Andy Broyles sums up the last 48 hours of online drama quite well, in an entry entitled "The danger of asserting your industry knowledge":

I would like to speak to the blogosphere's ability to quickly point out psuedo-experts' shortcomings.  ...

The majority of the comments were quick to acknowledge Rod Boothby's lack of understanding of how N/D works, its value, and the options for getting data out of a Notes database (screen scraping a database into HTML via the Domino server is about the worst possible way to grab the data.)

The response to this post is incredible, and I believe that it will be the status-quo for analysis and journalism in the future.
Well, it's worse than Andy thought.  Mr. Boothby has updated his original post.  Some parts of the update are marked as such, others are not, such as this (with the bolded text different than what I quoted on Friday):
and then point your fancy new Read/Write Intranet tool at that RSS/ATOM file. You do have to do a little extra work to retain any links within the system. This is a little like trying to keep your links working when moving from MovableType to WordPress.

There are also lots of other ways to export the information, as Ed Brill pointed out in the comments below his response to an earlier version of this post.


Any halfway decent VB, C#, Java, or Ruby programmer could do the conversion for you in an afternoon.
The update is cleverly written to imply that Boothby's original post was spot-on, and that all I've done is come along with other ways to do what he proposed.  He's also dropped in a couple of "Web 2.0" software names so that his readers will find themselves somehow in a realm of familiarity, which is clearly obfuscation more than anything else.  

Rod Boothby then goes further and adds an update where he offers a definition of Lotus Notes:
Lotus Notes Domino does four things:

1) Email
2) Text based "databases", which are crude web pages
3) Applications. The applications take advantage of a bunch of predefined engines, like a workflow engine and an approval engine. The resulting applications can be thought of as an early precursor to today's Web 2.0 apps, like Basecamp
4) A development environment for highly specialized, very expensive Domino Developers
Some would say I should just ignore it as a rant, but here's a guy who is speaking at conferences like the CTC and this week's Office 2.0.  His blog is highly ranked.  So on what basis does Mr. Boothby stick to his guns from his original post?  Well, his website does tell us this much:
My background is in economics and financial derivatives. Currently, I am a Manager with one of the big-4 audit/consulting firms.
Between that and his linkedin profile, we can determine that Mr. Boothby has never been in IT, has no background in Lotus Notes (other than that of an end-user), and that most of his academic and work background is in finance.

As many comments here and on Rod's posting suggest, Mr. Boothby should have quit while he was behind.  It's quite ironic that the blog world which he so espouses as the new and right way to collaborate has been able to so quickly expose the lack of knowledge he's chosen to exhibit publicly.  It would be easy to say "let go and move on", but since he has yet to retract anything of his original recipe, and now is only moving to dig in further, the web needs to know that what has been written here is, plain and simple, b.s.

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