Mantra for the Day - If it is in Notes, it needs to work off-line ...

August 23 2007

I would just like to make a new mantra for the day for anyone, at IBM or outside, who is building integration of some product into the Notes client. Notes client users have expectations ... they expect things to work off-line. Period. No room for discussion. Zero. Period.

Thank you for your time

13 Responses to “Mantra for the Day - If it is in Notes, it needs to work off-line ...”

  1. 1) Ben Langhinrichs says:

    I agree completely!

  2. 2) Chris Whisonant says:

    "expect things to work off-line"

    Hmmm, does this include Sametime? I'm not sure how that would work offline, but it's integrated into the client...

  3. 3) John Head says:

    LOL Chris ... there are exceptions .. but maybe I should be able to chat with myself in a ST IM window when I am disconnected :)

  4. 4) Joerg Rafflenbeul says:

    Maybe IBM puts some ELIZA ({ Link } ) capabilities into Sametime to continue broken chats and to start off-line chats ;-) What about off-line meetings.

    But yes in general as a Notes power user I fully support 100% off-line capabilities and updates by replication trough a Lotus Domino server (no other connection, maybe some passthru)

  5. 5) Chris Whisonant says:

    I can envision certain other applications that could be online-only. But I agree with the general premise.

  6. 6) John Head says:

    OK ... I am specifically talking about Activities and Quickr Personal Services .. does that help frame the rant? :-)

  7. 7) Nathan T. Freeman says:

    That's not a rant, John. That's barely even a gripe. :-P

  8. 8) Rob McDonagh says:

    Ha! Nathan's right. Now, if you like, I'm sure either he or I could quickly turn it into a full-blown rant...

    On topic: Damn straight. Well said, John.

  9. 9) Stephan H. Wissel says:

    Activities is a J2EE app, not a Notes app. So the activity team needs to learn one or the other thing about the "notes mind" (They learn fast). With the build in REST API it shouldn't too difficult. However you need to be clear about IBM's inner working: Every feature needs to have a business case. Customers and Partners demanding a feature *is* a business case. So talk to your local Lotus rep.

    :-) stw

  10. 10) John Head says:

    Stephan - I have been saying this about Activities to the Activity team since Oct 2005 at the Hannover SDR. User's do not care if this is J2EE, Notes, or magic. They expect it to work. I know IBM heard me and others loud and clear, I just wanted to get it off my chest.

  11. 11) John Head says:

    Rob, the best rants are simple, clear, and delivered without Nathan's love of words. :-)

  12. 12) Nathan T. Freeman says:

    John, are you suggesting that I am long-winded? That I am prone to pontificating? That my rhetoric is both passionate and verbose? Well, sir, brevity being the very soul of wit, and I myself never wishing to appear witless, will therefore be brief...

    Kiss my ass.

    :-)

  13. 13) Michael Bourak says:

    Ah...if only NSFDB2 support was available offline via the embeded cloudscape...

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