Although this is the thirteenth release of the XPages Extension Library release for Notes/Domino 9.0.1, and I am composing this release blog entry on the July 13th, the superstitious amongst you would do well to set aside any nagging anxieties and install this latest version right away. Why? Because it's got exciting new content that will enable you to develop Domino applications in the cloud! This Extension Library release goes out in parallel with the public unveiling of the XPages runtime and IBM XPages NoSQL Database service on Bluemix - see - so now you not only have a premier cloud platform to develop on, but all the tools with which to do it ... what's not to like ?

Once you have installed the Extension Library into Domino Designer you will notice a new Bluemix entry under the Domino Designer preference page. This will enable you to connect to Bluemix and integrate applications with your cloud development space. Exploring further, you will find new wizards under the Tools menu to help you pull and push your apps over and back to Bluemix, and there is also a new editor that will enable you to optimally configure your Domino Bluemix development environment. And that's just the tooling! In the XPages runtime you will find a new bluemixContext class amongst the set of standard global objects. This class is your new best friend as it gives you granular control over your application behaviour at runtime, helps you manage your bound services, enables you to build a single app that will run both on-cloud and on-premises, and so forth. So... lots to see and do here, and more detail is available in the readme file included in this release.

Outside of Bluemix you have enhancements to our Bootstrap-based responsive design offering, which continues to steadily evolve after its initial release last November (901v00_10.20141105-0922). Fixes are also included for issues reported with respect to DAS (REST services) and the XPages iNotes calendar control.

Your feedback on all the content included in this release is, as always, very important. Be aware that the XPages runtime, service and boilerplate on Bluemix are all experimental at this stage. Among other things an experimental offering means it is intended for prototyping and testing only, and not for production applications. Questions and answers can be posed and fielded here on OpenNTF, or on StackOverflow and IBM developerWorks... and we look forward to working with you to improve this offering as the year progresses.

Yours Bluely,
Martin Donnelly

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