Read to What Adam Brown Says About IBM Connections App Dev
Fri, Mar 7th 2014 8:41a Bruce Elgort Yesterday I wrote a blog entry entitled “This is exactly what IBM Connections needs“. The entry now has over 20 comments and there is a comment by my friend and collegue Adam Brown that stands out. Adam and his company ISW produce several software products for IBM Connections including Kudos Badges and Kudos Boards.
Here is what Adam wrote:
I have been watching this conversation with interest. Now that Daniele has been so complimentary around Kudos (Thanks for the feedback Daniele) I [read] Keywords: connections
Interested in taking your PHP/SQL to the next level?
Thu, Mar 6th 2014 9:39a Bruce Elgort During the Spring Quarter at Clark College, I will be teaching “PHP with SQL II”. This class is a continuation of “PHP with SQL I” . Several people from the Clark County community have asked me if this course can be taken for those wanting to improve their PHP and MySQL chops. My answer is a resounding – YES! I would love to see you in this class. Now, there are only a few seats left and I would suggest signing up sooner rather than later.
In order to be successful [read] Keywords: community
WordPress Workshop for Writers in Salem, Oregon
Wed, Mar 5th 2014 8:36a Bruce Elgort Bruce Elgort:For all you writers…
Originally posted on Lorelle on WordPress:
Are you a writer? Author? Thinking about it? Live in the Salem, Oregon, or nearby areas?
I’ll be leading a workshop in Salem, Oregon, specifically designed for writers and authors using WordPress. The event is part of the great work the Salem Chapter of the Willamette Writer’s Group, a regional group of writers and authors in the Pacific Northwest area.
The events begin with a presentation on Wedne [read] Keywords: community
Rewind 2010: Innovators of Vancouver Episode #4 – Bruce & Gayle Elgort
Sat, Feb 1st 2014 4:26p Bruce Elgort Earlier today I was talking with one of my web developments students who came across the “Innovators of Vancouver” video series produced by Chris Martin owner of Vancouver, Washington’s “Chris Martin Studios“. She noted how lucky she was to have a person like me as one of her instructors. It has been awhile since I watched this video and I am truly blessed by what Gayle, Matt and I were able to accomplish. [read] Keywords:
Happy Podcast Birthday to MacOSKen
Sat, Jan 25th 2014 10:55a Bruce Elgort Tomorrow the MacOSKen podcast will turn eight years old. The first show was five minutes long and recorded on January 26, 2006. Was Apple even around in 2006? MacOSKen is the first thing I turn on and listen to each and every weekday morning.
I want to wish a happy podcast birthday to my friend Ken Ray and his awesome MacOSKen podcast.
You rock [read] Keywords: apple
Boy Baukema: 4 HTTP Security Headers You Should Always be Using
Thu, Jan 23rd 2014 2:57p Bruce Elgort While growing a solution works very well for discovering what works and what doesn’t, it hardly leads to a consistent and easy to apply programming model. This is especially true for security: where ideally the simplest thing that works is also the most secure, it is far too easy to introduce vulnerabilities like XSS, CSRF or Clickjacking.
Because HTTP is an extensible protocol browsers have pioneered some useful headers to prevent or increase the difficulty of exploiting these vulner [read] Keywords: security
Video: Java for XPages Development
Wed, Jan 22nd 2014 8:33p Bruce Elgort In this one hour, forty five minute webinar produced by TLCC and Teamstudio, Paul Calhoun and Howard Greenberg talk about why every single IBM XPages developer needs to know how to program with Java:
Java is an important skill to have as an XPages developer. This webinar will provide a foundation of the Java skills you need and explain how to best acquire them. Come see how Java is used with detailed code examples that demonstrate how to use core Java code, Java Beans, Managed Beans, and third [read] Keywords: admin
The One Product to Go and See at IBM Connect 2014
Wed, Jan 22nd 2014 7:29a Bruce Elgort If your company is using or plans to use IBM Connections I highly recommend that you go and visit the Kudos booth at IBM Connect to see a demo of their Kudos Boards app.
