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Henry's Dojo SpeedGeeking to CoexEdit in 40 minutes

Tue 19 Feb 2008, 11:34 AM

by Ben Langhinrichs
Last week, Stephan Wissel sent me a note asking whether there was a CoexEdit integration with Dojo.  A reasonable question, but the embarassing truth is that I've never really even looked at the Dojo editor besides a quick run through the demos on-line a while back.  I didn't even have Dojo installed.  Since I had lots of other things going on, I didn't get to this right away, but on Friday I did a quick search for "Dojo and Notes" and came up with Henry Newberry's SpeedGeeking sample database.  Unfortunately, I had the flu, so I didn't get around to looking at that closely until yesterday, when I downloaded the sample, looked at the Using this Database document and found this comment:

Snippet mentioning CoexEdit

Well, as much as I appreciate Henry's plug, it is even more embarassing that I have never actually worked with the editor, so I decided to take this as a sign that I should.  Since I had no prior experience with this editor, I just dove into Henry's fairly simple design (this was built for SpeedGeeking, after all), and with a bit of trial and error, I got a working version using CoexEdit in about 40 minutes, including time to download and set up Dojo.

Since I figured it would be boring as sin to watch 40 minutes of fiddling, I started over with a clean download using my new found knowledge and created this video, which is only lightly edited to remove a few boring bits where I forgot the syntax for @Abstract, for example.  This uses CoexEdit 2.0, with its cool new auto update feature, which does help.  The demo is about 7 1/2 minutes long, and should give you a real idea of what it takes to integrate CoexEdit, even if you are using some funky web editor which we have not worked with before.

Run the demo

Update:  Here is the database I modified from Henry's excellent sample.

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What has been said:

675.1. Henry Newberry
(02/19/2008 11:24 AM)

Very cool. Thank's back for the plug.


675.2. Carl Tyler
(02/19/2008 06:56 PM)

That's excellent!

I still can't understand why IBM doesn't just buy this up and include it with the product. I'm sure you can't be as expensive as the investment they made in Workplace, and this would have much more value for most Domino customers.

675.3. Jack Ratcliff
(03/31/2008 12:51 PM)

Hi Ben and Henry,

This is really awesome! I agree with Carl that IBM should just buy this and include this with Note/Domino.