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Civility in critiquing the ideas of others is no vice. Rudeness in defending your own ideas is no virtue.


Tue 28 Jul 2009, 02:24 PM
Whether I was in the right or in the wrong in my post last night, I have clearly stirred up the hornets.  I have probably also offended numerous people more than I intended, thus proving my contention that a reputation must be carefully guarded.  What is done is done.  For the moment, might I suggest that everybody take a moment and breathe deeply?  We are working with a wonderful product, IBM is pouring money into it to make it better, and virtually everybody involved in any of these shouting matches is part of one program or another, also working to make it better.

Can we agree to disagree?  I don't care much who said what when, and I have heard way more than I would like of "evidence" on every side.  A bunch of people worked hard trying to make OpenNTF a better place, and to allow IBM to contribute fully to OpenNTF.  Some were successful at working within the system, some needed to step out, but all cared enough to try.  There were lots of hurt feelings and righteous indignation on all sides.  Would it be possible to drop it now, knowing that people have probably done and said things with which you don't agree, but are probably still good people doing their best to further the community and their businesses.

Pollyanna –adjective (from dictionary.com)
2.unreasonably or illogically optimistic: some pollyanna notions about world peace. 

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Tue 28 Jul 2009, 12:10 PM
Stepping away from the controversial topic of my last post, one thing that IQJam and Elenchus do both demonstrate is that there are tremendous possibilities in XPage development.  My good friend, Andrew Pollack, has written about some real concerns with the architecture behind XPages, and I always take his opinions very seriously, as he has proven his good judgment over the years, but I also feel it is important to give IBM their due.  Clearly, the feat of programming prowess demonstrated by Tim Tripcony in developing his demo project in XPages, and the feat of creating a polished and shippable product by the Elguji team using XPages, both go to demonstrate that there is a lot of power in the technology.  I must admit, I have not done a lot with XPages, but both of these feats tend to encourage me to look into them further.  The improvements in 8.5.1 also seem to warrant kudos for the IBM developers.  I look forward to seeing what other projects and products emerge from the development community.

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