Posts Tagged ‘ibm’

9 Nov 2015

What’s Happening to the Stability of Software!!!

I’ve reached a point where I am amazed at the overall lack of quality and stability of software being released nowadays. I know it’s not just me who thinks but but it seems such a common trend that I had to blog about it and have my say.

On Apple’s side I am disgusted!! I’ve never witnessed so many bugs (in the last 2 years) as I have in total since the 1st iPod came out. What happened to Quality? What happened to Perfection? The very values I would constantly boasted of Apple since I started using it have disappeared. I remember laughing at those who showed off Android and Windows Mobile, thinking to myself: “That’s fine. Keep your Android. Keep your Windows. Just don’t sell it to me”!! But now, Apple are on the bandwagon, following the way of Microsoft.

And speaking of Microsoft, oh the stories i’ve heard!!! I don’t dare even upgrade to Windows 8.1, let alone 10. I’ll stay on Windows 8.0, manage the bugs I currently face and leave it at that. My colleagues constantly upgrade their Windows Operating Systems in hopes that their current problems will disappear. Only to find themselves wasting their weekends, rolling back to the versions they had. And I hear Windows 10 is a required install for those running 8.1? Seriously?

I’m so disappointed at the level of quality on most platforms I use today that I don’t know what to tell myself. Cross platform mobile dev has become a pain in the ***! Web Development has become a pain in the ***! I can’t help but feel that nowadays I have to budget up to 40% of my project’s time just dealing with software platform stability issues and bugs. And for what…so Vendors can release their software updates every week or month or year in hopes of competing?

I don’t mean to target an individual product house, because it’s not  just 1 or 2, but many. All I’m curious to know is…how much longer will buggy software be pushed out before those responsible wake up and realise that they’ve hurt themselves and now need to make a decision?

My vent for the day :(

17 Sep 2015

User Group Update: A rename & an identity. We’re getting there!

Things are getting exciting!!! We have renamed our local User Group and finally have some branding.

SALUG is now AfriTUG

We thought long and hard about this one, but it was ultimately decided that we needed a name that encompasses not just South Africa, but Africa as a whole. Also thanks to IBM Bluemix, we don’t want the focus of the User Group only on Enterprise Social Software (aka XPagesConnections, etc.), but also on the exciting technologies that Bluemix offers.

So without any further adieu, we give you…


Our new look

To celebrate this rename, we now officially have a logo. This is thanks to a great design team by the name of Gist Marketing. Check out below some great examples of what we have so far:




Where to find us

For the meantime, you can find AfriTUG on the following social sites:




We have a very exciting roadmap ahead for this community and are committed to progress as rapidly as humanly possible, so stay tuned!!!



28 Aug 2015

Africa’s Technology User Group is now on

It’s finally here!!! Africa’s Technology User Group (aka AFRITUG) has just been launched on

This meetup is for those interested in technology and innovation focused primarily around IBM platforms. Whether you’re a newbie, a specialist, or a general user of the technology, there’s a place for you here. Activities will include local meetups, events, workshops, skills growth, showcases, demos and much much more.

We are in the beginning stages of this group and will soon be uploading valuable content as well as scheduled meetups. In the meantime, it will be great to start connecting with everyone.

Click here to join now and stay tuned for more. See you on the other side :)

20 Aug 2015

IBM Domino Tip: Pass HTML to RichTextItem without using MIMEEntity


This is a quick tip on how to include HTML when populating a RichTextItem object without using MIMEEntity in IBM Notes/Domino.

First some venting

It’s amazing how certain easter egg features have been available in the Domino Object Model since release 5, that I’ve managed to keep missing, yet constantly required. This morning I happened to stumble across one of them.

For the longest time, whenever I needed to send out a mail programatically via code that needed even the slightest bit of HTML, I would resort to using a MIMEEntity object. Which is great don’t get me wrong, but most of the time it’s actually overkill. This morning, all I wanted to do in my RichTextItem is include a URL (Not a doclink, but a predefined URL). I would do this by using:


This was never an issue for me back in the day because, in IBM Notes Mail, Notes would see it as a url and convert it into a hyperlink. In my particular case when testing with Gmail and Outlook, the url just showed as plain text and nothing more. “Oh crap!” are the words I believe I used this morning. I kept thinking…”here we go again with MIMEEntity“.

Thankfully, I took a minute to double check the Designer Help. At first I noticed that there were no real options for me in the RichTextItem object, but when taking a look at the RichTextStyle object (this is used to provide standard font changes, etc. in your RichTextItem), I noticed what is right now to me the most beautiful object property of the year….PassThruHTML!!!

The Solution

Using my example above, assuming you have a RichTextStyle object initiated, all I needed to do was the following:

RichTextItem.appendText("<a href=""></a>");

That’s it. Domino converts the text into HTML and applies it to your RichTextItem object. I’ve spent the day kicking myself for not seeing this before, but I think I’m over it now. As long as this blog post can help others early enough from following the same road I travelled.

Till next time :)


15 May 2015

XPages Tip: Filter your design elements for quicker navigation

This is a quick tip on how to filter your design elements in Domino Designer to help quickly find what you’re looking for.

I have to laugh at myself sometimes. 80% into one of my recent XPages Projects, I found myself completely frustrated, trying to pinpoint 1 of many custom control designs in Domino Designer. I almost fell off my chair when I realised that the solution was staring me in the face the entire time.

In Domino Designer, irrelevant of if you’re viewing XPages design elements, custom controls, views, forms, etc, there is a filter option on the top right side of the content Pane. This allows you to track a certain design element using a keyword. As long as that keyword exists in the design element name or alias column, you’re good to go.


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Pity I only found this out now :(

Hope this helps.

Cheers. John


Thanks to Tommy Valand and Per Lausten for suggesting Ctrl + Shift + R, which searches for any design element by name in applications that are open in DDE.

Per also referenced a great blog post: “10 Eclipse Navigation Shortcuts every Java programmer should know