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The two sides of the incremental operator in JavaScript ++

Posted by MarkyRoden on April 19, 2015

I learned this last week, possibly highlighting my non-classical programming training. I have never come across this in all my years of JavaScript and apparently it is pervasive in other languages such as Java as well.

Incremental Operator ++

Many times I have seen or used the following method for incrementing an integer count

var marky = 0;

This increments the integer marky by 1. not rocket science. In the image below you can see that the two console.log entries always return the same value


What I learned yesterday was using the ++ after the variable name also increases the variable – but only AFTER the value has been evaluated…

From this image you can see that the marky++ value and the marky value are not the same. The console.log(marky++); returns the existing marky value and then increments it.


var marky = 0;

I have to ask myself “why would anyone do that?”. Why would I want to return a variable value and THEN increase it’s value, seems a little odd to me. I guess someone thought it was a good idea…..

Always makes me think “I wonder what else I don’t know? Probably best not think about that too much”….



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The 300th Blog Post

Posted by MarkyRoden on April 14, 2015

I noticed I was getting close to this a week or so ago and I can honestly say I am very pleasantly surprised – I would never have thought I would still be going 3 years later. Yes that is almost an average of 100 posts a year – who would have thought I would have so much to say. Let alone anyone caring enough to read it.

So I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who has encouraged me along the way, and continues to encourage me. In particular I want to say thanks Dave Leedy (as always), without whom I don’t think I would have been able to get going as quickly.

I am blessed (well metaphorically anyway) to have met so many people and had such opportunities open up to me because of this blog. I’m not the only contributor, the readers and those who post comments are as well.

thank you all :)

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Aborting a jQuery ajax request

Posted by MarkyRoden on April 5, 2015

In this article I will show how you can abort a jQuery ajax request, preventing your user experience from disappearing into space.


We have all done it – opened a page which runs an infinite loop consisting of some form of while(true). But no-one means to do that on purpose….That said there may be occasions where we are making requests to pages which we know are really really slow. Keeping a long connection open on the server restricts the number of open threads and potentially causes lockups. It is also a terrible user experience more importantly.

It might not be quite as relevant nowadays as it might have been to a Domino server say 10 years ago but still – pretty cool idea.

You can abort the ajax request with .abort()

Slowly loading XPage

I created a simple XPage with a before render response page which will take a long time to finish (as you can see below is ~30 seconds)

		for (var i=0; i<50000000; i++){
		return true}


Aborting the Ajax call

Aborting the call is relatively simple – by assigning a variable to the ajax call we can  then just .abort() it

var temp = $.ajax({
  url: 'http://copper.xomino.com/xomino/jQinX2.nsf/xRunForever.xsp'
   console.log('hey what happened')


Running it manually we can see this



But a more practical solution is to set a timeout function to test the ajax value and abort if it is taking too long. How long that is, is entirely up to you……

function dontRunForever(url, time){
    var temp = $.ajax({
      url: url,
       console.log('hey what happened');
       console.log('All Done');
       temp = false

    setTimeout(function(){ //Using function() inside the setTimeout means the function is executed after the "time"
      } else {
       console.log('ajax call completed in time')
    }, time)


So when we run this with a timeout of 5 seconds, we see the abort() trigger


But when we use 50 seconds we see a successful completion and no abort message – and eventually the end of the Timeout success message


This is all well and good – BUT…..

Just because the ajax request is aborted – this does not mean the task stops running on the server – this whole concept improves the user experience and nothing else. This will not stop a never ending task running on the server – only the server settings will truly kill that.




When I found this and the fact that it has been around for over 4 years I was somewhat annoyed that I did not know about it earlier, but it is pretty cool still all the same :)


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Aligning bootstrap well heights within the same row

Posted by MarkyRoden on March 29, 2015

On a bootstrapped page layout, misaligned well heights within a single row are ugly at best and downright unprofessional looking at worst



So I created a simple jQuery routine which will:

  • Cycle through each row
  • Create a variable = 0
  • For each well in this row
    • Check the height of each well
    • If the height is larger than the current largest value increase it
  • Once finished set the height of all the wells in this row (already selected) to be the largest height

  var wellHeight=0
  $(this).find('.well').each( function(){
      var temp = $(this).height()
      if (temp>wellHeight){





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Integrating a Twitter bootstrap UI application into IBM Connections and MS SharePoint

Posted by MarkyRoden on March 26, 2015

In the last 12 months I have twice presented at MWLUG 2014 and ConnectED 2015 (with Mark Leusink) on how to run a  Domino/Angular.js application in IBM Connections and SharePoint. One of the hurdles to doing that was to figure out how to integrate bootstrap with the OneUI layout of Connections and MS SharePoint built in style.

Beyond the Everyday

This was the original http://beyondtheeveryday.com application which Mark Leusink built (for ConnectED) based on Bootstrap CSS. My job was to make it run anywhere – in this example IBM Connections. The same process described here is also used to make the application look nice in SharePoint.


To do this I used an HTML Widget installed on the Connections server and with some JavaScript trickery (as explain at the conference) I was able to insert the BTE application into the Connections HTML widget relatively easily.

