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I've still been developing for Lotus Notes as a side job during my studies - it's still very big in Europe. Developing, administering (and to some extent using) classic notes applications is still a breeze. The reason why it's so hated is most probably the direction IBM took it in. It should have neve been marketed as a messaging application. Imagine a megacorp buying Evernote and turning it into an Messaging client - that's basically what happened from what I get. The 8.x eclipse made everything worse by adding another layer on top of the old C libraries and not replacing anything. It also broke the old mantra of 'everything is a notes db/document' which is a major point of why it worked so well together - similar to Unix.

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