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Why we need a little Assist

Wed 21 Oct 2015, 10:28 AM

by Ben Langhinrichs
Users of our AppsFidelity and Midas products will notice something new the next time we release a version (very soon). Along with each there will be an additional Assist DLL/Library. For example, along with the AppsFidelity software there will be either an AppsFidelityAssist32.dll (Windows 32-bit), AppsFidelityAssist64.dll (Windows 64-bit) or (Linux). It seems likely that we will introduce an AIX version again, so when we do, it will have its own Assist library. 
The reason for this new DLL/Library is that new functionality we are adding to our products require more modern compilers than IBM Notes/Domino supports for building extensions. From now on, when we want to take advantage of those features, the code will be added to the Assist DLL rather than the core DLL. This also allows us to separate some of the work so that core Notes changes will happen here, and some of the other work will happen in Virginia or one of our other locations.
Why should you care? Well, you shouldn't care much, except that this is also the first step towards separating out some of our Notes-specific functionality into support for other platforms, and also for adding support for features such as PDF generation to our Notes-specific products. We are growing and expanding, and you will see the benefits soon. For those already on our maintenance/upgrades plan, these new features will be in free upgrades, so your ROI will increase without you having to do anything but download.
Stay tuned for more details as they become available.

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