Programming Lotus Notes with Visual Basic – much is wrong.

Much of what is out there is plain wrong, which is not surprising.  Of the stuff which does work, it’s poorly documented.  That does not surprise either.

Here are a couple of pointers for novice Lotus Notes/Visual Basic programmers.

Lotus Notes and Domino 6 Programming Bible Lotus Notes and Domino 6 Programming Bible
Get a copy of the Lotus Notes and Domino 6 Programming Bible.  It is considered a good source for Lotus Notes programming.  And if you want to do Lotus Script or JavaScript programming, it’s really helpful.  After having done some Notes related programming, I’m going to re-read it to pick up what I missed the first time around.

NotesPeek
notespeek I spent plenty of time peering at NSF files using NotesPeek.  NotesPeek let you look into the structure of Notes’ database files.  A much simpler way of working things out, then the “French Cafe” technique.
I’ve also used NotesPeek allowed me to identify an issue with a popular Notes <-> Windows Mobile synchronisation product.
I’m very grateful that Ned Batchelder wrote it.  You can download it here.

Some websites/articles
Lotus Notes Ninjas
Notes411
OpenNTF – Detach files using COM
Language differences between LotusScript and Visual Basic
Common ground- COM access to Domino objects
Calling Notes CAPI from C#/Visual Studio

 

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