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.
Mon, Jul 28th 2014 4:12p Kathy Brown So many of the IBM Champions have received their “swag” kits. As a repeat offender, errr, Champion, I felt I had a bit of experience on my side when selecting my swag. Last year’s jacket only came in Men’s sizes. Figuring I’d rather have a jacket too big, than a jacket too small, I ordered an XL, which was as you can imagine EXTRA LARGE. So this year, we had women’s sizes to choose from. I selected TWO jackets in TWO sizes, figuring I would at least [read] Keywords: ibm
Video Review: Build a Strong Angular JS Foundation
Tue, Jul 22nd 2014 10:18a Kathy Brown Build a Strong AngularJS Foundation
by Lukas Ruebbelke and Matias Niemala
This video series has nearly three hours of content broken into six modules. Each module is broken into smaller video chunks. Generally each video is one to three minutes long, although a few are around the ten minute mark. Exercise files and a sample application are included for download with the videos.
Module 1: Hello AngularJS
Module 2: Module
Module 3: Controller
Module 4: View
Module 5: Services
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SocialBizUg Articles – July Edition
Tue, Jul 22nd 2014 10:15a Kathy Brown And here we are, the July edition of articles posted on SocialBizUg.org…
Fixing Issues in SourceTree
I’ve written a few articles on source control. As you’ve probably guessed, I’m a big fan of source control. In those articles, I use the Mercurial plugin within Domino Designer with a Bitbucket repository. Lately, I’ve been using Sourcetree to take care of the handling between the NSF, the on disk project, and the online repository. No solution is 100% perfect and Sourcetree [read] Keywords: domino
My First Computer
Wed, May 28th 2014 2:12p Kathy Brown Ant Pruitt, over here, asked if you remember your first… computer. Of course I do. I have the world’s worst memory, but I remember my first computer.
We had the Commodore VIC 20. With it’s awesome tape cassette player to store programs. We were not rich by any means. I was too young to realize that this may have been expensive. I don’t even remember if my mom had it for work or what. But we had it. And I remember spending hours at it. Until we upgraded t [read] Keywords:
View Article: Getting Started with XPages Localization
Fri, May 23rd 2014 8:03a Kathy Brown Part 1 of the article I co-wrote with Brad Balassaitis is now available on the View website.
This is a deeper dive on the topic that Brad and I co-presented at IBM Connect earlier this year. Part 2 will be coming out soon.
The enterprise is global. If your organization stretches across borders or your clients are in other countries, you cannot just develop an application in your native language and expect that to be good enough. XPages allows you to enable localization and provide multiple lan [read] Keywords: ibm
SocialBizUg Articles – Notes Dev Tips May Edition
Thu, May 22nd 2014 7:42a Kathy Brown In the May edition of Notes Dev Tips:
WDTD – Dynamic View Panel
In this installment of What Does This Do, I demonstrate the Dynamic View Panel, thanks to viewer Steven Podrouzek!
WDTD – Importing a plugin in XPages
In this installment of What Does This Do, I demonstrate how to add a plugin into an XPages application.
That’s right, I’m talking about code snippets. Specifically, I’m talking about code snippets on OpenNTF.org.
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Mon, May 12th 2014 7:46p Kathy Brown I remember the first time I saw him. It was at my first Lotusphere. Back when he had a lion’s mane of hair. He wasn’t the presenter, but he answered a question that had been asked (because of course, he knew the answer). Back then, I didn’t know about Planet Lotus or who anyone was in our community. I didn’t even know there was a community. But after he answered, I thought, “holy shit that guy is smart. I bet he’s the one everyone asks when they get stuck.” Because [read] Keywords: lotus
By: Dr Axel Rauschmayer
Publisher: O’Reilly Publishing