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By Date: December 2016

The totally inofficial guide to Verse on Premises

Now that CNGD8ML is upon us, it is story time. Read about the why, who, what and what to watch out for.

To successfully deploy Verse, make sure to carefully read and implement the installation instructions. The availability of Verse makes Domino the most versatile eMail platform around, offering you the choice of: Notes Client, Outlook, POP2, IMAP4, iNotes, Verse, iOS, Android. Anywhay, here we go:

The back story

Verse on premises was a long (out)standing promise to the IBM customer base. Not everybody is ready to embrace the cloud, but interested in the new way to work. In SmartCloud Notes, the backend for Verse in the Cloud, all search is powered by Apache SOLR. If Verse got delivered as is, that would have required substantial hardware and skill investments for the on-premises customers.

So I made a bet with Michael Alexander, whom I worked with on TPTSNBN, that we could use standard Domino capabilities, not requiring Solr. Based on prototypes with vert.x and Java8 we gained confidence and got the go ahead to build the search component as OSGi plug-in (in Java6). So the search part (not the UI or other functionality) is on me.

The team(s)

There were two distinct teams working on the delivery of Verse on Premises (VoP): The core Verse team, that owns UI, functionality and features for both cloud and on premises and the search plugin team responsible to replace the Solr capabilities with native Domino calls.
The former is rather large, distributed between the US, Ireland and China. The later was led by the distinguished engineer David Byrd and just a few core coding members: David, Michael, Christopher, Raj and myself.
We were supported by a team of testers in Belarus and the Philippines. The test teams wrote hundreds of JUnit and Postman tests, just for the search API.

The Orangebox

Each project needs a good code name. The original Verse code name was Sequoia, which is reflected in the name of the plugins for core and UI functionality.

The search component, not being part of RealVerseā„¢, needed a different name. In an initial high level diagram, outlining the architecture for management, the search component was drawn as an orange box. Since we "just" had to code "the orange box". The name stuck and led to our code name "Project OrangeBox" (PoB).
The inofficial Project Orange Box Logo
You can find Orangebox and POB in multiple places (including notes.ini variables and https calls the browser makes). So now you know where it is coming from.

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