Internet Week > Lotus Domino > Lotus Preaches Richness, Open Source For Future Domino Apps > November 5, 2003 provides a badly need vision for the direction of the Lotus notes client (if not the Domino Server) in an age of internet thin clients (the browser) and new thick clients (such as demo in Microsoft’s “Longhorn” FUD demos just recently)
Moving to a J2EE foundation (JSP and servlets, plus relational DB ) would allow a huge improvement in development practices : unit test, tag libraries, object coding (too painful under LotusScript).
Currently it is very diffused to justify Domino as a server versus Websphere. Domino wins as a mail server, as a document workflow environment, as a RAD tool. Websphere wins for raw functionality (sometimes too raw) and scalability, and for it java skill set. If a shop does not currently use Domino or have mobile users that worked unconnected to the internet, I would not endorse Domino as a Application server. (Which is painful to say). When Domino (or at least the Mail and NSF (database format) portions) get abjured by WebSphere+DB/2 then a new Lotus Notes Client (with single user version of Websphere and DB/2) can gain new marketshare.
I’ll think about thiis more…after…