Sametime and QuickPlace

By Steve Gillmor  |  Posted 2004-05-14 Print this article Print

Will the IM and presence code ship with the Messaging client? Yes, there will be presence, awareness and IM built into both the Messaging and the Docs solution. We wont have full-blown conferencing or team spaces yet in the first version, but youll see that in the second half of the year.
Are team spaces based on the QuickPlace constructs?
Yes, we shipped the first release of shared team spaces in November, based on the QuickPlace/eRoom metaphor and built on the J2EE/DB2/Portal stack in Workplace. Its not using the underlying Domino code? No. We have continued to improve the ability to surface Domino applications and QuickPlace, etc., as native portlets inside of WebSphere Portal environment, and we made a very significant improvement to that application portlet last quarter. Click here to read more about IBMs efforts to bring Domino and WebSphere closer together. How does that relate to this project? It relates to it only in that we are fundamentally on a path of converging the Notes/Domino-based technologies with Workplace. One example is the work that were doing on the Domino side to surface Domino data and applications through WebSphere Portal-quality portlets. Another example is that in the Workplace client technology, weve used the Eclipse framework and the SWT [Simple Widget Toolkit] controls that are part of Eclipse to make Notes available as a plug-in into this Workplace client environment. In the Notes 7 timeframe, first quarter of next year, a Workplace user could be using Workplace Documents and Messaging, and then also bring up Notes applications run fully native against Notes DLLs and EXEs in a window in a plug-in inside the Workplace client environment. Whats the migration path for the Domino Designer client? Whats the tool for constructing and provisioning these Workplace systems? We recognize that theres a spectrum of tool needs that range from power user to professional developer. The professional-developer angle is pretty easy—right now, you can use Eclipse toolkits like WebSphere Studio and others, and some of the Rational toolsets as well, to build components that can be used in this environment. The power user can surface existing applications through Portlet Builder and those kind of tools. Were also including a new tool in Workplace called Workplace Builder—a visual QuickPlace-like, Web-based environment where a power user could tailor a team space or a document library. Going forward, it will become an assembly environment for assembling components that were created either in tools like WebSphere Studio or the upcoming Workplace Designer tool that youll see in the second half, that will be more on the order of Domino Designer in serving a VB/Domino audience. Will that be entirely server-based, or will it include provisioning and design capabilities for the new desktop client? Ultimately, it will have both. I dont know yet what will happen in the second half. Ultimately, our goal is to be able to build an application and choose selectively whether its provisioned and accessed straightforward from a browser or provisioned and accessed from a rich client as rich-client-enabled. Next page: Spanning reach to rich.

Steve Gillmor is editor of's Messaging & Collaboration Center. As a principal reviewer at Byte magazine, Gillmor covered areas including Visual Basic, NT open systems, Lotus Notes and other collaborative software systems. After stints as a contributing editor at InformationWeek Labs, editor in chief at Enterprise Development Magazine, editor in chief and editorial director at XML and Java Pro Magazines, he joined InfoWorld as test center director and columnist.

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