XPages – Taking Domino development to a higher level

Lotusphere’s top topics this year are mobile, social and web browser. One keyword is being peeped and posted these days that shows which technologies Lotus provides to support the main topics: XPages!

XPages are a technology integrated in Lotus Notes/Domino since version 8.0 that leverage development and user experience to a new level. Developers are given tools and technologies to develop application for the Lotus Notes Client, the web browser and mobile devices. Other than classic Lotus Notes development XPages base on Java Server Faces (JSF), Java and JavaScript. These technologies are popular to web developers all over the world outside of Lotus Notes/Domino. Domino developers can now use these technologies to build state of the art web and mobile applications AND those applications even run in the Lotus Notes client!

Did I catch your attention? Do you want to learn more about XPages and their capabilities? Then start digging deeper. The links provided below lead to valuable sources.

Wikipedia – What the heck are XPages anyway?

XPages.info – Get started, downloads and tutorials

OpenNTF – Open Source XPages projects which can be used out of the box

XPages.tv – Source for random XPages stuff

XPages reference guide – A javascript language specifiction

XPages Blog – XPages development and more

What does google say?

That should get you going. If you are one of those old fashioned lads who needs to hold a piece of paper in his hands. Here you go. IBM Press just released a book called „Mastering XPages: A Step-by-Step Guide to XPages Application Development and the XSP Language„.

Following Lotusphere 2011 from the other side of the fence

You can’t go to Lotusphere 2011 (like me) but you want to keep track with what’s going on? Thank god  a lot of people on site are going to share their LS11 experience with us poor blokes (and ladies) left behind. There’s a lot of live blogging announced and twitter will definitely be the other source of information. Here is a list of people to read and follow to get the latest news from Orlando.

Twitterverse

Ed Brill, Stuart McIntyre, Mitch Cohen, Chris Miller, John Head, Julian Robichaux, Darren Duke, Niklas Heidloff, OpenNTF, Chris Toohey, Matt White, Declan Lynch, Paul Mooney, Bilal Jaffery, Luis Suarez, Suzanne Livingston, Mikkel Heisterberg, Mary Beth Raven, Thomas Duff, Luis Benitez, Bruce Elgort, Lotusphere

Bloggers

Lotus Notes Domino Blog, Ed Brill, Stuart McIntyre, Mitch Cohen, Chris Miller, LotusphereLive, LotusphereBlog, Chris Toohey, Paul Mooney, Declan Lynch, Julian Robichaux, Darren Duke, John HeadOpenNTF, Bilal Jaffery, Luis Suarez, Mikkel Heisterberg, Mary Beth Raven, Thomas Duff, Luis Benitez, Bruce Elgort and PlanetLotus

Anyone missing on this list (I am sure there is)? Just give me a hint and I’ll put her/him on.

Find your way at Lotusphere 2011

Unfortunately I will be one of those poor fellas who must stay at home while others are having a great time at Lotusphere 2011. I put a list of useful links together for all you lucky ones attending this year. Here we go:

Homepage: http://www-01.ibm.com/software/lotus/events/lotusphere2011/
LS Blog: http://lotusphereblog.com/
LS Session App (Android): http://www.androidpit.de/de/android/market/apps/app/jo.android.ls/Lotusphere-2011-Scheduler
LS Session App (iPhone and Blackberry): http://itunes.apple.com/de/app/lsmobile/id347420535?mt=8
LS Session Database: http://geniisoft.com/showcase.nsf/LS2011_SessionsDB
Showcase Exhibitors: http://www-01.ibm.com/software/lotus/events/lotusphere2011/exhibitors.html
LS Labs: http://www-01.ibm.com/software/lotus/events/lotusphere2011/labs.html
Swan and Dolphin Hotels: http://www.swandolphin.com/
Swan and Dolphin iPhone App: http://www.swandolphin.com/aboutus/iphone.html
Connect via Sametime: https://www-950.ibm.com/blogs/SametimeBlog/entry/use_sametime_while_at_lotusphere_to_connect_with_ls11_delegates?lang=en_us
LS Social Media Aggregator: http://www-949.ibm.com/social/lotusphere/
Planetlotus (of course): http://planetlotus.org/
Map Overview: Dolphin and Swan area map

My favourite location after sunset (unless there is a party or reception): http://www.jellyrolls.us/

If you know other valuable links not listed here yet please let me know and I will add them.

A Wish!

Since I recently dropped my Blackberry Bold and now operate a HTC Desire HD I moved from BB Enterprise Server to Lotus Traveler. It works well, but I really miss a Sametime client I got used to on my Bold.

So, my wish: Sametime Client for Android

I know that there are workarounds, but they are just workarounds. I rather wait for IBM to deliver a native solution. Believing rumors it won’t take long before IBM ships such a client. So let’s wait and see what’s being announced at Lotusphere 2011.

Big Bang on Lotusphere 2011

Another couple of days and the yellow community will leave their homes for the biggest yellow convention in the world. The headlines this year will certainly be xpages,  project vulcan, announcements to Lotus Notes/Domino 9.x, mobile applications and support and social software. But what is going to be the BIG BANG this year?

Project vulcan wasn’t as big a bang last year as Quickr and/or Connections had been the years before, so to me, IBM are under pressure to present something bigger this year, aren’t they? So what is it this year?

Bye bye Notes Client (web and mobile technologies will be the future)?

See ya Lotus Script?

Hello Vulcan prototype?

What do you reckon? What is going to be this year’s big announcement?

PLUS: Who is going to be the special guest in OGS? My guess: Brad Pitt! Why? Don’t know, just came to me. So what’s your guess?

Lotusphere 2009

Registration gates are open for next year’s Lotusphere! My first Lotusphere ever was, let me think, this year and all I can say is: AMAZING. There is nothing comparable in the world if you are interested in the Lotus Brand. I will definately go next year to inhale the athmosphere, meet many great people, learn a lot of new things and hopefully sell some stuff.

So, if that was not convincing, here is what other people say about Lotusphere.

If you need good arguments to get a couple of bucks from your boss check this out.

Anyway, I am already excited and can’t wait to go. Hope to meet you there.