Enabling Sametime integration with RTC 2.0 on Mac OSX

The Rational Team Concert 2.0 Infocenter covers how to enable integration between the RTC Eclipse client and IBM Lotus Sametime on Windows and Linux platforms. However it doesn’t cover Mac OSX, probably because the RTC client for OSX is only an incubator.

The good news is it is perfectly possible and the steps are basically the same. The additional good news is that it also appears to work fine with newer Sametime versions than those specified. I have got it up and running with the embedded Sametime in Lotus Notes 8.5.1 for example

To get it working follow the Infocenter instructions but at step 1.a where it talks about modifying plugin_customization.ini you’ll need to know where to find that on Sametime or Notes on OSX:

For Sametime:

  1. In Applications find Sametime.app
  2. Right click and choose Show Package Contents
  3. In the Finder window that pops up go to Contents/MacOS/rcp and you’ll find plugin_customization.ini in there

For Notes embedded Sametime:

  1. In Applications find Notes.app
  2. Right click and choose Show Package Contents
  3. In the Finder window that pops up go to Contents/MacOS/rcp and you’ll find plugin_customization.ini in there

Then just edit the file and set the:

com.ibm.collaboration.realtime.brokerbridge/startBroker=true

property. You will likely find the property already specified, but with the false value so just change to true.
If you are using the Notes embedded Sametime then step 1.c is also slightly different. You will find the menu you need under File | Application | Install…
Then just follow the rest of the Infocenter instructions and everything should work!

New look, new focus

This blog has been horribly stagnant for a number of months now. There are lots of reasons why that might be: Twitter, work pressures, general lack of enthusiasm for blogging. Probably all of those and more.

Previously I’ve kept work-related posts to a minimum and tried to focus on more personal stuff. That’s going to change in an attempt to revitalize my blogging. As an IBM software developer there are often things that I need to be careful about mentioning in public and that will certainly remain the case. However there are a lot of IBMers publicly talking about their work and where it takes them and I don’t see why I can’t too.

So from now on you can expect to see much more about Lotus Connections and my work interests in general. One thought I’ve had is to do some periodic posts on aspects of WebSphere Application Server that Connections administrators may find useful. I’ve been a user of WAS for ten years and have both consulted on it as well as develop parts of it in the past so hopefully I can provide some hints and tips of value to those not so familiar with the application server.

However it won’t all be about Connections and WebSphere. I’ve a great interest in agile development and in particular Rational Team Concert so there will likely be the odd post about that, as well as other software engineering and social computing topics that take my fancy.

Of course, it won’t all be work and no play – there will still be occasional posts about a new toy, hobby, pursuit or other activity. I’ll make sure to use categories well so you can skip past the stuff you don’t want to read.

If you still have me in your feed reader then thanks for sticking around and let me know what you think.