I just saw this posting on Infoworld's techwatch, called Why bloggers blog. There's a question there about who to trust when looking for product information. Most said Other bloggers at 62%. I suspect that it's not just any random blogger, but someone who we already read or know, and therefore trust and respect their opinion. Although, I've often searched newsgroups on Google for info on products I'm researching and I'm sure it effects my opinion, even if I don't totally trust the source.
We have been remiss on this blog for awhile. I hope to catch up over the weekend with some more posts of what's been going on around here.
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Our Designer designers have added their thoughts to the mix in this article.
"In this article, we provide an overview of the following key Workplace Designer design goals and how they are realized in the product:
* Provide fast time to value using a visual development tool.
* Optional separation of presentation and data.
* Support document-centric programming model.
* Provide flexible ways to add event-based logic.
* Enable collaborative capabilities provided by IBM Workplace Collaboration Services.
* Support a consistent approach with other IBM application development tools.
* Provide ease of learning through sample applications and a tutorial."
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A result of the PureEdge Solutions acquisition, Workplace Forms has just come out and is now available on Passport Advantage. I got to know some of the folks at PureEdge this past summer and they are an extremely capable company. They've been working in the e-forms market for over 10 years, so the product is mature, full-featured, and performs well. If you have a business problem that includes being able to treat a form and it's instance data together as one document, for security and legal compliance reasons (think, signed contract), or to present a paper form with pixel-level precision (govt or insurance forms), then you should check it out. You can also include attachments in the mix. For simple forms, the tool is easy to use and you don't run out of steam like some other products from our competitors.
Even though this is under the IBM Workplace banner, a Workplace server is not required. Workplace Forms can be integrated with anything out there - I mean anything! This presents an opportunity for enterprising developers to build whole solutions for their customers. IBM will or does provide some out of the box integration kits for Content Manager, WebSphere Portal, Lotus Notes/Domino, and Workplace Collaboration Services, but those are due next year.
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If you are using Workplace Forms and have questions, join this community forum on developerWorks:
Also, documentation is posted here:
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We're working on a few things around here related to Workplace Designer.
1. I wrote an article for The View...24 pages worth! You have to be a subscriber to read it, or it should be in your mailboxes already. I love doing these articles because they have such good editors over there.
2. A redpaper is almost done and I should be seeing a draft tomorrow. The team built a great component and really took the tool through its paces. Thanks to John Bergland, Redbook project leader, and the team: Adam Egressy from Ad Hoc Systems; Nick Orrick from IBM Austin; and Marc Weinzetl from IBM Deutschland. You'll be able to download the code with the paper when it's posted.
3. Samples, samples, samples. We are busy writing sample components, doing code reviews, and soon we'll start posting them to developerWorks.
(There's also a Domino app dev Redpiece in progress that started this week. More on that later...)
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