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Calling all Admins AND Devs

If you are both an admin and a dev and you missed my session with Jess Stratton at Lotusphere, go register for the webinar:

Collaboration, Party of One : When You Are Both the Dev and the Admin

When your administrator and your developer are one and the same, and they’re both you, things can get confusing. As the administrator, you’ve got a lot of power. Frequently, the role of administrator is to lock things down, keep the server running smoothly and tune performance. As the developer, you want a lot of power. You want unlimited agents to run anytime you want, as frequently as possible, with little to no limitations! So how do you reconcile these opposing needs when you have to play both roles? Jess and Kathy will show you how to use separate IDs, location documents and other fail-safes to make sure your party of one is successful!

Go here and register, then keep your eyes open for the email to register on gotomeeting.  (Sorry for the double registration, it’s just how it works, don’t shoot the messenger).


Happy Tech New Year!

It’s almost 2012.  Many people make New Year’s resolutions.  Lose weight, exercise more, stop smoking, meet new people, etc.

This year, I would like to make a technology resolution.

As a developer, it seems there is always something new to learn.  I always tell myself, I need to learn X or Y, or X AND Y programming languages.  And of course, I never get around to learning them, unless directly needed for my work.

Well, this year, I resolve to learn a new technology.  I’m going to get a book (probably a Head First book because I love those, and find I actually learn from them) and resolve to read it.  Let’s say, five hours per week.  260 hours by the end of the year.  Now, which tech to pick…

IdoSphere Coming Up!

In case you missed my post before Lotusphere, I’ll be speaking at IdoSphere next week. It’s a two-day VIRTUAL event. Two days of sessions not seen at Lotusphere. And in case I wasn’t clear last time, the event is only $35 for the entire event! All sessions are being recorded for later viewing as well. And if you use this special link, and the code IDS2011KB, you can save 10%. I believe the agenda and abstracts are going up soon, if they aren’t already, go to http://idosphere.com to check it out.

TLCC Developing XPages Course Review

I recently completed the TLCC Developing XPages course. I had completed a TLCC course several years ago and felt the format was a good one for learning. The XPages course was no exception.

The course consists of 9 modules, starting with an overview and then jumping right into creating your first XPage. Controls, Views and Documents, Formatting and Styles, Javascript, Advanced Techniques, Custom Controls and changes in versions are all covered. The course begins at the very beginning. No XPages experience is required. However, the format is such that it is easy to skip ahead if you already know bits and pieces. The basic stuff is covered very well, building you up to each new skill. The text portions of the lessons are well balanced with activities and screen shots. I am definitely a visual learner and a do-er rather than a reader. This course is well suited for both. If you are a text learner, the information is there in the text. However, if you are a doer, you can skip the text bits and still understand and complete the activities.

I also liked the additional of links for more information in certain spots. Rather than bog down the course with “advanced” or tangental information at that point, there were links for those that like to go down the rabbit hole.

The course itself is an NSF and is self-paced. That works well for some, not so well for others. You need to know that you will stick with it. However, the nice thing is that the NSF is always there, for whenever you have a few moments to spare and want to learn. Since it’s an NSF, you can easily keep it local and refer to it whenever is convenient for you. Additionally, (and somewhat obviously) the course is a great option for those that can’t get out of the office or travel to course providers.

One additional feature I liked in the format was that the instructions for the activities were on the same page that I was working on, so I didn’t have to flip back and forth. Typically, that is my complaint of “electronic” learning, I like to have the instructions in front of me as I work, so alternating screens tends to irritate me. This wasn’t an issue here.

TLCC also provides forums for the “class participants” should you have questions. I didn’t find myself with any questions, so didn’t take advantage, but is a nice addition to the course.

The only thing I felt was missing was the “Don’t do this in thre real world” type of information. While something may be shown a particular way for the sake of learning it, it is often not the way you would actually implement it. I would have liked to see more of those types of warnings.

And speaking of warnings, anything teaching XPages should have a big yellow label telling you to shut off Skype before trying to start the local HTTP task. I spent a while completely baffled as to why the very first thing I was asked to do wasn’t working.

Overall, I felt this was a great way to learn XPages and look forward to XPage Development 2 from TLCC.

Obtained From: TLCC for review
Payment: Free

SNAPPS Quickr Bootcamp

This week I attended the SNAPPS Quickr Bootcamp, held in Overland Park, KS. It was a three-day Quickr developer training session. The next time the SNAPPS folks offer this, RUN, don’t walk, to sign up.

Obviously, these guys are smart, they’re frequent speakers at conferences, and they are experts on Quickr. They have done a terrific job at putting together material to get you up to speed and developing with Quickr. The three day bootcamp covered what you need to know, as well as what to watch out for. They discussed how to fix things when they go wrong and what you should NOT do (but how to do it anyway). They’ve really condensed their years (and years and years) of experience and delivered a lot of that knowledge in three days.

The bootcamp was very well constructed, with a basic starting level and working up to more advanced topics. The format was part lecture, part hands on exercises, with enough of each to deliver the knowledge and keep the attendees engaged.

Much like going to Lotusphere, I feel exhausted and my head is filled with stuff I can’t wait to get home and try out. Thanks SNAPPS guys!

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