We love Activities in Connections. They are awesome! Working together on projects and leveraging Social Tools is a very powerful way of working. However some Activities can get BIG and sometimes users need to look at their tasks or organise the Activity slightly differently. Sometimes users don’t need to see everything tha [read] Keywords: connections
Startup Weekend Access Portland – I’m a Mentor
Mon, Jan 20th 2014 10:10a Bruce Elgort I am pleased to announce that I have been asked to be a mentor for the upcoming Startup Weekend Access Portland event taking place on February 7-9th.
A crash course for those curious about entrepreneurship! You’re invited to attend Startup Weekend Access, a Startup Weekend focused on making entrepreneurship more accessible to everyone. Our mission is to create an environment where anyone can innovate together. We’re focusing on accessibility to provide better access for people with di [read] Keywords: collaboration
Ten Years Ago Today
Thu, Dec 26th 2013 9:11a Bruce Elgort It was this day in 2003 when Danielle passed away at the age of seven. She was born with a low grade astrocytoma brain tumor. Dani was an amazing little girl. Dani never talked or walked but, was the most loving little girl you would have ever known. She was full of kisses, knew where all of the sweets were in the cupboards, was adored by her classmates in elementary school, was Alyssa’s buddy and so much more. Oh, and she absolutely loved those frozen mini-pancakes.
Dani would have turne [read] Keywords:
Free Book: Pro Git
Fri, Dec 20th 2013 11:22a Bruce Elgort Pro Git is the definitive guide for all things Git. The book is free and available in many languages.
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Damien Katz: What a difference a few months make
Wed, Dec 18th 2013 5:22p Bruce Elgort I miss Couchbase terribly, but I’m also glad to be done and start a new chapter in my career. The thing I miss most are the great people there, super bright hard working folks who amazed me on a daily basis. Which, ironically, was the thing that made it easy to leave. Seeing the different teams taking the ball and running with it without me leading the charge. Things at Couchbase grew and matured so fast I started to realize I couldn’t keep up without spending way more time working. [read] Keywords:
Having Fun With Photobricks for iOS and OS X
Sun, Dec 15th 2013 9:59a Bruce Elgort Just a few minutes ago I discovered the Photobricks app for OS X and iOS which creates LEGO™ mosaics from photographs.
Photobricks is a completely free, ridiculously easy-to-use mosaic creation software specialized to work with LEGO® bricks. With Photobricks, you can make beautiful mosaics from your favorite images with the push of a button. For those of us who like to have more control, you can further customize the mosaic by cropping and changing the colors of individual bricks. You can the [read] Keywords: domino
Don’t Distract New Programmers with OOP
Sun, Dec 15th 2013 9:12a Bruce Elgort Thomas Gumz sent me a link to a blog entry entitled “Don’t Distract New Programmers with OOP“. Having just wrapped up one year of teaching “Intro to Programming and Problem Solving” to students at Clark College, I could not agree more. One of the core outcomes of my class is centered around functional decomposition – how to break down a problem into smaller, simpler parts.
When I get asked “What’s a good first programming language to teach my [son [read] Keywords: email
TUAW: This is the most important Mavericks keyboard shortcut you’ll discover all day
Sat, Dec 14th 2013 7:52a Bruce Elgort Mavericks’ new Control-Command-Space bar shortcut came up once again during conversation in the TUAW chat room this morning. Once again, I was surprised that this cool little trick isn’t universally known.
As a public service announcement, we’d like to continue to spread the word about this delightful shortcut. Get yourself over to any text entry field on your Mavericks Mac and give it a try by pressing Control and Command together and then tap the space bar. The resulting pop- [read] Keywords: mac
Happy birthday Danielle
Thu, Dec 12th 2013 10:11p Bruce Elgort Reblogged from Bruce Elgort:
Today would have been Danielle's 17th birthday. Happy birthday Danielle. We miss you you dearly. [read] Keywords:
Auto Scaling for Amazon EC2 in the AWS Management Console
Wed, Dec 11th 2013 9:49a Bruce Elgort Now this is exactly what I was wanting for my AWS EC2 based projects:
We are pleased to announce that it’s now even easier to use Auto Scaling to manage your Amazon EC2 capacity and maintain availability of your applications. Starting today, you can use the AWS Management Console to create and update Auto Scaling groups and launch configurations.
