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!

Article Catch Up!

I’ve been a bit remiss in blogging about the articles I post over at SocialBizUg.org.  Go check out the articles section for the full list.  Here are a few of the topics I’ve posted about:

IBM Verse

CSS

Custom Preferences

Localization

UI

Regex

Bootcards

 

Review: Head First C#

Head First C#
OReilly Publishing
By: Andrew Stellman & Jennifer Greene

Content:

Start Building with C#

It’s all Just Code

Objects: Get Oriented!

Types and References

C# Lab: A Day at the Races

C# Lab: The Quest

C# Lab Invaders

I love Head First books.  I know, it’s crazy to say you love a technical book, right? But I really do. The format just works for me. They’ve done a great job of analyzing how people learn, and writing a technical book that can actually stimulate and interest the reader.

I think my first and only regret with this is that I got the eBook version. There are exercises in the book and there’s something about the format (lots of visuals) that lends itself really well to an actual in real life book.

The book has a lab to create your very own space invaders game. Do you really need to know any more than that? These guys really know how we learn, how to get the material across, how to keep the reader interested, and how to motivate the reader to do the exercises. But don’t worry, you don’t just thrown into creating your own video game, the book starts with the basics and builds up.

Obtained From: Publisher
Payment: Free

Review: If Hemingway Wrote Javascript

If Hemingway Wrote JavaScript
Angus Croll
No Starch Press

I’m not going to lie to you and say that you’ll learn JavaScript from this book.  It is, however, incredibly entertaining.  The author takes 25 “literary luminaries” and presents 5 different JavaScript assignments as though completed by the luminaries.  Also included are four poems, such as “The Variable” ‘by’ Edgar Allen Poe.

The assignments include things like writing a function to show the first n numbers in the Fibonacci sequence and writing a chainable function to accept one word per call, but play back all the previously passed in words in order. The authors include Hemingway (of course), Shakespeare, Kafka, JK Rowling, and more.

It’s a very clever book, very well written. Showing different authors tackling the same JavaScript assignments is just genius. Hemingway, for example has zero comments in his code. Shakespeare has more comments than code, and they’re of course written in iambic pentameter.

My only complaint is that the Kindle version seems to be images, rather than text, and some of the images didn’t transfer well to eBook format. Get yourself the paperback version.

Obtained From: Book store
Payment: $13

IBM Champion

I am so pleased to say that I have once again been selected as an IBM Champion.  This is my third year being selected and I am once again included in a great group of people.  See the rest of the Champions here.

From the post:

These individuals are non-IBMers who evangelize IBM solutions, share their knowledge and help grow the community of professionals who are focused on social business and IBM Collaboration Solutions. IBM Champions spend a considerable amount of their own time, energy and resources on community efforts — organizing and leading user group events, answering questions in forums, contributing wiki articles and applications, publishing podcasts, sharing instructional videos and more!

I’ve always liked sharing what I know with others, it’s a great feeling and I usually learn more in the process.  None of us do what we do in order to become IBM Champions, we do it because we want to.  In the spirit of “help grow the community”, I’d like to throw out a challenge.  Are YOU sharing your knowledge?  You should.  I hear from many people that they don’t feel they know enough to share or aren’t experienced enough, but they are.  Everyone is.  You know more than the person who just started, so help them out.  You’ve probably gotten help in one form or another from someone in the community, now it’s your turn.

 

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