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Tue 2 Oct 2018, 03:45 PM
On a lot of websites, I see some variation of the message, "This site uses cookies. By using this site, you agree to blah blah blah legalese blah blah blah."
 
We don't use cookies. Not even crumbs. Maybe we should, maybe you wouldn't mind, but we don't.
 
 
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Fri 28 Sep 2018, 11:12 AM
I'll be the first to admit that there are a few improvements in rendering for email sent by Notes 10 Beta 2. But the emphasis should be on "a few", and they are relative baby steps. In getting a demo of CoexLinks Fidelity ready, there is still significant room for improvement. In the three images below, the first is what was sent from the Notes client V10 Beta 2, using client mime rendering as that is better than server rendering and more widely used. Plus, that is where the enhancements have been. The second image is how Gmail receives the message, but it is obvious the problem is not Gmail. The third is how the message looks when CoexLinks Fidelity sends it (I adjusted the subject for clarity). 
 
Which message do you want your clients, customers, employees, management to see? Which gets the point across best?
 
Fortunately, I have faith that IBM/HCL are aware of all this, and I hope that Notes/Domino 11, or an intermediary release, has more improvements. But for now, there's CoexLinks Fidelity.
 
Notes V10 Beta 2 message
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Notes V10 Beta 2 rendering shown in Gmail
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Notes V10 Beta 2 with Coexlinks Fidelity rendering shown in Gmail
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Thu 27 Sep 2018, 02:14 PM
Since 2006, AppsFidelity has provided fairly seamless roundtrip editing between the Notes client and the web with a Domino server. But even if you don't need to edit the document from the web, the high fidelity rendering and features such as in-place attachment icons make it easier to see your years-long investment on Notes via a web browser or mobile client, all without any programming.
 
 
Try out AppsFidelity for yourself, and if you see a need in your organization, take advantage of our Buy One Get One offer and get a free server license for each server license you purchase. It's neveer been cheaper, and AppsFidelity will keep adding value as IBM/HCL keep advancing the product. It just makes sense.
 
Or, you could hope that IBM/HCL listen and make this work themselves. Go ahead, vote on ideas like the ones below at https://domino.ideas.aha.io. They were good ideas in 2006, too, and eventually they might get added to the core product. But if you need a solution in 2018 and don't want to wait and see, there's always AppsFidelity.
 
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Thu 20 Sep 2018, 02:57 PM
 
 
At Genii Software, we're very excited about Notes/Domino 10 and all the opportunities it presents. We have new features planned for all our server-based products, though some will roll out right away and others will take longer. We aim to take advantage of every new capability, including coordination and integration with Node JS when that is ready (and stable - let's be honest). Truth be told, Domino 10 offers all of us a lot, but doesn't remove the need for the high quality rendering Genii Software is famous for providing. Rendering to MIME, HTML, JSON, CSV, EPUB, and more. Mobile/web/Notes client integration. Much more.
 
To share our excitement, and to help you prepare to get the most out of Domino 10 when your company gets there, and to minimize the pain until you do, we are offering a Buy One/Get One deal on server licenses for all our major products. Migration-specific and client licenses not included. Buy an AppsFidelity server license, get another at no cost. But three CoexLinks Fidelity server licenses, get three more at no cost. You get the idea.
 
We are extending this offer through the release of Domino 10 (or really to October 20th, because nobody moves quite that quickly). If you place an order or get an official quote by October 20th, you will get the additional licenses. If you already bought a server license (or three) in September, we will extend the offer to you as well.
 
Let's celebrate. Let's be ready. Let's hop off the fence and start investing in Domino and its related products again.
 
 
 
 
 
Existing customers with negotiated contracts are not eligible for this offer.

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Thu 6 Sep 2018, 02:57 PM
Given Tim Davis' recent post, Things to know with JavaScript – JSON, let, const, and arrows, I thought it might be a good time to follow up my recent post on a RESTful interchange between Notes and Salesforce,  and show the JSON I used to push the Notes data to Salesforce. While the raw JSON data (generated using our Midas LSX) is shown below, I'll mention a few of the specifics so you know what you are seeing.
 
1) The Id is the Salesforce ID for the Contact sObject, saved from a previous push of the Salesforce data into Notes to make the roundtrip easier.
 
