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Farewell, SocialBizUg – Hello, Blog

As many of you know, it was recently announced that SocialBizUg.org will be shutting down.  Over the last several years (at least five and maybe six?), I have written for their Notes Developer Tips.  Tom Duff pulled me in as co-author many years ago.  For several years I wrote two articles a month for the newsletter.  Then Tom stepped down and I wrote all five articles every month for the newsletter.  I loved and hated that responsibility.  Loved that it forced me to write five articles every month.  Hated that I had to write five articles every month.  The team at SocialBizUg was always patient with me and my *cough* occasionally *cough* late articles.

I am grateful for the opportunity to write.  I am grateful for the audience that the newsletter provided.  I hope that those who still seek content can find it.  And to that end, I am going to try and blog more.  As stated in my last post, I am motivated and rejuvenated from IBM Connect.  I no longer have to come up with five articles-worth of content for SocialBizUg.  While I won’t do that much here without someone to nag me, I hope to do more than I have in the past.  I plan to continue the Foundation series that I just started over on SocialBizUg and will re-post here the first articles from that series.

So once again, thank you, SocialBizUg.  Thank you to the Newsletter team, and “see you later”!  (See earlier posts on how to say goodbye when you don’t want to).

SocialBizUg Articles – July Edition

And here we are, the July edition of articles posted on SocialBizUg.org…

Fixing Issues in SourceTree

I’ve written a few articles on source control.  As you’ve probably guessed, I’m a big fan of source control.  In those articles, I use the Mercurial plugin within Domino Designer with a Bitbucket repository. Lately, I’ve been using Sourcetree to take care of the handling between the NSF, the on disk project, and the online repository.  No solution is 100% perfect and Sourcetree has its issues. However, a colleague and I were just discussing that the issues still outweigh the problems you have without any source control, but I digress.

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Better JavaScript

With XPages, many of us are writing JavaScript for the first time.  As often happens, we learn by doing.  Learning by doing often means taking other developers’ examples and changing them to our own needs.  Unfortunately, learning from examples does NOT always mean we learn best practices for a language or technology.

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Can I Use This?

With the wonderful number of browsers and the many versions that each browser comes in, it can be a bit confusing and difficult to know if you can use a particular piece of code.  I’ve previously written about how to TEST all those browsers with BrowserStack,  but wouldn’t it be much easier if you just knew beforehand if a line of code would work?

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WTDT – File Upload and File Download controls

In this installment of “What Does This Do,” I cover the file upload and file download controls for XPages.

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SocialBizUg Articles – June Edition

I fell behind a bit in blogging these, so here are the articles posted to SocialBizUg.org for June …

Code For Tim

I lost an incredible friend and our community lost an incredible contributor. Tim Tripcony passed away May 11, 2014.  His friend and co-worker, Scott Hooks, posted the news on LinkedIn and asked that people share their memories of Tim there.Many, many people did just that.

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Review: Mastering XPages, 2nd Edition

Question:  What are three things that have happened since the first edition of Mastering XPages? Answer: Three years, the extension library, and Domino 9.0.1.

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Easy Sorting and Column Order

You have a Notes and Domino traditional Notes Client application. It’s been in place for years. The application has far too many views (with sorting and indexing and everything else that makes the application larger and larger). You are getting your feet wet with XPages and you want to “XPagify” this application.

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That’s Refreshing!

Often, when you’re learning something new, like XPages, you’ll accept the defaults or always use the selection provided in an example, without actually knowing what the options mean. In the case of page refresh (under “Server Options” on a server side event), you’ll probably start out using “Full Update” or “Partial Update”.  I wanted to point out what all the options do and provide two additional tips.

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Introduction to Event Handlers in XPages

On the Events tab of a custom control, we see the following events:

onClientLoad, beforePageLoad, afterPageLoad, afterRestoreView, beforeRenderResponse, afterRenderResponse

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SocialBizUg Articles: Notes Dev Tips April Edition

The April edition of the Notes Dev Tips Newsletter is now available.

Engage!

I just left Breda in the Netherlands, and Engage (formerly known as BLUG).  This was my fourth year attending this conference, and this year lived up to my expectations.  And let me assure you, my expectations were high.

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And Now For Something Completely Different…

The Collaboration Stack Community Event was on Friday, March 21st, in London at the Soho Hotel.   The hotel itself set the stage that this would be different from the usual LUGs that many of us are used to.

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jQuery Coding Standards and Best Practices

I recently ran across this article, http://lab.abhinayrathore.com/jquery-standards/.  As is slightly obvious from the title, the post is about jQuery Coding Standards and Best Practices.  Since I’m learning jQuery, “as I go”, meaning a little at a time and just about a piece of jQuery as I need it, I found this article incredibly useful.

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Where IS It?

So I was fixing some bugs the other day.  As is often the case, the user described the problem.  I had not written the code for this application, I was just bug fixing.  I thought I understood the problem and I had an idea where the control was that had the issue.  I opened Domino Designer and I began bug fixing.

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Article: Small Changes to Modernize Your Apps

Another article I wrote this month will hopefully evolve into a series.  This one is about modernizing your apps and goes along nicely with the Twitter Bootstrap articles I wrote.

I’ve written a few articles on Twitter Bootstrap, this is not one, but I mention it because “modernizing” your applications is a popular topic these days.  Your users want Web 2.0 (which at this point almost seems old, shouldn’t we be on Web 3.4 or something?), they want streamline, user-friendly, “modern” applications.  Twitter Bootstrap is great because it can add a lot of functionality without too much effort.  But what can you do if you aren’t using Bootstrap?

Small changes CAN make a big difference, especially when it comes to your user interface.  Over the next few months, I am going to try and cover some small changes that you can easily make to your applications to provide that modern look and feel.

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