To get started, log in to the Amazon EC2 console and choose “Auto Scaling Groups” in the panel at the left, or click here.
In the [read] Keywords: policies
Learning How to Code with Bruce: The Results
Tue, Dec 10th 2013 10:37a Bruce Elgort For the past year, I have been teaching a course at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington called “Intro to Programming and Problem Solving (CTEC 121)”. During this time 60 students have successfully completed the course. Here is the class description from the course catalog:
Fundamental concepts related to designing and writing computer programs and procedures. Topics covered include: problem-solving techniques, program design, coding, debugging, testing and documentation. The cours [read] Keywords: application
Emmet (is Awesome)
Mon, Dec 9th 2013 6:05p Bruce Elgort Emmet (previously known as Zen Coding) is a web-developer’s toolkit that can greatly improve your HTML & CSS workflow. Basically, most text editors out there allow you to store and re-use commonly used code chunks, called “snippets”. While snippets are a good way to boost your productivity, all implementations have common pitfalls: you have to define the snippet first and you can’t extend them in runtime.
Emmet takes the snippets idea to a whole new level: you can type CSS-like expre [read] Keywords: ibm
A Must Have Mac App for Developers: Structurer
Ars Technica: What’s the difference between college-level and corporate programming?
Mon, Dec 2nd 2013 6:40p Bruce Elgort This article strikes home as I am now completing my first year being a college instructor who teaches computer programming:
When they graduate and get their first job, a lot of students feel like they don’t really know how to program even though they may have been good programmers in college.
What are some of the differences between programming in an academic setting and programming in the ‘real world’?
In a traditional undergraduate computer science program you learn [read] Keywords:
Thank you Joyce Davis
Mon, Dec 2nd 2013 12:38p Bruce Elgort I wanted to take this opportunity to personally thank IBM’s Joyce Davis for her tenure as the IBM Collaboration Solutions Community Manager. I have learned so many things from Joyce over the years that it would be impossible to list them all however, the one thing that I have learned from her more than anything is to always look at the bright side of an issue or a person. Always focus on the overall good, rather than a moment of dissatisfaction.
Being a community manager can’t be an [read] Keywords: collaboration
I want it NOW!
Sun, Dec 1st 2013 8:59p Bruce Elgort We’re excited to share Prime Air — something the team has been working on in our next generation R&D lab.
The goal of this new delivery system is to get packages into customers’ hands in 30 minutes or less using unmanned aerial vehicles.
Putting Prime Air into commercial use will take some number of years as we advance the technology and wait for the necessary FAA rules and regulations.
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CIO.com: IBM Will Beat Amazon Web Services Because Process Beats Product
Sun, Dec 1st 2013 11:47a Bruce Elgort With all of the AWS projects I have been involved with lately, I found this article quite interesting:
IBM will eventually beat Amazon Web Services, writes CIO.com columnist Rob Enderle, but not because AWS has an inferior product. In many ways, AWS is better than IBM’s cloud offering. But Big Blue’s experience with enterprise customers, not to mention the federal government, shows that great businesses processes often beat great products.
What are your thoughts on the IBM acquisitio [read] Keywords: ibm
Our community mourns the loss of Jens-B. Augustiny
Tue, Nov 26th 2013 9:14p Bruce Elgort Today I received the following email from Jens-B. Augustiny’s son Herbert:
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,
Last Saturday my father, Jens Augustiny died. You are entered in his
address database and because of this you are receiving this sad news. For
details please refer to the attachment.
Since we are not sure whether we can address all friends, business partners
and customers, we ask you to forward this message to other people which had
contact with Jens.
I w [read] Keywords: community
— Ryan Baxter (@ryanjbaxter) November 24, 2013
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Sun, Nov 24th 2013 10:05a Bruce Elgort I’m so glad that we named our product IdeaJam and also trademarked the name. Notice that Jive uses “Idea Jam” and not “IdeaJam”. Ninety percent or more of the prospects that Elguji sees lately think that IdeaJam is an IBM product. It’s actually quite fascinating and we are very blessed. Our event-based IdeaJam cloud services are booming. [read] Keywords: ibm
Coming Soon – Bruce and Steve’s Coding School
Fri, Nov 22nd 2013 10:53a Bruce Elgort Sometime in February 2014, Steve McDonagh and I will be launching an online coding school. I hear you saying “Bruce, there are tons of these available already. Why would you do this?”. Well, let me tell you why. Our school will hold one class at a time and will be limited to twenty students . Ten of them will work with Steve and ten of them will work with me.
