Podcast: The Evolution of XPages

Russ Maher of QDiligence (@russelmaher) and Paul Calhoun (@ptcalhoun) of NetNotes Solutions talk to us about the evolution of IBM’s XPages rapid application development platform. Russ and Paul are also the instructors of The View’s popular XPages Bootcamp which is taking place in Las Vegas and Chicago this Fall. We would like to thank The View and their XPages Bootcamp for sponsoring this show.

We talk about:

  • History of the XPages Bootcamp and how they kept the course material in-line with the XPages point releases
  • Upcoming changes in Domino 8.5.4 (Niklas Heidloff’s blog post)
  • The new Java jar design element in 8.5.4
  • Server-side JavaScript Debugger in 8.5.4
  • What OSGi plugins are
  • OSGi and the Extension Library and how it has evolved
  • How XPages in Domino 8.5.4 has evolved since 8.5.0
  • How OneUI has grown over the years
  • Dojo and how it has evolved within the context of XPages
  • XPages in the Notes Client (XPINC) and how it has evolved
  • and much more..

The show runs 44:50.

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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: 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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