Team effort = XSnippets

Last week OpenNTF introduced the XSnippets code sharing beta. XSnippets allows developers to share “code snippets” quickly and easily. XSnippets is replacing the original OpenNTF “Code Bin” that served the community for many years. Once the XSnippets beta is over the template will be made available as open source on OpenTF.

XSnippets was developed by IBM’s Niklas Heidloff, developi’s Serdar Basegmez and e-Office’s Frank van der Linden and myself. We began the XSnippets project back in September and used LotusLive to coordinate project activities and the OpenNTF SVN server for source control management. Recently Rene Winkelmeyer joined the development team. Rene will be creating an Eclipse plugin and associated server-side code to surface XSnippets in Domino Designer.

XSnippets includes the following features:

  • Source code highlighting
  • Viewing snippets by language
  • A list of popular snippets
  • Recently added snippets
  • Snippets by author

Please visit the XSnippets site (http://openntf.org/xsnippets) and contribute some of your code snippets. While you are there feel free to browse the snippets added by others.

Moved to WordPress

Last week I finally had the chance to do something that I have been wanting to do for a very long time – I switched to WordPress. My old OpenNTF Blogsphere based blog content can be accessed at http://oldblog.bruceelgort.com. Declan’s excellent Blogsphere template served me for 9 years and did an excellent job. Unfortunately I was unable to upgrade to newer versions of Blogsphere over the years due to the number of customizations I had made to the template.

Many thanks to Chris Martin and Aaron Hockley for their WordPress assistance.

XPagesWiki.com goes mobile

YouAtNotes Software has just released a mobile iOS client app for their popular XPagesWiki.com site. The app works on the iPhone and iPad and gives you access to all the great XPages community wiki articles. Not only does it give you native access to the articles but you also synchronize all of the data with the XPagesWiki.com site and stores it locally on your device. This gives you access to the content anytime you need it.

  

The app costs $4,99 and is well worth the money. Congratulations to Julian Buss and the YouAtNotes team on creating such a great app. The XPagesWiki.com app was built using Appcelerator.

Download XPagesWiki.com from the App Store >

Podcast: A View Into the World of NoSQL, with Mark Myers

Today we talked with Mark Myers from the London Developer Co-op about all things NoSQL.

Topics include:

  • The four different types of NoSQL databases
  • Why the need for NoSQL
  • Why NoSQL has become some popular over the last few years
  • How the NSF has provided NoSQL type functionality for a long time
  • Some discussion about CouchDB, MongoDB and other NoSQL offerings
  • The role of Javascript in NoSQL
  • Mark’s blog entry about how to improve the NSF
  • How and why Mark thinks XPages are much easier to use for development than other technologies he has used
  • How the IBM XWork Server is well positioned to become a database server
  • Who will be buying the first round of drinks at Lotusphere 2012
  • and much more….

The podcast runs about 40 minutes and is chock full of great NoSQL goodness.

Download Episode 142 >

IBM Collaboration Solutions Community Meeting Replay available

Earlier this week IBM’s Niklas Heidloff and I presented all things OpenNTF to the IBM Collaboration Solutions Community. Yesterday Joyce Davis posted the replay. The MP3 file can be downloaded. An IBM Lotus Greenhouse ID is required to access the video and audio replays. I would like to thank those people who attended. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive.