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Book Review: Learn To Program with Minecraft
Tue, Feb 9th 2016 65
CoreMedia integration with the IBM Marketing Cloud and WebSphere Commerce
Sun, Feb 7th 2016 124
Bob’s review of the Apple Watch
Mon, Feb 1st 2016 47
Understanding and Beating Demand
Mon, Jan 25th 2016 24
Marketplaces, Cognitive, and Dynamic Pricing dominated NRF16
Thu, Jan 21st 2016 24
Video: IBM Commerce Insights
Fri, Jan 15th 2016 24
Pick and pack just got a little easier
Fri, Jan 8th 2016 20
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CoreMedia integration with the IBM Marketing Cloud and WebSphere Commerce
Sun, Feb 7th 2016 124
Book Review: Learn To Program with Minecraft
Tue, Feb 9th 2016 65
Bob’s review of the Apple Watch
Mon, Feb 1st 2016 47
Should Facebook and other social sites implement a “graphic content” warning before auto-playing videos?
Wed, Aug 26th 2015 30
Video: IBM Commerce Insights
Fri, Jan 15th 2016 24
Marketplaces, Cognitive, and Dynamic Pricing dominated NRF16
Thu, Jan 21st 2016 24
Understanding and Beating Demand
Mon, Jan 25th 2016 24
Pick and pack just got a little easier
Fri, Jan 8th 2016 20
Thank you for a great 2015 and Happy New Year!
Thu, Dec 31st 2015 17
Did you know about the Adobe Experience Manager to IBM WebSphere Commerce Connector?
Tue, Jun 9th 2015 16


Bob Balfe
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Book Review: Learn To Program with Minecraft
Tue, Feb 9th 2016 3:37p   Bob Balfe
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CoreMedia integration with the IBM Marketing Cloud and WebSphere Commerce
Sun, Feb 7th 2016 1:27a   Bob Balfe
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Bob’s review of the Apple Watch
Mon, Feb 1st 2016 5:13p   Bob Balfe
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Understanding and Beating Demand
Mon, Jan 25th 2016 10:16a   Bob Balfe
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Marketplaces, Cognitive, and Dynamic Pricing dominated NRF16
Thu, Jan 21st 2016 11:54a   Bob Balfe
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Video: IBM Commerce Insights
Fri, Jan 15th 2016 10:18a   Bob Balfe
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Pick and pack just got a little easier
Fri, Jan 8th 2016 2:49p   Bob Balfe
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My YouTube channel year in review
Fri, Jan 1st 2016 1:32a   Bob Balfe
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Thank you for a great 2015 and Happy New Year!
Thu, Dec 31st 2015 9:34p   Bob Balfe
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Customizing Banner Ads in WebSphere Commerce
Thu, Dec 17th 2015 12:30a   Bob Balfe
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Rule based categories in WebSphere Commerce
Fri, Dec 11th 2015 11:38a   Bob Balfe
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5 Experts give us 12 tips for optimizing your IBM WebSphere Commerce Site
Thu, Dec 10th 2015 9:31a   Bob Balfe
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Webinar: 5 Tips Web Merchants Can Use To Drive Conversions
Wed, Dec 2nd 2015 3:09p   Bob Balfe
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Abof.com sees results with Metail
Tue, Dec 1st 2015 3:56p   Bob Balfe
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Blog Moved to WordPress.com
Wed, Nov 25th 2015 7:42p   Bob Balfe
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Video: Metail is the new way to do online retail
Mon, Nov 23rd 2015 2:21p   Bob Balfe
This video is about the Metail solution and I demonstrate how your Metail account can be used across multiple stores for getting a visual for how the clothes will look on you. The really cool aspect of Metail being a Software … Continue reading →
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Using Watson Translation service in an Eclipse SWT application Part 2
Sun, Nov 22nd 2015 3:12p   Bob Balfe
The next follow-up to the last article is the code I used to communicate with the Watson Translation service. But first I want to show the flow of the data: So basically the SWT client sends a JSON string to … Continue reading →
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WebSphere Commerce Composer and Dynamic E-Marketing Spots
Sun, Nov 22nd 2015 12:02a   Bob Balfe
In this video I show how you can setup a single template for multiple categories but still retaining the ability to have personalized content on the pages per category.    
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Using Watson Translation service in an Eclipse SWT application
Tue, Nov 17th 2015 2:00p   Bob Balfe
In this video I show how I used Watson Translation services in IBM Bluemix to translate an entire catalog of products and categories. I used a simple Node-Red flow to achieve this with little programming on the server-side.
