A CRC is a number which is supposed to change accordingly to the string its computed upon. So it can be used to detect if the user made changes to a chosen subset of the fields of a document.

When saving the document, just join the text values of the fields in an ordered manner, then get the CRC of that string and store it as a new field value. When checking the document for changes to those fields, make the string again and get its CRC. If the saved CRC and the one just computed are equal, then you should be reasonably sure that those field values have not changed, but if the CRC does change, then you can be completely sure that those field have changed as well!

A CRC32 class comes with the package, and LS2J can be used to access and use it.

Here is the code for a Java library, name it CRC32 Java


public class StringCRC32 {

    public static String StringCRC32 ( String s )
        byte[] b = s.getBytes();

        CRC32 crc = new CRC32();

        for ( int i=0; i

And here is a LS2J wrapper, just for making it simpler to use in LotusScript. It’s a LotusScript library and you should name it CRC32

'CRC32: Option Public Option Declare Use "CRC32 Java" Uselsx "*javacon" Function StringCRC32( aString As String ) As String Dim jSession As JavaSession Set jSession = New JavaSession Dim jClass As JavaClass Set jClass = jSession.GetClass( "StringCRC32" ) StringCRC32 = jClass.StringCRC32( aString ) End Function

Hack 2 needed

I’d like I could use parallel assignment in LotusScript. It’s the britghtest single programming concept I discovered in the past year, studying Ruby and other scripting languages.

It’s fairly symmetrical to the argument passing concept and it really enhances code readability.

OLE constants

Microsoft Office products like Word, Excel and Project can be accessed by LotusScript code running on a Windows machine through the OLE interface made available by the CreateObject function:

Dim pjApp As Variant Set pjApp = CreateObject( "MSProject.Application" )

A handle to an OLE root object is a simple and mighty link to (almost) every property and method of the interfaced application.

Certainly not reachable are the constants, and I cannot guess any reason for this. MS Project 2003 has some 3,800 constants defined. All of them are well described in the online manual, but none of them is ever linked to any of the objects reachable from the root object. They are available from insibe the VBA macros, simply because MSProject is the object library and the VBA runtime generates an object for it. So the constant pjTimescaleDays, which is a member of the enumeration PjTimescaleUnit, is defined by the path


In fact VBA programmers are more lucky, because the VBA runtime makes an alias for each constant so that the last identificator is enough.

In my programs I could put Const pjTimescaleDays = 4, it’s just a matter of copy and paste from the Object Browser integrated in the VBA IDE. But this procedure can quickly become annoying, because the whole corpus of help articles and examples heavily rely on the VBA runtime aliasing feature. And if a Notes agent needs access to just a 10% of all of the available constants, then it’s really cumbersome to manually build the 400 lines of constants. And they are constant in a subtle way, i.e. until the product vendor suddenly change them.

To access constants defined in OLE applications the VBA Object Browser uses the Tlbinf32.dll library. Luckily enough this library is just another OLE application which can be directly used in LotusScript code.
It officially ships with Visual Studio, but if you haven’t got it already (it sould be in the windows system32 folder), you can download the Tlbinf32.dll library from

a good article about the Tlbinf32.dll library
a useful manual for the Tlbinf32.dll library


To show how you can load OLE constants and use them to effectively simplify and make your code selfdocumented, here is a simple agent for importing MS Project tasks into Notes documents.

'Import tasks from MSProject: Option Public Option Declare Use "DoubleLists" Use "RegistryAccess" ' replace this comment with code in Block 1 ' replace this comment with code in Block 2 ' replace this comment with code in Block 3

Block 1: How to load OLE constants

Dim pjConst List As Long Function GetOLEConstant( typeLibInfo As Variant, Byval enumName As String, Byval itemName As String ) As Long %INCLUDE "error_handling" GetOLEConstant = typeLibInfo.TypeInfos.NamedItem( enumName ).GetMember( itemName ).Value End Function Sub Load_pjConst %INCLUDE "error_handling" Dim tli As Variant '= Object Set tli = CreateObject( "TLI.TLIApplication" ) Dim MSPRJ_OLB As Variant '= Object Set MSPRJ_OLB = tli.TypeLibInfoFromFile( GetPathToMSPRJ_OLB ) Dim MSO_DLL As Variant '= Object Set MSO_DLL = tli.TypeLibInfoFromFile( GetPathToMSO_DLL ) Dim pjConstLibrary List As Variant '= List As Object Set List2( pjConstLibrary, "PjField" , "pjTaskID" ) = MSPRJ_OLB Set List2( pjConstLibrary, "PjField" , "pjTaskName" ) = MSPRJ_OLB Set List2( pjConstLibrary, "PjField" , "pjTaskSummary" ) = MSPRJ_OLB Set List2( pjConstLibrary, "PjField" , "pjTaskMilestone" ) = MSPRJ_OLB Set List2( pjConstLibrary, "PjTimescaleUnit" , "pjTimescaleDays" ) = MSPRJ_OLB Set List2( pjConstLibrary, "MsoDocProperties" , "msoPropertyTypeString" ) = MSO_DLL Forall enumLib In pjConstLibrary Dim enumName As String enumName = Listtag( enumLib ) Forall itemLib In enumLib Dim itemName As String itemName = Listtag( itemLib ) pjConst( itemName ) = GetOLEConstant( itemLib, enumName, itemName ) End Forall End Forall End Sub

