I attend a lot of conferences. Unlike many of the speakers I see and meet at these conferences, I have been attending conferences longer than I've been speaking at them. For some reason, it seems lately that a considerable number of speakers and organizers feel that some speakers get "too many sessions". They think speakers should be limited to a set number of sessions, or even particular conferences. NOTE: I don't mean me, I've never submitted more than two abstracts to a given conference.
What I find odd is that those comments are coming from fellow speakers and conference organizers, NOT from attendees, at least as far as I know.
Remember, I am a newbie speaker, I've been an attendee far longer than I've been speaking. As an attendee, I have attended a lot of sessions. Some of those sessions were presented by awful speakers and some of those sessions were presented by brilliant speakers. There is nothing worse than sitting through an hour (or more) of a terrible speaker. So, as an attendee, you begin to seek out good speakers. If I had a choice between two sessions with content that interested me, one given by a speaker known to me (as good) and the other by a speaker not known to me (or known as bad), I AM PICKING THE SPEAKER I KNOW AND LIKE. I don't mean that I know the speaker, like I am friends with them. I strictly mean, know, as in attended one of their sessions. Remember, I am writing as an attendee here.
Take it one step further. I will evaluate the merits of a conference on whether or not I see names I know. This isn't to say I won't go to a conference if I don't know the speakers, but certainly, if one or two of my "favorites" will be there, I am more likely to go.
It seems to me that certain individuals (also speakers) are the "tail wagging the dog" complaining that others get too many sessions. For some reason, organizers are listening to those complaints. Ultimately, I think that just punishes attendees. Good speakers with consistently good evaluations who continue to submit quality abstracts shouldn't be limited. Period.
Review: iOS7 Programming Fundamentals by Matt Neuburg, OReilly Publishing
Wed, Feb 12th 2014 8:03a Kathy Brown iOS7 Programming Fundamentals
by Matt Neuburg
Everything you need to know to get started with programming for iOS7.
Objective-C Objects and Messages
Life Cycle of a Project
Accessors and Memory Management
Communication Between Objects
You can’t say this book isn’t thorough. This book really and truly covers the fundamentals of programmi [read] Keywords: applications
SocialBizUg Articles: Notes Dev Tips February Edition
Mon, Feb 10th 2014 9:07a Kathy Brown Great Sessions at IBM Connect 2014
Lots to see and do at IBM Connect 2014. There was no way I could possibly see and do it all. I tried my best to attend sessions that were important to me, and as usual, I still couldn’t see them all, but what I saw was great and always motivates me to learn even more.
This year, I attended a few stand out sessions (no one get upset if I don’t mention YOUR session; remember, I couldn’t attend them all!).
Read the article here.
Email is Dead – L [read] Keywords: collaboration
IBM Connect 2014 Slides and Files
Fri, Feb 7th 2014 7:40a Kathy Brown Here are the slides from my IBM Connect 2014 sessions. If your looking for other people’s session slides, check out the database that Chris Miller has put together.
Improving Domino Designer from Kathy Brown
Uno! Deux! Three! Making Localization of XPages as Easy as 1-2-3 from Kathy Brown
SHOW102 XPages: Still No Experience Necessary IBM Connect 2014 from Kathy Brown
And here are the files for Show 102 - SHOW102 [read] Keywords: domino
Article: Failed Validation Fail
Wed, Jan 22nd 2014 2:11p Kathy Brown My validation was supposed to fail, but it wasn’t, so my fail validation failed, right? A tough bug to figure out, but I eventually got there. Read my article on SocialBizUg.org to see what happened.
I had an XPage application with pretty simple validation on the page. When the user didn’t enter a value, validation fired and an error message was displayed except on one particular field.
The XPage application setting has turned off client side validation, in order to displ [read] Keywords: application
Article: IBM Connect! It’s Here It’s Here
Thu, Jan 16th 2014 10:12a Kathy Brown It’s January, and that means Connect! Check out my article in SocialBizUg.org on the latest for Connect.
Here is the official site, with lots of new things happening.
Here is the agenda.
Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert, has been announced as speaking at Connect on Tuesday. He will be speaking at the 8AM Opening General Session. It looks like this year, there will be an Opening General Session on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. (Is it still “Opening” if it’s in the middl [read] Keywords: collaboration
Article: Justifying jQuery
Wed, Jan 15th 2014 7:44a Kathy Brown I admit it, I’m a convert. After seeing what jQuery can do for me, and using it in some projects, my brain is finally “thinking” in jQuery. In this article on SocialBizUg.org, I give a quick example of what jQuery can do for you.
I’ve written a few articles that mention jQuery and I’m really starting to love using it. So many times I’ve struggled to do something in XPages (which for me, is my first and only web development, hence the struggle) which can easily be acco [read] Keywords: xpages development
Article: You Learn Something New Everyday
Tue, Jan 14th 2014 7:11a Kathy Brown In this article on SocialBizUg.org, I explain how I learned something new about … sending mail!
I’ve been doing this Domino development thing for a while now. I recently ran into an issue that stumped me. It wasn’t even anything complicated, but I was completely stumped.
It was sending mail. More accurately, it wasn’t sending mail.
Read more… [read] Keywords: domino
The View: Getting Started with Twitter Bootstrap for XPages
Mon, Jan 13th 2014 9:11a Kathy Brown Part 1 in this two-part article has been published! “Twitter Bootstrap for XPages: Getting Started”, you can see the excerpt here, and if you are a subscriber to the View, you can see the entire article.
Twitter Bootstrap is the framework taking over the web. Developers love Bootstrap because they can easily add modern features to web applications. Bootstrap is easily compatible with XPages, allowing XPages developers to quickly and simply add those same features. In this article, [read] Keywords: xpages applications
IBM Connect 2014
Fri, Jan 3rd 2014 11:09a Kathy Brown I am happy to say I’ll be speaking at IBM Connect in January. I hope to see you there!
With Brad Balassaitis:
Uno! Deux! Three! Making Localization of XPages Apps as Easy as 1-2-3
Social Business doesn’t only happen in your native language. Developing an app that translates well into multiple languages requires more than just the application-level localization features built into XPages. Labels on forms and views columns are a big part of the story, but there’s much more to c [read] Keywords: domino
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