Tag Archive: UKLUG

Come See Me at ICON UK

I’m very excited to say that I will be speaking at ICON UK.  Julian Robichaux and I will present “Taming Domino Designer”.

Domino Designer for Eclipse (DDE) has hundreds, maybe even thousands, of settings and customization options. But do you really know how to make it work well for you? Julian and Kathy will give you their favorite tips and tweaks for using DDE: making it faster, easier to use, and even how to track down some pesky errors. We will show you how to make DDE sing! (Literally, it will sing). Come to this session to get under the hood [bonnet] of DDE and make it do things you never thought it could do.

It’s a great conference (previously UKLUG) and I’ve learned loads and had a great time every time I have attended.  If you’ll be there, please say hi!

Also, if you’re interested in sponsoring, check out their sponsor page.  Even if you aren’t interested in sponsoring, check out their page.  Sponsors are what makes this event free!  I’ve said it before and I will say it again, LUGs (even though they’ve changed the name, the spirit of the event is the same) are fantastic.  You are up close and personal with loads of speakers (many from events like IBM Connect).  You are up close and personal with other attendees.  The size of the event lends itself really well to meeting and networking and having a really good time.  You can check out vendors and their solutions.

Best of all, these events are FREE.  So check it out and I hope to see you there!

IBM Connect

I’m on my way home from IBM Connect. So many great sessions. So many amazing friends. It’s honestly hard at this point to process it all.

One particular thing sticking in my mind right now as I say “see you later” to so many of my good friends (“goodbye” is just too hard) was a moment in gurupalooza. For those that don’t know, it’s one of the last sessions, where all of the Best Practice speakers and some business partners from other tracks get on stage to answer attendee questions. I was honored to once again get on that stage as it is filled with some of the best speakers and most knowledgeable people in our community.

An “attendee” (who just happens to organize BLUG) asked how many of us also speak at LUGs. From where I sat, every hand was raised. Every. Hand.

What does that mean? It means you can and should go see amazing speakers at a LUG near you, for free.

That’s right, for free.

Personally, I hope to “see you later” at BLUG or IamLUG or UKLUG or all three.

MTA:  There are LOADS of great LUGs out there, these are just the three that I am planning to attend.

Speak at a LUG

In my post the other day, Confessions of a Lotusphere Speaker, I wrote about ways to get involved in the community, to help your chances of speaking at events like IBM Connect.  I suggested starting with Lotus User Group conferences,

LUG – submit abstracts to LUGs.  Sure, everyone wants to go to IBM Connect.  But IBM Connect charges attendees a lot of money to attend, they are going to try hard to have the best speakers.  Gambling on someone who is completely unknown is a gamble for them.  It is way easier for them to say yes if they saw you speak at a LUG, or heard about your awesome presentation at a LUG.

There are loads of LUGs around, but I wanted to point out a few that I have personally attended and enjoyed (presented in chronological order).

SkiLUG – http://skilug.org/ – Feb 25/26/27 – This event is being held in February, and looks to be even more of a conference than last year.  Bill Malchilsky is an excellent host and organizer.  Held at a ski resort in Vermont, I have no doubt this will be a fun event.

BLUG – http://www.blug.be/ – March 21/22 – Belgium in March.  Need I say more?  I do?  Okay, how about great speakers and fantastic sessions.  Well organized.  Great location.  More?  Okay, CHOCOLATE.

IamLUG – http://iamlug.org/iamlug/IamLug2011.nsf – May 6/7 – I have attended this event every year it’s been held.  This May will be the 4th IamLUG.  I am looking forward to it, just as I do every year.  Another great event, this one is held in a casino!  Well organized, great food, great speakers.  And I’m super excited that they’ve moved the even from August in St. Louis to May in St. Louis!

UKLUG/ILUG – http://uklug.info/ – ILUG and UKLUG aren’t held in the same year, so I’m combining them as one event.  I’ve been to both and they’re both fantastic events.  Just like the others I’ve  mentioned they are well-organized, great events with awesome speakers and sessions and attendees.  They move the event location around, which makes it a great excuse to go and see more of the world!  Dates not yet announced, but last year was in the fall.

As I said, there are way more LUGs than just these, so find one.  Submit an abstract!  Speak!


MTA:  If I didn’t mention a LUG and you think it’s awesome, post it in the comments!

UKLUG and Newsletters

In lieu of an actual technical post, I will tell you where you can find some technical content from me these days…

UKLUG!  I am thrilled to say that I have been accepted to speak at UKLUG, http://uklug.info/ along with Mr. Julian Robichaux.  We’ll be talking about tools!  No, not home improvement type tools, but tools for developers!  UKLUG is being held in Cardiff this year, so I am very much looking forward to finding Torchwood.  (John Barrowman, *swoon*, ahem, where was I?)

And as always, you can read the Lotus User Group Notes Dev Tips Newsletter.  There’s a new one every month, chock full o’ tips!  Here’s a link to the latest one in case you missed it.  We have tips on Xpages and NoSQL and all kinds of fun stuff!

Manchester Here I Come

Manchester, NH? Nope, Manchester, UK! For UKLUG!

I’m heading to UKLUG at the end of May. I am really looking forward to it. As well as having a great time, attending wonderful sessions and possibly some sightseeing, I will be speaking! I really enjoyed presenting a similar session for IdoSphere in February, and I look forward to doing it in May. Hope to see you there!

Learning to Run – XPages for Lotus Notes Client Developers

You’re an experienced Lotus Notes developer. You’ve been doing “classic” development for years. You know LotusScript better than your native language. You know @Formula like the back of your hand. But when it comes to Xpages and Javascript, you feel like you’re learning to walk all over again. This session will cover some tips and tricks to get you up and running in Xpages. Learn how to translate what you already know, into what you need to know for Xpages. Find out where to get the information to be just as skillful at Xpages as you are with Notes client development.