#IBMNotes25 - The Party

Christian Guedemann | 1 week ago | Comments
Could you imagine building a tower only with news paper and some duck tape? Or are you fast enough to build a puzzle of 100 pieces in under 5 minutes. You can prove this and more at the unofficial 25 anniversary of IBM Notes party, organized by the IBM Champions, SocialBizUG and OpenNTF.

Where: Swan Crescent Terrace
When: Monday 7.30 - 8.30pm

But there is more! You can not only attend the party, you can be part of the party.

We are looking for volunteers to help us run the party! There are a lot of small jobs around the activities open. All you have to do is:
- Come to IBM ConnectED 2015
- Ping me (@guedewebgate) or OpenNTF on Twitter with #IBMNotes25 - I volunteer
- Come to the reception area (Swan Crescent Terrace) Monday 7.00 pm
All instructions will be given then!

See you there!

OpenNTF @ IBM ConnectED

Paul Withers | 1 week ago | Comments
With less than a week to go until IBM ConnectED, it's a good time to announce what OpenNTF and its board members will be doing at the conference. Because of the smaller conference, OpenNTF have not been able to secure a booth in the sponsor area this year. But OpenNTF and its board members will be very active around the conference.

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IBM Champions / OpenNTF / SocialBizUG Reception, Monday 7.30 - 8.30pm, Swan Crescent Terrace
OpenNTF will join with the IBM Champions program and SocialBizUG to host a reception on Monday evening, after the Showcase Reception. The reception will have the theme of 25 years of Notes and will be hosted by Mat Newman. There will be various activities organised, so come along.

Various OpenNTF board members will be involved in sessions during the week. In session order, here they are:

XPages Performance and Scalability (MAS103), Sunday 2.15 - 3.15pm, Swan 7-10
OpenNTF board member Paul Withers co-presents with Tony McGuckin with advice for all XPages developers on optimising performance and scalaibility in XPages applications.

IBM Domino Applications on Cloud (MAS104), Sunday 3.45 - 4.45pm, Swan 7-10
OpenNTF Chairman Christian Guedemann co-presents with Pete Janzen to give technical, architectural and licensing recommendations when moving to the cloud. XPages and cloud development will be a big theme for this conference, so it's worth attending.

IBM Domino Applications on Bluemix (AD201), Monday 2.15 - 3.15pm, Dolphin S Hemisphere 2
OpenNTF board member Martin Donnelly will talk about how to use buildpacks like XPages and node.js to leverage Domino on Bluemix.

Bring Your Application to the Next Level with Open Source Software from OpenNTF (CHALK101), Tuesday 7.00 - 7.45am, Swan 1-2
Join OpenNTF Chairman Christian Guedemann and board members for a discussion about all things OpenNTF.

OpenNTF Domino API: The Community API (CHALK102), Tuesday 6.15 - 7.00pm, Swan 1-2
Join OpenNTF board members Paul Withers, Nathan T Freeman and Jesse Gallagher with other contributors and consumers of OpenNTF Domino API to find out why it's a game-changer for XPages. And hear about the latest big OpenNTF project, CrossWorlds, which uses the API to help developers build Websphere Liberty Profile applications that use Domino as a back-end database.

IBM Domino Application Development (CHALK201), Wednesday 7.00 - 7.45am, Swan 1-2
Join the IBM XPages development team, including OpenNTF board member Martin Donnelly, for a lively discussion about all things XPages.

From XPages Hero To OSGi Guru: Taking The Scary Out Of Building Extension Libraries (BP106), Wednesday 8.30 - 9.30am, Swan 3-4
OpenNTF Chairman Christian Guedemann and fellow board member Paul Withers give a deep dive introduction to debugging and building OSGi plugins to enhance reusability within your XPages applications.

GURUpalooza (GURU101), Wednesday 10.30 - 11.30am, Swan 5-6
All the speakers from the Best Practices track, including OpenNTF board members, will be on stage to answer your questions in what is arguably the most exciting session of the conference.

Ask the Developers and Product Managers, Wednesday 11.45 - 12.45, Swan 5-6
OpenNTF board member Martin Donnelly will join his fellow IBMers to answer the audience's questions.

In addition to the sessions, OpenNTF board members and committers will be active throughout the conference. So come and meet us. The current board members can be found on the People behind OpenNTF page.

XPages Extension Library Stocking Filler

Padraic Edwards | 1 month ago | Comments
Hopefully the eleventh XPages Extension Library release for Notes/Domino 9.0.1 will serve as a nice stocking filler for you all as 2014 draws to close.  It's been a great year for XPages on OpenNTF with a total of nine releases delivering lots of new features and fixes. This new release is notable for two things in particular.  First, it contains a bunch of fixes and improvements relating to the Bootstrap-based responsive design offering that shipped in the previous release (901v00_10.20141105-0922). These will help improve what was already a good out-of-the-box experience - thanks to all who gave feedback, I see that release has exactly 800 downloads as I write !

The second item of particular note is that this new release is the first to contain fixes originating from our community!  It was our pleasure to accept code changes from the XPagesExtensionLibrary project on GitHub and integrate these into the XPages core through the process described in our November SocialBiz user group webcast.

Having proven that the open source process works for us, we look forward to developing more activity and participation in this space in 2015. And with that, it's time for me to wish everyone a happy festive season and prosperous new year on behalf of the XPages team. See you all in 2015.

Martin Donnelly | @TweeterDonnelly