2) The NotesUNID__c is a custom Salesforce field I added to the ID for the Contact sObject. Salesforce always appends __c to such fields. This is used to make the roundtrip easier from the other direction. This item is created automatically when Midas is told to use JSONFormat='Salesforce'.
 
3)  The AccountID is taken from our document's CompanyName item. It is a native Saleforce field, so doesn't have the __c at the end. Below the JSON, I'll show the export directive which told Midas to call this AccountID. Note that JSON is in UTF8, so this looks Über Øst instead of like Über Øst.
 
4) Phone is a native Salesforce field on the Contact sObject. It is taken from our Tel item.
 
5) Name is a native Salesforce field on the Contact sObject. It is created from a formula language combination of the FirstName and LastName items on our Notes document.
 
6) Email is a native Salesforce field on the Contact sObject. It is taken from the Email item, so doesn't need a mapping.
 
7) SampleBody__c is another custom Salesforce rich text area field I added to the Contact sObject. It is taken from the Notes rich text item, rendered in high fidelity by Midas.
 
{
   "Id": "0030b000023PlWQAA0",
   "NotesUNID__c": "E04775C6408795F4852582F8004945F7",
   "AccountID": "Über Øst",
   "Phone": "+31 025‒6206230",
   "Name": "Gunder van der Wilcox",
   "Email": "GvdWilcox@UberOst.com",
   "SampleBody__c": "<div style=\"line-height:normal;\"><span style=\"font-size: 10pt; font-family: sans-serif; \"><\/span><\/div><div align='left'><table cellspacing='0' cellpadding='0' style='width:430px;border-spacing:0;padding:none;border-collapse:collapse;table-layout:fixed;'><colgroup><col style=\"width:44%;\" \/><col style=\"width:26%;\" \/><col style=\"width:26%;\" \/><\/colgroup><tr style='vertical-align:top;'><td width='191' bgcolor=\"#ffffff\" rowspan='3' style=\"padding: 0.0000in 0.0201in; border:1px solid #000000;\"><div style=\"margin-left:1%; margin-right:1%; text-indent:1%;\" align='left'><img src=\"E04775C6408795F4852582F8004945F7_Notes_0_482.jpg\" alt=\"Inline JPEG image\" height=\"72\" width=\"39\" align='right' style=\"border:none;\" \/><span style=\"font-size: 8pt; font-family: sans-serif; \">Customer<br \/><\/span><span style=\"font-size: 10pt; font-family: sans-serif; \"><strong>Better Budgies Ltd<br \/><\/strong><\/span><span style=\"font-size: 10pt; font-family: sans-serif; \">The Aviary Group<br \/><br \/>Swallowdale 36, South Wutherford<br \/>ESSEX BB01 1BB<br \/>United Kingdom&nbsp;<\/span><\/div><\/td><td width='114' bgcolor=\"#ffffff\" style=\"padding: 0.0000in 0.0201in; border:1px solid #000000;\"><br style=\"clear:both;\"\/><div style=\"margin-left:1%; margin-right:1%; text-indent:1%;\" align='left'><span style=\"font-size: 10pt; font-family: sans-serif; \">Date<\/span><\/div><div style=\"margin-left:1%; margin-right:1%; text-indent:1%;\" align='left'><span style=\"font-size: 10pt; font-family: sans-serif; \">05\/17\/2002<\/span><\/div><\/td><td width='114' bgcolor=\"#ffffff\" style=\"padding: 0.0000in 0.0201in; border:1px solid #000000;\"><div style=\"margin-left:1%; margin-right:1%; text-indent:1%;\" align='left'><span style=\"font-size: 10pt; font-family: sans-serif; \">Quotation Number<\/span><\/div><div style=\"margin-left:1%; margin-right:1%; text-indent:1%;\" align='left'><span style=\"font-size: 10pt; font-family: sans-serif; \">QN&#8722;99283-MM2<\/span><\/div><\/td><\/tr><tr style='vertical-align:top;'><td width='114' bgcolor=\"#ffffff\" style=\"padding: 0.0000in 0.0201in; border:1px solid #000000;\"><div style=\"margin-left:1%; margin-right:1%; text-indent:1%;\" align='left'><span style=\"font-size: 10pt; font-family: sans-serif; \">Customer Reference<\/span><\/div><div style=\"margin-left:1%; margin-right:1%; text-indent:1%;\" align='left'><span style=\"font-size: 10pt; font-family: sans-serif; \">BL10923-B573<\/span><\/div><\/td><td width='114' bgcolor=\"#ffffff\" style=\"padding: 0.0000in 0.0201in; border:1px solid #000000;\"><div style=\"margin-left:1%; margin-right:1%; text-indent:1%;\" align='left'><span style=\"font-size: 10pt; font-family: sans-serif; \">Terms of Payment<\/span><\/div><div style=\"margin-left:1%; margin-right:1%; text-indent:1%;\" align='left'><span style=\"font-size: 10pt; font-family: sans-serif; \">30 days net<\/span><\/div><\/td><\/tr><tr style='vertical-align:top;'><td width='114' bgcolor=\"#ffffff\" style=\"padding: 0.0000in 0.0201in; border:1px solid #000000;\"><div style=\"margin-left:1%; margin-right:1%; text-indent:1%;\" align='left'><span style=\"font-size: 10pt; font-family: sans-serif; \">Valid to<\/span><\/div><div style=\"margin-left:1%; margin-right:1%; text-indent:1%;\" align='left'><span style=\"font-size: 10pt; font-family: sans-serif; \">06\/17\/2002<\/span><\/div><\/td><td width='114' bgcolor=\"#ffffff\" style=\"padding: 0.0000in 0.0201in; border:1px solid #000000;\"><div style=\"margin-left:1%; margin-right:1%; text-indent:1%;\" align='left'><span style=\"font-size: 10pt; font-family: sans-serif; \">Delivery Time<\/span><\/div><div style=\"margin-left:1%; margin-right:1%; text-indent:1%;\" align='left'><span style=\"font-size: 10pt; font-family: sans-serif; \">2 Wks<\/span><\/div><\/td><\/tr><\/table><\/div><div align='left'><span style=\"font-size: 10pt; font-family: Verdana; \"><\/span><\/div>"
}
 