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IBM Commerce Insights will change the way you work online
Tue, Nov 10th 2015 2:20p   Bob Balfe
I just saw a really good info graphic on the IBM Commerce Blog. You can click on the info graphic on the right to see the full version in the blog post. What is really cool is the video at … Continue reading →
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Easily placing products across your eCommerce sites categories
Sat, Nov 7th 2015 10:53p   Bob Balfe
In this video I show two ways to assign products to categories. The first method I use is a basic search and dragging and dropping the products to the different categories. In the second method I show how to use … Continue reading →
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Allowing CORS from a Node-Red Bluemix application
Wed, Oct 28th 2015 4:58p   Bob Balfe
I wrote a rating application some time ago in Node-Red and have since needed another similar application but with slightly different behavior. So I went ahead and created a new Node-Red application on Bluemix and decided to start from scratch … Continue reading →
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Searching a Cloudant DB search index with Node-Red
Fri, Oct 23rd 2015 3:11p   Bob Balfe
After much searching the internet and seeing multiple posts about this subject I can only think that many others are greatly confused with the use of the Cloudant In node in Node-Red. I think my problem was terminology and not … Continue reading →
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Brilliant idea at Shop.org!
Tue, Oct 6th 2015 1:11p   Bob Balfe
For sessions, they passed out USB chargers that you return when the session is over. Brilliant!      
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IBM WebSphere Commerce v8 is here at last!
Thu, Oct 1st 2015 1:39p   Bob Balfe
In case you missed the announcement, IBM just released WebSphere Commerce v8! There are going to be a lot of posts over the next month on the many new features in this release. I am most excited for two particularly … Continue reading →
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2015 Lunar Eclipse with a blood moon pictures
Mon, Sep 28th 2015 10:59a   Bob Balfe
Last night my son Nathan and I used the telescope and an iPhone 6 to take pictures of the eclipse and then the following blood moon. They came out pretty good but my brother Tom (who owns Balfe’s photography) took … Continue reading →
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Visual Commerce: A Call-To-Action From Online Shoppers​
Fri, Sep 25th 2015 12:28p   Bob Balfe
One of our Ready for IBM Commerce partners, Invodo, is hosting a Webinar on September 29th at 1pm EDT (10am PDT, 6pm BST): Title: Visual Commerce: A Call-To-Action From Online Shoppers​ Abstract: Visual content – like video, images, and spin … Continue reading →
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Video: IBM dmexco 2015 Impressions
Mon, Sep 21st 2015 12:13p   Bob Balfe
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My impression of the DMEXCO conference in Cologne, Germany and my amazing artistic ability (NOT)
Mon, Sep 21st 2015 12:06p   Bob Balfe
I was completely impressed with the size and quality of DMEXCO in Cologne Germany this past week. The conference only lasted two days and to be honest I think that is more than enough time. The place was jam packed with … Continue reading →
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Homebase hits home run with WebSphere Commerce and Coremedia
Wed, Sep 16th 2015 7:25p   Bob Balfe
Homebase in the United Kingdom went live at the end of last year with their new site built on WebSphere Commerce, Coremedia LiveContext, and the Bloomreach search plugin. In May, at the Amplify conference, Rachael Jones from Homebase spoke about … Continue reading →
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Should Facebook and other social sites implement a “graphic content” warning before auto-playing videos?
Wed, Aug 26th 2015 12:50p   Bob Balfe
After the barrage of posts about the live shooting of the news anchor and her camera man and watching videos of the shooting it made me think of a feature Facebook and other social media should consider having. There is … Continue reading →
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Adobe, Coremedia, and WebSphere Commerce
Tue, Aug 25th 2015 2:48p   Bob Balfe
Ever since Adobe and IBM announced their partnership, many have been asking “well which CMS should I pick?”. I am not going to cover Portal or WebSphere Content Management in this post, I am just going to stick with the … Continue reading →
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Quickly minimize all other windows with this simple shake gesture
Fri, Jul 24th 2015 3:15p   Bob Balfe
Ok, so I was actually creating another video and I was trying to highlight a window by quickly dragging it around and all the other windows disappeared! So then I did some searching around and its a feature of Windows … Continue reading →
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My first reaction to the React JavaScript Library
Fri, Jul 24th 2015 7:18a   Bob Balfe
Ok, I may be a little late to the game but recently I have been studying up on Facebooks/Instagrams React JavaScript library and I have to say I am fairly impressed with it. They say it is the V in MVC (model view … Continue reading →
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Every eCommerce site should have this one simple feature
Thu, Jul 23rd 2015 6:44a   Bob Balfe
I really don’t see this often and I have written here about being notified when inventory on a specific product is available for purchase. Well, today I saw an advertisement on Facebook (these guys are getting good) and decided to … Continue reading →
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Will the “Buy It” button be the dominant shopping e-channel in the future?
