Monday, December 28, 2009


We started to use XFDF approach when create PDF file. I have to say that FDF is nothing, XFDF is power :). XFDF approach much easier to use and to debug.

For debugging I used Firefox plug-in XSL Results it works good.

So what steps you have to do if you want to use this approach.

  1. get NotesDocumentCollection of document you want to export to PDF
  2. export it using NotesDXLExporter to dxl file
  3. get NotesXSLTransformer and use it :)
  4. check result

you may have problem if you are not familiar with XSL. There are many good sites where you can read about it.

Here is an example on openntf

Here is my first example of XSL for generation XFDF file. It can help to somebody.

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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Use XFDF approach insted of FDF when create PDF file

My fellow just shown me that my approach that I posted on my blog couple weeks ago
how to create PDF using FDF is old one :)
It is shame for me :) that I did not find XFDF approach.

Anywhere from now I would recommend to use XFDF approach when you want to generate PDF file. The idea is similar to FDF but done via real XML. It is much easy to work with it and it is readable :)

Here is simple XFDF file, it demonstrate how it looks.

As you see it is really simple XML file and it will use http://ip/pdf_form.pdf file to show data from XFDF file.

Now I am looking for 'opposite way'. Let's say I'm opened PDF file using XFDF approach and add some values to this PDF file. How I can get export this data back then to XFDF file? Does anybody have such experience?

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Lotus Notes integration with Skype

Hi guys,

Let me introduce our new product Skytus - live integration Lotus Notes with Skype.

I would like to share it to our community :) and want to get feedback as much as possible as I'm one of developer. I'm interesting about each opinion!

We used C++ and Lotus Notes to make this product. Of course it is only beta and there are some issues there, we will fix it later.

Actually this is only demonstration of our possibilities and knowledge in Lotus Notes Integration area, so if you have any question regarding integration with Lotus Notes, you can contact us directly!

here is a site:
here is a download page:




UPDATE: We have decided to close the website due to very low interest to skytus.

Friday, December 18, 2009

do you want to re-configurate your server?

I hope everybody knows this, but I just tried it first time in my life (before I only read about this), so just confirm that it is work :)

find notes.ini in domino directory

- make local copy (who know -) probably it will help later)
- remove all line except these:


fix path and run domino then, now you can manage it again from "draft"

Thursday, December 17, 2009

How to do authentication in google analytics in LN

Here is an example how to do authentication in google analytics. This example was written not by me (author is Mikael Thuneberg), I just would like to share it here as well, because this example helped me a lot.

There are many example in web with VBA example to get data from Google Analytics (I work on that topic as well).

Public Function getGAauthenticationToken(email As String, password As String)

'Fetches GA authentication token, which can then be used to fetch data with the getGAdata function
'Created by Mikael Thuneberg

Dim objhttp As Variant
Dim authToken As Variant

Dim URL As String
Dim tempAns As String
Dim authResponse As String
Dim ch As String

Dim CurChr As Integer
Dim authTokenStart As Integer

If email = "" Then
getGAauthenticationToken = ""
Exit Function
End If

If password = "" Then
getGAauthenticationToken = "Input password"
Exit Function
End If

'hex password
CurChr = 1
Do Until ((CurChr - 1) = Len(password))
ch = Mid(password, CurChr, 1)
Select Case Asc(ch)
Case 48 To 57, 65 To 90, 97 To 122
tempAns = tempAns & Mid(password, CurChr, 1)
Case 32
tempAns = tempAns & "%" & Hex(32)
Case Else
tempAns = tempAns & "%" & Format(Hex(Asc(Mid(password, CurChr, 1))), "00")
End Select

CurChr = CurChr + 1
password = tempAns

On Error GoTo errhandler

' authentication
Set objhttp = CreateObject("MSXML2.ServerXMLHTTP")
URL = ""
objhttp.Open "POST", URL, False
objhttp.setRequestHeader "Content-type", "application/x-www-form-urlencoded"
objhttp.send ("accountType=GOOGLE&Email=" & email & "&Passwd=" & password & "&service=analytics&Source=tool-1.0")

authResponse = objhttp.responseText

If InStr(1, authResponse, "BadAuthentication") = 0 Then
authTokenStart = InStr(1, authResponse, "Auth=") + 4
authToken = Right(authResponse, Len(authResponse) - authTokenStart)
getGAauthenticationToken = authToken
getGAauthenticationToken = "Authentication failed"
End If

Exit Function
getGAauthenticationToken = "Authentication failed"
Resume basta
End Function

Here is another example, it gets real data from Google Analytics.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Use JSMin when do web developing

I started to use JSLint and JSMin just couple weeks ago but now I have to say that everybody must use it.
Today I used JSMin and I have to say that In my case it saves ~22% of space (original size was 28kb and after minimization it was 22kb).

