ATOM Publishing Protocol (AtomPub): XML based format for reading and writing information with structured meta data. Properly implemented is makes heavy use of Dublin Core meta data descriptions. ATOM is behind a lot of data exchange and API including OData (the format Microsoft and SAP have committed to). There is Apache Abdera for Java, support for Atom in Dojo and even jQuery
OpenSocial: Framework to build applications for integrated experiences. The title might be a bit misleading, since it is much more than "add a share this" button to your page. It is a complete widget definition and interaction standard. Extends iWidgets. Both IBM Portal as well as the IBM XPages server will be both OpenSocial containers and widget contributors. Already today a Domino server cann serve a component in RCP Widget and iWidget format, so we can expect that the component model will support OpenSocial too
ActivityStreams: While OpenSocial defines interaction up to the UI level, ActivityStreams are the pipes feeding new information into your experience. The ver brief definition: ActivityStreams are ATOM data feeds that have at minimum the agreed set of attributes ad defined by the ActivityStreams working group. I expect ready ActivityStreams controls to first appear in the XPages Extension Library before they move to the product core control set
Last not least the IBM Social Business Toolkit: It brings all the above components together. The real remarkable aspect: As of today there is no shipping IBM product supporting the full API, nevertheless IBM provides a working test environment, so you can test and be prepared
From my training experience I can tell: If you grew up with web standards, developing on the XPages platform is fast and fun.
Workflow for beginners, Standards, Concepts and Confusion
Thu, Jul 24th 2014 10:12a Stephan H Wissel The nature of collaboration is the flow of information. So naturally I get asked about Workflows and its incarnation in IT systems a lot. Many of the question point to a fundamental confusion what Worflow is, and what it isn't. This entry will attempt to clarify concepts and terminology
Wikipedia sums it up nicely: "A workflow consists of an orchestrated and repeatable pattern of business activity enabled by the systematic organization of resources into processes that transform materials, pro [read] Keywords: collaboration
Warriors of Light
Sun, Jul 20th 2014 11:15a Stephan H Wissel Inspired by Paulo Coelho's manual for the Warrior of the Light:
Warriors of Light
We were born from the stars
Descended from the heavens
Armed with compassion
Determined to end the suffering
Subjected to the human condition
Battling ignorance with wisdom
Laying our lives for the liberation from illusion
When you look in the mirror - remember!
You are one of us. [read] Keywords:
Sun, Jul 13th 2014 1:12p Stephan H Wissel I like to cycle, I do that often and from time to time I have fun with traffic participants. One of the interesting challenges are multi-lane crossings (note to my overseas readers: Singapore follows the British system of driving on the left, so cyclists are supposed to cycle on the left edge of the road - which makes me edgy in some situations. So for right driving countries, just flip the pictures) where the outer lane allows more than one direction. Like these:
Road rules do require the [read] Keywords: google
From XML to JSON and back
Fri, Jul 11th 2014 8:12p Stephan H Wissel In the beginning there was csv and the world of application neutral (almost) human readable data formats was good. Then unrest grew and the demand for more structure and contextual information grew. This gave birth to SGML (1986), adopted only by a few initiated.
Only more than a decade later (1998) SGML's offspring XML took centre stage. With broad support for schemas, transformation and tooling the de facto standard for application neutral (almost) human readable data formats was established [read] Keywords: application
The folly of root cause analysis
Wed, Jul 9th 2014 6:12a Stephan H Wissel IT support's dealing with management is a funny business. Whenever something goes wrong, support teams engage in "defensive blaming" and the elusive quest for a root cause.
I've seen this quest (and blaming god and country along the way if it doesn't appear) taking priority over problem resolution and prevention. The twisted thought is: "If I'm not sure about the (single) root cause, I can't neither fix nor prevent it from happening again".
Why is that a folly?
It paralyses: If a pe [read] Keywords: application
Documents vs eMails
Fri, Jul 4th 2014 6:14a Stephan H Wissel With a public sector customer I had an interesting discussion on non-repudiation, messaging and regulatory control. We were discussing how to ensure awareness of information that has behavioural or legal consequences. While "I didn't know" is hardly a viable defence, relying on the other party to keep themselves updated is just asking for trouble. In a collaborative environment, where a regulator sees itself primarily as the facilitator of orderly conduct and only as policing the conduct as s [read] Keywords: domino
The taxi loyalty program isn't working and how to fix it
Mon, Jun 16th 2014 10:11a Stephan H Wissel Singapore is a little like New York: train and taxis are a mainstay of the daily commute. So the taxi market is highly regulated and fiercely competitive. As no surprise taxi companies try to bind customers before they loyalty switches to alternative bookings or the disruptors.
So Comfort & CityCab started CabRewards. After all loyalty cards work well for their inventor.
In a smart move, instead of creating a new piece of plastic, Comfort teamed up with ezLink Singapore's leading provider [read] Keywords: admin
Value, Features and Workflows
Mon, May 12th 2014 6:11a Stephan H Wissel In sales school we are taught to sell value. Initially that approach was designed to defang the threat of endless haggling over price, but it took an extra twist in the software industry. Since software companies rely on user's desire to "buy the next version" to secure revenue from maintenance and upgrade sales, a feature war was the consequence.
As a result, buyers frequently request feature comparison tables, driving the proponents of "value & vision" up the wall. It also creates te [read] Keywords: ibm