HCL Notes Client V12 webinar

Panagenda and HCL hosted a webinar on Thursday 22nd April 2021 which we attended. Barry Rosen (HCL), Kim Greene (Kim Greene Consulting), and Christoph Adler and Daniel Klas (panagenda) were hosting the event which was focused on the Notes Client.

The long beta period, with three consecutive betas helped HCL polish V12. The biggest innovation is going to be the possibility of having the Notes Client viewable in a browser. Some attendees mentioned poor performance, though, so I hope that HCL can sort it out before the release. For companies trying to reduce the dependency on the fat, heavy Notes Client, this will be a welcome innovation, although I expect that the more complex Notes Client applications will still need to be run locally.

The points that caught my attention were:

Improved HTML rendering

This has been a pain point for years now. Admittedly, this is no easy task, since there is no standard, be it RFC or otherwise, of how e-mails with HTML should render in different clients, so correctly rendering incoming e-mails is a time-intensive, frustrating task, since each e-mail client follows their own standard. HTML rendering in the Notes Client was stuck in the nineties, though, so this is going to be less of an embarrassment.

Keyboard navigation in the Workspace

This is particularly welcome for the more nerdy users, for whom the loss of keyboard navigation would be annoying

64bit Basic Client

The Windows version of the basic client is transitioning to 64bit (The mac version is already 64 bit). HCL is still putting it in beta, to give time for third-party developers to update their dlls. It’s a most welcome improvement, though. I’m very relieved that the basic client is getting more care and attention – presumably because it’s the basic client that is the core of the ‘client on iPad and Webbrowser’ , and that we are slowly reverting the abomination that is the Standard Client (The decision to port the client as a RCP Eclipse application was one of IBM’s major blunders in my opinion)

The second part of the webinar was a presentation of panagendas Marvel Client upgrade functionality. As usual, Christoph Adler rattled off the presentation at his usual 400wpm, and left me as usual impressed with the speed of the update, and with the breadth of different configurations that the upgrader can cope with.

Adé Nathan

Nathan T. Freeman passed away on 12th April 2021.

He was one of the gurus of the Notes/Domino developer community, very much at the cutting edge of technology and always pushing the boundaries of what was possible with our beloved Notes stack. An early adopter of XPages, he was one of the first to show that one could significantly improve the quality of the XPages applications by concentrating on pure Java Development (which was unfortunately hidden under the covers of XPages), and also one of the first ones to eschew it.

He was one of the founders of OpenNTF, and in a lucky twist of fate his initial were NTF, the file extension for Notes templates, which I always found particularly nifty.

He had an abrasive online personality completely belied by his charm and affability when met in person. I had the pleasure of emptying a bottle of whisky with him on a long night in Eindhoven at the Engage meetup. Eloquent and quick-witted, he was a pleasure to talk to, and an excellent intellectual sparring partner.

Due to unfortunate circumstances his family is in dire straights, I include a GoFundMe link if you would like to contribute.

We will miss you Nathan.

Andrew and the SNoUG Team