Notes 8.5.1 bring us a true Lotus Symphony API!

October 14 2009

One of the features of Notes 8.5.1 that is getting buried under the local XPages and other killer features is the new API that allows Notes developers to write LotusScript and Java to automate Lotus Symphony. No longer does one need to learn the UNO hacks we have been using for the past couple years with OpenOffice.org and the past 18 months with Lotus Symphony.

I am queuing up a bunch of articles on the new Lotus Symphony API for this week and next. Here is a quick rundown on them:
1.        Introduction to the Lotus Symphony LotusScript API
2.        Lotus Symphony Documents "Hello World" in LotusScript
3.        Lotus Symphony Spreadsheets "Hello World" in LotusScript
4.        Lotus Symphony Presentations "Hello World" in LotusScript (and why it doesn't work)
5.        Lotus Symphony Documents and Mail Merge via LotusScript
6.        Using the Symphony LotusScript API in a Document Action
7.        Using the Symphony LotusScript API in a View Action
8.        Building Charts in Symphony Spreadsheets with the Lotus Symphony API
9.        Building Data Pilots (Pivot Tables) in Symphony Spreadsheets with the Lotus Symphony API
10.        Saving to PDF via the Lotus Symphony LotusScript API

Following these articles, I will start a bunch about the Lotus Symphony Java API:
1.        Introduction to the Lotus Symphony Java API
2.        Lotus Symphony Documents "Hello World" in Java
3.        Lotus Symphony Spreadsheets "Hello World" in Java
4.        Lotus Symphony Presentations "Hello World" in Java (and why it doesn't work)
5.        Using the Symphony Java API in a Document Action
6.        Using the Symphony Java API in a View Action
7.        Using the Symphony Java API in a Sidebar Widget / Application

I am also planning a few OpenNTF.org projects that will use the new API. If there is something I am missing that you would like me to write about, please leave a comment here.