A Book on IBM Connections: What’s Possible?
Tue, Nov 19th 2013 9:10p Bruce Elgort One of the major challenges with getting people in organizations to adopt new collaboration tools – or social business technologies – is helping them to understand what their work would look like if they were to shift to the new way of doing things. Often vendors talk about their products through the lens of features and functions, which is definitely helpful but not enough by itself.
As an independent collaboration strategist, one of the ways Michael Sampson works with clients is to [read] Keywords: collaboration
Snagit for OS X gets an update
Tue, Nov 19th 2013 6:55a Bruce Elgort Snagit has been my “go to” app for on OS X for all things screen capture. This update adds some nice features that I have been asking for. Snagit in combination with Camtasia 2 for screencasts are the most used tools now in my “educators toolbox”. [read] Keywords: mac
This made us smile…
Mon, Nov 18th 2013 8:38p Bruce Elgort Elguji Software just wrapped up an IdeaJam event for the University of Texas, LBJ School of Public Affairs that took place last week. In the mail today we received a handwritten thank you note from the jam’s primary stakeholders. Gayle did an awesome job as the success manager for this event.
I absolutely love what we have done and continue to do with our IdeaJam product. We get to work with so many great companies and organizations from around the world. We are truly blessed. [read] Keywords: ideajam
EYE Chart Magazine – Putting Apple and Tech News in Focus
Mon, Oct 14th 2013 7:56a Bruce Elgort Ken Ray of the MacOSKen podcast has started a new Apple news magazine called EYE Chart available in the App Store:
This digital-only publication covers Apple news and technology news, since it’s nearly impossible to cover one without covering the other. Monday through Friday, readers will get financial news, hardware news, software news, retail news, consumer news and more. If it’s Apple or related to Apple, EYE Chart aims to cover it.
You can get the magazine as a single issue for [read] Keywords: apple
Mac-cessibility Network: All Things Accessibility for Apple Products
Sun, Oct 13th 2013 9:34p Bruce Elgort On the October 13, 2013 episode of the legendary MacCast, Adam Christianson interviews Josh de Lioncourt, a blind Apple products user. Josh is part of the Maccessibility Network which focusses on accessibility of Apple products:
Maccessibility is devoted to connecting, compiling, and providing easy access to the best resources for blind, visually impaired, and other disability groups using Apple products. It is maintained by a dedicated group of visually impaired volunteers, who are Apple en [read] Keywords: apple
Camtasia 2 Update for Mac
Tue, Sep 24th 2013 10:46a Bruce Elgort TechSmith released version 2.5 of their Camtasia 2 for Mac software. Here are a list of the fixes and improvements:
Enhancements in Version 2.5.0
Added a share history window
Added Facebook and Twitter buttons in the share history window using the built-in social features of OS X 10.8 and later.
Improved capture frame rate by leveraging a new capture method on OS X 10.8 and later
Added an integrated color picker and a user preference for those who prefer the system color picker
Added a “M [read] Keywords: development
Connect 2014 Call for Abstracts is Now Open
Mon, Sep 23rd 2013 6:26p Bruce Elgort The Connect 2014 conference agenda is built with one objective in mind: offering value to each individual attendee. Our mission is to have you walk away having learned something you cannot learn anywhere else AND having learned something that you can put to use in your business setting immediately. Last year over 350 top-notch speakers—clients, partners, and industry experts—shared their business stories and technical expertise with thousands of attendees, resulting in the highest session ra [read] Keywords: collaboration
Fill in the blank
Sun, Sep 22nd 2013 5:44p Bruce Elgort The other day Voker Weber shared his thoughts about BlackBerry and he stated the following:
The sentiment. BlackBerry smells of old. People want new. iPhone. Maybe Android. Once people have made up their mind to divorce you, it’s a tough thing to turn around. It’s no longer good enough to be good enough. You have to be way better.
