Symphony Developer Toolkit is available

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The Lotus Symphony Developer Toolkit is now available for download:

The wait is over – IBM Lotus Symphony can now be extended with plug-ins to integrate and enhance a wide range of applications from IBM, and you.

Now it is easy to make Lotus Symphony part of your business solution. Integrate Lotus Symphony documents with other data such as IBM Lotus Notes applications, WebSphere Translation Server, or other important applications in your organization for linked value at the desktop.

Designed to leverage open technology and provide an easy development and deployment environment, Lotus Symphony will support leading development technologies – Java/Eclipse, LotusScript, OpenOffice, and .Net* (*.Net support planned for a future release).

As of Beta 4, you can extend Lotus Symphony with Eclipse plug-ins using our API’s and Developer Toolkit. Also, with support for LotusScript (when the Symphony productivity tools are used inside Notes 8) and the UNO API, Lotus Symphony supports a wide range of development requirements and business needs.

Are you a developer interested to learn more? The new IBM Lotus Symphony Developer Toolkit for creating Eclipse plug-ins is here. The toolkit provides documentation as well as samples and tutorials that you need to build your plug-ins.

So, whether you are a Lotus Notes developer using LotusScript or a Java developer on Eclipse, you have the ability to leverage Lotus Symphony in your business applications.

The tutorial in the toolkit provides instructions for creating a simple document workflow plug-in. The document workflow application provides a way to apply a simple workflow to your office documents in a document library. The document you will use in this lab is built on a specific template, and stored locally. In this lab, you will create the plug-in from start to finish and use pre-created snippets of code in order to speed the manual data entry process. This lab is intended for developers who would like to use the plug-in development environment to extend Lotus Symphony and who are familiar with Java programming. Eclipse and OpenOffice.org UNO programming knowledge are preferred but not necessary.

Download it now from the new Symphony Developers page.

Stuart McIntyre is a Senior Strategist at Fostering Community Limited. He curates a number of product-focused news sites, is a lapsed podcaster, founded the Social Connections user group and regularly speaks at conferences and events. This blog represents his own slightly-eccentric and usually-controversial opinions!