not int

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Lotusphere 2008: Day 1

Posted by Theo Heselmans on January 22nd, 2008

The opening session promised a lot, delivered a lot, but was below expectation as some points. The guest speaker Bob Costas (who's he ?) was a let down. A sports presenter in the States, and thus comp

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Lotusphere 2008: Day 0: Pool Party

Posted by Theo Heselmans on January 20th, 2008

For me the Sunday evening 'Pool Party' (they've been calling it 'Welcome Reception' for a couple of years now, but I prefer the old casual name), is the real start of Lotusphere. A relax get-together,

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Notes on iPhone: also for Databases ???

Posted by Theo Heselmans on January 18th, 2008

Everyone already blogged about the 'rumor' of having Notes email on iPhone soon. I just discovered a news item from Information Week: "Sources with knowledge of IBM's plans on Thursday confirmed tha

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Lotusphere: 1 week to go

Posted by Theo Heselmans on January 12th, 2008

One week from now I'm checking in at the airport for my yearly 'battery charging time' at Lotusphere in Orlando. It seems to me this year's LS is anticipated by far more people then ever before. Man

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Planet Lotus

Posted by Theo Heselmans on January 4th, 2008

Yancy Lent started a great new site called Planet Lotus: aggregating Lotus related blogs and news. What a cool idea ! Tx Alan for this tip. Go check it out. NOW !

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Return the returns

Posted by Theo Heselmans on December 19th, 2007

Do me a favor and create a new form. Put 1 field on it (call it 'Data'). Make this field multi-value and set both separators to 'New Line': Now try out this form and enter: a return return b Now

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Database icons are important

Posted by Theo Heselmans on December 15th, 2007

One of the first things I do after creating a new database for a customer, is design the Icon ! I see so many database carrying the same (old) original Notes icons. I truly believe it is important to

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Idea Jam out of Beta

Posted by Theo Heselmans on November 26th, 2007

2 weeks ago I already blogged about this great tool. Now Bruce Elgort announces that as of the 27th of November, the Idea Jam website is officially launched. Check it out. It's cool.

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Converting Accented Characters

Posted by Theo Heselmans on November 24th, 2007

Yesterday I needed a function to remove all accents from the accented characters in a string. I googled a bit, but did not find a clean solution. I needed it for Excel, but supposed it might be useful

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No footware at LS2008 !

Posted by Theo Heselmans on November 21st, 2007

I received this short email yesterday: "During your conference registration process, you were asked for your shoe size. We wanted to inform you that a small change has been made to one of our sponsor

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Making Rich Text richer by using HTML

Posted by Theo Heselmans on November 19th, 2007

I finally took some time in between gaming (and having a life ;-) to write a technical blogpost. It's longer then I initially anticipated, but I hope you like it. Yes I know it's not a Thursday, but I

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Keep on Jamming

Posted by Theo Heselmans on November 17th, 2007

If you haven't done so already, head over to Idea Jam asap. You can now register to post a new idea yourself, and can give your thoughts on other people's (great or not so great) ideas. I love it, and

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Computed backgrounds

Posted by Theo Heselmans on October 23rd, 2007

I always try to make it obvious to users which fields are obligatory, and which are not. In the early days I did it (like many of you) by putting a special icon in front of a field. Lately I've been d

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Computed hidden Columns

Posted by Theo Heselmans on September 19th, 2007

My customers love the 'Customize This view' feature in Notes (that is, after I tell them it exists). But sometimes you, as a developer, want to be more in control. I recently had to make a view, where

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Are you Registered for LS 2008: I am :-)

Posted by Theo Heselmans on August 22nd, 2007

I received a 'very' early registration invitation this year. Naturally I enrolled asap. Unfortunately the price has gone up $200 (again !) and is now $1895. Too bad they stopped offering a special pri

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Notes the Calculator

Posted by Theo Heselmans on August 13th, 2007

It's been a while (cfr. 'A Present for you') since I gave the 'end-user' a Notes tip. This is one I discovered some time ago, and I still use it frequently. Whenever you have a editable field in Notes, you can enter calculations in it

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Tracking Field Changes

Posted by Theo Heselmans on August 8th, 2007

Some of my customers want to keep track of changes to particular fields. I while back I built a script library, which can be used in any database and form. Below is a simplified version, to get you started.

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Custom Sorting

Posted by Theo Heselmans on August 1st, 2007

I needed to sort a list, based on a user-defined sorting order. You see this kind of sorting also in Excel (look in 'Options' and 'Custom Lists' to see examples). @Sort has, as of version 6, a grea

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Find and Replace for power-users

Posted by Theo Heselmans on July 25th, 2007

In every application I develop for customers, I include a power-user tool to allow the users (whom have that privilege), to do a global find & replace on data. This saves me from creating silly a

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Easy Graphs Revisited

Posted by Theo Heselmans on July 18th, 2007

I regret being so lousy when it comes to graphics. I admire (and I'm jealous of) people with that skill. When seeing so much reaction to the bar-graphs I did last week, I toyed with the idea and came

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Easy graphs in a View

Posted by Theo Heselmans on July 10th, 2007

In his recent blog entry at Interface Matters, Chris Blatnick talked about a way of creating Graphs in a view using colored columns. It's a nice idea, but a bit cumbersome to develop. It reminded me

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I’m not a Member

Posted by Theo Heselmans on June 28th, 2007

I hate it when I still see @formula code that uses @IsMember. You usually see this in combinations like (e.g. as a hide-when formula): @IsMember("[Admin]";@UserRoles) A much cleaner approa

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Notes Data to Excel: the fast way

Posted by Theo Heselmans on June 21st, 2007

I do a lot of Excel reporting using Notes data, lately. This is pretty easy stuff, because you just have to create an Excel object and put a value into a cell. Look at the following straightforward L

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A Present for you

Posted by Theo Heselmans on June 17th, 2007

You can't imagine the number of times I needed to do a full-text search for an empty field. A couple of months ago I read the most amazing undocumented feature in the FT-search: is present. The tip

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