So it is mid January 2012, somewhere in Orlando, deep in the Dolphin hotel – Gurupalooza is ON. It was my first ever Lotusphere (and last ironically in name at least) and I have to say I was pretty bored of the whole conference by Thursday morning. I was extremely naive about everything which was going on at the conference over the last 4 days. I had attended many sessions but had not learned a whole lot, I had been in bed by 11pm most nights and honestly it was just not what I had been looking forward to for 14 years!!
So I stood up and asked a question of the Gurus – “Why should I come back to Lotusphere next year? I thought this was a developers conference and I didn’t learn anything I couldn’t have learned by reading OpenNTF. Tell me why I should come back next year!” (That’s me middle on the right)
There were some awkward pauses and some comments about how come I didn’t meet new people and experience the conference – and quite frankly I didn’t “get it” – but also hadn’t put in the effort.
Carl Tyler was really the only person with anything positive to say – he was sat right on the left hand end of the stage nearest me and he said “you’ll be here next year because you will be presenting”. Sarcastic or not (I don’t think it was) that was one of two things which stuck out in the conference for me.
The other thing which stood out was my first experience with Social Media. The work colleagues I was with encouraged me to get on Twitter so that we could communicate with each other and see how sessions were going during the day. Earlier on that final day (I think) I happened to be in the session run by Ed Brill with other IBM product managers on the stage – Ed asked for questions from the room and questions from twitter – so I wrote a question on twitter asking if the new web based plugin to run notes client apps spelled the end of the notes client….and amazingly ed picked it out and read it to the room and then he followed me on twitter….my third follower and 1st real one after my work colleagues.
AAAARGH HOLY CRAP ED BRILL IS FOLLOWING ME ON TWITTER !!!! – which lasted for at least 5 minutes until I realized Ed Brill follows thousands of people on twitter. I had pretty much the same reaction about 10 minutes later when Bruce Elgort started to follow me on twitter – HOLY CRAP HOLY CRAP – Bruce…….Elgort…!!! *faints*
So I came away from the conference with a puzzled determination – I really hadn’t enjoyed the conference – but somehow that last morning had unleashed a fire in my belly – I wrote this article as my first blog entry (oh yeah it made me start blogging a few days later)
And it started – I made a conscientious decision that I was in control of my destiny and I was going to take it back. As much as I hate to admit it – I like writing, it is cathartic and I love sharing, love teaching – I would be a teacher if it paid half decently. I set myself two goals for the year – to better learn XPages and to speak at Lotusphere next year.
Since this time last year I have:
Learned XPages (well a decent chunk of it anyway)
Changed jobs to now work for one of the most well known XPage consultancies in N.America
Written over 60 XPage related blog articles (this post will probably push me over 50,000 hits in 11 months)
Presented a session at MWLUG in Pittsburg
Done two Notes in 9 videos (and been mentioned on two others)
Been on the Taking Notes Podcast (with Bruce and Julian…OMG OMG OMG) - twice !
and most importantly
>>> I am presenting two sessions at IBMConnect 2013 <<<
So first of all I have to say thank you to Carl Tyler for challenging me to stop whining, get off my ass and do something about my career (paraphrasing of course).
I then have to say thank you to Ed Brill (who I am yet to meet) for following me and making me realize the possibility of social media.
I also have to say thank you to a multitude of people who have accepted me into the community with open arms and have been nothing but supportive, encouraging and have become really good friends – to name but a few: Paul, Russ, Dave, Bruce, Declan, Mike, Jesse, Mark , Mark, Mark, Thimo, John, John, Paul, Paul, Roy, Thomas, Tim, Nathan, Jeff, Colin, Andrew, Imran, Wil, Steve, Brad, Per, Niklas, Ryan, Martin, Graham, Toby, Devin, Frank, Kathy, Troy, Serdar and everyone else I have not listed and clearly offended by forgetting.
Thank you – every single one of you. I am presenting at IBM Connect next month – WOW !
Binding jQuery code to an XPages partialRefresh using DOM Mutation events
Wed, Oct 29th 2014 7:38p Mark Roden Introduction
In this article I will demonstrate how to bind to the event which triggers on the completion of an XPages partialRefresh. Using that binding we will then be able to action to contents of the newly added partialRefresh DOM elements.
In multiple articles I have discussed the use of the onComplete event of a programmatically triggered partialRefresh to be able to re-apply a jQuery plugin’s bindings to an area of an XPage. This works very nicely and integrates with the [read] Keywords: domino
Using jQuery .when() to trigger a screen update after select2 has loaded
Tue, Oct 28th 2014 5:58a Mark Roden We have an XPage with over 100 complex fields on it and we found that applying Select2 to it took a noticeable amount of time – tangible to the user.
Users would see the original “SELECT” fields before the nicer select2 style was applied.
So we determined to hide all the fields on the form until select2 was finished loading, then show them all select2’d. The problem was that would could not find an obviously way to do this. I was looking for a parameter within the s [read] Keywords: xpages css
Oh duh, that is why Node Package Manager (npm) is so cool
Tue, Oct 14th 2014 9:07p Mark Roden I am in the process of playing with Bluemix and part of the reason or this is to learn more about node.js. It is really cool to learn something new and also to broaden the mind. But I digress – Node Package Manager (npm) makes using node.js so simple it is mind boggling…
Without going into masses of detail on node.js (which I might at some point) here is the simple example of what I am trying to do and why npm is so cool. Node Package Manager (npm) allows you to install any node [read] Keywords: application
Opening an XPage in XPiNC and passing Query_String parameters
Tue, Sep 30th 2014 7:22p Mark Roden I was very pleasantly surprised to find this works – coincidentally – twice this week someone has asked this question – can I open an XPage in XPiNC directly? I thought the answer was no……and not for the first (and/or last) time I was wrong.
The answer lies here – http://www-10.lotus.com/ldd/ddwiki.nsf/dx/Domino_Designer_URLs_for_XPages
To prove it I created a plain XPage and added the firebugLite custom control
The following XPiNC URL
notes://copper/882579C [read] Keywords: ldd
What is a social presence worth?
Sun, Sep 21st 2014 7:51p Mark Roden We had an interesting discussion internally at work about what exactly does our “Social Presence” do for us? I put time and thought to it and it turns out to be a question I can answer on many levels. I am still not entirely sure what the answer is.
What does being social mean?
Being social means sharing through ideas, code, concepts, dreams….anything really – but sharing it. Within the XPages community we have a multitude of people who are social for many different r [read] Keywords: domino