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 !
The consummate Champion
Thu, Jul 24th 2014 8:42p Mark Roden As Russ Maher said today in Hey Who got the Handsome Champion it is an honor and a privilege to not only be recognized by IBM as a Champion for ICS 2014, but you also get some very cool stuff. Thanks to Amanda Bauman and Oliver Heinz for organizing “the champions” and all the gear. I just wonder what I am going to do with all of it :)
Seriously though, I am very humbled to be an IBM Champion !
Thank you to everyone who nominated me and made this possible :) [read] Keywords: ibm
Web Components – Entering the ShadowDOM….
Wed, Jul 9th 2014 9:18p Mark Roden Web Components – the future
You should first ground yourself on Web Components and read this article on Web Components and concepts, ShadowDOM, imports, templates, custom elements by Todd Motto.
Then listen to this Podcast (thanks to Steve for pointing it out) - Web Components with Peter Gasston
Once you have read/listened you will have some idea and concept about Web Components and how they are the future…..
But what I wanted to show briefly was how to enable the ShadowDOM in C [read] Keywords: agent
Hi Chicago – what changed?
Wed, Jul 2nd 2014 7:16a Mark Roden Well it has been on the cards now for 6 months but we finally did it. My family and I moved from Virginia to Chicago and I have started working out of the PSC office in Schaumburg, IL.
I was asked nearly 18 months ago if I would consider moving, but for mostly family reasons it took a year or so to organize and agree this was the right thing to do for my career and just as importantly for the family. Working at home has been wonderful for the past two years. But it was also a little limiting [read] Keywords: office
Angular.js in XPages #5 – Routing
Sun, May 25th 2014 6:52p Mark Roden In this article I will show how angular using routing to create a bookmarkable URL string and how that fits together with additional controllers. This will start us on the path to creating our basic CRUD application. This article is based on the Routing and Multiple views tutorial
Way back when the world was young (in internet terms a couple of years ago), when single page apps were all the rage, it was noticed that there was a significant drawback to only having one URL index.html; [read] Keywords: ibm