XPages JEE 2.15.0 and Plans for JEE 10 and 11  

By Jesse Gallagher | 2/22/24 1:09 AM | Development - Notes / Domino | Added by Roberto Boccadoro

Today, I released version 2.15.0 of the XPages Jakarta EE project. As is often the case lately, this version contains bug fixes but also a few notable features: You can now specify Servlets in WEB-INF/web.xml (as opposed to just via the @WebServlet annotation. This is helpful for defining a Servlet when the actual implementation is in a JAR or when following non-annotation-based examples You can now specify context-param values in WEB-INF/web.xml in the NSF and META-INF/web-fragment.xml in JAR design elements, which will be available to JSP, JSF, JAX-RS, @WebServlet-annotated Servlets, and web.xml-defined Servlets Added @BooleanStorage annotation for NoSQL entities to define how boolean values are converted to note items Added CRUD operations for calendar events to NoSQL, around a few new methods on Repository. This exposes some of the capabilities of NotesCalendar and can be used for, for example, providing an iCalendar feed based on a mail database. To go with that, XPages JEE also re-exports iCal4J as included in the Domino stack for NSF use, though this API is... not smooth The first two here are focused around bringing NSFs more in line with "normal" Jakarta EE applications, while the latter are some nice improvements for the NoSQL driver. I hope to put the last one in particular to good use - for example, OpenNTF's site will be able to provide a calendar of webinars and other events that we can manage internally using a normal Notes calendar, and that sounds nice to me.

Notes/Domino 14 Fallout  

By Jesse Gallagher | 12/18/23 3:31 AM | Development - Notes / Domino | Added by Roberto Boccadoro

Notes and Domino 14 are out now and, as I discussed back in June the big deal for me is the move to Java 17. This also came with a refresh of the Eclipse innards, from Neon (circa 2016) to 2021-12 (circa, uh, 2021). The Eclipse update is welcome, but so far it's been less impactful than the Java update - at some point, I'll want to see if some of the current-era Eclipse plugins work here, but that's for the future. In the mean time, there's a bunch to know, so let's get to it! I've broken this one down into "critical" and "less critical" sections, since this post will likely have a similar life to my target platform one.

XPages JEE 2.14.0  

By Jesse Gallagher | 10/28/23 4:39 PM | Development - Notes / Domino | Added by Oliver Busse

Today, I released version 2.14.0 of the XPages Jakarta EE Support project. As with the last few releases, this is primarily about bug fixes and compatibility as I prepare for the big switch in 3.0, but there are some notable, if small, feature additions.

New Tiny Project: Wink Chattiness Patch  

By Jesse Gallagher | 9/19/23 3:38 AM | Development - Notes / Domino | Added by Roberto Boccadoro

I've been using the Domino 14 betas for development for a while now, and one of the things that has driven me a little nuts is the way Wink spews a bunch of INFO-level logs to the server console when the XPages runtime initializes. You've probably seen it - this stuff: It goes on for a while like that. This isn't new with 14 as such - it's just that 14 now ships with Verse by default, and Verse uses the Wink distribution that came along with the Extension Library, and so now everyone sees this.

XPages JEE 2.13.0  

By Jesse Gallagher | 7/24/23 12:53 AM | Development - Notes / Domino | Added by Roberto Boccadoro

Today, I released version 2.13.0 of the XPages Jakarta EE Support project. Though there's not a single big banner feature, this one brings a number of good enhancements in a bunch of areas.

Kicking the Tires on Domino 14 and Java 17  

By Jesse Gallagher | 6/5/23 2:28 AM | Development - Notes / Domino | Added by Roberto Boccadoro

As promised, HCL launched the beta program for Domino 14 the other day. There's some neat stuff in there, but I still mostly care about the JVM update. I quickly got to downloading the container image for this to see about making sure my projects work on it, particularly the XPages JEE Support project. As expected, I had a few hoops to jump through. I did some groundwork for this a while back, but there was some more to do. Before I get to some specifics, I'll mention that I put up a beta release of 2.13.0 that gets almost everything working, minus JSP. Now, on to the notes and tips I've found so far.

