Archives for the ‘Ukuvuma’ Category

23 Oct 2013
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Join me at IBM’s “The Future of mail is Social” Event

IBM is hosting an event at The Palazzo Hotel at Monte Casino in Fourways, Gauteng, on the 24th October 2013 (Tomorrow), from 9:00am – 1:00pm.


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The Theme of this event is The Future of Mail is Social, and focuses on the strengths of IBM Notes and Domino 9 Social Edition as a messaging and application platform. This event will be led by IBM’s Andre Horak and Benjamin Russouw, who will take you through the workings of IBM Notes 9 Social Edition, as well as all the free entitlements that IBM offers alongside it.

I am honored to be selected as a guest speaker at this event, and will be delivering a series of live demos that show off the power that is IBM Notes 9. From a Responsive Web Application that’s mobile friendly, to a saucy demo of how a Mail Platform should function and integrate with your business solutions.

So join me at this interactive event, where you will also be able to participate in the discussions that take place. Click here to register now.

PS: You’ll see on this Blog at the bottom right corner, is a “Live Chat” toolbar. Feel free to ask me any questions that you may have.

Hope to see you tomorrow
John Jardin
20 Jul 2012
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A quick example of the Dynamic Content & Data View Controls used in an XPages App

Hi Everyone. I’ve finally made some time to test out a few features from the XPages Extension Library. It was a bit of a learning curve, but it’s looking good.

Click here to view a Demo of these Controls.

I apologize in advance if there’s a small delay when using this App. It’s been hosted on a Server in South Africa…so the Internet Line is to blame.

Anyways…below is a list of Controls I’m using in the XPages App:

1. On top you’ll see the XPages Debug Control that was created by Mark Leusink and is available on OpenNTF. It’s very cool in the sense that it allows you to print messages directly to the Control and not via the Server Console. It also allows you to see all Scoped Variables that are being used in the XPage. Finally, it has an awesome feature where you can execute SSJS Scripts and view the result. I am very happy with this Control.

2. I’m using the Application Layout to control the Look and Feel of the XPage. It’s always a massive time saver. Click here to view the Video from NotesIn9 that explains the Application Layout in more detail.

3. in the Left Section I’m using the Navigation Control made available in the XPages Extension Library. This was a trick and a half, but I managed to use Partial Refreshes for all my onclick events. This allows me to use 1 XPage and multiple Custom Controls.

4. Depending on loading time, you might see the XPage go into Standby during the Partial Refresh. This is thanks to the Standby Custom Control which is available for download from OpenNTF. This is an awesome feature that needs no additional resources to function.

5. I have 2 views in the Main Content Section. These are Data Views that I am using from the XPages Extension Library. It’s safe to say that I am currently using very basic functionality from the Data View. There’s a lot more that you can do with it.

6. The 2 Data Views exist in a Dynamic Content Control, also from the XPages Extension Library. I won’t go into too much detail about this except that the Dynamic Control keeps your XPage light, and only loads Controls when they are needed. Very awesome stuff.

I am quite happy with what I’ve achieved in the last 3 hours. I had to put a few hacks in place to make everything work with Partial Refreshes, but all in all it was quite easy to implement.

I highly recommend the XPages Extension Library Book. It’s a life saver.

Till next time. Enjoy :)

12 Jan 2012
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Automated Testing in XPages

Greetings everyone. I am very happy to announce that I have found a way to automate testing in XPages.

I attended Microsoft’s Tech Ed Event last year, and one of the tools that impressed me heavily, was Visual Studio’s Unit Testing Automation. What I enjoyed most was how you could setup a Test Case by recording what you were doing on the Screen, and then playback that Test Case. What was even more impressive was when the Test Case failed. When this happened, Visual Studio would take you to the line in your code where the Test Case failed.

Now, this is probably old news for Visual Studio Developers, but it’s quite rare for Domino Developers to have this capability. I’ve searched online and have not found any Testing Automation Toolkit for the physical Lotus Notes Client as yet, but I did stumble upon Selenium, which I am now using to automate testing in my XPages Applications.

 

What Is Selenium

The following extract is from Selenium’s Home Page:

Selenium automates browsers. That’s it. What you do with that power is entirely up to you. Primarily it is for automating web applications for testing purposes, but is certainly not limited to just that. Boring web-based administration tasks can (and should!) also be automated as well.

Selenium has the support of some of the largest browser vendors who have taken (or are taking) steps to make Selenium a native part of their browser. It is also the core technology in countless other browser automation tools, APIs and frameworks.

