MWLUG 2015: Websockets session video and slide deck

The following presentation was given at MWLUG 2015 in Atlanta Georgia. If you have any questions please let me know ūüôā

This was very kindly recorded by my good friend¬†David Navarre¬†and rendering it to youtube did not apparently help his insomnia. Not sure what to read into that ūüôā

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Thank you Richard, et al for MWLUG 2015

Last week I attended MWLUG 2015 in sweaty Atlanta, GA¬†and had a great time. I wanted to¬†say a heartfelt thank you to Richard Moy, Lisa and Darren¬†Duke, Ray, Tony, Ulrich and everyone who contributed to a great conference. There is a significant amount of effort which goes into the conference as Richard explains. What people also do not appreciate is that Richard¬†is personally in the hole for the conference costs unless the conference is a success. I don’t think there are many of us who would be able to do that, let alone have the balls to do it.

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My personal highlights:

  • Speaking with Ryan Baxter on Bluemix and XPages. Being able to show a drone being controlled from an XPage (and it works in XPiNC as well) was and probably always will be, the coolest XPages demo ever ūüôā
  • Seeing two new speakers who I have encouraged in the past (Shean and Steve Z) actually take up the challenge, do it really well, and thoroughly enjoy themselves. New Addicts are born.
  • Shean McManus proudly announcing that he is¬†moving¬†jobs to start working at PSC
  • Drinking beer at a session for the first time ever – yes seriously the first time ever – ¬†(thanks Eric and ultimately Rob Novak)
  • Meeting Csaba finally. I was very touched that¬†he said to me that the reason he came to the conference was to listen to me speak. That’s really cool and very humbling!!
  • Meehans, how convenient and a fantastic way to encourage dialog
  • Pete Janzen, for so many things¬†which brought a smile to my face ūüôā
  • Spending time with Kathy, Brad, Eric, Steve, Richard and everyone else involved at the conference
  • and everything else I forgot……

thank you all ūüôā

 

The coolest XPages demo ever – revealed

 

During the AD105 presentation at MWLUG this afternoon, Ryan Baxter and I demonstrated how you can use an XPages application to control a Drone.

We were able to make it take off, take a picture and then land, all from an XPage application interface.

 

 

For more on how this works check out Ryan’s¬†Video ūüôā

PSC a year later: A new role and having so much fun

So just over a year ago I got a promotion at PSC and they asked me to go from being a remote worker to working out of the main office. It made sense for both of us and allowed me to learn more about the business, above and beyond developing/managing the projects I already had.

My wife and I moved the family to Schaumburg IL, from Northern Virginia.¬†Everyone said Chicago was a wonderful place and #$!*in’ cold in the winter. They were right.

So another year on and my role has changed again, I am now a Principal Architect at PSC and the chair for the new Technical Committee. My role is designed to allow me and PSC to grow technically, improve overall delivery, support new sales opportunities and starting looking to new technologies on the horizon. I honestly have the role I have always wanted, not just the job(s) I could do. I am really excited.

Over the past¬†few months ago things have been hectic in the XPages team at PSC. As well as the new role I have also inherited a number of responsibilities around our IBM technologies, vacated by Andrew when he moved on to a new position. I have broadened my outlook on technical stack, created my first Azure node.js application, created a docker container for the first time and created my first Cloud Hybrid¬†application. The list of things I want to play with got a lot longer……!

As of this week are the busiest we have ever been with 6 full time XPages developers working on exciting projects ranging from Domino / Google Drive integration to a Bootstrap-enabled XPiNC application enabling offline project management work in rural Africa.

Joining PSC was the best thing I have ever done for myself, professionally. Moving to Schaumburg a year ago was the right thing to do and the right time.

I am really excited………and having so much fun ūüôā

 

 

MWLUG 2015 – IBM Bluemix: Expand Your Horizons – Coolest demo ever !

In two weeks time Ryan Baxter and I will be taking the stage to talk about IBM Bluemix and how Domino/XPages developers have a whole new vista of opportunities open to this in IBM Bluemix.

I look forward to seeing many old friends and new faces there¬†–¬†please stick around to the end for what will hopefully¬†be,

The coolest demonstration in the history of MWLUG

When?

Thursday August 20th Р4:00pm AD105: IBM Bluemix: Expand Your Horizons

Abstract

As a developer, you always need to add new tools to your developer tool belt.  Bluemix gives you many options to take what you already know and build upon it, allowing you to continuously reinvent yourself and your apps. Whether you are an XPages developer looking to leverage new technologies like Watson or Docker, or you want to start exploring new languages and frameworks like the MEAN stack, Bluemix has something to offer you.  Using the powerful deployment models and integration services in Bluemix, it is also easy to build solutions that combine the new with the old making it easy to build upon the work you have already done.  Expand your horizons, improve yourself and join us for a whirlwind tour of what Bluemix has to offer you!

 

Be there – or hear about it from your friends……….

An introduction to creating applications in the Bluemix environment – now available

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An introduction to creating applications in the Bluemix environment


If you missed our recent webcast, “An introduction to creating Domino applications in the Bluemix environment”, don’t worry – it’s now available on-demand. You can view both the video replay and presentation¬†easily right from your desk.

Watch this webcast and learn how to:

  • Easily get Bluemix up and running and how to create you own XPages applications quickly
  • Integrate with the other services available within the Bluemix ecosystem
  • Maximize the new and exciting possibilities this integration opens up to the Domino community ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†
   
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