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On Monday David Leedy released episode 201 of NotesIn9 which focused on 2 primary points:

  1. The future of XPages
  2. The future of NotesIn9

As far as the future of NotesIn9 is concerned, I couldn’t be more excited and honoured to be one of the producers of the show moving forward, and I congratulate Oliver Busse for being one of the other producers. Thank you David Leedy for this opportunity. I have no doubt that great things are to come for this show.

A Quick Back Story

In this year alone, I had the opportunity to not only become proficient in technologies such as Firebase, the MERN stack (MongoDB, Express, React.js and Node.js), ES2015, Node-RED, etc., but I also had the chance to apply most of these technologies in real world projects. Those who follow me on the social channels would’ve noticed that I became somewhat quiet around May this year, just after my Webinar on Optimus XPages: Part 2. It was from May that I had to dive into serious deep learning and deliver results almost weekly using technologies I only had ideas about. I’m now thankfully at a sweet spot where I’ve delivered what was promised for the projects that are done, and where I’m now focusing on how to transfer this knowledge with the confidence of its success in the real world. Queue NotesIn9.

My strategy for NotesIn9

My way of thinking when it comes to developing applications has changed drastically. For example, I am no longer pro full-stack strategies, where you use a single platform like IBM XPages or a framework like Angular to develop end to end solutions. I now prefer a much looser approach, where first and foremost, I completely separate UI from the platform it sits on and secondly, I work via integration middleware and APIs to bring everything together into 1 solution. This is great news because I no longer care if I have to develop an application for Microsoft, XPages, Node.js, etc. I now have the freedom do develop a User Experience that I deem is fit, without worrying about any limitations the platform it runs on may have.

Yes there’s the server-side component to consider, but to me that’s never really been the issue when it comes to developing awesome applications. Server-side architectures are solid for the most part, even if they are sometimes outdated. For me, what makes all the difference in the world is:

  1. Am I limited to what User Experience I can offer my client in terms of presentation and performance
  2. Am I limited to what tools I am forced to use to develop the solution

So here’s the good news. The knowledge I plan on sharing with everyone will speed rocket you into new technologies that are being used everywhere by many thousands of developers. You will be able to use most of this technology not only in your XPages applications, but on other runtimes as well. I’m going to show you the beauty of developing for the cloud, designing micro service strategies, integrating with anything and everything, lightening fast user experiences, etc, etc.


All of this will proudly happen through NotesIn9. The best part is, I haven’t even touched on what David, Oliver and many other contributors are going to bring to the table.

So get ready to get your learning on. Keep an open mind and whatever you do, don’t shy away from the new tech. It’s really not that difficult to grasp and will empower you 100 fold in return.

Cheers for now