Well, it’s Thursday night here in Joburg, South Africa. This must have been the longest week I’ve experienced in quite a while. Over and above my normal working week of meetings, clients, functions and Projects, I found myself juggling a Knowledge Base in our Quickr environment, Teaching XPages to my Dev Team, participating in a Sametime Course that’s taking place in the United States, and learning the Basics of C# Development in Visual Studio.
At first I got a little worried I took on too much, and as I type this I have 2 match sticks keeping my eye lids open……but looking back at what was achieved this week……Not bad, not bad at all.
Let’s begin with XPages:
Last week I decided it was time my Development Team got a decent taste of XPages. I scheduled a 4 day Workshop that impressively took 3 days….ending last night around 9:30pm. I take my hat off to the guys. They proved themselves worthy and I can’t wait to see what they come up with in the near future. I also mentioned that there was an XPages Contest currently running which only added fuel to the fire.
This year I’m on a mission to document everything that I experience in my working day. Everything that matters and that the Ukuvuma Team can benefit from. I tend to favor tutorials and best practices in the form of Videos, as you’ve no doubt seen in my previous Posts, but I must admit I’ve found a place for Wikis. Quickr really helps me achieve this. I decided to have the best of all worlds, so I’m using Quickr, Wikis and Video together.
At the Same-Time:
This was a challenge. I registered to run this Course at my own pace, not being in a position to take 3 days off to sit in a classroom. What I didn’t realise was that this course was running in the United States, so attending this would’ve proved somewhat difficult. I did enjoyed it quite a lot, although it was a little annoying remote connecting to a box in the States. One really needs to understand Java and Eclipse to be comfortable with this course. Sadly i do all my Dev in DDE, so the environment was a little new, and I’m not yet the Java Expert I soon hope to be. But still, it was fun to modify Sametime Windows and build Add-Ons.
Here was my biggest surprise this week. I decided to take a bit of time, and have one of my Microsoft Developers show me the way of the C# Ninja. At first it was a little weird getting to understand Visual Studio, Team Foundation Server, and creating ASP.NET Projects, but once that was out of the way, creating ASP.NET Pages was pretty much the same as creating XPages. I was really impressed at how similar the development environments are.
I don’t yet know enough of both environments to understand all the tools that are available, but I will say that the Visual Studio editor and debugger is impressive. Very informative and very powerful. I love how I could add break statements to my code, run the Web Page in debug mode, and have it stop in certain sections of my code. I am not used to this when it comes to Web Development, and I am not sure if XPages has something similar, but if so……I will make sure the world knows about it, because that will make such a difference in my life.
Let me repeat this: I am looking for a LotusScript Debugger for XPages. Anyone?
Well, one more awesome working day left this week and then it’s some resting time. I look forward to chilling this weekend, watching some World Cup Rugby and maybe giving God Of War a go.
As always you can find me on Twitter @John_Ukuvuma for all IT-related chats. I wish everyone an awesome weekend, and until my next Post….cheers
Webstorm Tip: Use Key Promoter to help you find Keyboard shortcuts
Thu, Oct 9th 2014 4:22a John Jardin For me, there are too many keyboard shortcuts to memorise in Webstorm IDE? Thanks to a nifty plugin, these shortcuts can be learnt on the fly.
What Key Promoter does is monitor your mouse clicks on Menus and Toolbars inside Webstorm. If a shortcut exists for where you mouse-clicked, Key Promoter will show you the Keyboard Shortcut command that you can use for that same action.
Firstly, where to find references to Keyboard Shortcuts
Note: The below instructions are for Mac, but Windows [read] Keywords: linkedin
Calling on iOS, Android and Appcelerator mobile developers in Gauteng, South Africa
Wed, Sep 17th 2014 3:47a John Jardin Are you a native iOS or Android Developer? If not, have you developed mobile apps for iOS and Android using Appcelerator or something similar? We’re hiring!
Our mobile division is expanding at an exciting rate. We are looking to all mobile developers who meet the above pre-requisites and who are interested in joining our team.
We are based in Centurion, Pretoria in Gauteng, South Africa. We’re primarily interested in permanent positions, where temporary/contract positions would only [read] Keywords: google
IBM Bluemix iOS Push Notifications Tutorial: Part 1 – Overview
Sun, Aug 3rd 2014 1:49p John Jardin This is a short video series that I’m planning for the very near future, on how to get the Bluemix Quickstart Push Sample Project running on your Apple devices.
Purpose of this Tutorial
While the Bluemix team do well to make these sample projects as easy to implement as possible and provide the supporting documentation and instructions, this process is quite daunting from my experience. My goal is to take you through the entire process from having very little already set up, to running the [read] Keywords: ibm
Possible fix for Error 404 when logging into Bluemix via cf
Thu, Jun 19th 2014 8:41a John Jardin In the following Node.js Tutorial provided on the IBM Bluemix Cloud environment, you get asked to log in to Bluemix via cf (Cloud Foundry Command Line Interface) using the following command:
cf login -a https://api.mybluemix.net -o -s
For some reason, I kept getting the following error:
It seems the Endpoint URL changed, but even then, the above command didn’t work after using the new Endpoint URL. After some troubleshooting I finally managed to log in by doing the following:
In Termi [read] Keywords: ibm
TIP: Create global batch files for use in Terminal
Thu, Jun 12th 2014 7:44a John Jardin I’m slowly but surely becoming a huge fan of running my development workflows through Terminal on my Mac, especially in the case of mobile development using Appcelerator Titanium. This is a quick tip to show you how to group terminal commands into batch files and have these batch files accessible anywhere when working in Terminal.
I haven’t moved to Mavericks as yet, so my example below applies to Mountain Lion, but should also apply to Mavericks
In my example below, my batch f [read] Keywords: development