Notes 8 has added a great new feature in the sidebar. The sidebar is the ideal location for placing a number of Notes application components. Examples include the QuickNotes feature in the bookmarks template for adding a memo, journal entry etc. Others include phone call log entry, directory name lookups. Ideally these sidebar components could be wired as part of composite applications.
My dilema is that I consider myself to be a Notes developer and NOT a Java developer. My desire to master Java is about as high as migrating from NSFs to DB2... The sidebar appears to be presently implemented in such a way that you need to be (or become) a Java developer to implement new components. Why is an important piece of the Notes UI locked out from Notes (non-Java) developers?
I would like to see the Java experts at IBM figure out a way of adding some generalized Notes components to the sidebar that a (non-Java) Notes developer could easily configure.
1) Add embedded components (view, editor etc.)
2) Wire componets using the same process as other Composite Applications
I think you will see the sidebar being used by a LOT more people in a LOT more companies if its customization was not restricted to the few Notes developers out there who have Java skills..... I would like to see Outlook or GMail do that!