Eclipse plug-ins and Notes

IBM have released the Lotus Notes 6.5.2 to 6.5.3 patch for general consumption, via the ever-so-friendly software updates site:

Screenshot of internal server error at the IBM update website

Hmmm. It does work in the end, trust me…;-)

Update: caution! One of the updates is broken (more info in the comments).

Of more interest to the techies out there is a developerWorks article from Ian Connor entitled Creating a Notes/Domino plug-in with Eclipse. It’s a good, basic introduction to the concepts behind Eclipse plug-in development with regards the rich — or “managed” — client. This article takes you through the plug-in wizard in Eclipse, specifically how to set up runtime libraries and plug-in manifests (similar to the manifest files you find in .jars).

There’s a wee bit of Java coding in the article too, but nothing scary, so I would urge developers at any level to take a look at this, it gives you a real taste of what’s to come with the Workplace rich client, which is some seriously intriguing technology.

(By the way, Eclipse 3.1 milestone 3 is out).


  1. Guess what? The patch didn't work. It says:

    … the program to be updated may be missing, or the upgrade patch may update a different version of the program.

    Doesn't tell you how to resolve the issue, and I just have 6.5.2 installed, nothing else.


    Now downloading the (much larger) 6.5.x to 6.5.3 patch. What a pain in the arse.Ben Poole#
  2. Now I'm really pissed off (with myself as well as the updates site) The 6.5.x -> 6.5.3 installer updates the client, and if you have them installed, removes Domino Designer and Administrator. It also re-set part of my notes.ini file, removing some custom font / colour settings.


    I should have known better: you can't just upgrade the client if you have a full installation, you have to d'load and run the designer / admin upgrade, which is further down the page. Duh.Ben Poole#
  3. Hi there,

    that is one of many reasons I usually wait till our quarterly set of CD arrives…

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