Wed, Jul 22nd 2015 11:35a   Bob Balfe
I have posted about Actv8.me in the past and now with the introduction of Pinterest’s “Buy It” button we are seeing a huge movement into the this new digital shopping experience. Shoppers now have the ability to use different kinds … Continue reading →
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WebSphere Commerce Support Tools now on BlueMix
Wed, Jul 22nd 2015 10:58a   Bob Balfe
This looks very promising indeed. The new WebSphere Commerce Support Tools are now available on BlueMix.
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Base JavaScript versus jQuery example – Driving a DOM selector
Thu, Jun 11th 2015 11:33a   Bob Balfe
One of the things a good web programmer should be able to do is write code using multiple libraries. In this case I have created two snippets that show how to select an HTML on a page using both bare-bones … Continue reading →
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Did you know about the Adobe Experience Manager to IBM WebSphere Commerce Connector?
Tue, Jun 9th 2015 12:08p   Bob Balfe
Have you seen this cool new connector for Adobe Experience Manager and IBM WebSphere Commerce? Click the picture below to see more.
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Finding every possible combination of array entries from multiple lists with unknown bounds in Java
Mon, Jun 8th 2015 9:22a   Bob Balfe
I am sure this post will resonate with pretty much any developer that reads it. Have you ever had a problem where you had to really step back and think about for a long time? A problem where the wealth … Continue reading →
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Eclipse and SWT to the rescue
Fri, Jun 5th 2015 3:10p   Bob Balfe
For the past week or so I have been able to do some Eclipse and SWT programming. I have a tool here for technical sellers written in Java and what has been requested for a couple of years is a … Continue reading →
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Learn about Smarter Loyalty for IBM Commerce
Tue, May 19th 2015 11:56a   Bob Balfe
The team over at Exchange Solutions have really out done themselves this time. Their Smarter Loyalty plugins for WebSphere Commerce are clean and easy to use. They have created seven easy to use widgets that can be placed on page … Continue reading →
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Two cool product integrations I saw at Amplify
Mon, May 18th 2015 10:52a   Bob Balfe
We had an amazing time at Amplify this year. The IBM Commerce Showcase was pretty busy despite the poor location of the solution center room. We captured some great analytics for the demo use; where customers could use the IBM … Continue reading →
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Get hands-on at Amplify!
Thu, Apr 30th 2015 3:03p   Bob Balfe
This year we will have some hands on tutorials which take anywhere from 3-6 minutes to complete at Amplify. Check out below some of the cool features you can play with live in the IBM Commerce tooling. Some key things … Continue reading →
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Responsive and Adaptive Web Sites win!
Fri, Apr 24th 2015 1:35p   Bob Balfe
In the past, companies were faced with two primary models for a web site design: Responsive or Adaptive design with a single source A separate “m.” sub domain for the mobile version of the site As Google promised back in … Continue reading →
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Should out of stock be the end game for the shopper?
Thu, Mar 26th 2015 12:20p   Bob Balfe
With today’s order management solutions and insight into inventory and warehouse management it still surprises me that stores don’t have a way for a shopper to order out of stock items. Instead of just preventing the order from happening why not … Continue reading →
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Image optimization delivery with Trilibis SNOW IO
Sun, Mar 22nd 2015 5:32p   Bob Balfe
Optimized image delivery has been around for a long time and one open source technology that has provided this to thousands of sites in WordPress is ImageMagick. I have been a huge fan of ImageMagick because it’s so darn simple … Continue reading →
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3 new videos about IBM Commerce!
Thu, Mar 12th 2015 9:35a   Bob Balfe
You may have missed this but three videos were published last month by IBM Think Academy covering three different topics in the IBM Commerce space: Insights, Personalization, and Fulfillment.
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Is GWT the future of web development?
Mon, Oct 26th 2009 6:00a   Bob Balfe
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Learning about Eclipse 4 with these two great webinars
Mon, Oct 26th 2009 12:35a   Bob Balfe
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Extending Notes with new view context menus and text selection context menus
Mon, Oct 19th 2009 9:31p   Bob Balfe
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Best Practice: Using named ranges when programming Symphony spreadsheets
Thu, Oct 15th 2009 2:05a   Bob Balfe
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YouTube, China and what you need to consider as a blogger of IBM technology
Wed, Oct 14th 2009 10:57p   Bob Balfe
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Programming Symphony with Java
Tue, Oct 13th 2009 4:53a   Bob Balfe
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Poll ends today: Do you use Live Text in your enterprise?
Fri, Oct 9th 2009 8:11a   Bob Balfe
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Do you use Live Text in your enterprise?
Wed, Oct 7th 2009 9:38a   Bob Balfe
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Is Adobe slowly taking over?
Tue, Oct 6th 2009 2:16p   Bob Balfe
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Why does “Sprint” (sorry about that) suck so bad? And why is the iPhone so awesome?
Mon, Oct 5th 2009 4:38p   Bob Balfe
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