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18 Aug 2016

XPages Tip: Populating Date/Time fields in Notes Docs with Date or Time Only

In your XPages app, you can use an EditBox control and set it’s display type to be a Date/Time control with certain formats. 2 examples are Date only or Time only. This all works great, except when you want to save these values to a Notes Document either via SSJS or Java. The saved values are definitely stored correctly in a Date/Time field, but always contain both a date and time value.


Below is a snippet of an EditBox control set up as a Date Only component in an XPage or Custom control, bound to a Java bean of object type “Date”:

XPage Snippet for Date Only

Your Java logic to save this value to a NotesDocument will look something like this:

DateTime tempDate = null;
tempDate = session.createDateTime(bean.dateOnly);
doc.replaceItemValue("DateOnly", tempDate);

Sadly, in the NotesDocument Field Properties tab, the saved value contains both a date and time:

XPages Date Time Value



Thankfully, the solution is very simple. When you create your DateTime object in either Java or JavaScript, before adding it to the doc.replaceItemValue, do the following:

To remove the time from the Date/Time value:

tempDate = session.createDateTime(bean.dateOnly);
tempDate.setAnyTime();//This removes the time value
doc.replaceItemValue("DateOnly", tempDate);

To remove the date from the Date/Time value:

tempDate = session.createDateTime(bean.timeOnly);
tempDate.setAnyDate();//This removes the date value
doc.replaceItemValue("TimeOnly", tempDate);

The above java example is very similar to what you would do in SSJS as well.
As simple as that :)

13 May 2016

My 2 webinars on Optimus XPages: An explosion of techniques and best practices

I’m happy to announce that both my webinar presentations titled “Optimus XPages” are available for viewing.


The first part focuses on techniques and best practices on a high level, where most of the video is presentation slides with a few short demos at the end.

The second video is a lot more fast-past. Nearly the entire video is live code. I pretty much design an XPages Single Page App from start with explanations of what’s happening along the way.

You can delve straight into Part 2, but I do recommend watching Part 1 if you have another 1.5 hours to spare, as it really gives some great insight to how apps should be developed.

Optimus XPages – Part 1: An Explosion of Techniques and Best Practices

Optimus XPages – Part 2: The Deep Dive


I trust you will get great value-add out of these videos. I just want to thank TLCC and Teamstudio for giving me the opportunity to present.

See you on the other side :)
3 May 2016

2 sessions in 1 day. A double whammy of XPages & Bluemix

Come this Tuesday the 10th May 2016, I will be presenting 2 online sessions that focus on IBM XPages and Bluemix.

Session times

Title: The XPages of Things – Integrate Bluemix with Your XPages Applications for a World of Possibilities
Event: IconUS
Date and Time: Tuesday 10th May 2016 – 8:15am (CST)
Duration: 60 Minutes
Title: Optimus XPages Part 2: The Deep Dive
Event: TLCC Online Webinar
Date and Time: Tuesday 10th May 2016 – 10:30am (New York Time)
Duration: 90 Minutes

The XPages of Things – Integrate Bluemix with Your XPages Applications for a World of Possibilities


In this session John will take you through a gripping LIVE demonstration where he pieces together an “Integrated Circuit of Services”, binding an on-premise XPages application with the IBM Bluemix cloud. Learn how to implement Web Sockets for real-time communication; use Watson services to improve user experience, and more.

Join this session and discover how your applications can easily leverage services on the Bluemix cloud to expand on what’s currently possible in XPages.


I’ve been extremely fortunate with this session proving both exciting and successful this year. I show off how easy it is to get up and running with Bluemix integration via on premise software platforms like XPages. Warning…this session is fast-paced, exciting, and most of it is live demonstrations…so if you were hoping for lengthly slide presentations….my apologies ?.

To attend this online session, you need simply register on IconUS’s website, which is free of charge thanks to some awesome sponsors.

I really hope to have you all join in my session. I know it will be worth your time ?.

