Instant IBM Lotus Notes 8.5.3 How-to is the latest Lotus Notes title out of Packt Publishing. If you are new to the How-to series, they are the Packt equivalent to the O’Reilly pocket guides. Hmmm, didn’t someone say that they should do this awhile ago?
This short to-the-point book will likely be a welcome sight to end-users who tend to have little to no interest in the massive tomes that are usually published. Each chapter follows an easy to understand format of problem or topic, followed by “Getting ready”, “How to do it”, “How it works”, and finally “There’s more”. When used properly, this formula can make it easy for the reader to find quick answers to specific topics or problems. Sadly, these sections really are not used to their full extent in many chapters. For instance, the chapter Mastering Calendar and To-Dos uses calendar federation as its “How to do it” with the real calendar mastering tips in the “There’s more” section. Maybe it’s me, but it just doesn’t read smooth.
Now, that said, it doesn’t mean that this book is bad. In fact, there are many very useful tips. I would go so far as to say that I would be quite happy if every one of my customer’s end-users had this book on their desk. You just need to look past this books quirks and you’ll find some wonderful nuggets of information.
Disclaimer: Packt Publishing provided a free review copy of the book for the purpose of this review.