Devin Olson August 19 2016 09:31:20 AM
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A Legacy Notes Developer's journey into madness.
Devin Olson August 19 2016 09:31:20 AM
Devin Olson August 16 2016 03:06:34 PMI and my partner Mike McGarel will be presenting this session at MWLUG on Friday at 11:30 AM Wednesday at 2 PM.
AD107 - Extreme Development: Pair Programming
Friday, August 19, 2016 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Wednesday, August 17, 2016 2 PM - 3 PM
Pair Programming is a technique in which two developers work simultaneously on the same code. While Pair Programming has been in use for decades (NASA’s Project Mercury in the 1960s), it has been largely overlooked in Notes / Domino universe. Which, considering the otherwise extreme levels of collaboration and communication within our community, seems odd. Pair Programming has been proven to produce higher quality, less buggy, and better documented code faster and cheaper than solo development. So why is it not more prevalent in our community? Join two seasoned developers, Mike McGarel and Devin Olson, as they bring you the REAL WORLD of Pair Programming. They will introduce basic concepts, teach you how it works, discuss the benefits and perils (tread lightly: here be dragons!), and explain how they Pair Program in their daily work.
Devin Olson July 28 2016 02:24:10 PMIt is official. I will be speaking at Das AdminCamp 2016 in Gelsenkirchen this September.
"Es ist bald wieder so weit – der längste Tag im Jahr naht – und somit das nächste AdminCamp vom 19. bis 21 September 2016 in Gelsenkirchen. Auch wir erwarten gespannt das inzwischen 25. Konferenz-Highlight unter unserer Fittiche! "
Hope to see you there!
Devin Olson February 8 2016 09:29:35 AMBefore I give you my thoughts about Connect 2016, I need to first provide a bit of a background.
I have faithfully made the annual pilgrimage to Orlando every year since my first one back in 1998. I have been there for the highs and lows, representing 6 different employers (and several times just as myself). I have forged long-term SOLID friendships with people from all over the world. Lotusphere (and then Connect, then ConnectED, and now Connect again) has been a VERY important part of my life, and career, for 18 years.
I say this so you fully understand how big of a decision it was for me to NOT attend Connect 2016.
I, and all of my teammates at work, had decided it just wasn't worth the effort to attend this year.
The last several Lotusphere / Connect events at the Swan / Dolphin have consistently gotten worse each year, and listening to the death knell of a product I loved ringing ever more loudly by IBM had become too painful to bear. It felt as though people were trying to be upbeat and excited, but everybody knew things were coming to an end. The customers, partners, vendors, and even IBM staff all bore the stink of death on their souls. The last two conferences felt as though we had moved to hospice, and were sitting around waiting for the final bell.
So last year, on the final day, I said my farewells to my friends, and left the Swan and Dolphin knowing something special and magical had gone forever.
And then this year, something rather unexpected happened. I was named an IBM Champion.
My wife Tanya (whom many of you know) told me I had no choice in the matter -I would be attending Connect 2016.
So last minute travel arrangements were made, phone calls and meetings set up, and last week I found myself at Connect 2016. I was busy has hell -helping out with the IBM BP Beer Tour (huge thanks to Amanda Bauman and Duffy Fron, and IBM for turning SpankyBrews into a proper, officially sponsored event), giving a SpeedGeeking session (which I totally ROCKED), attending other sessions, meeting with vendors (including several NEW ones), attending social events with friends, sitting on the GuruPalooza panel (which also ROCKED), and doing all the other crazy / insane / busy things that one does when stuff matters and people are counting on you.
The venue had changed (the Orlando Hilton at the Orlando Conference Center); and while I miss the Dolphin / Swan, I think the choice of the Hilton was a good one. The food / beer was WAY better, the layout was better, getting to and from sessions was easier, the Vendor Showcase was better. Basically every thing about the Hilton (other than fond memories of times past) was better.
And I noticed something different. Something had CHANGED. The feeling of dread from the last several conferences was gone. It has been replaced with something else. This new thing has not yet fully formed -it is more of an anticipation of good tidings in the future. It is the vestiges of excitement, the beginning of a promise of good things to come.
To quote and hold song: "Hope is like a lighthouse keeper's beam; Hope the master cobbler of our dreams"
Hope has returned -you could see it in the faces of the people there. And that is what really matters -the people. Not the product, not the number of seats / licences / partners / etc. It is people, and their relationships with one another, that matter. The feeling of hope has invigorated me -I am filled with excitement about my projects / code for the coming year. The stuff I am going to make and do will be amazing.
I am very glad I went. And I hope to attend again.
Devin Olson January 6 2016 09:48:54 AMIf you, like me, use the stand-alone Sametime client on OSX and you upgrade to El Capitan; you may run into the same issue I have.
Namely, the stand-alone Sametime client will no longer start.
Click, click, click, clickity clickity click. Nothing.
The solution (for me at least) was fairly simple: I downloaded and installed Java for OS X 2015-001 from Apple's website.
The whole thing (from download to install to successfully launching the stand-alone Sametime client) took less than three minutes.
Hope this helps!
Devin Olson July 16 2015 05:18:12 PMJust to be clear and so there is NO CONFUSION, MWLUG 2015 at the Ritz-Carlton in Downtown Atlanta, GA next month (August 19-21) is all about content and value and crap we YellowBleeders care about.
It is NOT and IBM Marketing event. It is a TECHNICAL EVENT.
IBM is a huge sponsor, but so is redpill development, and so are BCC, DOCOVA, HADSL, Panagenda, PSC Group, Riva,
teamstudio, Ytria, along with all the other MWLUG 2015 Sponsors.
Without these sponsors, awesome geek-focused conferences such as MWLUG simply could not exist. The costs putting together a decent conference at a good venue are phenomenonally high, and if the sponsors were not there with their money then the conference fee would be prohibitively expensive (take the cost of the last Lotusphere you attended and triple it).
MWLUG is a technical content focused conference, CREATED BY YellowBleeders FOR YellowBleeders. Quit your bitching, fork over your measly $50, and join me in Atlanta this August. I'll see you there.