So, now when you are ready to put your JS libraries to productive server, use JSMin always! It is really cool (at least I think so :) )



Sunday, December 13, 2009

Create PDF / FDF in Lotus Notes using LS

I had task where I should create PDF file from template and fill fields by values from documents
So what did I do?

I spoke with my colleagues :-) they recommended to use FDF Toolkit For Windows, instead of iText approach that I used before, and I have to say that it is very cool approach, it is much better at least for me. Instead of generation new PDF file we just export data to FDF file and link it with PDF template and that's all, so our FDF will show data using PDF form/template. -> No Java required and now no non-supported libraries.

Here is an instruction how to do this:
  • register FDFACX.DLL (in order to do that, I copied FdfTk.dll and FDFACX.DLL to windows\system32, but I believe there is better way)
 regsvr32 C:\WINDOWS\system32\FDFACX.dll  
  • example of code now (it is from Adobe)

Using the FDF tooklit in LotusScript

 Sub Initialize  
 ' Set up for using the FDF Toolkit for ActiveX  
 Dim FdfAcX As Variant  
 Dim outputFDF As Variant  
 Dim sPdfFileName As String, sFdfFileName As String, sFilePath As String  
 Set FdfAcX = CreateObject("FdfApp.FdfApp")  
 Set outputFDF = FdfAcX.FDFCreate()  
 ' % REM  
 ' Change these paths to reflect your server environment  
 ' Ideally, you could use a Lotus Notes profile document to store this  
 ' information.  
 ' Below are the three options for storing the PDF that was discussed in  
 ' the documentation for this application.  
 ' Option 1 : UNC Directory Share  
 ' This option oddly asks if you would like to save on close.  
 ' sPdfFileName = "\\Mage\domdata\domino\html\pdf\panarama.pdf"  
 ' Option 2 : Store in a Lotus Notes Page element  
 sPdfFileName = "http://mage/pdf/panarama.nsf/PDFs/$file/panarama.pdf"  
 ' Option 3 : Store in the Domino HTML directory  
 ' REM %  
 ' sPdfFileName = "http://mage/pdf/panarama.pdf"  
 sFilePath = "d:\domdata\domino\html\pdf\tmp\"  
 ' Set up for getting Lotus Notes information  
 Dim session As New NotesSession  
 Dim contextDoc As NotesDocument  
 Dim dateTime As NotesDateTime  
 Dim tempNumber As Single  
 Dim rounded As Integer  
 Dim fileName As String  
 Set contextDoc = session.documentContext  
 8 Integrating Adobe Acrobat FDF  
 with Lotus Domino  
 ' This will create a random number between 0 and 100.  
 ' The number will give  
 ' us a good chance of not temporarily having the same file name in the tmp  
 ' directory at the same time. The file will briefly be in the tmp  
 ' directory,  
 ' attached to the Notes document and then deleted.  
 temp = Rnd  
 rounded = Round((temp * 100), 0)  
 fileName = Cstr(rounded)  
 sFdfFileName = sFilePath & fileName & ".fdf"  
 ' FDFSetValue will set the value you pass it. See page 139 of the  
 ' FDF Toolkit Overview and Reference.  
 outputFDF.FDFSetValue "FirstName", contextDoc.FirstName(0), False  
 outputFDF.FDFSetValue "MidInit", contextDoc.MidInit(0), False  
 outputFDF.FDFSetValue "LastName", contextDoc.LastName(0), False  
 ' Get the value of the date fields. The DateOnly property  
 ' returns a string.  
 Set dateTime = New NotesDateTime( contextDoc.HireDate(0) )  
 outputFDF.FDFSetValue "HireDate", dateTime.DateOnly, False  
 Set dateTime = New NotesDateTime( contextDoc.ModDate(0) )  
 outputFDF.FDFSetValue "ModDate", dateTime.DateOnly, False  
 outputFDF.FDFSetValue "Address1", contextDoc.Address1(0), False  
 outputFDF.FDFSetValue "Address2", contextDoc.Address2(0), False  
 outputFDF.FDFSetValue "City", contextDoc.City(0), False  
 outputFDF.FDFSetValue "State", contextDoc.State(0), False  
 outputFDF.FDFSetValue "ZipCode", contextDoc.ZipCode(0), False  
 outputFDF.FDFSetValue "Country", contextDoc.Country(0), False  
 outputFDF.FDFSetValue "MAddress1", contextDoc.MAddress1(0), False  
 outputFDF.FDFSetValue "MAddress2", contextDoc.MAddress2(0), False  
 outputFDF.FDFSetValue "MCity", contextDoc.MCity(0), False  
 outputFDF.FDFSetValue "MState", contextDoc.MState(0), False  
 outputFDF.FDFSetValue "MZipCode", contextDoc.MZipCode(0), False  
 outputFDF.FDFSetValue "HomePhone", contextDoc.HomePhone(0), False  
 outputFDF.FDFSetValue "WorkPhone", contextDoc.WorkPhone(0), False  
 outputFDF.FDFSetValue "Emer1Contact", contextDoc.Emer1Contact(0), False  
 outputFDF.FDFSetValue "Emer1Phone", contextDoc.Emer1Phone(0), False  
 outputFDF.FDFSetValue "Emer2Contact", contextDoc.Emer2Contact(0), False  
 outputFDF.FDFSetValue "Emer2Phone", contextDoc.Emer2Phone(0), False  
 ' Tell it which file we're writing to and do a save.  
 outputFDF.FDFSetFile sPdfFileName  
 outputFDF.FDFSaveToFile sFdfFileName  
 ' Always close your open FDF files.  
 User Guide  
 ' This will attach the FDF file we just closed to our Notes document  
 ' and then delete it from the tmp directory.  
 Call MoveFdfToAttachment(contextDoc, sFdfFileName)  
 End Sub  
 Public Function MoveFdfToAttachment(doc As NotesDocument, fileName As  
 String) As Integer  
 '// move each attachment to a rich text field.  
 Dim attachItem As New NotesRichTextItem(doc, "fdfAttachment")  
 Dim attachObj As notesEmbeddedObject, newObjName As String  
 Call attachItem.EmbedObject(EMBED_ATTACHMENT, "", fileName, "")  
 Kill fileName  
 MoveFdfToAttachment = True  
 End Function  

