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

Mon 10 Jan 2011, 11:22 AM
Imagine somebody who know a lot about Lotus Notes/Domino, has been a developer of classic Notes applications for years, knows LotusScript and formula language, and only minor amounts of JavaScript or Java.  If that person asked you for the most intro level, what-is-it-and-how-do-I-start resource, is there a page in Designer help, or a presentation from a previous conference, or a wiki or something to hand that person?

I have had this question asked of me, even asked the question myself at one point, and I wonder if people could agree on some place "to start".  It is fine to add places to go next, but most of all, where do they start?

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Mon 10 Jan 2011, 09:16 AM
There aren't many races where being in ninety-one thousandth place would be good, but for a book, especially a software development book, it isn't too shabby.  I hope that the six copies people have bought through the Virtual Bookstore have helped.

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Of course, that doesn't even make Mastering XPages the best selling development book in the Virtual Bookstore, and I hope we can get it lower and show IBM and others that writing books for Lotus Software development is a winning proposition.  While I haven't checked every book, the best selling development books in the Virtual Bookstore appear to be Dojo: The Definitive Guide at #67,368 and Professional JavaScript for Web Developers at #65,536, neither of which is tied to Lotus Software. Wouldn't it be great if the sexy new technology added to the software with millions and millions served (skip that seat count crap) could beat out generic development books?  

And you don't even want to know the rank for Beginning SharePoint Designer 2010.  Trust me.  Although I note that it costs less than half what the Mastering XPages book does, which might be worth noting.

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