During the August 7, 2019, Domino V11 “Let’s Get Real about Domino” webcast, we covered a lot of ground. Andrew Manby, HCL Software’s AVP of Product Management, presented our up-to-date roadmap for our #dominoforever journey and what it means for developers, administrators, and business users. You had a lot of questions! And we answer them here. To be informed of future updates, please subscribe to our newsletter.
Q: Will WA (Web Assembly) include offline support for applications?
A: Yes, the ability to run Domino applications on a browser will support online and offline modes, with the support of the NotesID and replication.
Q: What are the plans for Domino Designer? Will it stay as-is for V11?
A: Yes, we are focused on fixes and enhancements, for example, for working with apps deployed on HCL Nomad. Longer-term, we are evolving the tooling for mid-code to pro-code too.
Q: Can you share for everyone where leap is in a sandbox on HCL?
A: You can log in from here.
Q: What’s the future for the ICAA client?
A: ICAA will continue to be maintained/enhanced, however, the intention is for applications to run natively in the browser using Web Assembly.
Q: What’s the link to the V11 beta program for Notes, Domino and Sametime?
A: The beta program is now open for registrations.
Q: The coming HCL cloud will be apps-only, no mail, right?
A: Please refer to the recent announcement blog by Richard Jefts and bookmark the HCL blog for future updates on our HCL Cloud strategy and plans to help clients on IBM Connections Cloud with their migration path. If you have immediate questions, please speak with your HCL sales representative.
Q: Can we please get a real-time discussion platform to talk to each other?
A: Stay tuned, it is a great question. By the way, you’ll notice the beta forum is using a Domino discussion forum. Woohoo!
Q: Since the designer can be downloaded, will it be possible to run applications in production without buying licenses?
A: Feel free to use the Domino Community Server (for non-production use) for developing and testing applications. Any production use will require a license.
Q: What is the ETA for AppDevPack 1.0.2? Where can I find the previous version?
A: Q3-2019. At this time there is no way in flexnet to search for app dev pack. If you are entitled to it, it will be under the Domino server package.
Q: Do you plan to update and rework the domino designer and fix all the designer bugs?
A: Yes, we’ve been iteratively fixing the backlog of known Designer issues, including those in Xpages. Please participate in the V11 Beta and bang away at the V11 Designer and report any reliability issues in the Beta Forum.
Q: I saw that you want to use react.js in the future. What about angular?
A: Per the Domino AppDev evolution slide, our pro-code UX and stack is going to be using React, of course, you can build your applications using Angular (or Vue) if you like using the AppDev Pack with Node.js.
Q: Is there any integration plan with Domino and IBM Bluemix Services (Object Storage, IBM Watson Services, etc.) to leverage machine learning in Domino App?
A: You can do this already now. LotusScript in V10 supports REST API access. Plus, in V11, we are able to use any S3 compliant tiered storage for DAOS.
Q: We provide HCL DS private cloud on AWS. The storage multi-server DAOS could work with any kind of hard drive on S3? How to have more information about that in order to prepare our architecture? Thank you.
A: In V11, we are using an S3 interface which is supported by many vendors, you can look at minio as an example of mapping DAOS tier 2 to a filesystem
Q: Will there be an analog of Cloud Object Store for on-premise deployments?
A: The S3 protocol is not dependent on cloud. You can use an on-prem storage system which supports the S3 protocol and configure your Domino servers to use this object-store.
Q: Is there a plan for a native Domino server on Mac?
A: No plans for a Domino server on Mac, however, you can run Docker images with Domino server on the mac with Docker
Q: Is there an HCL download link for getting software and fix packs, etc.
Yes. Here is the link.
Q: Will you do a big launch like V10 with V11?
A: We will be doing events and webcasts. Stay tuned for details.
Q: Is there a v11 roadshow in Malaysia or Singapore?
A: We are looking at a Factory Tour in AP, and there will be regional post V11 events.
Q: Will the domino programming languages documentation website be moved before the current site is closed?
A: Yes, we’re planning to move all existing content over to an HCL Digital Solutions site.
Q: Is there a roadmap for LEI (Lotus Enterprise Integrator)?
A: Yes, we are planning to update LEI with V11. The intent is to support both V10 and V11 installations and platforms.
Q: Any chance of making it possible for us HCL Masters to provide local language versions? I.e. Ukrainian, Kazakh, Belorussian, or Norwegian?
A: While there is no formal plan in place, we’d like to discuss how whether this is possible after the delivery of V11.