XPages JEE 2.12.0: JNoSQL Views and PrimeFaces Support  

By Jesse Gallagher | 5/29/23 12:36 AM | Development - Notes / Domino | Added by Roberto Boccadoro

Last week, I put up version 2.12.0 of the XPages JEE Support project. Beyond the usual fit-and-finish bits here and there, there are two main improvements in this release. Jakarta NoSQL Views Jakarta Faces and PrimeFaces

The Loose Roadmap for XPages Jakarta EE Support  

By Jesse Gallagher | 5/5/23 1:23 AM | Development - Notes / Domino | Added by Roberto Boccadoro

At Engage, HCL officially announced Java 17 in Domino 14 (I'm sure they announced other things too, but I have my priorities). This will allow me to do a lot in pretty much all of my projects, but it's particularly pertinent to XPages JEE. Currently, the project targets generally Jakarta EE 9, which came out in late 2020 and was "just" a switch from javax.* to jakarta.*, with no official new features. However, Jakarta EE 10 came out a year ago - in addition to bringing a raft of new features, it also bumped the minimum Java version to Java 11, pushing it outside of Domino's realm. Accordingly, I've had to hold off on a lot of major- and minor-version bumps in the XPages JEE project as new releases started being compiled for Java 11. Once V14 is out, though, I'll be able to move to the current JEE platform... at least until JEE 11 comes out next year and requires Java 21, anyway. So I've been working on how I'm going to approach this, and what I'm thinking is that I'll do it in two phases: first, a final 2.x release that provides Java 17/Domino 14 compatibility for existing components, and then a new 3.x breaking-changes release to bring in Jakarta EE 10 components.

In Development: Containerized Builds in NSF ODP  

By Jesse Gallagher | 5/2/23 2:04 AM | Development - Notes / Domino | Added by Roberto Boccadoro

Most of my active development happens macOS-side - I'll periodically use Designer in Windows when necessary, but otherwise I'll jump through a tremendous number of hoops to keep things in the Mac realm. The biggest example of this is the NSF ODP Tooling, born from my annoyance with syncing ODPs in Designer and expanded to add some pleasantries for working with ODPs directly in normal Eclipse. Over the last few years, though, the process of compiling NSFs on macOS has gotten kind of... melty. Apple's progressive locking-down of traditional native loading mechanisms and the general weirdness of the Notes package and its embedded non-JDK JVM have made things get a little weird. I always end up with a configuration that can work, but it's rough going for sure.

XPages JEE 2.11.0 and the Javadoc Provider  

By Jesse Gallagher | 4/21/23 4:11 AM | Development - Notes / Domino | Added by Roberto Boccadoro

Yesterday, I put two releases up on OpenNTF, and I figure it'd be worth mentioning them here. The first is a new version of the XPages Jakarta EE Support project. As with the last few, this one is mostly iterative, focusing on consolidation and bug fixes, but it added a couple neat features. The second one is a new project, the XPages Javadoc Provider. This is a teeny-tiny project, though, not even containing any Java code.

Dipping My Feet Into DKIM and DMARC  

By Jesse Gallagher | 4/11/23 3:19 AM | Infrastructure - Notes / Domino | Added by Roberto Boccadoro

For a very long time now, I've had my mail set up in a grandfathered-in free Google Whatever-It's-Called-Now account, which, despite its creepiness, serves me well. It's readily supported by everything and it takes almost all of the mail-hosting hassle out of my hands. Not all of the hassle, though, and over the past couple weeks I decided that I should look into configuring DKIM and DMARC, first for my personal mail and (if it doesn't blow up) for my company mail. I had set up SPF a couple years back, and I figured it was high time to finish the rest. As with any admin-related post, keep in mind that I'm just tinkering with this stuff. I Am Not A Lawyer, and so forth.

Quick Tip: Stashing Log Files From Domino Testcontainers  

By Jesse Gallagher | 3/29/23 3:55 AM | Development - Notes / Domino | Added by Roberto Boccadoro

I've been doing a little future-proofing in the XPages Jakarta EE project lately and bumped against a common pitfall in my test setup: since I create a fresh Domino Testcontainer with each run, diagnostic information like the XPages log files are destroyed at the end of each test-suite execution.

Moving Relative Date Text Client-Side  

By Jesse Gallagher | 3/13/23 3:11 AM | Development - Notes / Domino | Added by Roberto Boccadoro

One of my main goals in the slow-moving OpenNTF home-page revamp project I'm doing (which I recently moved to a public repo, by the way) is to, like on this blog, keep things extremely simple. There's almost no JavaScript - just Hotwire Turbo so far - and the UI is done with very-low-key JSP pages and tags.

XAgents to Jakarta REST Services  

By Jesse Gallagher | 2/6/23 2:03 AM | Development - Notes / Domino | Added by Oliver Busse

For a good long time now, XAgents have been one of the common ways to do non-HTML output in an XPages environment - JSON, mostly. I think the technique was codified and the term coined by Stephan Wissel back in 2008 and the idea has been the same since. Effectively, an XAgent lets you write a Servlet but with a bit more scaffolding. Though XPages has a path to use Servlets officially, that method is more out-of-the-way than XAgents and doesn't (without further hoop jumping) give you some niceties like sessionAsSigner.

