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Dragged kicking and screaming into JavaScript

Mon 31 Oct 2005, 11:37 AM



by Ben Langhinrichs
I'll admit it, I have gone out of my way to avoid using JavaScript.  It just never seemed necessary when working with Notes/Domino, and it doesn't work well in the Notes Client, and, well, I just didn't really want to learn something new.  The times I have needed JavaScript, I have just reached out to the many smart people in Penumbra who know JavaScript and all sorts of wonders, so I didn't have to.

But working with these web based editors and CoexEdit has impressed me quite a bit.  You can do some pretty slick stuff with JavaScript (or JScript or ECMAScript or whatever the heck it is really).  I have had to actually dive into the inner workings of FCKEditor to add some new features I wanted to extend CoexEdit compatibility with Notes (adding local images and file attachments and doclinks from the web), and, with assistance, these are all working pretty well.  And, while I am hardly a JavaScript expert, I will start to count this as a language I am willing to learn to work with, rather than a language (such as Cobol) that I am unwilling to learn.  One baby step for most people, perhaps but one giant leap for me.

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