Podcast: Getting started with IBM Connections application development

In this episode of The Taking Notes Podcast (@takingnotespod) we talked about developing applications for IBM’s Connections social software platform. We were joined by three very special guests:

Topics covered during the show included:

  • Overview of the options available to developers (APIs, Widgets, Java)
  • How widgets and apps are deployed within Connections
  • Integrating apps with the Connections Profile
  • Surfacing apps and widgets within Communities
  • How IBM Connections Next will utilize OpenSocial and ActivityStrea.ms
  • How Kudos Badges was built and how it integrates and is managed within Connections
  • Why developers should use XPages to extend Connections
  • How you can work with iWidgets and XPages
  • How to access the Connections REST API’s from XPages
  • Where you can find and download sample XPages apps
  • What other extensibility features might be important for XPages developers
  • and much more…

Resources:
http://ibm.co/StartSocial – Landing for all things ICS development related including Notes/Domino “Next” and Connections “Next”
http://xpag.es/?ForConnections
http://openntf.org/p/xpages%20for%20connections

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Podcast: IBM’s Ed Brill and Trust Factory’s Wouter Aukema

On this episode of the podcast we were joined by IBM’s Ed Brill (@edbrill) and Trust Factory’s Wouter Aukema (@waukema) and talked about:

  • The new partnership between IBM and Trust Factory first announced on Ed’s blog
  • Trust Factory’s DNA services offerings
  • What the partnership means for IBM customers
  • A special offer made by Ed
  • Ed’s new book project
  • What the book will and not be about and when it will be available
  • Who else will be contributing to the book
  • Notes Social Edition and what exactly it is
  • Some of the new enhancements made in the Notes Social Edition
  • When it will be available for customers
  • How it can be deployed
  • Integration with IBM Connections “Next”
  • and much more

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Podcast: Learning XPages with Mark Myers and Matt White

Based on his recent blog entry about learning XPages, we brought Mark Myers on the show to discuss his approach to wrapping your head around XPages, especially coming at it as a person with a strong Java background. Matt White was also on the podcast to offer the perspective of someone who has been helping people learn XPages for several years now. We discussed things like:

  • NOT thinking of XPages as “another Notes design element”
  • Coming to XPages from the Java developer perspective
  • The amount of learning resources and help available now versus a few years ago
  • Using Java and server-side JavaScript (SSJS)
  • Some of the struggles that newbies might face
  • And more…

Mark and Matt are both members of the London Developer Co-op, and they have graciously renewed the TakingNotes discount code for XPages101 online training courses. If you go to the XPages101.net website and sign up using the discount code “taking notes”, you will receive a 33% discount off the list price of your subscription.

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Podcast: ICS Tech Tweetup with Paul Mooney and Gab Davis

A quick 14:15 podcast to discuss the specifics of the IBM Collaboration Services Technical Tweetup being put together by Paul Mooney and Gab Davis on Wednesday July 18th at 6pm BST (1pm EST). The hashtag will be #icstt, and Paul and Gab will put up a page with more information next week (I will add the link when it’s live).

Also discussed: Paul has announced dates for two USA instances of his Ethical Hacking course, Paul and Gab continue to add great content over at connections101.net, and don’t forget to register for UKLUG!

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IBM Notes/Domino mobile solutions podcast roundup

Over the last couple of months Taking Notes (@takingnotespod) has interviewed three companies who provide software, tools and services that can help you mobilize your Notes and Domino applications:

We also recently had some other mobile related shows that you may find interesting:

Podcast: Bring your Lotus Notes data to your mobile devices with We4IT’s docLinkr

With this episode we wrap our mini-series on mobile access for your Notes/Domino applications. Carl Tyler (@flyboytyler) filled in for the traveling Julian Robichaux to interview We4IT’s Simon Peek (@simonspeakeasy) and Christoph Adler (@cadler80) about their docLinkr product.

In this 29 minute show we talked about:

  • We4IT and what they do
  • What docLinkr can do for your Lotus Notes and Domino apps
  • What components are part of the docLinkr solution
  • What sets apart docLinkr from the other solutions available
  • How much docLinkr costs
  • The free 2 user license
  • We4IT’s 3rd sponsorship of the OpenNTF development contests
  • and much more

Please also be sure and “follow” Taking Notes on Twitter at @TakingNotesPod.

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Infectious enthusiasm

Martin Davies left this comment on the Taking Notes podcast site for the show we did with Paul Mooney and Gabriella Davis. On the show we talked about IBM Connections and more specifically, the new Connections101.net site that Paul and Gab created:

This has to be one of the best ICS podcasts I have listened to in a long time. No sideways swipes, just great infectious enthusiasm  built on an established deep technical foundation and amazing willingness to share.  I echo Sean Cull’s thoughts 100%, upto now I have backed away from Connections simly because I had no idea where to start and couldn’t stomach the thought of burning hours and going nowhere – this will be a massive help.  This is a great project – congratulations to Paul and Gab.

Episode 153: Connections 101 with Paul Mooney and Gab Davis >

Podcast: Develop native mobile apps for Notes/Domino with Domino To Go

Walfred Marzahn from YouAtNotes spent 20 minutes talking to us about their “Domino To Go” product. Domino To Go allows you to create native mobile apps that can access your Notes/Domino databases. We covered:

  • Who is YouAtNotes and what do they do?
  • Which mobile platforms are supported
  • How easy it is to create apps with Appcelerator’s Titanium and Domino To Go
  • Which development languages you need to know
  • The pricing tiers for Domino To Go Cost?
  • Are there any limits to the number of databases you can access from a single app?
  • What about offline access?
  • and more…

Be sure to check out the Domino To Go FAQ.

This show runs 21:33.

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Podcast: jQuery in XPages with Mark Roden

Today we talked to Mark Roden about using jQuery in XPages. Topics included:

  • Why use a JavaScript toolkit?
  • Why use jQuery instead of (or along with) Dojo?
  • Any considerations about using jQuery and Dojo on the same page?
  • What are some good jQuery plugins to look at?
  • What about jQuery for mobile web apps?
  • How about documentation?
  • Mark’s website is xomino.com and his Twitter handle is @markyroden. Other links mentioned in the show were docs.jquery.com, stackoverflow, and Matt White’s XPages101 (lesson 27).

This episode runs 37:23.

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Podcast: Ethical Hacking with Paul Mooney

Today we had Paul Mooney Blog (@pmooneynet) from Bluewave Technology on the show to talk about the “Ethical Hacking Workshop” he ran in London. We covered:

The show runs 41:13.

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