Overdue PSA: Reverse-Proxy Headers in Domino 12.0.1FP1 and Newer  

By Jesse Gallagher | 1/25/23 11:19 AM | Infrastructure - Notes / Domino | Added by Oliver Busse

Just over a year ago now, I wrote a blog post describing the sudden removal of my beloved HTTPEnableConnectorHeaders notes.ini parameter in the 12.0.1 release. However, during the administration-focused OpenNTF Repair Café today, I was reminded that I never modified that post or made a followup to detail the changes since then. I plan to remedy that here!

XPages Jakarta EE 2.9.0 and Next Steps  

By Jesse Gallagher | 11/22/22 4:54 PM | Development - Notes / Domino | Added by Oliver Busse

Keeping with my productive week off, today I release version 2.9.0 of the XPages Jakarta EE Support project. Similar to the previous release, this one contains new features primarily related to Jakarta NoSQL, but also has some improvements for JSF and a bunch of bug fixes and compatibility improvements.

More Open-Source Updates for Notes/Domino 12.0.2  

By Jesse Gallagher | 11/21/22 12:39 PM | Development - Notes / Domino | Added by Roberto Boccadoro

The other day, I talked about some changes/workarounds for Notes/Domino 12.0.2. Today, I made a few updates to some of the open-source projects I maintain, including another update to the generate-domino-update-site Maven plugin.

Notes/Domino 12.0.2 Fallout  

By Jesse Gallagher | 11/18/22 5:12 AM | Development - Notes / Domino | Added by Roberto Boccadoro

Notes and Domino 12.0.2 came out today. Generally, there are some neat features in development and on the server, but there are also a couple things you may run into depending on your workflow and installation type.

Tinkering with Mastodon, Keycloak, and Domino  

By Jesse Gallagher | 11/11/22 4:00 AM | Infrastructure - Notes / Domino | Added by Roberto Boccadoro

Because of what I'll euphemistically call the current historical moment on Twitter, I (like a lot of people) decided to give another look at Mastodon. The normal way one would use it would be to sign up at mastodon.social and be on one's merry way, treating it just like a slightly-different Twitter. However, Mastodon is intentionally designed to be federated in a way similar to email, and the software is available on GitHub complete with scripts for Docker Compose, Vagrant, and so forth. So I went and did that, setting up my currently-barely-used account at @jesse@pub.frostillic.us. That on its own isn't particularly notable, nor are the specifics of how I set it up (it was a hodgepodge of a couple posts you can find by looking for "mastodon docker compose"). What I found neat for our purposes here was the way I could piggyback authentication onto stuff I had recently done with Keycloak. Keycloak, incidentally, was the topic of today's OpenNTF webinar, so, if you didn't see it, check back there for the replay when it's posted.

The Myriad Idioms For Finding Implementations In Java  

By Jesse Gallagher | 10/21/22 7:35 AM | Development - Notes / Domino | Added by Roberto Boccadoro

A few years ago, I wrote a post about Java service location, which covered things like META-INF/services and OSGI extensions. Today, I'd like to discuss a similar concept: code in a top-level API that finds a specific implementation. For reasons that will become clear shortly, I'll call this the "FactoryFinder pattern".

Upcoming Sessions at CollabSphere 2022  

By Jesse Gallagher | 10/11/22 1:09 PM | Development - Notes / Domino | Added by Oliver Busse

It's CollabSphere time again, and I'm delighted to be involved in a few sessions this time. Since I just very recently did an OpenNTF webinar covering the Jakarta EE Support project, these sessions take the form of roundtables I'm helping lead.

Jakarta NoSQL Driver for Keep  

By Jesse Gallagher | 10/10/22 2:24 AM | Development - Notes / Domino | Added by Roberto Boccadoro

In what has surreptitiously turned into something of a series, I followed up my recent tinkering with Jakarta NoSQL, the AppDev Pack, and Keycloak with doing something similar with Keep. Keep, like the AppDev Pack's Proton task, provides a remote API for Domino data. It differs from the ADP in a couple notable ways:

Jakarta NoSQL Driver for the AppDev Pack, Part 2  

By Jesse Gallagher | 9/27/22 10:00 AM | Development - Notes / Domino | Added by Roberto Boccadoro

In my last post, I talked about how I implemented a partial Jakarta NoSQL driver using the AppDev Pack as a back end instead of the Notes.jar classes used by the primary implementation. Though the limitations in the ADP mean that it lacks a number of useful features compared to the primary one, it was still an interesting experiment and has the nice side effect of working with essentially any Java app server and Java version 8 or above. Beyond the Proton API calls, the driver brought up the interesting topic of handling authentication. Proton has three ways of working in this regard: Anonymous, which is what you might expect based on how that works elsewhere in Domino. This is easy but not particularly useful except in specific circumstances. Client certificate authentication, where you create a TLS keychain for a given user and associate it with a Directory user (e.g. CN=My Proton App/O=MyOrg), and then your app performs all operations as that user. This is basically like if you ran a remote app with NRPC using a client Notes ID. Act-as-User, which builds on the above authentication by configuring an OAuth broker service that can hand out OIDC tokens on behalf of named users. This is sort of like server-to-server communication with the "Trusted Servers" config field in the server doc, but different in key ways.

