New IBM supported XPages Extension Framework Deployment Database

It has turned out to be one of those frustrating weekends where servers simply do very odd things ( no css but just on ios devices and on 2 x 853 servers – weird – solved by a full rebuild of the servers ) and the IBM technotes are all 404 ( sounds like a typical weekend you say ).

One of the nice discoveries has been this wiki article from Paul Hannan of IBM about the new way to deploy the Extension Framework.


This is where the bloody gremlins are striking again, I have added this link umpteen times and the = always gets corrupted to

Apache XPages Survey Applications

At FoCul we have been doing quite a bit of XPages work, The single biggest enabler for us has been the generosity of the Lotus community in posting Blogs, Open Source Projects and tutorials – we simply couldn’t have done it without the community.

I work with an excellent developer called Andrew Champion. About 6 months ago we developed an XPages based web survey tool as a commercial product. We wrote it from scratch but it was inspired by the early XPage articles from John Mackay.

We are releasing three versions of the application :

A Pro version
A free Lite version
An Apache Open Source Version

You can see more on our web site , try a demo here and download a copy at OpenNTF.

Let us know what you think.

FoCul Open Source XPages Survey Manager Application

The Survey Manager tool is very configurable and can be integrated into other systems such as your help desk, CRM or other workflow applications.

It has a Notes Administration Interface and an XPages web interface.

There are three versions of the Survey Manager Application.

Pro Version

Fully Supported
Integrates with other systems such as CRM
Allows surveys to be tracked by person
Supports multi-lingual surveys
Exports to Excel
Automatically generates pivot tables and charts in Excel

Lite Version

Annual support package available

OpenNTF Apache Version

Open Source under an Apache Licence at Open NTF

More information is available on on the Product Page


Our latest XPage project

Some of you may have seen me present on the ABB Risk Based Inspection System that FoCul have developed and maintained ABB over the last 10 years. It has been fantastically successful and has contributed over $3 million to efficiency savings for ABB and their customers.

ABB have recognised the additional benefits that XPages can bring and we are now working on a new version of the application. The reason for the move to XPages included :

> A much more modern look and feel
> The ability to bring customers in via a browser offering and still use local replicas
> Multilingual capabilities
> Configurable forms
> In-line charting
> Reduction in replication conflicts through using multiple data sources on forms

There are certainly some challenges along the way but it will be a great system and will give us some great things to blog about.

The XWork server announced by Ed Brill will also be a very useful tool in allowing ABB to deploy this product to their customers as intranet applications.

In the past exploratory discussions around the opportunity to do this kind of thing were always couched in vague terms and we had to work very hard not to confuse the line of business users with “virtual servers” and the dreaded PVU.

Now it is simple – yes absolutely Mr Customer, your customers can run this application platform on their site with no restrictions for about $2000 per year – it doesn’t get much simpler than that.

p.s. thanks to the XPages team for speeding up XPages in the Notes Client in 8.5.3, the project wouldn’t have flown without that.