Mark Elliott’s “Lotus Notes Developers Toolbox”

Cover of 'Lotus Notes Developers Toolbox: Tips for Rapid and Successful Deployment'A few weeks ago, those nice people at Pearson and the IBM Press sent me a review copy of Mark Elliott’s new book, Lotus Notes Developers Toolbox: Tips for Rapid and Successful Deployment. Well, I don’t like to come out with reviews too quickly—I have to give the book a good going-over first!—but this is good. A few things I really like about this book:

  • The real world: Mark bases the book around developing real-world applications. There are no noddy databases here, and there are loads of excellent tips and eminently usable code snippets (e.g. tinkering with arrays, generating Excel spreadsheets, adding entries to audit history fields)
  • Design: there’s a lot of talk of “design” and “architecture”, which is great to see
  • There’s a chapter on Hannover, Domino Next, composite applications, etc.
  • Security and dates. There’s good coverage of two gotchas for the typical developer: dates (in Lotusscript and @formula), plus the granular security offered in Lotus Notes
  • Linkage with developerWorks

So, overall an excellent book, well worth picking up. I would go so far as to say that this is indispensable for the beginning or intermediate developer, and that old dogs could find it pretty darn useful too… ;-)


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  2. Thanks for the recommendation… I just ordered it!Ray "The Lion King" Bilyk#

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