Tuesday, October 20, 2020

JavaServerAddin in Domino - constructor and schedule

In this article we will improve our java addin 'DemoAddin' with following features:

  1. Constructor that accepts parameters when we load java addin from console.
  2. We will schedule output to console amount of registered person in names.nsf (every 33 seconds).
  3. Define destructor.
  4. Load (with parameter) and Unload addin from console


We will define 2 constructor, one that can accept parameters and one in case if we load addin without any parameters. It is pretty obvious how it works.

// we expect our first parameter is dedicated for secondsElapsed
public DemoAddin(String[] args) {
	this.secondsElapsed = Integer.parseInt(args[0]);

// constructor if no parameters
public DemoAddin() {}

Means if we run command like below it will run using constructor with parameters

load runjava org.demo.DemoAddin 33

Schedule worker

There is a method (it works but deprecated, however I have not found what should be use instead). The snippet below run constant loop, open names.nsf, read amount of users in the view People and output it to console. The main line here is this.addInRunning(), it keeps loop running forever (until we change it to this.stopAddin() or unload addin from console)

session = NotesFactory.createSession();
String server = session.getServerName();

while (this.addInRunning()) {
	/* gives control to other task in non preemptive os*/

	if (this.AddInHasSecondsElapsed(secondsElapsed)) {
		ab = session.getDatabase(server, "names.nsf");
		long count = ab.getView("People").getAllEntries().getCount();
		logMessage("Count of persons: " + Long.toString(count));


Keep in mind that we need to be careful with Notes object, we have to release memory (recycle) after we no longer use them. So it's a good idea to create own terminate method that release memory for all Notes object you delcared and use it when addin unloads. There is also built-in method finalize so you can put code there, but I prefer to have own method and use it in places I need

private void terminate() {
	try {
		if (this.ab != null) {
		if (this.session != null) {

		logMessage("UNLOADED (OK)");
	} catch (NotesException e) {
		logMessage("UNLOADED (**FAILED**)");

Load (with parameter) and Unload addin from console

In order to run addin with parameter simply add it after name of Addin, use space as a separator when you need more than 1 parameter

load runjava org.demo.DemoAddin 33
[1098:0002-23A0] 10/20/2020 11:15:00 AM  JVM: Java Virtual Machine initialized.
[1098:0002-23A0] 10/20/2020 11:15:00 AM  RunJava: Started org/demo/DemoAddin Java task.
[1098:0004-3984] 10/20/2020 11:15:00 AM  DemoAddin: version             2
[1098:0004-3984] 10/20/2020 11:15:00 AM  DemoAddin: build date          2020-10-19 11:00 CET
[1098:0004-3984] 10/20/2020 11:15:00 AM  DemoAddin: java                1.8
[1098:0004-3984] 10/20/2020 11:15:00 AM  DemoAddin: seconds elapsed     33
[1098:0004-3984] 10/20/2020 11:15:33 AM  DemoAddin: Count of persons: 11
[1098:0004-3984] 10/20/2020 11:16:06 AM  DemoAddin: Count of persons: 11
[1098:0004-3984] 10/20/2020 11:16:39 AM  DemoAddin: Count of persons: 11
[1098:0004-3984] 10/20/2020 11:17:12 AM  DemoAddin: Count of persons: 11

When you want to unload addin using console here is a command

tell runjava unload org.demo.DemoAddin

And you should be see confirmation on console if everything went fine

[1098:0004-3984] 10/20/2020 11:26:55 AM  DemoAddin: UNLOADED (OK)
[1098:0002-23A0] 10/20/2020 11:26:55 AM  RunJava: Finalized org/demo/DemoAddin Java task.
[1098:0002-23A0] 10/20/2020 11:26:56 AM  RunJava shutdown.

If you are interested in this topic I can recommend at least two more sources NSFTools.com JavaAddinTest and AndyBrunner / Domino-JAddin or wait for new articles in my blog :-). Also feel free to ask questions if you are uncertain.

Full version of DemoAddin class is hosted on github: DominoDemoAddin

All articles in series
  1. JavaServerAddin in Domino - introduction
  2. JavaServerAddin in Domino - constructor and schedule

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

JavaServerAddin in Domino - introduction

I will show how to build, register and load simple JavaAddin for Domino. I'm not entirely sure if lotus.notes.addins.JavaServerAddin is supported by HCL, so use that for your own sake.

1) Java class

import lotus.notes.addins.JavaServerAddin;

public class DemoAddin extends JavaServerAddin {
	public void runNotes() {
		AddInLogMessageText("Hello world", 0);

2) JAR - from project

Export/build JAR file from the DemoAddin project (we are going to put jar file in the Domino folder).

