Hannover and Java

 
 
By eweek  |  Posted 2005-11-18 Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Will "Hannover" be a J2EE framework with components of Notes or vice versa? Its which side of the window youre looking at it from. There will be elements of Workplace technologies and Java around the "Hannover" client, and there will be elements of Notes. All Notes applications will run in "Hannover," but it will be augmented with new services from Workplace as well, especially as we bring forward some of the ideas around composite applications and some of the ideas around activity-centric computing. Those are going to come from the Workplace world and augment the capabilities of Notes. The design weve come up with will look like a natural step forward for Notes users, and it will also look like an innovative, compelling place for non-Notes users. Will there be a version of Notes without the Workplace add-ins?
Sure. The whole concept of Workplace client technology, which is an underpinning of this whole strategy, is that everything is componentized, so therefore you can use as much or as little of the technology as you want. So for someone who just wants the basic capabilities they have with Notes today—with the applications, mail, calendar, etc.—and they want to take those forward to "Hannover," theyll be a natural step for them to do that. But from the services on the back end, which are all built around this concept of an SOA, well have a policy-control mechanism that will allow you to enable users to get access to more and more services progressively as you want to make them available to end users.
Youre really driving Java. What about PHP or other scripting languages? Any vendor who doesnt have their eye on whats going on in open standards, open source and open communities really has their head in the sand. Youll see more and more introduction of open technologies into our product line moving forward—things like RSS feeds, blogs, wikis—all of those things are elements of the collaborative platform and are emerging elements in the platform. You may have seen that we added blog support for Workspace, sample blog components in our Workplace Designer tool product, so people can take a sample and customize it, and it can look and feel any way they want and they can deploy it into a portal. Click here to read more about IBM adding prefab blogging to Workplace Designer. PHP is something were looking at, just like weve looked at all of the technologies coming out. Scripting has always been an important element of the collaborative world from an application development environment. The new Workplace Designer tools support Javascript as an environment, which is still one of the popular scripting environments. PHP is something we have to address as we go forward as well, but I think youll see more and more of the open environments start to get filtered through. I dont want to dwell on the market share for too long, but most analyst firms are now reporting that Notes/Domino has been slipping in the past two years. I think what you see is that the different market share studies are all showing different numbers. Yes, but overall theyre all showing now that Microsoft went up a little bit while … Yes, I think during that time period and during some of the confusion, there was a couple of point shifts, but were talking about a couple point shifts in two companies that have in the mid-40s [percentage market share], and four years ago there was a couple points the other way. I think with our intent with "Hannover" and Notes 7 were going to see it go back the other way. We dont see it as a long-term trend; we see it as a temporary blip. I cant help what other people put in the press and what other people put in the rumor mills, but I can prove them wrong. Id rather show up with code, any day of the week. Next Page: Confusion over Notes and Workplace.



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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