So IBM thinks it is important that all the LotusScript Developers transition to Java ... where is IBM Education?

September 8 2008

So Bob Balaban did some blogging this weekend on the transition of LotusScript developers to Java and Nathan Freeman blogged about some nuggets around Java and the Notes UI and Front End classes. While the complete message of what is coming is not anything that those of us in the Design Partner can communicate (I just wish IBM would blog/discuss this publically). The path that will come to a head with the final release of 8.5 (that is a guess, it could be 8.5.1 or later) should not surprise anyone and is a long time coming. It should put the Java and LotusScript developers on equal footing.

The problem here is that while IBM has gone out of it's way to preach why Java is so great AND that LotusScript is not going away, IBM has not giving us the tools to educate the typical LotusScript developer. Why has IBM Education not come out with courses and materials to help the LotusScript developer, who typically has no hard-core development background, move to Java? This has to come from IBM directly, not from a partner. We need a "How to write Java to build Notes and Domino applications for LotusScript developers" book and materials. We need the full weight of IBM Education put behind this ... NOW

And for anyone who wants to get snippy about how a Redbook could solve this, no it could not. We need something with lessons and tutorials and a guided path.