Greetings, Geeks! Tri-State Lotus User Group are having their annual day-long event in New York on 11 October. Attendee registration is free!
I did a session at last year's gathering, it was a terrific group of sessions, and a great chance to really interact with the "showcase" sponsors.
This year I'm doing a session titled "Cloud" Computing with Notes: Using Google APIs to get stuff done". Here's the abstract:
If you're like many, many people these days, more and more of your data (email, calendar entries, documents, photos, YouTube videos...) are living somewhere in the world on a server owned by Google. What if you want to write Notes or Domino apps that "reach out" to the Google cloud? Is it possible to store, access, synchronize your Google assets from a Notes agent? The answer is "YES!" All of Google's services are accessible via XML-based REST APIs over HTTP, and Google has provided some nice, client-side object-oriented class libraries for us to use. If you’re nervous about letting Google hold all your data, or if you just want to learn something about REST APIs and object-oriented web services interfaces, come to this session to see some cool demos, and learn how to get started with your own Google code. While this session is mostly for developers with some experience with Java, anyone interested in the architecture and functionality of REST and Google will find something to learn.
Sun, Jun 8th 2014 11:10a Bob Balaban Greetings, geeks! I came across this problem on a project I'm doing: given a RESTful API on a web application server, how do you "throttle" calls so that a given authenticated user can only make a certain number of calls (N) per time interval (W), where both N and W are configurable. The solution I came up with is basically a “Token Bucket” with a sliding time window. What surprised me when I got something working was how easy it really was to implement. The context in whi [read] Keywords: application
"Employee of the Quarter" (not)
Fri, Dec 27th 2013 2:20p Bob Balaban Greetings, geeks! This one is not a technical topic, so feel free to move on. In my work email today, I received a shotgun message announcing the current "Employee of the Quarter". The lucky designee receives preferential parking (near the building entrance) for 3 months. There was a long-ish description of how great the EotQ is, and why they were selected for this honor. Not to take away from someone who is obviously (from the email description) a very hard worker, get-it-done typ [read] Keywords: email
Some Interesting Tech I’ve Been Involved With Lately
Sat, Apr 20th 2013 8:00p Bob Balaban Greetings, geeks! Some of you have been wondering what I've been up to lately. No, not a stealth-mode startup, not a new API for Notes/Domino, nothing like that. In fact, I'm at about the 6-month mark in a whole new (to me) tech area: storage and storage management. It's one of those things that's a whole lot more complicated than you'd ever think, until you start to dig into it. Me, I thought a "disk" started and ended with that box on the end of a USB cable that you plug into a la [read] Keywords: domino
The Interesting Difference Between "Exception" and "RuntimeException" (Java)
Sat, Feb 2nd 2013 6:30p Bob Balaban Greetings Geeks! I hope everyone who attended Lotusphere IBMConnect '13 had a good time and has returned home safely. I didn't attend (again, I stopped going after the first 17), but I've been hearing that it was pretty good. I learned something new about certain types of exceptions in Java programming the other day. Here's the context: I had an Enum class with a few items in it I had a String that came from outside the program that I wanted to convert into an enum'ed constant Thi [read] Keywords: lotusphere
"Reflections on Reflecting Light" - Java program
Wed, May 9th 2012 6:10p Bob Balaban Greetings Geeks! Today it is my very great pleasure to introduce to you a new guest blogger: my son David. He has graciously allowed me to prevail upon him to write about his recent science fair project, titled "Reflections on Reflecteing Light". That may sound innocuous, but to quote one of my favorite movies, "That's no ordinary rabbit!". David took this project through our local high school's science fair, was invited to the regional fair, and then to the Massachusetts state science [read] Keywords: blogger
Happy 5th? Yeah, 5th
Tue, Apr 10th 2012 8:40p Bob Balaban Greetings Geeks! So. March 30, 2007 was my first blog entry. Evidently I missed my own 5th Blanniversary! :-( Better late than never, I suppose. In theory, anyway :-) I know I don't post here often, but I do hope that when I do post, it's worth reading. For some people, anyway. I'll quote from a nice person who commented on that first post: "energetic,funny,cute--that's what I feel about you from your special explanation about "In Theory".I think you must be very content while wr [read] Keywords: lotus
"Programming Domino With Java" - Final Flush
Mon, Jan 2nd 2012 3:10a Bob Balaban Happy New Year, Geeks! Here's the 7th (and final) installment of the book. Thanks again for all the positive feedback. The first installment can be found here The 2nd installment is here The 3rd is here The 4th is here The 5th is here and the 6th is here All of the book content (as is all of the content on this blog) is Copyright 1998 and 2011 by Looseleaf Software, Inc. You may not reproduce or distribute the book's content without permission from me. Some Caveats and ex [read] Keywords: domino