Community Question: What templates do you want today?

By | August 15, 2007

Awhile back my cohort-in-crime, Bob Balaban, asked a great question – Who uses any Notes templates as-is for HTTP access?. When he told me he was going to do this I first did what you did – laughed :). Then I told him his question was wrong – he told me it was the question he wanted to ask, so it was right for him. I said it was wrong. Right. Wrong. Right. Then we stuck our tongues out at each other and moved on.

OK, not really, but close – and you get the idea. In reality, he did make a valid point – it was the question he wanted to ask, to get the answers he was looking for. And he suggested that if I wanted to ask a different question, I start my own damn blog and ask my own damn question my own damn self.

HEY, wait a minute….!

Well, I decided to do just that. I haven’t made much about this lately – mainly because I wasn’t sure how much of this was going to be true – but it appears that, more or less, Bob and I are going to be working together again, somewhat, on some kewl stuff. Things like future stuff. Stuff that has to do with Web development in Domino – and development in Notes/Domino in general. Me? I specifically will be concentrating on templates.

NO, stop right there, Skippy. NOT the PIM application templates (i.e. Mail, Calendar&Scheduling, Contacts). More like, well, the other stuff.

And that brings me to this post. We’re at the ground floor here, so I’m fishing for ideas. And while I have some swimming around in my own bigassed noggin, I know that there are many, many more ideas swimming around out there in your own noggins of various shapes and sizes.

So, here is my question to you, gentle Domino geek:

Sometime in the foreseeable future, you anxiously “open” your new version of Notes (some-future-version). You eagerly look at the “What’s New?” section of the documentation (because you do read the documentation, right?), and you are completely STOKED to find out that they have the following five templates included in Notes! Woohoo!!

  1. (template one name is….)
  2. (template two name is….)
  3. (template three name is….)
  4. (template four name is….)
  5. (template five name is….)

So, what are these five templates? They can be existing templates; they can be completely new templates that we’ve never thought of before. I expect them to be things that, maybe, you just automatically build for yourself every time you go to a new job. Or maybe you wish you had a lot. I am very confident that one of them is a completely revamped and modernized Discussion/Forum template that shows off what we’re capable of and is something that would make you proud to call yourself a Domino Developer (not the current template that’s not very useful at all).

I also want to make an important distinction between my question and Bob’s – Bob asked about existing and Web; I have neither one of these restrictions. I want to know about ANY template that may be useful or interesting to you, Notes and/or Web, new and/or existing.

So, there’s your task. Please give it some considered thought, and give me your best.


**I lost about 500 pounds since I stopped exaggerating.