After a DEA (about french equivalent as Master Thesis) in database, I entered a company sailing Lotus Notes services. My first approach to this "strange soft" (I'm speaking about Notes 3.3..;-) has been a very short course by the Technical Director:
You know to do something in Relational? Do exactly the opposite it will rock in Notes.
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