Office Add-in Community call 9 Jan 2019

This months meeting is Wednesday Jan 9th – 8am PST

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The Office Add-ins community call is our quarterly event for developers to connect in real-time with the folks who are building the Office JavaScript APIs. During this call, we’ll share updates about new Office JavaScript APIs and provide tips about useful tools, samples, and resources for developing Office Add-ins. Additionally, each call will feature a technical deep dive on a specific topic and will conclude with an opportunity for attendees to ask questions and share feedback.

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When the community comes together we get the right answer

Last week I posted why JavaScript is more critical a skill to learn than Java. There was an outpouring of comments, discussion and responses unlike any I have seen in a while.

To give a little more background as to why I decided to post: I was not to be antagonistic or instigate a storm in a tea cup. It was because for the third time in 2014 I had been told by a notes developer something along the lines of “I can’t learn XPages because I have read that you need to learn Java and I do not have the time/skill to do so”.

For right or wrong the perception gleaned from community blogging was that was Java was required learning, which is not the case. And so I blogged.

What I did not forsee was the outpouring and wealth of knowledge bestowed on my blog comments by more that 20 members of the XPages community. I believe what was created was much much better than the original post alone and is one of the best examples of the community working together to get the *right* information out there.

The comments are unfortunately not the easiest thing to follow as there are so many of them (which is great) so what I will be doing in the near future is putting together a compilation of the sentient parts of the conversation ( ignoring the pointless sarcasm) as a resource for all.

In the mean time I wanted to say thank you one an all who contributed and to let you know I got so much more out of the post then I ever hoped for.

Thanks !!!