I don't think IBM would like this one bit: a whole load of the most recent job postings in London for Notes and Domino-related work require — in addition to the usual Notes skills — VB and VBA rather than that funky Java stuff.


Uh, not that I'm looking you understand. ;-)


  1. Ben,
    Isn't VB just a clone of LotusScript ?

    JustinJustin Knol#
  2. Yup, pretty much. All these kinds of postings expect you to know about the Excel / Word / whatever object model, and so forth, which to my mind is no big deal; even if you don't know the specific methods and properties (I don't!), it 's not exactly tricky to pick up an implement if you know your 'script.

    Unfortunately, that's quite a hard thing to explain to recruitment consultants. I also just think it's a shame there aren't more Java-related postings: I find Java more interesting that "more Lotusscript" at the moment!Ben Poole#
  3. Yep - most recruiters I have seen are able to do keyword searches on CVs and not much more. The last 5 jobs I have got have been through people I know.

    Besides - LotusScript is really, most sincerely dead. Java is the thing to have on the CV these days.

    Take care …
    JustinJustin Knol#
  4. Java may be cool on a CV, and may be great with recruiters, but LotusScript is still the most commonly used languages for Notes/Domino. It will take a while to change that (partly until IBM really makes it fair by supporting new features in Java when they do in LotusScript).Ben Langhinrichs#
  5. Oh absolutely. I guess the issue is that more and more people are moving beyond "pure" Notes / Domino-based solutions: either by dropping it altogether (tsk!) or by seeking to do niftier stuff / integrate it with other systems – oft-times using Java as the glue.

    As discussed on Tom's site, using Java in place of Lotusscript – doing doc loops and so forth – makes no sense of course.Ben Poole#

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