Videos will also be uploaded to Chris's YouTube Channel.
developerWorks SXSW Adventure 2012
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I'm sorry to say to those traveling to Austin for SXSW, that it might be cloudy and rainy for the beginning of the event, but Austin really needs the rain, so I hope you forgive us.
That isn't the only reason I've got my head in the clouds. There are some awesome Cloud sessions at SXSW. One in particular is Securing the Cloud: What's your Cloud entry point?
Part of the session description is:
Interested in learning more about Cloud?
Check out this demo from expert Andrew Glover
See you in the clouds at SXSW!
I attended a panel discussion consisting of Raju Narisetti, managing editor from The Wall Street Journal and Andrei Scheinkman, Interactive News Editor from the Huffington Post. They are concerned with the similarities between personality traits of coders and content creators, which is obviously relevant to developerWorks. We're all about creative coders (who can communicate well, of course). They cited statistics of "Over 27 Million links to content are shared via Social Media every day." Companies are looking for employees who can span the perceived gap between technical skills and creative communication skills. The roles of Coders and Content Creators are merging, and both "types" want to work on creative projects with interesting people, and to be recognized for their contributions.
Coders and Content Creators are not short order cooks! The main lesson the panel wanted to convey was this: Don't pre-empt creative solutions by coming to the table with a solution (i.e., We need a Drupal solution, code that up!); instead, formulate a problem statement and let the coders and creators solve it. The panel also suggested new job titles to more fully encompass merging and expanding job roles.
The drupal discussion led to one of the more interesting tangents of the panel, which involved the very idea of "managing" content. Content Management implies that content is just another hunk of data like any other hunk of data. But that sort of thinking destroys the core purpose of the content (which is, by the way, to convey a point of view about something), and that leads to commoditization of content. "CMS reduces the heart and soul of journalism - stories, photos, graphics, the news - into generic content, something akin to the unidentifiable filling in a Twinkie." In other words, if we think about content as just more data to manage, the content of our content becomes a secondary concern, when it should always and only be the primary concern.
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I tired to attend this 9:30 AM session, but by 9:25 AM, the room was full and there was a 50 person waiting list to get in.
Below is part of the description. If you got to attend, leave some highlights in the comment fields. I would love to know highlights on what was said.
I greatly appreciate it
Session overview snippet
Brad McCarty, the North American editor of The Next Web, will give a 10 minute long, rapid-fire presentation on what he believes are the most important 3 changes in social marketing. Understanding what's said in these ten minutes could shape your marketing strategy for the next 12 months.
Brad's assertions won't go unchallenged, after his presentation, 4 award-winning marketing leaders will discuss Brad's point; debating and discussing how each item affects marketers and business owners like you.
Elizabeth Woodward of IBM presented a compelling discussion on the challenges and strategies of cloud computing and accessibility. As examples of what can be done with cloud and accessibility, she pointed to a little known (but not for long!) Italian community effort called LUCY. There's an excellent YouTube video that tells the LUCY digital inclusion story. She also spoke about the GPII (Global Public Inclusion Infrastructure). As Elizabeth points out, the GPII is dedicated to removing obstacles for access to the Internet. You can find out more on GPII at http://gpii.net/.
She also brought up an interesting topic (and one that is not covered much) called Situational Disability. What that means is a situation where someone with no disabilities finds themselves in a challenging situation. The example she used was when someone is driving and wants to use their cell phone for texting. Bad idea, right! But more and more, we're seeing products that address that situational disability. In this case, speech-to-text software on you cell phone could allow you to talk out your text message, thus never taking your hands off the wheel or, more importantly, never take your eyes off the road!
Finally, she mentioned the CSCC (Cloud Standards Customer Council). This council seeks to ensure that customer requirements are implemented in cloud standards. As you can imagine, this is important on many levels. Particularly, the council focuses on ensuring that the topic of accessibility is folded into the cloud standard. Find out more about CSCC.
Overall, it was another really excellent panel discussion at SXSW!
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This was a panel session of design veterans, with experience that ranges from client services to product development.
The internet is a never-ending data source. Through it, we are able to monitor visitor activity, study traffic patterns, and use these analytics to help guide users in the directions we want. Usability testing gives us behavioral information which can either affirm design decisions or inform necessary changes. Research and analytics go a long way in selling a creative direction to clients who are focused on engaging with their customers and in how marketing dollars will impact their bottom line.
