Sunday, 11 January 2009

Where are the Lotus Domino/Notes books?

This may be considered a bit of a rant, but I'm due.

I'm excited about the features coming in Domino 8.5. I've especially excited about DAOS, and X-pages.

For those who don't know me, I'm a Domino admin for an ASP who hosts our own Domino based web applications. I don't have a lot of time at work to play with any new software, and my wife, daughter and house keep my personal life quite busy. Oh, and often work as well. Part of the function of my job is that of a one-stop IT shop. I manage about 70 devices ranging from Domino to Windows servers and desktops, firewalls and IPS devices.

I went to my local bookstore this afternoon and wandered through their computer book selection, but despite the fact I could buy 12 different books about how to use my iPhone (none of them mentioned Traveller), there was not even a single Lotus book. Was I surprised? No, not really.

So I wandered over to the computerized index/kiosk and did a search for 'Lotus Domino'. I received 126 results, but not a single one of them covered Domino 8, and only one of those covered Domino 7. The same search for 'Lotus Notes' found 153 books, again with no Domino 8 books, and the same Domino 7 one.

Perhaps, just perhaps that if we are trying to get people to accept Note and Domino 8.x, and especially Xpages, we should get to writing books and articles that will allow us to help and gather in those users, developers and admins who need to learn more about Domino/Notes, but don't have the ability to attend Lotusphere or the View or other direct training events.

I never complain about something without offering a solution. I'm going to use this space to point fingers at good, solid Domino 8.5 resources. Not a 'Notes 8.5 has been released sort of thing, but to good solid code examples, how-to articles and the like. If you have something to add, leave a comment, and I'll add you to the list.