3) Register JavaAddin

Place JAR file under Domino, f.x. path could be (DemoAddin is a folder and it could be just any name, DemoAddin-1.jar is our JAR file we built earlier)


and then register it in server's notes.ini using variable JAVAUSERCLASSES. In case if there are other addin registered there use semicolon as a separator for Windows and a colon for Linux


Alternatively simply put JAR file into the folder \jvm\lib\ext, but personally I prefer to keep customization separately instead of mixing core JAR files with customization. Additionally I'm not sure what happens to custom JAR file when is upgradet.

4) Load JavaAddin

It's time to run our DemoAddin. From console run following command

load runjava DemoAddin

Take into account if your include your class into a package, f.x. package org.demo; than you should add that into run command

load runjava org.demo.DemoAddin

If everything went fine you should see 3 lines

RunJava: Started DemoAddin Java task.
Hello world
RunJava: Finalized DemoAddin Java task.

Possible error

If you registered JAR file incorrectly, the error could be like this. In such case just make sure you followed steps properly.

RunJava: Can't find class DemoAddin1 or lotus/notes/addins/demoaddin1/DemoAddin1 in the classpath.  Class names are case-sensitive.

If I find time, I will make few more posts about this topic. It's really just a tip of the iceberg.

All articles in series
  1. JavaServerAddin in Domino - introduction
  2. JavaServerAddin in Domino - constructor and schedule

Thursday, February 27, 2020

NotesRichText to HTML native within Domino 10

Just realized that Domino 10+ came with possibility to convert RichTextItem to HTML almost in 1 line.

RichTextItem rt = (RichTextItem) doc.getFirstItem("Body");
String html = rt.convertToHTML(null);

Finally all these tricky transformation of RichText to HTML can be removed, same goes to custom JSON and HTTPRequest libraries.

I wonder what other useful improvements I missed?

Monday, February 17, 2020

Rewrite URL with CloudFlare for Domino

Years ago I created few solutions for Domino using DSAPI:
  1. remove last slash in URL served by Domino.
  2. rewrite URL.
  3. better control over 404/500 error pages.

It was quite complicated solution (DSAPI is not easy topic).
Today another client asked similar features (remove last slash and rewrite url).
I started to recall how DSAPI works but then I reminded myself that the client stick with CloudFlare in front of their Domino servers.

Cloudflare has 'page rules' which allow to solve issue with last trailing slash. Just matter of configuration.

And about rewriting URL it's actually possible to achieve with workers! You can see below how to rewrite URL.
In example below I changed url like

addEventListener('fetch', event => {
  const url = new URL(event.request.url);
  const pathname = url.pathname.substr(1);
  if (pathname.startsWith("design") || pathname.startsWith("files") || pathname.startsWith("api")) {

 * Rewrite URL and makes query param available
 * @param {Request} request
async function handleRequest(request) {
  let url = new URL(request.url);
  let pathname = url.pathname.substr(1);
  url.pathname = "?openagent&req="+pathname;
  var query = url.search;
  if (query!="") {
    url.pathname += "&" + query.substr(1);

  const newRequest = new Request(url, new Request(request));
  return await fetch(newRequest)

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

JSON Reader in LotusScript

For those who are still running Domino v9 (or below) here is a LotusScript library that can parse JSON into something useful. I implemented it some time ago and since that time almost had no issues with it. Since many customers that did not migrate to v10 (and probably won't do that in near future) it could be very useful to them.

You can download my realization on github: jsonparser-ls

See example below how it works

Dim parser As JSONParser
Dim jsonObj As JSONObject
Dim jsonArr As JSONArray
Dim jsonString As String

Set parser = New JSONParser

jsonString = |{"array":[1,  2  ,   300.56  ]  ,  "boolean":true,"null":null,"number":123,"object":{"a":"b","c":"d","arr":["12","23",34.56],"e":"f","ho":true},"string":"Hello World"}|
Set jsonObj = parser.parse(jsonString)
Print jsonObj.HasItem("array") 'true
Print jsonObj.HasItem("array1") 'false
print jsonObj.GetItem("array").Items(2) '300.56
print IsNull(jsonObj.GetItem("null")) 'true
print jsonObj.GetItem("number") '123
print jsonObj.GetItem("object").getItem("c") 'd
print jsonObj.GetItem("object").getItem("ho") 'true
print jsonObj.GetItem("object").getItem("arr").Items(2) '34.56

jsonString = |[{a:1,b:true,_dd:null},12,"13",true,{}]|
Set jsonArr = parser.parse(jsonString)
print jsonArr.Items(0).getItem("b") 'true
print jsonArr.Items(1) '12
print jsonArr.Items(2) '13
print jsonArr.Items(3) 'true
print TypeName(jsonArr.Items(4)) '"JSONOBJECT"