But what about a designer's instinct—that moment when a designer just knows what they're building is right? When and how do their years of professional experience, inspirational collections, and life observations become deciding factors?
- The gut of one with years of experience will be different than a new designer
Here are some reources for designers on developerWorks.
Let's crank up a little Stevie Ray Vaughn.
Well, today is the day. SXSW has begun and I'm waiting for everythingto open up. It's cold (for Texas), grey and rainy... which always makes me think of Steview Ray.
IBM is going to host a lounge and you should stop by and say hello. I and other members of the developerWorks crew will be there through out the Interactive event. (Read more details.)
I am also getting ready to do my first live broadcast. Be sure to follow me on Twitter so you can keep up with the broadcast times. I'll tweet out a few minutes before I go live. When I'm broadcasting you'll always be able to watch it from this live broadcast page. There will be recorded archives, so you'll see it later if you miss it live. Throughout the week, I'll be sharing thoughts and may even get some gusets to participate.
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I'm headed to this session on Tuesday at the convention center ballroom.
Here is a quick description:
"As the rise of iOS, Android, and the Mac App Store brings more web
This session will be very interesting to me, because I am all about
Check out these developerWorks technical articles and knowledge path on Agile development!
And finally, here is a search list for Android content on developerWorks!
Enjoy until Friday!
Chris Walden here.
During SXSW I'm going to do my best to share the experience with everyone. That's going to mean a lot of blogging and, hopefully, live video broadcasts. As I was pulling my kit together, it struck me how different everything has become, and how much more different it will be in the future.
If I was going to do this a couple of years ago, probably even last year, I would have taken my big Lenovo laptop. Now, I like my laptop. It's great for sitting and getting work done wherever I need to be... but carrying it with the charger in a backpack is not the way I would want to spend SXSW. So, here is a peek at my new kit.
The bag is a messenger bag, which fits easily on my shoulder and is not too heavy. (I did a two mile walk with this stuff on just to make sure that I wasn't just saying that.)
For blogging pleasure, yours and mine, I have obtained a little bluetooth keyboard. If you follow my blog you probably saw the entry when I overcame my struggle to get them to work together. However, once I got it worked out, its been working great. I've been typing since high school, and I sometimes struggle a little bit with the little phone keyboard. (I know... that makes me an "old guy".) Being able to use a proper keyboard makes it easier for me to get my thoughts out... and you want my thoughts free form, don't you?
The most interesting thing to assemble was the video broadcast kit. I wanted to have something that was light-weight that would hold the phone stably. My phone has a little "kickstand" on it, but I didn't want everything to be that sort of "up the nose" view that I see on video blogs. I want to be able to point the camera and know it will stay that way. I found a lovely little tripod called an Ultra-Pod 2. It's plastic, but a stronger-feeling plastic. It doesn't feel cheap to me. I also found a nice little clip that will hold the phone (a Droid Bionic). Then I discovered how easily it was to get into a low-light situation. I'm not doing Tales From the Crypt here. I need to be seen! So, I found a nice little 10-LED video light by Sima (Model: SL-10HD). It runs off of two AAA batteries and lights things up nicely for the distance I need. Here's what it looks like set up.
Another feature of the tripods is those straps you see dangling there. The allow me to keep them wrapped up tightly when not in use. They also allow me to lash one to something like a pole in case I need to shoot where there is not a good flat surface.
Finally, I got one more element to complete the kit. Smart phones, especially dual-core phones like the Droid Bionic, seem to suck a lot of juice depending on what I'm doing. (I remember when I could go for days without charging my phone!) I found this wonderful little item which is a battery backup. It powers 5600 miliamps and will fully recharge my phone twice. (It can also power the keyboard and other things if need be.) It needs to be charged overnight, but it fits comfortably in my pocket (or my messenger bag).
So, with all of this, I should be able to do some serious social interaction without killing my back or having to carry a little rollie bag. If this works well, I may make this my regular lifestyle through my own blog. All of my accessories were available through Amazon.com. I didn't provide links because I'm not really trying to sell them, just show you what I'm using. If you need the links, let me know and I'll post them.
Look for my live
broadcasts. I'll be doing the next one later this week.
This SXSW session on jQuery reviews options available now and in the future for client-side templating. The libraries available today include jQuery Templates, knockout.js, and JsRender/JsViews. However, it is unclear which templating library is the best to use, and the concept of client-side templating is too important to ignore. For more information on client-side templating in jQuery, take a look at the articles in developerWorks dedicated to this topic.