 

For our purpose though, Selenium provides a means of recording your Xpages Testing, and then re-running that test or tests. The below video will show you how I setup and run a Test Case using Selenium IDE on our Online XPages Showcase. You’re more than welcome to use our Showcase to test Selenium. The below video was published through David Leedy’s NotesIn9 Series. Be sure to check out more videos from his Website, or through iTunes.

 

A few important Notes when Testing with Selenium

1. Selenium IDE is a Firefox Add-On. I’m not aware of any other Add-On for IE, Chrome, etc.

2. From what I’ve read, Selenium IDE gives you a small taste of what Selenium can actually do. I’ve however not had the time to explore this product any further.

3. From the feedback I’ve received and from my own tests, it seems that Selenium struggles a bit when it comes to testing certain Dojo and JQuery Controls. I will be testing this further, and will update this Blog Post as soon as I find a way around this. I am also expecting a lot of feedback from the Community, who I hope will also list many Tips, tricks etc.

That’s it from me. Enjoy the Video, and please leave feedback if and when you have time.

Cheers :)

 

5 Jan 2012
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Video Demo: Updated Ukuvuma XPages Showcase

Hi Everyone. It’s been quite a while since my last post. I apologize for that. Holiday season and all :).

So, i decided to kick-off this lovely year by upgrading our online XPages Showcase. The initial version (Version 1) was designed using Notes/Domino 8.5.2 and made use of the oneuiv2 Theme. Now that we’re running Notes/Domino 8.5.3, I’m using some of the cool features that Xpages provides. An example of this is the Javascript and CSS optimization and the oneuiv2.1 Theme.

So, long story short, we now have a Version 2 XPages Showcase. I created a short Demo Video that gives you a walk-through of some of the features that I use.

To access the Showcase, simply Click Here, and login using the Username “guest” and Password “guest“.

Please feel free to leave any feedback. It’s always appreciated and welcome.

I’ll soon be adding many more features and samples to our XPages Showcase, including a JQuery Accordion Control, Dojo Grids, our new JQuery Mask Control that we’ll be submitting on OpenNTF very soon, and much much more.

We’ll also very soon be launching our .Net Showcase. I’m very excited about this. Sorry to all the IBMers, but trust me, you’ll see what mean when it’s launched.

Until next time. Enjoy :)

25 Oct 2011
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Ukuvuma welcomes its newest Xpage to the Showcase – The Timesheet Dashboard

Hi Everyone. Well, here it is. I promised this yesterday, but I decided to include a Video walk through of the Timesheet Dashboard, and I struggled a bit to get the Dojo Accordion Control to work in IE7 & 8. Thanks Paul Withers for your help.

In this Blog Entry, I explain the technical features of the Timesheet Dashboard. To test out the Timesheet Dashboard, click here to open up the Ukuvuma Xpages Showcase. Additionally, you can watch the below video which gives you a walk through of the Timesheet System in our Xpages Showcase.

 

 
OVERVIEW OF TIMESHEET DASHBOARD:

The idea behind the Timesheet Dashboard, is to allow Users to quickly Add, View and Edit their Timesheets without having to navigate away from the Page or wait for the Page to reload. This is where Xpages is very powerful. once the Users Timesheets are added, they can then navigate to the Project Manager Report and view their captured timesheets per Project.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION REGARDING THE TIMESHEET DASHBOARD:

The Timesheet Dashboard makes use of the following additional Custom Controls that aren’t shipped with Domino 852:

  • Dojo Accordion Container + Pane – Used to separate General Details from Claim Details – ( Xpages Extension Library )
  • Tooltip Control - Used to create Tooltip Popups when hovering over Information or Help Icons – ( Xpages Extension Library )
  • Dialog + Dialog Button Bar – Used to Edit Timesheet Records in the Repeat Control - ( Xpages Extension Library )
  • View Picklist Control – Used to select Projects for the Timesheet Document - ( Mark Hughes )
Over and above these controls, I also use a Repeat Control with a Pager to display already captured Timesheets.
MENTAL NOTES WHEN WORKING WITH THESE CONTROLS:
  1. The Dojo Accordion Container does not work properly in IE7 and 8 if you do not specify a height in the Style Properties.
  2. Add a Panel to each Accordion Pane and then add your content into the Panel.
  3. Make sure that your Tooltip Controls refresh if the controls they are mapped to are refreshed. If not, they lose their binding to the mapped Control.
I trust you will enjoy, and please as always, feel to provide as much feedback as you want.
Many Thanks
John
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