Optimus XPages Part 2: The Deep Dive


In this webinar, John Jardin will continue his series “Optimus XPages – An Explosion of Techniques and Best Practices”, by providing an end-to-end Deep Dive demonstration on how to apply the methods described in the previous webinar from March, 2016. This follow-on webinar is for the more technical person…a fast paced demo showing off the design and coding, where everything will be explained on the fly.

John will start with a brand new XPages design and end off with a Cloud ready, single page application. Not enough you say? Fear not. John will end the webinar with some easter egg give aways that you don’t want to miss!


I received great feedback from my 1st webinar title “Optimus XPages – An Explosion of Techniques and Best Practices“. That been said, the general feedback what that it was a touch high level, leaving many wondering how to achieve the techniques and practices I mentioned. Well, next week you’ll have the answer.

I will take the core messages from my initial webinar and present them in a live session, showing off the code and practices I used to develop XPages applications. This will be a pretty intense session, as I show off everything live and explain on the fly.

So, if you feel like joining me in this challenge, you can click here to register. I just want to thank TLCC and Teamstudio for giving me this opportunity to present ?.

See you all next week Tuesday ?.
18 Apr 2016

3 weeks left to submit nominations for the IBM Cloud Champion Program

At Interconnect in February this year, IBM announced the Cloud Champion program. Nominations have been open for the past 1.5 months and we are now 3 weeks away from it closing.

Basic Rundown of IBM Cloud Champion Program

  • – Nominations close 6th of May 2016
  • – IBM Cloud Champions will be named in June 2016
  • – Those chosen to be IBM Cloud Champions will keep the title for a period of 18 months (aka end of 2017)
  • – The IBM Cloud Champion program relates to the following areas:
  • – Click here to nominate an IBM Cloud Champion
  • – Click here to understand more about the IBM Cloud Champion program, which includes guidelines to help you decide on who to nominate.
  • – Yes, you may nominate yourself ?

The IBM Champion Nomination Form

The Nomination Form is divided into 5 main areas:

  • – Nominator’s basic info
  • – Nominee’s contact info
  • – Nominee’s basic info
  • – Nominee’s community contributions
  • – Nominee’s content creation and product involvement

Some quick tips when submitting nominations:

  • – Not all fields are compulsory, so only fill in what you are comfortable with
  • – When I submit nominations, I usually use the Nominee’s LinkedIn Profile to obtain the basic and social info
  • – References to their works/contributions are usually in their LinkedIn Profile area as well as their Blog


This is a very exciting program that IBM have launched. It broadens on the skill-set required to be considered as part of the program, thanks primarily to Bluemix’s Ecosystem.

I’ll have submitted all my nominations by this week. It would be great if many of you could do the same…it only takes a few minutes really helps IBM with their decision making at the end of the day.

I look very forward to the announcements in June :)
11 Apr 2016

“XPages on Bluemix” is officially a Space on the XPages Knowledge Base

Yup, thanks to an article published today by yours truly ?, the “XPages on Bluemix” Space is officially active on the XPages Knowledge Base.

This is in no way near where OpenNTF want the XPages Knowledge Base to be, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction. For those who don’t know what the Knowledge Base is, click here for more info.

The first XPages on Bluemix Article

The first article is titled Quick Facts about running XPages on Bluemix. The idea behind the article is simple: To provide the community with a quick-to-reference list of the pros and cons of running an XPages application on the Bluemix cloud. I’ve populated a number of positives and negatives and will most likely be updating this article frequently.

This marks the first of many articles to make their way to “XPages on Bluemix” Space. I will be counting on a few contributors to help me make this a reality, but have no fear, much is already in store ?.

Call To Arms

As always, I implore everyone to please contribute in any way possible. For those who don’t have the time to publish articles, you can easily add value by commenting and providing feedback. The article Quick Facts about running XPages on Bluemix is a great place to start. Either comment on this blog post or if you have an OpenNTF account, you can log into the XPages Knowledge Base and provide feedback directly against the article.

What I’m looking for here is everyone’s questions, suggestions and concerns relating to XPages on Bluemix. I’m planning additional articles that will structure this content to be easily referenced by all. The more transparency we have as a community the better.

Thanks in advance everyone. See you on the other side :)