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 !
Adding custom HTTP headers to Domino R9 using IBM HTTP Server (IHS)
Sun, Apr 20th 2014 6:41p Mark Roden IBM HTTP Server (IHS) was added to R9 so that we could have TLS support for HTTPS encryption. For more on how to do that see Russ Maher’s post(s) on the subject.
Under the covers IHS is really a modified version of Apache Web server and comes with some of the Apache options. It gives us the ability to add custom headers to all pages served up by the server.
You can turn IHS on by adding the following to your notes.ini – this does require a full reboot
When the [read] Keywords: domino
An open letter to Mr. NotesIn9
Wed, Apr 2nd 2014 6:33a Mark Roden Dear Mr Leedy,
I regret to inform you that your blatant use of child labor has offended my child labor union. They do not feel like you have represented me in the correct light.
I trust that you will find this short response in the same light as your original offense.
Your very good friend Marky Roden
CC: everyone who has seen this video
And the gloves are off……
Mon, Mar 31st 2014 5:57p Mark Roden Picture this: I have been away for 5 days and during that time “someone” has been posting cryptic comments on twitter about how the next notesin9 is going to be different….and scaring me.
So I am waiting at the airport this afternoon, about to board my plane home and I get this link from this “friend” who tells me to watch the new video it and enjoy. I download it and watch it on the plane. People start to look at me funny as I start to snort and giggle at my phone. [read] Keywords: ibm
When the community comes together we get the right answer
To give a little more background as to why I decided to post: I was not to be antagonistic or instigate a storm in a tea cup. It was because for the third time in 2014 I had been told by a notes developer something along the lines of “I can’t learn XPages because I have read that you need to learn Java and I do [read] Keywords: notes
PATCHing a Document using Domino Data Service
Mon, Mar 24th 2014 7:11p Mark Roden Talk about frustrating – in a week full of slow progress and CORS cross domain hell I found this little annoyance after hours of staring and curing – once again the power of trial and error triumphs over my stupidity again.
I have a Domino Data Service running on the server and I want to update a document
This is the imaginary URL
returning the imaginary data just fine
"@href": [read] Keywords: domino
How to ad icons to individual items in a Select2 multi-value field
Tue, Mar 18th 2014 8:08p Mark Roden Select2 is one of the best user interface enhancers I have come across – if you do not know what it is then you need to go play with it.
It transforms SELECT boxes into dynamic, stunning, interactive UI elements and allows for all sorts of customizations and developer fun.
What I want to be able to do is select items from different categories within the select2 box and then add an icon displaying to the user which category they came from. In this article I will show how.
I want to [read] Keywords: css
My ongoing struggle with stupidity and what is not valid JSON
Sun, Mar 16th 2014 6:06p Mark Roden So this was a frustrating lesson to learn – and please feel free to be entertained by my apparent stupidity.
I was trying to create my own JSON with an xAgent – seems easy enough. I created a simple output which looked like this
and when I fed it through my AJAX code it failed.
//url: 'http://coppe [read] Keywords: ajax