M’colleague Mr. White has posted a quick video showing off a nifty new feature in the forthcoming 1.1 release of IQJam: single sign-on (SSO) with Facebook! Very clever, given that Domino has no native OAuth integration options at present. This post is also timely given the current focus in Lotus land on directory integration, identity management, and the like. Check it out!
Mon, Mar 24th 2014 12:34p Ben Poole One of the architects of the agile manifesto, Dave Turner, has written an eloquent piece on how the term “agile” has been horribly misappropriated:
The word “agile” has been subverted to the point where it is effectively meaningless, and what passes for an agile community seems to be largely an arena for consultants and vendors to hawk services and products.
Sadly, this mirrors my experience, and probably that of many other IT practitioners out there. The term has been [read] Keywords: collaboration
Sun, Mar 23rd 2014 2:50p Ben Poole Well that was a fair few weeks of effort on all fronts. As some of you will know, we recently co-hosted the inaugural Collaborative Stack Community event and good fun it was too. The venue was fab (the Soho Hotel, picked out by good chum and colleague Abigail Roberts at Ravendesk), the attendees were in good voice, our speakers were great, and as ever Gab and Mike organised things wonderfully.
Me? I just turned up and looked pretty.
Many thanks to everyone who took part, and keep your eye on t [read] Keywords: community
Your language is not dead
Tue, Feb 25th 2014 3:34a Ben Poole This:
Meanwhile, I suspect 80% of programmers are still working on problems where their development velocity is a much bigger problem than how many hits their server can take before falling over. I dunno, maybe my view of the industry is skewed. I just don’t think there are really that many developers, statistically speaking, who can cite system capacity as their current problem #1. Or #2, or #3.
Excellent exposition of those interminable “language blah is dead” memes that just w [read] Keywords: lotusscript
Oh you’ve got to come to this...
Thu, Feb 20th 2014 2:08p Ben Poole If you read the sites of my good friends and colleagues the Turtle Partnership, Matt White and the Wookiee (and why, pray, would you not?), you will be aware of a new, free event taking place in a month.
On Friday, March 21st we are holding an informal techie(ish) get-together for those interested in collaborative technologies. This will take place in Soho, London, and will not be a sales-fest in any way—nor will it be vendor / platform-specific: come one, come all!
CSC Event will most d [read] Keywords:
ThoughtWorks release their technology radar
Wed, Jan 29th 2014 1:43a Ben Poole The ThoughtWorks technology Radar is out, and it makes for interesting reading. Some of the “Adopt” languages and frameworks are new to me, and one in particular warrants further investigation:
Dropwizard is an opinionated combination of several lightweight Java tools and frameworks, many of which would merit mention in their own right. The package embodies many of our favorite techniques, including an embedded HTTP server, support for RESTful endpoints, built-in operational metrics and hea [read] Keywords: java
The Macintosh is 30
Tue, Jan 28th 2014 1:45a Ben Poole The Mac turned thirty this weekend, but you could be forgiven for missing that. Very little in the way of hoo-hah. Here are a couple of the more worthwhile links out there:
Stephen Fry has turned in a wonderful piece of writing about the Macintosh, and his experience buying just the second one available in Europe, back in 1984:
From the very first the Apple Macintosh team included archeologists, classicists, and, famously, Steve’s passion for the print art of fonts was built into the very fi [read] Keywords: apple
Tue, Dec 31st 2013 4:47a Ben Poole Where does it go? Where does it go?? So, time to bid farewell to another year. And another year of blog neglect. Tsk. No promises from me. Lots to write about, not enough hours. I’m hoping for a little more time in 2014 as I ease back on the work a little, but who can say what will happen?
I started 2013 with a lovely jaunt to Connect / Lotusphere, my first since 2010. That was tremendous fun, and I have posts about that on the site already. I can’t post about Lotusphere-that-was without [read] Keywords: domino
The JVM in 9.0.1
Mon, Nov 18th 2013 2:32a Ben Poole With the release of version 9.0.1, IBM have updated the Domino JVM to release 6 SR14. This is important, because SR14 brings some new security requirements with it. You can read the detail in the relevant technote, Security Bulletin: IBM Notes & Domino fixes for multiple vulnerabilities in IBM JRE. When I tried to run some code that uses FOP to render a PDF, I felt the impact of this change. Given that XML processing is a pretty common requirement in Domino Java agents the world over, you ma [read] Keywords: agent
Singletons and Java
Mon, Nov 11th 2013 3:23a Ben Poole As a pattern, it’s probably fair to say that the singleton has fallen out of favour somewhat. It is no longer the thing in these days of dependency resolution or injection, and like anything that is easy to understand, it has been thoroughly abused over the years.
However, I still think it has its place, and the only thing that’s stopped me using it in my code is (a) perceived disdain from other developers and, (b) the amount of boiler-plate guff required in a language like Java to implemen [read] Keywords: google
Thank you Bruce
Wed, Oct 2nd 2013 8:20a Ben Poole This will embarrass him mightily and / or swell his head to epic proportions. Either way, I’m doing it.
As many will know, Bruce is finally taking his leave of all things OpenNTF, and it would be deeply remiss of us not to mark his parting. Should I tell a story? List his many accomplishments to date? Generally simper? No. I’m British. Instead, allow me to express how very fond I am of Bruce. He is many things: husband, father, businessman, advocate, developer(!), leader, employer, [read] Keywords: openntf