Now let me change the above to this:
The sentiment. ______________ smells of old. People want new. iPhone. Maybe Android. Once people have made up their mi [read] Keywords: blackberry
Unexpected Apple iCloud Keynote Issue
Tue, Sep 17th 2013 7:17p Bruce Elgort While trying to access an Apple Keynote slide deck from (the now out of beta) iCloud web interface I encountered the following:
It looks like I will need to reconsider how I use this service in the future as many of the slide decks I have are larger than the 100mb limit. [read] Keywords: apple
Add Spacers to the OS X Dock
Sun, Sep 15th 2013 12:06p Bruce Elgort A few days ago I was watching a video tutorial about CodePen and I noticed that the narrator had spacers in his OS X dock. A quick Google search found this Life Hacker article by Melanie Pinola on how to issue a few Terminal commands to get spacers in the dock.
Hope this helps you get your OS X Dock tidied up. [read] Keywords: google
Please join me in welcoming three new OpenNTF Directors
Fri, Sep 6th 2013 12:12p Bruce Elgort OpenNTF announced earlier this week that there were three new Directors elected to the OpenNTF Board. They are:
I have the privilege of knowing and working with Paul, Nathan and Mark on many occasions. I’m confident that their knowledge, experience, creativity and vision will continue to infuse momentum into OpenNTF. Please join me in welcoming them to OpenNTF.
Please also be sure and thank Ulrich Krause and Julian Woodward for their time serving [read] Keywords: openntf
Source Control for Notes, Domino and XPages
Fri, Sep 6th 2013 11:51a Bruce Elgort A few months back FoCul Ltd. launched a wiki to collect all things related to source control for IBM Notes, Domino and XPages application development:
Source Control has many many advantages for both developers and organisations but it is a complex subject. At FoCul we have been running a project to adopt Source Control on our XPage projects. There is not much documentation about Source Control with DDE and getting this far has been both a difficult and rewarding process.
We don’t have all [read] Keywords: domino
Required reading: Typography in ten minutes
Tue, Aug 6th 2013 11:18a Bruce Elgort This is a bold claim, but i stand behind it: if you learn and follow these five typography rules, you will be a better typographer than 95% of professional writers and 70% of professional designers. (The rest of this book will raise you to the 99th percentile in both categories.)
All it takes is ten minutes—five minutes to read these rules once, then five minutes to read them again.
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Fri, Aug 2nd 2013 12:00p Bruce Elgort Here is the first cut at skinning Elguji Software’s IQJam software to make it iOS7-”ish”:
This was recently requested by an IQJam customer. [read] Keywords:
iOS 7 color palette
Tue, Jul 23rd 2013 5:51p Bruce Elgort Thomas Ricciardiello has created a nice iOS7 color palette over on dribble.com. Thomas supplies the colors in Adobe Color Palette format as well as a .png. [read] Keywords:
I’m quite surprised with these results
Wed, Jul 17th 2013 8:39a Bruce Elgort Yesterday I performed a completely unscientific poll asking “What’s your primary app development target platform?” and I am quite surprised with two things:
44% of the 75 participants are still primarily developing rich client apps.
Only 9% are developing primarily for mobile/tablet
What’s your take on these results? [read] Keywords: development
More changes on the horizon
Tue, Jul 16th 2013 10:14a Bruce Elgort Back in April I notified the OpenNTF Board that come this October I will be stepping down as Chairman of OpenNTF – The Open Source Community for IBM Collaboration Solutions. October is when my term as Chairman would normally end. You might have seen on the OpenNTF blog that nominations for eight board seats are now accepting nominations. Once the new board is elected a new Chairman will be elected. I will be working with the new Chairman to ensure a smooth transition.
I highly encourage al [read] Keywords: collaboration
Just one look and you are up to speed
Mon, Jul 15th 2013 7:41p Bruce Elgort If you haven’t checked out Panic’s Status Board app for the iPad I highly recommend that you do. Using a combination of the IdeaJam API’s and RSS feeds I was able to put together the status board that you see above. The super cool thing about status board is that you can use AirPlay to beam it to an Apple TV connected to an display panel. You can also direct-connect the iPad to a display panel like Panic talks about in their blog entry.
Each of the panels auto-updates every m [read] Keywords: apple