To generate all this, I used our Export to JSON sample db. This is the Export Directive form, which allows a coding-free definition of what is to be exported.. I am only exporting a single document by UNID, but we can generate by view or selection formula or whatever. Note that with the fields to export, we start with the source item or formula, then an equals sign, then the name to use inside the JSON, so FirstName+" "+LastName=Name uses the formula FirstName+" "+LastName to added the Name in the JSON. This can be any Notes formula, including ones that use @DbLookup, for example.
 
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So, that is how I generated the JSON to use in the RESTful exchange going from Notes to Salesforce. I'll show the other way around in a future post.

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Wed 29 Aug 2018, 10:31 AM
Over the past few years, we have expanded our offerings at Genii to allow more exchanging of data. To be honest, most of it has been outgoing, whether migrating Notes data to SharePoint or many other systems, or simply rendering Notes information to be more consumable on the web. We have added support for CSV to allow large batch exports, but also JSON to allow more RESTful exchanges. Rich text is included, of course, but much of the focus is on powerful extraction of data of all sorts.
 
It is with that latter goal in mind that I have been working with a few different systems including SharePoint, Confluence, and Salesforce. But times are changing. There are many positive signs out of IBM and HCL about the soon-to-arrive Notes/Domino 10, as well as future, even more ambitious plans for Notes/Domino 11. With that in mind, I am focusing a little more energy on drawing date into Notes/Domino.
 
One example of the work I have been doing is between Notes/Domino and Salesforce, because the latter has grown by leaps and bounds in popularity. But most companies don't get to choose either Notes/Domino OR Salesforce. Instead, they are left with Notes/Domino AND Saleforce. With that in mind, I am working on how to use a REST interface as well as events in Notes/Domino and the Streaming API in Salesforce to move data back and forth, either keeping it in sync or storing the appropriate pieces of one system in the other as needed. Notes/Domino has its advantages, Salesforce has different ones. Companies which can easily share and exchange information between them can pick and choose where an application or data resides, which may not be the same place it is collected.
 
Getting all of that in place will take a while, and I hope to document some of the steps. Obviously, we would welcome any companies that want to use our products now to move data, but we will also try to be transparent about the advances we make. As a simple example of how extensive this can be, I show here some fields including a Notes rich text field moved to a Salesforce Contact with a rich text area field.
 
The following is after the POST to Salesforce (red arrows show updated fields).
 
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And this is the source in Notes/Domino (red arrows show fields to use for REST).
 
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So far, it is pretty good, but we intend to improve it. If you would like to be part of a test with some of your data, contact me and we'll work it out.
 

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