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

How to import data from Google Analytics to LN database?

I was trying to do such thing via Java API but get errors when run it. Did anybody do such thing?
Would be really interesting to see at least example!

Sunday, December 06, 2009

check if Bookmark or Name is exists in Word/Excel application

I did not have tasks with export data from LN to word/excel/pdf for 1 years probably. My today's task was easy, I had to export data from LN to xml, processed it using xsl, walk through resulting xml and export everything to word/excel. Then I had to copy values from resulting xml to word/excel's temlpate using bookmarks (in excel it is names).

Here is an example how to check bookrmark/names in word/excel (because before I did not have experience with Excel's names)

excel approach I got from this link

Function NameExists(TheName
as String, obj, formType as String) As Boolean

NameExists = False

Select Case formType
Case "word":
if obj.activedocument.Bookmarks.Exists(TheName) Then
NameExists = true
End If
Case "excel"
On Error Resume Next
NameExists = Len(obj.names(TheName).Name) <> 0
End Select

End Function

Friday, December 04, 2009

I'm looking for testing tools for LN. Does anybody know couple?

I'm interested in test tools that can automate testing of LN application.
Just found new one that I've never seen before. What do you think about it? Does anybody has experience with this tool? If somebody could share some experience about it would be great.

here is link to their product, there is also flash demo there.

Please advice if somebody has good approach for testing in LN.

that's is not an advertisement. I just want to find at least 1 tool that can help us to do automate testing for LN application.

How to emulate F9 key

Sometimes F9 makes good staff for us, so here is an example (I really don't remember where I got it).

Declare Function VkKeyScan Lib "User32.dll" Alias "VkKeyScanA" ( Byval char As Integer ) As Integer
Declare Function MapVirtualKey Lib "User32.dll" Alias "MapVirtualKeyA" ( Byval wCode As Long, Byval wMapType As Long ) As Long
Declare Sub keybd_event Lib "User32.dll" ( Byval Virtual As Integer, Byval OEMScan As Integer, Byval Flags As Long, Byval ExtrInfo As Long )
Const KE_KEYDOWN& = 0
Const KE_KEYUP& = 2 

Sub F9
  On Error Goto errorproc

  Dim vk As Long
  Dim sc As Integer

  vk = &H78

  sc = Cint( MapVirtualKey( vk&, 0 ) )

  Call keybd_event( Cint( vk& ), sc%, KE_KEYDOWN&, 0 )
  Call keybd_event( Cint( vk& ), sc%, KE_KEYUP&, 0 )

    Exit Sub
    Msgbox "Error #" & Err & " on line " & Erl & " in function " & Lsi_info(2) & " : " & Error, 48, "Runtime error"
  Resume endofsub 
End Sub

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Online JS validator

I have never used JS validator before (just because I did not think about it previously) . Today I decided to use one of them. I looked around and found JSLint. It is really good tools for validation of JS. I like it ! I recomend to use it to everybody, it gives very good results.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Re-open document using @Formula

Need to update document using re-open approach?

here is easy way:
@Command([SwitchForm]; currentForm)

I like this approach, especially because I've never thought about such way.