Jakarta NoSQL Driver for the AppDev Pack, Part 1  

By Jesse Gallagher | 9/12/22 3:18 AM | Development - Notes / Domino | Added by Roberto Boccadoro

Though the bulk of the work I've been doing for the XPages Jakarta EE project is to bring JEE technologies to Domino, the NoSQL driver has been designed to lead a double life: it works in an XPages context, but it's written to not have any XPages dependencies. One reason for this is that I want it to be usable if you use, for example, the Open Liberty runtime project to side-car apps on a Domino server but still use Notes.jar for data access. Another reason for its organization, though, is that I intended for the driver to be portable across implementations. The driver itself is split into a main bundle and a ".lsxbe" implementation bundle. My original thought was to make that ready for a JNX or Domino JNA implementation, but it's pretty flexible.

XPages Jakarta EE In Practice Slides and Video  

By Jesse Gallagher | 8/18/22 1:03 PM | Development - Notes / Domino | Added by Oliver Busse

Earlier today, I presented for OpenNTF's webinar series on the topic of the XPages Jakarta EE Support project. I felt like it went pretty well, and the video and slides are up now.

Adding Transactions to the XPages Jakarta EE Support Project  

By Jesse Gallagher | 7/21/22 1:27 AM | Development - Notes / Domino | Added by Roberto Boccadoro

As my work of going down the list of JEE specs is hitting dwindling returns, I decided to give a shot to implementing the Jakarta Transactions spec. This one's a little spicy for a couple of reasons, one of which is that it's really a codified implementation of another spec, the X/Open XA standard, which is an old standard for transaction processing. As is often the case, "old" here also means "fiddly", but fortunately it's not too bad for this need. Another reason is that, unlike with a lot of the specs I've implemented, all of the existing implementations seem a bit too heavyweight for me to adapt. I may look around again later: I could have missed one, and eventually GlassFish's implementation may spin off. In the mean time, I wrote a from-scratch implementation for the XPages JEE project: it doesn't cover everything in the spec, and in particular doesn't support suspend/resume for transactions, but it'll work for normal cases in an NSF.

Adding Concurrency to the XPages Jakarta EE Support Project  

By Jesse Gallagher | 7/11/22 12:54 PM | Development - Notes / Domino | Added by Oliver Busse

For a little while, I've had a task open for me to investigate the Jakarta Concurrency and MP Context Propagation specs, and this weekend I decided to dive into that. While I've shelved the MicroProfile part for now, I was successful in implementing Concurrency, at least for the most part.

Rewriting The OpenNTF Site With Jakarta EE: UI  

By Jesse Gallagher | 6/27/22 4:13 PM | Development - Notes / Domino | Added by Oliver Busse

In what may be the last in this series for a bit, I'll talk about the current approach I'm taking for the UI for the new OpenNTF web site. This post will also tread ground I've covered before, when talking about the Jakarta MVC framework and JSP, but it never hurts to reinforce the pertinent aspects.

Rewriting The OpenNTF Site With Jakarta EE: Data Access  

By Jesse Gallagher | 6/22/22 3:08 AM | Infrastructure - Notes / Domino | Added by Roberto Boccadoro

In my last post, I talked about how I make use of Jakarta REST to handle the REST services in the new OpenNTF site I'm working on. There'll be more to talk about on that front when I get to the UI and my use of MVC. For now, though, I'll dive a bit into how I'm accessing NSF data.

Rewriting The OpenNTF Site With Jakarta EE: REST  

By Jesse Gallagher | 6/20/22 1:41 PM | Development - Notes / Domino | Added by Oliver Busse

In deciding how to kick off implementation specifics of my new OpenNTF site project, I had a few options, and none of them perfect. I considered starting with the managed beans via CDI, but most of those are actually either UI support beans or interact primarily with other components. I ended up deciding to talk a bit about the REST services in the app, since those are both an extremely-common task to perform in XPages and one where the JEE project runs laps around what you get by default from Domino.