Ben Langhinrichs

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Civility in critiquing the ideas of others is no vice. Rudeness in defending your own ideas is no virtue.


Wed 24 Oct 2007, 10:41 AM
I have mentioned it before, but MSExchange.org has CoexLinks listed on its Migration page, and allows people to vote or comment on their favorite products.  I wish CoexLinks  were listed on a Coexistence page, but there isn't one.  In any case, but I am greatly honored and profoundly grateful that you have given CoexLinks such a high vote score (see below), and it is actually in second place in the list!  So, first, let me say Thank You! to those who have voted for us, and encourage anybody else who has been successful in solving their Notes/Domino <-> Outlook/Exchange coexistence issues with CoexLinks to vote for CoexLInks now, or even comment on your experience.  Thank you in advance!

MSExchange.org migration page

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Thu 18 Oct 2007, 05:13 PM
Two minute egg timerIt seems a common theme that IBM, Microsoft or another large software vendor releases some interesting piece of software, then acts completely nonplussed when developers object that the software takes 16 hours and two PhDs to install, if you can find the install instructions and if they are not in Chinese.  I have never understood why somebody doesn't think this is an objection to releasing the software in the first place, rather than scrambling (or often not scrambling) to fix the install woes after the facts.

But it would not be fair to object without subjecting my own products to the test.  So, for the first of a series of Two Minute Demos I am producing, I present CoexLinks: Working doclinks in Outlook in two minutes.  Please note that CoexLinks is corporate class software used on servers in many of the largest companies in the world.  Also, please note that I don't really expect you to install CoexLinks in two minutes.  Our customers tend to suggest that ten minutes is closer to the norm, but I wanted to show that this was merely due to a learning curve.  I'd love to hear any feedback or questions, either about the demo or CoexLinks.



P.S.  The demo is a flash demo, but if you prefer a smaller Windows media play file, it is here.

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Tue 16 Oct 2007, 11:17 AM
Kudos to Bruce Elgort, Matt White and Sean Burgess for their excellent Idea Jam for the IBM Lotus Community.  And, of course, additional kudos for having the good taste to incorporate CoexEdit.  (It isn't on the live site yet, but will be before the launch date)

This is an excellent (and fun) way to discuss ideas with an idea towards actually getting stuff done, since it allows discussion, but doesn't allow the discussion to overcome the idea the way it does in discussion databases.  I love the Elguji Ideas template and hope to use a variation on our site in the future to allow customers to discuss, promote, etc. on product features and even potential products they would like to see produced by Genii Software.

Read the full Press Release here.

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Fri 5 Oct 2007, 05:57 PM
I know I am a bit of a nut about HTML rendering, but look at the image below:

Table rendered in Notes 8Table rendered in Notes 8

Here is the same table rendered by our Midas Rich Text LSX 4.00

Rendered by Midas Rich Text LSX

They look pretty similar, right?  I first created this sample was back in Notes 6.x days.  I don't even have a Notes 6.x version on this machine, but I do have Domino 6.5.3.  Here is how that same table renders in Domino 6.5.3 (and how it rendered in Domino 6.0.0, for that matter):

Rendered by Domino 6.5.3
So here is the kicker.  Here is how the same table renders in Domino 8.0.0:

Table rendered in Domino 8

Um, progress, right?

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Thu 4 Oct 2007, 04:30 PM
I hope that this will not be a common issue, but there are some developers who will need to work with Midas 3.x and Midas 4.x side by side, or at least sort of side by side.  In other words, if you need to try Midas 4.00 with a script, and then want to go back to try Midas 3.70, for example, to see the differences, you could use this technique.  You could always just copy the nlsxrtc.dll and licmidas.lic for the appropriate version over and over again, but I find that very confusing and easy to mess up.  Instead, this minor tweak allows you to keep both versions in your executable directory at the same time.

The first part of the trick is, the licmidas.lic file for Version 3.x could also be called licmidas.3, while the licmidas.lic file for Version 4.x can also be called licmidas.4.  Therefore, just rename your old 3.x license file to licmidas.3 and copy in your new license file as licmidas.4 and you have both licenses on your system.

The second part of the trick is that the nlsxrtc.dll file doesn't need to be called that, so simply change the nlsxrtc.dll for Version 3.x to nlsxrtc3.dll and leave the nlsxrtc.dll for Version 4 as nlsxrtc.dll.

Of course, you can't load both LSXs at once, so you have to close Notes and restart it, but you can just run.  The Midas 4.x agent(s) should have

Option Public
Option Declare 
Uselsx "*lsxrtc3"       

and the Midas 3.x agents should have

Option Public
Option Declare 
Uselsx "*lsxrtc3"       

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Wed 3 Oct 2007, 11:36 AM
I am sometimes guilty of exhalting the functional over the visual, and no case is that more evident than in CoexEdit.  The first image below is the standard multi-field sample I shipped with CoexEdit 1.4 (displayed here in the 2.0 database), and even I have to say, "Ouch!"  OK, it is cool that you have these powerful toolbar actions and multiple rich text fields, but what was I thinking?

So, combining the enhanced functionality of CoexEdit 2.0 and a tiny bit of UI effort, I show below that two additional examples of what can be done.  Much more than this can be done, but I need a Chris Blatnick or Bruce Elgort or somebody with UI clues to design it.

(Click on any of the images to get a larger version)

Multi-field sample as used before (separate toolbars, vertical layout, you can't even see it all on one page)

Vertical layouts with traditional toolbar for each field


Multi-field sample with "silver skin" and shared full toolbar

Vertical layouts with silver skin and shared full toolbar


Multi-field sample laid out horizontally with sleek, silver vertical shared toolbar

Horizontal layout with sleek silver vertical toolbar

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