Friday, November 24, 2006

Interface Matters

There has been some criticism of web interfaces produced by domino developers. There is a perception that the majority of domino web interfaces (and Notes) have fallen out of the ugly tree and hit every branch. From time to time I come across some very poor examples of (shock horror) other environments that have less than beautiful interfaces. I came across one today. Its a paid-for-out-of-the-box web application, in a trial phase, so the web app must be relatively new.

It's not a reason give up and produce poor interfaces, its just that Domino web apps and Notes apps do not have a monopoly on bad user interfaces.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006


I was so energized by the Ed Brill presentation, that I decided that it was time for me to get involved in the Lotus community and start a professional blog, rather than the one I've been using to keep family and friends up-to-date.

I couldn't decide what should be the first post. I thought that perhaps an introduction would be good. I'm really not that interesting, so here is a little about me in bullet points.

  • Left University with Degree in Computer Science.
  • Started working for Lotus UK on the Help Desk, supporting Notes v2.1, cc:Mail and Organiser.
  • Left Lotus and started working at a UK start up for a large US Lotus Business Partner.
  • Left the Business Partner to start contracting.
  • Started contracting for Lotus Consulting UK.
  • Decided to have a quick look at what Sydney, Australia had to offer.
  • Started on Contract with Lotus Consulting in Australia, which then became/merged with IBM Software Group Services.
  • Got married.
  • Left IBM to working in a finance organisation.
  • Had two children and became an Aussie.
  • Left the finance organisation and started working for a large Australian IBM business partner.

So far during my career, I've built solutions for clients using Lotus Notes/Domino and related products (Quickplace, Domino.doc, Workflow..even ViP for those that remember). In the last couple of years I've been more involved with the Java/J2EE world which I find interesting. So far I've been using IBM products such as WAS, Portal and Rational Application Developer - but have been keeping my eye on the open source products.

I've also become interested in the Project Management discipline and recently been deemed competent to be certified as a Registered Project Manager (RPM) with the Australian Institute of Project Management.

However, I'm still a techie at heart....

...and if you are wondering, the quick look at Australia became a little more permanent.