Block 2: How to find the path to the object libraries

Function GetPathToMSPRJ_OLB %INCLUDE "error_handling" Dim clsid As String clsid = RegQueryValue( "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT", "MSProject.ApplicationCLSID", "" ) Dim appPath As String appPath = RegQueryValue( "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT", "CLSID" & clsid & "LocalServer32", "" ) GetPathToMSPRJ_OLB = Strleftback( appPath, "" ) & "MSPRJ.OLB" End Function Function GetPathToMSO_DLL %INCLUDE "error_handling" Dim clsid As String clsid = RegQueryValue( "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT", "OfficeCompatible.ApplicationCLSID", "" ) Dim appPath As String appPath = RegQueryValue( "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT", "CLSID" & clsid & "InprocServer32", "" ) GetPathToMSO_DLL = appPath End Function

Block 3: How to import many Project fields at once

Sub Initialize %INCLUDE "error_handling" Dim s As New NotesSession Dim db As NotesDatabase Set db = s.CurrentDatabase Dim pjApp As Variant '= Object Set pjApp = CreateObject( "MSProject.Application" ) Call pjApp.FileOpen( "c:sample.mpp" ) pjApp.Visible = False Dim pjProject As Variant '= Object Set pjProject = pjApp.ActiveProject Dim pjTaskCollection As Variant '= Object Set pjTaskCollection = pjProject.Tasks Call Load_pjConst Dim fieldIDList List As Long fieldIDList( "LineNumber" ) = pjConst( "pjTaskID" ) fieldIDList( "Title" ) = pjConst( "pjTaskName" ) fieldIDList( "IsSummary" ) = pjConst( "pjTaskSummary" ) fieldIDList( "IsMilestone" ) = pjConst( "pjTaskMilestone" ) Forall pjTask In pjTaskCollection If Not( pjTask Is Nothing ) Then Dim d As New NotesDocument( db ) d.Form = "Task" Forall fieldID In fieldIDList Dim fieldName As String fieldName = Listtag( fieldID ) Dim fieldValue As Variant fieldValue = pjTask.GetField( fieldID ) Call d.ReplaceItemValue( fieldName, fieldValue ) End Forall Call d.Save( True, True, True ) End If End Forall End Sub

Installing the Tlbinf32.dll library

Before using its services, the Tlbinf32.dll library needs to be properly installed. This is done by putting its file in the windows system32 folder and then by registering it. This means that the user has to have administrator rights to their PC. As usual, you can implement the auto install feature for a needed file in a Notes database in three steps:

  1. Attach the file to the About Database document and hide its paragraph
  2. Add the @Command( [RunAgent]; “(Install Tlbinf32.dll)” ) to the Post Open event of the Database Script
  3. Add the following agent to the database and name it (Install Tlbinf32.dll)

'Install tlbinf32.dll: Option Public Option Declare Use "RegistryAccess" Sub Initialize %INCLUDE "error_handling" Dim tli As Variant On Error Resume Next Set tli = CreateObject( "TLI.TLIApplication" ) On Error Goto HandleError If Err = 0 Then Set tli = Nothing Exit Sub End If Dim instalar As String instalar = "tlbinf32.dll" Dim s As New NotesSession Dim db As NotesDatabase Set db = s.CurrentDatabase Dim d As notesdocument Set d = GetHelpAboutDocument( db, instalar ) If d Is Nothing Then Msgbox "The library " & instalar & " has not been installed" & Chr( 10 ) _ & "The library could not be found in the database" & Chr( 10 ) _ & "Please notify your admin" Exit Sub End If Dim systemRoot As String systemRoot = RegQueryValue( "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE", "SOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersion", "SystemRoot" ) Dim path As String path = systemRoot & "system32" & instalar Call ExtractAttachment( d, instalar, path ) If Dir( path ) = "" Then Msgbox "The library " & instalar & " has not been installed" & Chr( 10 ) _ & "The library could not be put in the folder " & path & Chr( 10 ) _ & "Please notify your admin" Exit Sub End If If Shell( "regsvr32 /s " & instalar ) <> 33 Then Msgbox "The library " & instalar & " has not been installed" & Chr( 10 ) _ & "The library could not be registered" & Chr( 10 ) _ & "Please notify your admin" Exit Sub End If Msgbox "The library " & instalar & " has been installed" ' HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTCLSID{8B217746-717D-11CE-AB5B-D41203C10000}InprocServer32 End Sub Function GetHelpAboutDocument( db As NotesDatabase, filename As String ) As NotesDocument %INCLUDE "error_handling" Dim nc As NotesNoteCollection Set nc = db.CreateNoteCollection( False ) nc.SelectHelpAbout = True Call nc.BuildCollection Dim nid As String nid = nc.GetFirstNoteId If nid <> "" Then Set GetHelpAboutDocument = db.GetDocumentByID( nid ) Else Set GetHelpAboutDocument = Nothing End If End Function Sub ExtractAttachment( d As NotesDocument, filename As String, path As String ) %INCLUDE "error_handling" If Not d.HasEmbedded Then Exit Sub Dim embedded As NotesEmbeddedObject Set embedded = d.GetAttachment( filename ) If embedded Is Nothing Then Exit Sub Call embedded.ExtractFile( path ) End Sub