10 Lines or Less: Demo App and Slides

Julian Robichaux and I presented “10 Lines or Less: Interesting Things You Can Do With Java” at IBM ConnectED this January.  As promised (if not a bit delayed), here is the sample app, and a link to the slides.

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Sparks Ideas Videos

If you haven’t yet watched this year’s Sparks Ideas videos, I urge you to go check them out.  (If you haven’t watched past years, I urge you to watch those, too!)

This year’s theme was “Things or People That Have Inspired You”.  And not to get all Buzzfeed about it, but “You Won’t Believe What This Woman Said Inspired Her!”.  I hope you’ll watch, and enjoy, my slightly embarrassing, but hopefully inspiring 6-minute talk on what inspired me.

And THANK YOU to the people at IBM ConnectED who came up to me after (and throughout the week) to talk about my topic.  THAT is why we have the sparks session for people to share and connect and learn more about each other and feel inspired.

Here is the blog post and link to this year’s videos:  http://nerdgirlsgroup.com/2015/02/03/sparks-ideas-video-connected-2015/

And here is the link to our Vimeo channel with past years:  http://vimeo.com/channels/sparkideas

My Take on IBM ConnectED 2015

I am surprised to be saying this, to have said it this week, but…this was my best Lotusphere ever.  Before you start arguing and telling me what things you felt weren’t the best, I will say, this was *MY* best Lotusphere.

Honorable mention:  my first Lotusphere in 2008.  I went by myself and didn’t know a soul there.  I didn’t know about Planet Lotus or who any of the speakers or attendees were.  It could never be the best as I barely spoke to anyone, but I saw speakers like Paul Mooney and Bill Buchan doing Worst Practices, and Julian Robichaux and Rob McDonough looking like pirates (they were pirates, right?  I just remember facial hair) and presenting on charts.  I met Marie Scott and Joni and ??, who were kind enough to let me hang out with them when I felt completely out of place.

Runner-up:  My third Lotusphere (2010) is definitely in contention for my best Lotusphere.  It was my first Lotusphere as a speaker.  It was my first conference of any kind as a speaker. (And here was my blog post wrap up for THAT Lotusphere, http://www.runningnotes.net/index.php/2010/01/25/lotusphere-2010-%e2%80%93-the-surreal-year/)  I met Tom Duff the day before I presented with him.  How could that not be at the top of my list?

But the winner is 2015.  Yes, I know, technically, it was IBM ConnectED and not Lotusphere, but let’s face it, it was Lotusphere.  So why was it my best?  Amusingly, it was how I connected with people.  “A new way to engage”, indeed.  Although, it wasn’t better because of social business, it was better because I made a promise to myself to talk to more people.  I wanted to reach out beyond the circle of people I knew and meet (and talk and connect) to new people.  I did just that.

A side note: I was informed before the conference this year that my “resting b!tch face” is pretty strong.  aka when I’m just sitting around thinking about nothing in particular, I look like I am angry or focused, so people tend to think they shouldn’t bother me.  Even friends have said they wouldn’t approach me when I’ve got that face on.  As a result, I tweeted that people should still say hi, AND I went out of my way to try and make eye contact with people and even (GASP) smile.

I got to talk to so many wonderful people this year.  Of course, all my friends that I’ve seen year after year, but also new people that I’d only just met.  I thank everyone for taking the time to talk to me.  I feel like we really did truly connect (pardon the pun).  I had wonderful conversations, loads of laughs, and never enough hugs.

Whatever the future may bring, in terms of conferences, or LUGs, or vacations, I hope to see you all again.  Correction, I hope to connect with you all sometime soon.

Press Releases and Free Consulting

I’m fairly sure this is the first time my name has ever been mentioned in a press release.  I’m glad it was for a good reason.  : – )  http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/12/prweb12411402.htm

In the middle of the release is the announcement that PSC is going to give away a free week of consulting from one of our five IBM Champions.

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PSC is proud to have five people selected as IBM ICS Champions for 2015. This is the second year in a row that PSC has the most ICS Champions of any organization worldwide. In celebration of this achievement, PSC is offering the opportunity to win a free week of consulting (40 hours), including travel costs, from one of our IBM Champions.

Speaking at IBM ConnectED 2015

I am excited to announce that I’ll be speaking at IBM Connected 2015 with the amazing Julian Robichaux.  The session preview tool is now available here.  We will be presenting:

BP107: Ten Lines Or Less: Interesting Things You Can Do In Java With Minimal Code

Don’t be afraid of Java! Many IBM Notes/Domino developers, both new and seasoned have an irrational fear of learning and using Java because it seems overwhelming. We’ll help you over this stumbling block with several short, understandable, and useful examples of Java that you can learn from. All of the examples will be ten lines of code or less, making them approachable and easy to understand. And we will show you how to integrate the Java code with an XPages application so you can get started right away.

Hope to see you there!

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