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LS11 Day 0 - What to do and how to have fun
Ben Langhinrichs    

After sixteen straight Lotuspheres, I'm not there this year, but I thought I'd use my distance from the madding crowds to suggest events to watch for and suggest things to do.

It's all fun and games today, as far as Sessions go:

FUN105 Lotusphere 2011 Speedboats! (web link)
Speaker: Everybody
Seven Seas Lagoon - Saturday  10:00am - 2:15pm
The Seven Seas Lagoon, in-front of The Magic Kingdom®, is a decent sized body of water and also connects to Bay Lake, located between Disney's Contemporary Resort and Wilderness Lodge. Unlike the speedboat rentals at The Yacht & Beach, Port Orleans, Caribbean Beach -- which all exist in No Wake zones and thus go 5 MPH only -- the Sea Ray® Sea Raycers at The Magic Kingdom resort marinas are far more enjoyable. They are a lot of fun and something I enjoy annually, weather permitting.  Follow the wb link for details on getting there, prices, etc.


FUN103 Bloggers Annual Lotusphere Dinner (BALD) (web link)
Speaker: Bloggers and Wannabes
Big River Brewhouse - Saturday  6:00pm - 6:00pm
Hang out with very cool (and mostly short and almost all balding) bloggers and their groupies whilst imbibing lightly (see FUN104 for heavy imbibing).



FUN104 The Turtle's Annual Drink-A-Lot Party (web link)
Speaker: Bloggers and Wannabes
ESPN on Boardwalk - Saturday  8:00pm - 11:59pm
Hang out with somewhat cool (and mostly already slightly inebriated) folks whilst imbibing heavily (see FUN103 for light imbibing).


But there is more to do than fun stuff.  Today is your day to buy the food and supplies that will keep you going throughout the long week.  Don't forget some healthy snacks such as raisins or nuts to hold you through after all the crap and snacks.  It may even be a good idea to buy some of those high powered Vitamin C tablets.

Speaking of which, wash your hands frequently. I know I'm not your mom, but it is horrible to get sick on Saturday and stay sick throughout the conference.

Finally, some book picks from the Virtual Bookstore.  This is the only day you may have time to browse through the Sessions db, and books you order now will likely be waiting for you when you return, easing the landing.

Admins: If you are German, you may want to see look at Lotus Notes Domino 8/8.5-Administration: Lotus Groupware installieren, betreiben und verwalten [German], and if you are French, you may want to see Lotus Domino 8.5 Administration: Tome 1, Installation et configuration [French], but for everybody else, I recommend you take a look at:

Survival Guide for Lotus Notes and Domino Administrators
Authors: Mark Elliott
Order in your currency/language:  U.S.   Canada   U.K.   Germany   France

IBM’s® Practical, Hands-On Guide to Supporting and Administering Lotus Notes and Lotus Domino

This is the only book that focuses entirely on the specific technical, desk-side, and infrastructure issues that support professionals and administrators encounter when implementing and running Lotus Notes in production environments. Authored by one of IBM’s top Lotus experts, it draws on the firsthand experiences of IBM professionals working in hundreds of client environments. Mark Elliott has created a true “encyclopedia” of proven resolutions to common problems and has streamlined processes for infrastructure support. Elliott systematically addresses support solutions for all recent Lotus Notes and Domino environments.



Developers: I know, I know, you are all rushing out at buying Mastering XPages, which is clearly the hit of the conference, having sold 11 copies through the Virtual Bookstore already, but there are other great books.  Think outside the box. If you are going to be developing with XPages in Lotus Domino, you really ought to be very secure in your knowledge of Dojo, as they go together, so I recommend you take a look at:

Dojo: The Definitive Guide
Authors: Matthew A. Russell
Order in your currency/language:  U.S.   U.K.   Germany   France

Of all the Ajax-specific frameworks that have popped up in recent years, one clearly stands out as the industrial strength solution. Dojo is not just another JavaScript toolkit -- it's the JavaScript toolkit -- and Dojo: The Definitive Guide demonstrates how to tame Dojo's extensive library of utilities so that you can build rich and responsive web applications like never before. Dojo founder Alex Russell gives a foreword that explains the "why" of Dojo and of this book.
If you're a DHTML-toting web developer, you need to read this book -- whether you're a one-person operation or part of an organization employing scores of developers. Dojo packs the standard JavaScript library you've always wanted, and Dojo: The Definitive Guide helps you transform your ideas into working applications quickly by leveraging design concepts you already know.



Business People (aka Suits): There are lots of great books in the Virtual Bookstore for you, but the first you should look at is:

Throwing Sheep in the Boardroom: How Online Social Networking Will Transform Your Life, Work and World
Authors: Soumitra Dutta, Matthew Fraser
Order in your currency/language:  U.S.   Canada   U.K.   Germany   France

"If you want to understand why Wikipedia is changing the world, this book is a must read."
Jimmy Wales, Founder, Wikipedia

"This book is a must read for all - social activists, politicians or managers - who have an interest in understanding how our society is morphing."
Professor C.K. Prahalad, #1 Management Guru and author of Competing for the Future 


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