However – the functionality was not the immediate issue – the look and feel was.

IBM Connections uses the IBM OneUI Stylesheet for look and feel. Both OneUI and Bootstrap set default fonts and sizes on every page element and when mixed together in the wild things go badly wrong. As you can see from the image below – the bootstrap is fine – but the addition of another CSS which affects HTML and Body messes with the existing OneUI style.


So the quick and dirty solution to me was to stop bootstrap from affecting everything else in the BODY of the connections page. In this case to maintain look and feel with OneUI – remove everything affecting the OneUI look.

I took an un-minified version of Bootstrap and removed the first 1400(ish) lines of code – down to the first media query. This removed default font size etc for every default HTML tag.



This solved the problem.

Do not do this in production boys and girls – use a properly modified bootstrap file which only contains the CSS you need! Depending on the complexity of your application you may have to do other modifications to get your application looking good.



The process is identical for adding the application into SharePoint, although in that case I used an embeded code widget within a SharePoint page to insert my HTML/SCRIPT.


#lazy #productive


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IBMSBT Playground gets a face lift

Posted by MarkyRoden on March 24, 2015

I noticed a couple of days ago that the “face” of the IBM Social Business Toolkit “playground” on the greenhouse site has undergone a face lift.


This image was taken from the site March 4th 2015



and this is how it looks today (March 22nd 2015)



Not an improvement in this developers opinion because now I have no reference point as to the section I am looking at. Not a problem if you clicked in there – but if you bookmarked the URL you are if for a world of confusion.

An example of not considering the User Experience.


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IBMSBT in XPages: Custom Business Cards

Posted by MarkyRoden on March 22, 2015

In this article I will introduce the JavaScript API for Social Business Toolkit and show how to make a simple custom vCard using the jQuery hovercard.js plugin.


When you are modifying on premises Connections there is an API interface provided and described by IBM for integration of the Profiles Business Card. I could not find this piece of code however within Smartcloud. The Playground API also does not provide an example of profile vcard within Smartcloud. I guess it must be in there somewhere, but I decided to make my own. If one is available, please point me at it…….

Using the SBT JavaScript API to get Profile information

The SBT JavaScript API is REST based and provides a limited set of functionality to access information from the connections installation. I found the following example in the Playground. Looking at the example in the playground the critical URL for accessing Profile information is this

url: ‘xsp/.sbtservice/proxy/smartcloud/lotuslive-shindig-server/social/rest/people/lotuslive:user:’+userId+’/@self?format=json’,

where userId is the id of the user you wish to see the information from. In my case a JSON object called entry is returned with many options.



Using the jQuery plugin hovercard.js I was easily able to create the HTML which I wanted to put within a card. This HTML is hidden on the XPage and the actual HTML I want in all within the selector class “js-vcardHTML”

<div style="display:none" class="js-vcardHTML">
	<div class="row ">
		<div class="col-sm-8">
			<div class="vcardName"></div>
			<div class="vcardOrg"></div>
			<div class="vcardEmail"></div>
			<div class="vcardPhone"></div>
		<div class="col-sm-4 vcardImage">
	<div class="row" style="margin-top: 5px; border-top: 1px dashed #a6a6a6">
		<div class="col-sm-6">
		<div class="col-sm-6">

Within the application code I instantiate the hovercard.js code in the following manner. It retrieves the HTML from within js-vcardHTML. Populates it with the data from within the “entry” JavaScript object and then displays it on hover.

	self: this,
	detailsHTML: $('.js-vcardHTML').html(),
	width: 350,
	cardImgSrc: '',
	onHoverIn: function () {
		// set your twitter id
		var userId = 'markyId'; //calculated outside of this demonstration

			  url: 'xsp/.sbtservice/proxy/smartcloud/lotuslive-shindig-server/social/rest/people/lotuslive:user:'+userId+'/@self?format=json',
			  type: 'GET',
			  dataType: 'json',
			  beforeSend: function () {
				$(".vcardEmail").prepend('<p class="loading-text">Loading Business Card...</p>');
			  success: function (data) {
				$(".vcardImage").html("<img src='https://apps.na.collabserv.com/contacts/profiles/photo/"+userId+"'/>");
			  complete: function () {




In this article I have shown how we can retrieve profile information from the Smartcloud JavaScript API and how we can create our own custom business card using the hovercard.js jQuery plugin.

Amusing that the API reference still contains a reference to Lotus – draw your own conclusions :)

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Keeping him alive in the Clacks on Domino – thank you Sir Terry Pratchett

Posted by MarkyRoden on March 22, 2015

I already did this on my servers last week and didn’t think about blogging it. But I saw the post on IBM HTTP server and figured I would anyway.

You have to enable IHS on Domino and then add the following line of code:

header set X-Clacks-Overhead “GNU Terry Pratchett”


Sir Terry, I have read/own more of your books than all other authors combined. You made a very significant impact on my younger self and you will always be remembered.

Thank you so much, Sir.



With thanks to this post: –

GNU Terry Pratchett

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