Well a bit more than a week.
This week the G1 language packs for Notes 10.0.1 that include French, German, Japanese, Italian, Brazilian, Chinese and Korean were made available. If you are now having a bit of deja vu that’s because these language packs were already released once and very quickly withdrawn when it was discovered there were considerable problems in the way the translations had been done. To their credit HCL withdrew the products almost immediately when they were told of the issues and have been working to redo and re-release them all.
So why were the bad versions released at all? This goes back to the transfer from IBM to HCL. In the IBM days there was a large team who were entirely responsible for product translation but weren’t part of the collaboration development team, they were just a general IBM product translation team. When HCL took over the products they didn’t inherit that team which meant they also didn’t inherit any of the knowledge that team had about the quirks and challenges when doing the Notes translations. HCL went ahead with having the translations done without realising the hurdles they needed to verify. None of that is great but in my opinion it shows commitment and intent that they withdrew the products almost immediately and then made redoing the translations correctly their highest priority. They have also committed to a day 1 release of G1 languages with English in future versions.
So we had a stumble but one that was publicly claimed, explained and fixed quickly. I can’t expect more than that.
Last week was the release of the new update to App Dev pack for Domino v 1.0.1 which includes the Node.js integration features that can now be depoloyed under Windows as well as Linux.
The new IAM (Identity and Access Management) service provides OAuth authentication for applications running outside Domino to Domino resources. By installing IAM you can authorise it to use LDAP over Domino or Active Directory as its IdP (identity provider) for authenticating users. There are a few steps in setting up IAM including setting up secure LDAPS in Domino or Active Directory so I’ll be covering that in more detail on its own blog.
More on the App Dev Pack update here and IAM specifically here
Last week we also got an update to Verse on Premises ( v1.0.7 ) which I have rolled out for a few customers so far. The deployment if you already have verse installed is very easy (just make sure you back up your Plugins folder before deleting the old files). Here is a list of new features including some significant calendar enhancements and work towards providing the Verse UI on mobile browsers where it’s not appropriate to use the Verse app.
Lastly I heard very good things about the Connections workshop (jam) in Switzerland this week with the product team working to brainstorm ideas on Connections wanted features. I will be attending the London workshop next week and look forward to hearing more.