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Apr 02, 2014

The new "magic" world of Java Applet signing: what changes

Elevator to Hell??

The new "magic" world of Java Applet signing: what changes

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Starting with Java SE 7 Update 21 in April 2013 Java Applets are encouraged to be signed with a trusted certificate. And something more starting with 7u25...


This is a true story!

It's about my adventure inside applets, Java security, signing and so on.

Everything starts with this article, directly from Oracle:

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Feb 06, 2014

XPages and Managed Bean: a new way to process Notes documents

Beans, beans, beans....

XPages and Managed Bean: a new way to process Notes documents

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In this article I want to show an useful method to manage Notes documents using Managed Java Bean and Xpages, instead of the traditional way used so far

Starting from Lotus Domino 8.5, with coming of XPages but especially with the latest releases (9.0 and 9.1), application development is completely changed, especially if you are an "old-style" Domino developer.

XPages and Extension Library fully integrated, together with API as replacement for lotus.domino package, now provides a brand new approach to manage documents, and this is great in terms of performance and reusability.

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Jan 17, 2014

Elasticsearch: un motore di ricerca open source, distribuito e RESTful

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Elasticsearch: un motore di ricerca open source, distribuito e RESTful

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A inizio anno si pianificano le attività per l'anno che sta per iniziare. Nel 2014, tra la lista dei framework da approfondire, c'è sicuramente Elasticsearch

La settimana scorsa, leggendo l'articolo New Year's Python Meme 2014 di Alessandro Pisa, mi sono soffermato a riflettere sulla quinta domanda proposta nel meme:

What are the top three things you want to learn next year?

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Jul 03, 2013

Tests with WebDriver in Eclipse


Tests with WebDriver in Eclipse

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In this article I'll propose a short tutorial on how to easily create automated tests for your web applications using WebDriver for Selenium (in Eclipse environment)

Selenium is a portable software testing framework for web applications.

As known, it provides a record/playback tool for tests (Selenium IDE), but recently it was improved with the inclusion of the WebDriver API, a really useful feature.

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Mar 08, 2013

Merging odf files using XDocReport and XPages


Merging odf files using XDocReport and XPages

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Often there is the need to create documents from templates, and the need to fill these templates with data available from other sources: let's take a look at this brief solution

In this scenario, we have a odf template to merge with data.

Working in the Lotus Domino environment, one way to achieve this goal could be a server-side component invoked by an XPagdies, to make the casting process: first, I need something in Java that could do the job for me, and after some search I came across XDocReport.

XDocReport means XML Document reporting

XDocReport provides Java API to merge XML document created with MS Office (docx, pptx) or OpenOffice (odt), LibreOffice (odt) with a Java model to generate report and convert it in another format (PDF, XHTML...).

Basicly, to make the template, main steps are:

  1. create a template document with MS Word (docx) or OpenOffice (odt, ods)
  2. compose the body of the document itself with variables to fill in
  3. use Velocity or Freemarker syntax to set variables to replace.

In this case, I opted to use Velocity inside an ODF file.

Now let's start by explaining how to set up the whole project.

Installing server libraries

External libraries (.jar) that serve the purpose have been installed in the installation directory of the Domino server (jvm/lib/ext path).

These are the files:


Dont' forget an important security setting in java.policy file:

grant {
permission java.lang.RuntimePermission "getClassLoader";
permission java.lang.RuntimePermission "setContextClassLoader";

After that, restart HTTP server.

Server-side tools

To manage the whole process I used an HTML page with a button that calls (via Ajax) an XPages, that deals with the fusion of the data (HTML string) in the template. At the end, I create the PDF file using iText libraries.

Related to XPages, it only call the servlet in the afterPageLoad event:


This is how it looks the package, which includes the servlet:


Finally, this is the servlet code:

package com.redturtle;


import javax.servlet.ServletException;
import javax.servlet.http.HttpServletRequest;
import javax.servlet.http.HttpServletResponse;

import org.odftoolkit.odfdom.converter.pdf.PdfConverter;
import org.odftoolkit.odfdom.converter.pdf.PdfOptions;
import org.odftoolkit.odfdom.doc.OdfTextDocument;

import fr.opensagres.xdocreport.core.document.SyntaxKind;
import fr.opensagres.xdocreport.document.IXDocReport;
import fr.opensagres.xdocreport.document.registry.XDocReportRegistry;
import fr.opensagres.xdocreport.template.IContext;
import fr.opensagres.xdocreport.template.TemplateEngineKind;
import fr.opensagres.xdocreport.template.formatter.FieldsMetadata;

import lotus.domino.NotesException;
import lotus.domino.Session;

public class XDocReport {

	private static String VERSION = "XDocReport Version 1.0.0";
	static PrintWriter outClass = null;
	private static Session session = null;

	public static void mergeAndPDF (HttpServletRequest request, HttpServletResponse response) throws IOException, ServletException, InterruptedException, NotesException {

                // NO DIIOP
		try {			
			// 1) Load ODT file by filling Velocity template engine
			InputStream in = new FileInputStream("/tmp/template.odt");

			IXDocReport report = XDocReportRegistry.getRegistry().loadReport(in,TemplateEngineKind.Velocity);

			FieldsMetadata metadata = report.createFieldsMetadata();

			// 2) Create context Java model
			IContext context = report.createContext();
			context.put("comments", "<b>hello world</b>");
			// 3) Generate report by merging Java model with the ODT
			OutputStream out = new FileOutputStream(new File("/tmp/ODTProjectWithVelocity_Out.odt"));
			report.process(context, out);

			// 1) Load ODT into ODFDOM OdfTextDocument 
			in= new FileInputStream(new File("/tmp/ODTProjectWithVelocity_Out.odt"));
			OdfTextDocument document = OdfTextDocument.loadDocument(in);

			// 2) Prepare Pdf options
			PdfOptions options = PdfOptions.create();
			// 3) Convert OdfTextDocument to PDF via IText
			out = new FileOutputStream(new  File("/tmp/ODTProjectWithVelocityList_Out.pdf"));
			PdfConverter.getInstance().convert(document, out, options);
                        // Only manage response to Ajax call
			outClass = new PrintWriter(response.getWriter());
		} catch (IOException e) {
		} catch (Exception e) {
			// TODO Auto-generated catch block

	protected static void printAgent(String string) {

Pay attention to these points:

  1. comments - variable name inside ODF template
  2. metadata.addFieldAsTextStyling("comments",SyntaxKind.Html,false); - fill variable with something in HTML syntax
  3. <b>hello world</b> - HTML string to merge

NOTE: DominoAccess and JSFUtil are two very helpful classes written by Karsten Lehmann: see the full code. Thanks to them, DIIOP process for communication is not required.

Pro & Cons.

I think that it's a very powerful approach; the only limitation I've found is the restricted set of styles supported by the merge process (see there for details). Feel free to make some test using this approach, and let me know what you think :-)

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