Q: When is the next release of the languages for V10 going to be available?
A: Thank you for your patience. The intention is to provide the new packs for the following languages early in Q4-2019. Unfortunately, we have hit some hurdles, and it’s taking longer than we anticipated:
Q: Are you saying Domino servers will have to connect to Flexnet servers in order to function?
A: It’s a MUCH simpler licensing mechanism than the very complex IBM licensing, Yes, either online or offline by running a local instance of flexnet.
Q: Seems like a lot of questions about licensing and flexnet… What is flexnet and how does this differ from how we currently use Domino?
A: We intend to host a webcast dedicated to the topic of how Notes, Domino and Sametime will be licensed in V11 with Flexnet. Stay tuned.
Q: What is the future of XWork product and licensing model?
A: XWork Server is a Domino server with a specific license. There are no plans to change this offering.
Q: I understand, but we already received budgeting requests so Q4 will be too late for that.
A: You can still use the existing IBM pricing and licensing model.
Q: How long after GA of V11 will there be no support for 9 any longer (how long will there be at least R9 Support)?
A: HCL Digital Solution has honored the IBM Support Lifecycle for Notes, Domino and Sametime. You can find the information here.
Q: Will IMSMO be supported in V11?
A: We fully support IMSMO; in fact, we have merged the IMSMO server component into Traveler already. Plus, we are intended to make the IMSMO integration with Outlook on the client easier in the future. There will be a V11 Traveler server.
Q: Now that V10 has an official Team Calendar, will get an officially supported Team Mailbox Template?
A: We have looked into this topic, and we’re planning to improve our existing template to become more usable for team mailboxes. See here.
Q: Are there any capability to inline edit/update of the attachments in the web like we did in Notes client version
A: There are no plans to support the Notes client or Designer or Admin on Linux. You can use Verse On-Premises and Sametime for mail access and chat on a browser. The Web Assembly work will enable applications to run on a browser too.
Q: Any new tools for co-existing o365/exchange to Domino?
A: At the Factory Tour recently, we announced partnerships with Approved Contact and Ontime to provide Free Busy look up across Exchange, O365, Domino and Google.
Q: Will iNotes officially be replaced by VoP in V11? Or will iNotes still be an option?
A: iNotes will still be an option in V11. However, please investigate our newest release, VOP 1.0.8.
Q: What about HCL Nomad on Android Table (Public) Beta Program?
A: Yes, sign up for the Android Tablet and iPhone Beta here.
Q: Would really appreciate a widget to collect a “wet ink” signature in a widget similar to the date widget or pick lists with user “re-sizeable” feature for touchscreen use. Created in Designer and used on a mobile device.
A: Please add this to our AHA portal.
Q: Are we going to get access to mail in HCL Nomad that was promised at Engage?
A: Yes, it’s already working that capability into the current build for the upcoming beta release of HCL Nomad on Android and iPhone. Please sign up for the beta.
Q: Any updates to the iPad client to actually utilize location switching?
A: DMA/Nomad doesn’t support location switching by design.
Q: Will you continue support for IBM i with version 11?
A: Yes. IBM i is a supported platform.
Q: Is there any plan for 64-bit Notes Client in Windows?
A: Yes, there will be a 64-Bit Windows client available in the V11 beta.
Q: Is there any plan to have an ODBC SQL Driver to work later than V9?
A: There is a Technote available that shows how to get the current ODBC SQL Driver to work with V10.
Q: What about Sametime and integrations with V11?
A: Sametime is an integrated part of our product portfolio (Notes and Verse), so yes, of course, it will work and will be integrated in V11.
Q: What JDK version will V11 use?
A: Open JDK 8.
Q: Will Panagenda be included and support all different client deployments?
A: Panagenda Marvel client will be in V11, specifically, HCL Notes and HCL Nomad.
Q: Visual Workflows: does it mean a workflow engine will be embedded into Domino?
A: The combination of LEAP and Domino in V11 will provide simple workflows out of the box. Our intention is to provide a visual workflow building capability for IT/Business within LEAP (in the future). In addition, we are looking at more sophisticated capabilities aimed at the mid-to-pro-coder, again with a Domino Server, for future releases of Domino. Stay tuned.
Q: Are you still “working” on the XPages roadmap? Beside “supported”, can we hope for some improvements or are you more working on a “migration” strategy?
A: XPages is a complex environment. So, there is no single answer to the many apps based on XPages. Yes, it is fully supported for the foreseeable future, and we are working on a recommended path. Stay tuned for more information.