Lodahl's blog: 01/01/2009 - 02/01/2009

24 January 2009

Mona Lisa

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Pictures from Lotusphere 2009, Orlando

My pictures from Lotusphere 2009 can soon be found here : http://picasaweb.google.dk/leiflodahl/Lotusphere2009Orlando#

21 January 2009

IBM and OpenOffice.org

I have been speaking to some of the guys working on getting Lotus Symphony launched and I must say I'm impressed. Just a little bit anyway. Symphony is still build on the old OpenOffice.org 1.1.3 but that is actually not the most important thing. The application has been enhanged dramatically and what you first find, is that extra pane to the right. The pane shows you tools that are relevant to what ever you are doing. Very much like the context sensitive right-click. The difference is, that the pane is there when you need it without having to call it.

Besides, Lotus Symphony can be extended with Eclipse plugins and soon you can write macros using Lotus Script. Lotus Script can be initiated from within Lotus Notes or from the Office application. And with access to the UNO api from Lotus Script, you can really get a long way.

Lotus Symphony can be used in composite applications and with that method, you can join data fra Lotus Notes, web pages etc. and wotk with data e.g. in a spreadsheet.

Some time ago, my advise to Lotus Notes customer was to use OpenOffice.org 3.0 for naw but wait and see about Lotus Symphony. I must say that this advise might fall soon. Lotus Notes user: Try Symphony. Its really a cool suite and you can taka advantage of some of the stuff right now, even if you are not on the brand new Lotus Notes 8.5. Lotus Symphony can be extended to wotk with data from older versions of Notes too.

19 January 2009


Thanks to all of you that has wished me happy birthday on my Facebook profile.

18 January 2009

My first day af my first LotusPhere

Ok. Here I am.

LotusPhere 2009, Orlando, Florida!

This is my first LotusPhere and the first day (Business Development Day) is almost over. My impresison?

Perfect arrangement. Even considering that we are about one hour late and that the last slot is cancelled, I guess thats what to expect, when you gather all business partners on one spot. Transportation and logistics are perfect and the hotel facilities are working fine. The delay wwas caused by presentations that were too long.

I'm really looking forward to the upcomming days in the labs. I expect to see much more of Lotus Expeditor, Lotus Symphony and Lotus Sametime. Thats what I'm hooked up with. I don't think I get much time doing development stuff. There are five tracks, and I just have to jump my way though the most interesting things.

Its a wonderfull place here at the Swan and Dolphin resort. It's about 24 degrees celsius outside and the ait condition in the small rooms are not cappale of keeping up with the warm weather.

15 January 2009

LotusPhere - Here I come

I've been looking forward to my trip to Orlando, Florida for months.

Tomorrow morning (early), I'll leave Copenhagen - going to Disney World and LotusPhere.

What will be my scope ?

First of all, I'll try to find as many sessions about Lotus Symphony as possible. I hope to see some examples with Lotus Symphony binded up with Lotus Notes as Composite. I really hope to see how to merge Notes data in spreadsheets/charts and text documents.

Also I will try to find further business opportunities in Lotus Sametime.

Social networking perhaps? If I get the time.