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Quick Tip: Did you know? DDE uses .gitignore

Wednesday, May 22, 2024 at 10:56 AM UTC
One thing I recently found out is that Domino Designer respects the .gitignore of your on-disk-project (ODP). In general it’s obviously helpful that this file is respected in your local repositories and with your favourite git client. I wasn’t aware though that Domino Designer also uses this file to decide whether or not to import a resource from the ODP into the NSF. Scenario [...] 

Force Windows update to a certain version

Friday, April 19, 2024 at 9:28 AM UTC
I am not a Windows guy but I have to use it. I am using it for example on my Apple Silicon MacBook Pro which demands for the Windows 11 ARM version (the one that Parallels Desktop provides). Unfortunately I never got the 23H2 update which delivered such nice things as tabs in Explorer and - more important for me - the old taskbar behaviour regarding tab grouping and labelling. I stumbled upo [...] 

Running MkDocs in a container

Thursday, April 18, 2024 at 3:46 PM UTC
I recently used mkdocs again, the lovely documentation framework which comes with several useful plugins, nice styling and built-in PDF and static website generation. Sometimes it is a bit tricky to get everything installed on your machine to make in running, such as Python 3 and several add-ons, so you may want to run it inside a container. Although there are several tutorials about setting up [...] 

Notes client is spamming the Domino console

Wednesday, April 17, 2024 at 4:22 PM UTC
This is something we experienced for quite a while with several versions of the Notes client on different systems: the Notes client randomly tries to access known servers in the environment (aka servers with a connection document in the names.nsf). I never understood the strategy behind the client trying to access a "server A" when this isn't even the mail server of the used locat [...] 

Attention, REST service user!

Wednesday, February 21, 2024 at 7:04 AM UTC
I lately came across a problem with Domino 14, but it turned out that this issue applies to 12.0.2 FP3 as well. When you use the REST service control from the Extension Library to provide a custom REST service, you will get an exception which has nothing to do with anything in your XPage or your Java code. The root cause is yet to be examined, but the defect article is already up: https://su [...] 

Domino 14 on Windows & HCL Ambassador

Friday, December 22, 2023 at 3:55 PM UTC
I could not believe my eyes but I just received the congratulations from the HCL Ambassador program - yes, somehow I made it again for 2024. Thank you for having me again in this group of remarkable people! One of those amazing people is my friend Roberto Boccadoro who helped to fix my issues when trying to install Domino 14 on a Windows server. Usually I don’t touch this OS if I am n [...] 

OpenNTF SmartNSF and HCL Domino Leap won’t go together

Friday, December 22, 2023 at 12:16 AM UTC
I experienced this problem for the last 2 or 3 versions of Domino Leap but today I found out the reason. The symptom I always use Domino container images built using the HCL community script and I always add Nomad Web and Leap. The latter suddenly stopped working I think 2 or 3 versions ago. Until now I was not able to track it down since no useful logs were written. With version I [...] 

Quick Tip: CKEditor not loading - a possible cause

Wednesday, December 13, 2023 at 9:46 AM UTC
I recently noticed an issue with the CKEditor on XPages not being displayed for edit mode. The editor doesn't show up completely. A quick glance using the developer tools showed a resource not being loaded and then causing an error: 7 I am using English as my browser language (and also on the OS level) but I wondered why this particular resource was attempted to load, showing the [...] 

Notes & Domino 14 - missing the Notes.jar? It's still there

Thursday, December 7, 2023 at 7:23 PM UTC
Today HCL released version 14 of Notes and Domino. Despite I tried the beta version in the EAP I wasn't aware that the Notes.jar was relocated.  In my test VM I installed the new version just to find my Eclipse projects failing to build due to my variable NOTES_HOME not pointing to the correct location anymore. So, if you also got your little WTF moment, keep cool and relocate your [...] 

Quick Tip: Fixing a non-syncing iCloud

Wednesday, October 25, 2023 at 3:41 PM UTC
I experienced this several times now for months or even years, an iCloud not doing its job. This primarily is syncing your data over your devices. I use this heavily with the notes app or with anything related to HandOff (copy & paste within different devices). I was able to identify the processes that do not work properly, so now I am able to just kill them. No worries, they will restart i [...]