I've been following XPages technology birth with delight. After "dark ages" of scarce news in Domino world this is something that could change the way Lotus Domino technology is perceived by IT managers.
We're about to see the appearance of a new release, 8.5, with this new technology included. I think this could help me to show a state-of-the-art platform, Domino, to future customers, to actual customers, to attendants to Lotus training events. In brief, to anybody I talk and do not know many aspects about Domino technology.
But, in spite of all this new achievements, I still find it difficult to show people how amazing Lotus Domino is. I know about the potential and by being a long term Lotus developer I do know how much things are changing and improving (despite the disappointing news that Domino Designer is not completely Eclipse based yet), but I still find it difficult to show how an impressive tool Domino is.
A few months ago Rocky Oliver and Bob Balaban, and maybe some other bloggers, asked people for ideas in order to renew the templates being delivered with Domino. By the way, Notes templates have an obsolete and outdated look and feel, in my modest opinion, and I avoid showing them to potential customers (excepting the Blog template).
The reason for writing this entry in my blog is because I have not seen any movement in that direction from IBM. As the market trends in Spain are not very good for Lotus Domino, and I would like to have heard from the wrong sources and be completely wrong, I've thought something could be done, and IBM should get involved.
What I do need, better what we do need, in order to show everybody how good Lotus Domino is, is a superb XPages application. And I mean superb, because what competency is doing maybe is not superb but it looks as if it was.
The look and feel has to be, again, state-of-the-art CSS, Web 2.0, show Web Services integration, maybe use also the potential of using widgets. I think the answers to Rocky and Bob questions provide tons of ideas. It has to be good from inside but primarily look very nice from outside. It has to be something that can be shown outside of our small community, the Lotus community, and could compete in interest in global technology forums, and we could say proudly, it's done with Lotus Domino. Yes it is!
Maybe I've been a little impatient and in LotusSphere something like this is going to be announced. Again, I would like to find that this post is completely wrong and that new superb XPages application is in the oven right now.
PD: I know people from Ideajam are working in an XPages version and maybe that is going to be that superb tool.