- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Packt Publishing (January 11, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1847199283
- ISBN-13: 978-1847199287
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,544,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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IBM Lotus Notes and Domino 8.5.1
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Barry Rosen is currently an Advisory IT Specialist with IBM Software Services for Lotus. During the last two years, Mr. Rosen has worked on several large messaging and migration projects as well as performed Domino upgrades and messaging assessments. Before that he was a Software Engineer in Lotus Support for over five years. While in support Mr. Rosen was on several teams specializing in mail routing, Lotus Notes Client, calendaring and scheduling, and server core. He focused on clustering, Lotus Notes for the Macintosh, and rooms and resources. Currently Mr. Rosen resides in Houston, Tx with his wife Micol, daughter Samantha, and Goldendoodle Stella. Having graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, Mr. Rosen enjoys following Longhorn sports. Bennie Gibson is an IBM Certified Systems Architect with IBM Software Services for Lotus. In that capacity, he is responsible for managing various engagements with its clients. Mr. Gibson lives in Wake Forest, NC and has been an IBM/Lotus employee for over 24 years in a variety of sales, consulting, and management roles. He has been working with Notes for over 10 years focusing on architecture and infrastructure. He also has international experience with working on infrastructure engagements in Malaysia. Brad Schauf is an IBM Executive I/T Architect with over 20 years of experience in the computer services and consulting industry. He has experience with enterprise-wide software and messaging and portal deployments, with a concentration on Lotus Notes/Domino messaging infrastructure architecture, application development, and integration as well as WebSphere portal architecture design and deployments. His experience includes API-level application development and lead programmer, enterprise lead for messaging and portal deployments to General Manager including P&L commitments. He was a founder of a successful IBM business partner before joining IBM in 1999.
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After finishing the book I must admit I was more than a little confused about who the intended target of the book might be. The title suggests it is a book about Notes/Domino 8.5.1, but apart from the front and back covers there does not appear to be a lot of coverage given to 8.5.1. I would suggest that as much as 50% of the book covered Lotus products (And third-party product) outside of Notes/Domino (an obvious IBM marketing influence). A further 40% seemed to be covering topics related to Notes/Domino 8.0 and Notes/Domino 8.5.0. Significant new features contained in 8.5.1 such as XPages for the Notes Client, the new Eclipse editor for LotusScript/Java, and Traveler were not mentioned at all. Coverage given to Xpages (from either a developer or admistrator perspective) was minimal. I got the impression the text started out as being for 8.0 and was later amended to contain some, but not all, of the new features of subsequent releases. The subtitle of the book is "The Upgrader's Guide", but again I would consider some of the topics covered as having little or no relevance to the upgrade process.
There are not a lot of text book available for Notes/Domino 8.x+ so this book is worth considering from point alone. And some sections of this book do provide excellent material for upgraders. I would recommend the book to people who are involved in migrating to Notes/Domino 8.5.1 from a version prior to 8.0. The book could also be of some value to those upgrading from 8.0.x to 8.5.1. I would be surprised if power users, developers, or people who have already migrated to Notes 8.5.0 would gain a lot of benefit from the book.
The book is written with an informal, easy-to-understand style. It starts logically with a list of the new features in the client, followed by new features in the server, and then application development. It has lots of screenshots, which I think makes a world of different to people trying to understand what is new -- or simply what might be important to their organization-- in a new release.
Most of the chapters divide "what's new" into what's new in Notes /Domino 8 and then what's new in 8.5, which I think is very helpful. The title of the book is 8.5.1 and I was disappointed that the chapter on what's new in the client did not actually cover any of the new things in 8.5.1 (although they did a good job with what was new in 8.0 and 8.5). Nor did it cover much of anything about Widgets or Live Text (which appeared in Notes 8.0.1). It could be that they didn't think these things were significant enough to warrant the space, but even a simple list of what was new in the 8.5.1 client would have been nice for completeness and for fidelity with the title.
While the organization of the book overall makes a logical progression from Client, to server to application development, it feels like chapter 10 on "Domino 8.5" enhancements was tacked on at the end. I read through chapter 4, entitled "Lotus Domino 8.5 Server Enhancements", flipping through it several times asking myself "where is DAOS? How could they have missed DAOS" -- then I found it -- and ID Vault and a few other things-- covered AFTER the application development chapters, in chapter 10.
For upgraders, I think that the chapters on deployment enhancements, specific upgrading tips, and coexistence between Notes/Domino releases will be the most valuable. No upgrader's guide would be complete with out a hefty section on what's going on with development-- and this book gives a good overview of Domino Designer in Eclipse, Xpages, and even a little section on the blog template (which, of course, I am using to write this review).
I was happy to see the chapter on "Integration with other Lotus/IBM Products. " It provided a good overview of some of the major considerations, and also, simply because the chapter is there, it gets readers to think not only of one product, but also about the various products in the Lotus portfolio.
I was also pleased to see the chapter on "Lotus Notes 8.5 and SOA" because it provides a broader picture of how Notes and Domino plays a part in the overall IBM "Services-Oriented Architecture" approach.
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