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Metawork, nobody is capable but all participate grudgingly
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Mach Dich auf die Socken!
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Annotations to supercharge your vert.x development
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Now we are token - Authorization using JSON Web Token in Domino
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Metawork, nobody is capable but all participate grudgingly
Thu, May 12th 2016 9:41p   Stephan H Wissel
This article is a translation/paraphrase of Professor Gunter Dueck's original post titled DD265: Metawork – keiner kann’s, aber alle machen ärgerlich mit (Mai 2016). Professor Dueck's philosophy resonates with me, so I'd like to make his thoughts available to a wider audience. Bear with my Gerlish. Remarks in brackets aren't part of the original text and are either my comment, extension or explanation. Here we go: Metawork is your own effort to organize work (your's and other's),
Mach Dich auf die Socken!
Mon, May 9th 2016 8:46p   Stephan H Wissel
A common requirement in corporate systems is "let me know when something is going on". In Notes we use "On document creation or update" triggered agents to process such events. To let external systems know about such a change R8 introduced the web service client. This works well in distributed system, but requires quite some work on both ends. In a recent case I had to optimize the communication between Domino and a task running on the same machine. The existing solution was polling the Domi
Annotations to supercharge your vert.x development
Fri, Apr 1st 2016 8:01p   Stephan H Wissel
ProjectCastle is well under way. Part of it, the part talking to Domino, is written in Java8 and vert.x. With some prior experience in node.js development vert.x will look familiar: base on event loop and callbacks, you develop in a very similar way. The big differences: vert.x runs on the JVM8, it is by nature of the JVM multi-threaded, features an event bus and is polyglot - you can develop in a mix of languages: Java, JavaScript, Jython, Groovy etc. This post reflects some of the approaches
Now we are token - Authorization using JSON Web Token in Domino
Wed, Feb 24th 2016 2:37p   Stephan H Wissel
After having Vert.x and Domino co-exist, the door opens for a few interesting applications of the new found capabilites. One sticky point in each application landscape is authentication and authorization. This installment is about authorization. The typical flow: you access a web resource provide some identity mechanism (in the simplest case: username and password) in exchange get some prove of identity that allows you to access protected resources. In Basic authentication you have to provid
The Cloud Awakening
Tue, Feb 23rd 2016 11:31a   Stephan H Wissel
It is a decade since Amazon pioneered cloud as a computing model. Buying ready made applications (SaaS) enabled non-IT people to quickly accquire solutions IT, starved of budget, skills and business focus, couldn't or didn't want to deliver. Products like Salesforce or Dropbox became household brands. But the IT departments got a slice of cloud cake too in form of IaaS. For most IT managers IaaS feels like the extension of their virtualization stragegy, just running in a different data center
Designing a Web Frontend Development Workflow
Fri, Feb 19th 2016 1:50p   Stephan H Wissel
In the the web 'you can do anything' extends to how you develop too. With every possible path open, most developers, me included, lack direction - at least initially. To bring order to the mess I will document considerations and approaches to design a development workflow that makes sense. It will be opinionated, with probably changing opinions along the way. Firstly I will outline design goals, then tools at hand to finally propose a solution approach. Design Goals With the outcome in mind i
Vert.x and Domino
Thu, Feb 18th 2016 6:07a   Stephan H Wissel
A while ago I shared how to use vert.x with a Notes client which ultimately let me put an Angular face on my inbox and inspired the CrossWorlds project. I revisited vert.x which is now 3.2.1 and no longer beta. On a Domino Linux server (I don't have Windows) and on a Mac Notes client the JVM is 64 Bit, which makes the configuration easier (no -w32 switch, no download of an additional JVM). The obligatory HelloWorld verticle ran quite nicely with my manually. However it wouldn't run when the D
Developer or Coder? -Part 1
Fri, Feb 12th 2016 11:42p   Stephan H Wissel
Based on recent article I was asked: "So how would you train a developer, to be a real developer, not just a coder?". Interesting question. Regardless of language or platform (maybe short of COBOL, where you visit retirement homes a lot), each training path has large commonalities. Below I outline a training path for a web developer. I'm quite opinionated about tools and frameworks to use, but wide open about tools to know. The list doesn't represent a recommended sequence, that would be a
Disecting a mail UI
Fri, Feb 12th 2016 1:24p   Stephan H Wissel
At Connect 2016 Jeff announced that there will be an IBM Verse Client for Domino on premises. Domino customers are used to an high amount of flexibility, so the tempation will arise to customize the Verse experience. However this ability is nothing that has been announced in any IBM roadmap. So any considerations are purely theoretical. What is the interface of Verse made of. WIthout reverse engineering, just by looking at it, one could come to the following conclusion: This looks quite mana
The quick and dirty Domino Cloudant export
Thu, Jan 21st 2016 2:45a   Stephan H Wissel
Moving data out of Domino never has been hard with all the APIs available. The challenge always has been: move them where? Ignoring for a second all security considerations, the challenge is to find a target structure that matches the Domino model. Neither flat table storage nor RDBMS fit that very well. A close contender is MongoDB which is used in one compelling Notes retirement offering. However the closest match in concept and structure is Apache CouchDB, not surprisingly due to its heritag

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