FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  pantone coding interface java linux confession pirates graphics code user developer color testing 1 Comment 1,920 Visits
First of all...it is a thrill to able to weave pirates into a blog. Graphic design and pirates
If only it was Sept 19th and Talk Like a Pirate Day.
Now ...for more on color...
Do you pay attention to color? I do .... and I am not alone. 2010 is the year of turquoise although personally I prefer the Lagoon. Color is part of web design and for users almost as important as stability and function for any software. Think about it...what is the first thing you see when you launch a piece of code, open an application, play a game, look at a computer.....the color. ... we feel it and we know what we like and what we don't.....it can make you or break you.
Take a look back : Graphics - it never goes out of style
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  project agile management testing confession coding code developer 1,857 Visits
Well....in my mind they never fail..... so is that my confession that I am delusional?
A common mistake people make when trying to design something foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools. - Douglas Adams, author, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (1952-2001)Need some help to get a handle on planning? .. I know I do ....dare I say...is that another confession?
Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it is useless - Thomas Edison
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  ajax web accessibility open confession testing java software source technology 2 Comments 1,785 Visits
What do you know about making software fully accessible? For software development, accessibility means enabling IT hardware, software and Web application products so they can be used by more people, either directly, or in combination with assistive technology products. Are you familiar with :
We all have a "challenge" .. ..whether physical, mental, cultural, language based or that we blog on My developerWorks. Accessibility removes the barriers that prevent certain groups of people from accessing information. If you don't know much about it...
What every developer should know about accessibility
Accessibility in Web development
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  mac domino software apple iphone xpages lotus confession 1 Comment 1,983 Visits
I just got this : and I be sad.... I won't be at MacWorld.... Lotus will be ....will you? Will anyone attending us what happens? Give us the scoop ....
Session title: Lotus Symphony 3 for the Mac -- Be Free. Work Smart. Explore new options (Speakers: Eric Otchet and Paul Bastide)
Description: Lotus Symphony 3 public beta for the Mac is coming soon and loaded with tons of new features for Mac users and developers.
Lotus Symphony is a no-charge alternative for office productivity applications from IBM that supports over 28 languages and has cross platform with Linux, Windows and MacOS. Representing a massive new release from IBM, Lotus Symphony 3 is based on the current OpenOffice.org 3 code stream and is filled with new capabilities and user interface enhancements. Additionally, Lotus Symphony artfully combines the office applications from OpenOffice.org with the open programming and plug-in model of Eclipse, opening up a world of possibilities for building extensions and integrating Lotus Symphony into your business applications. Come to this session and see how Lotus Symphony 3 is more than another me-too alternative to Microsoft, but a robust platform for delivering office productivity applications designed for the Mac.
Session title: Lotus Domino delivers for your iPhone and Collaborative Apps (Speaker: Michael Masterson)
Abstract: Learn how Lotus and our Business Partners are leveraging the latest web technologies like Dojo, RESTful APIs, and JSON in their Domino applications. Lotus XPage technology enables rapid development of cutting-edge applications to quickly address new business needs or transform existing Domino applications. Build once to target browser, installed clients like Lotus Notes, and mobile devices with an industry-proven platform that has been infused with incredible new capabilities.
Peds topics....with hotlink to where I hope to find more info post MacWorld
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  grid confession planet smarter_planet automobile smarter aix energy car green technology 1,757 Visits
What's that car noise? .....now ...if we can solve that problem.....that is the technology I want to have...
Great article on Earth2Tech about the Top 15 Connected Car Influencers
On the cusp of a new generation of electric vehicles and the buildout of a smart grid, connected cars — vehicles linked to the power grid as well as communication networks — have the potential to give us a transportation system for the digital age. Smart charging infrastructure, energy storage tech and devices, telematics, the vehicles themselves, and even smartphone apps for automotive platforms, all add up to a sizable market opportunity.
A web of key players is starting to take shape as entrepreneurs and
global corporations race to carve out a piece of the nascent EV market,
as government agencies dole out billions of dollars to jump-start that
opportunity, as big thinkers churn out innovative ideas and business
models based on the intersection of information technology and advanced
vehicles, and as the pressure to reduce carbon emissions from vehicles
grows. Listed alphabetically, not order of importance, here’s
Earth2Tech’s top 15 most influential people in the connected car space.
Want more ....
The future of transportation - if you don't read French...you'll need to use a translate... the pictures are good...and if you read my blog...you know I like good pictures.
Automotive 2020: Clarity beyond the chaos.
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  software device uml healthcare medical agile confession rational 1 Comment 2,029 Visits
At some point, we all come in contact with "medical devices" and today that equipment has intelligence.
Some interesting reads on the topic :
Smarter Healthcare - what it means to all of us - ideas, perspectives and what is happening now.
A new approach to verifying and validating medical device development :Even the simplest of medical devices is increasing in complexity. This complicates compliance testing and premarket certification activities. These issues can be addressed by using a model-based verification and validation process in your medical device development. Read further to learn how to reduce the total development time and shorten the FDA submission process to gain a competitive advantage, getting your compliant products to market faster.
and tie this to Safety considerations for medical device design : Medical devices provide important life-maintenance and life saving functions. This means that faults that interfere with their proper functioning can lead to injury and death of patients and medical staff. This talk will discuss the techniques and work products appropriate for safety analysis and design of embedded medical devices, including hazard analysis, fault tree analysis (FTA), fault means and effect analysis (FMEA) and fault means, effect, and criticality analysis (FMECA). This talk will also discuss a UML profile for creating such analyses and how they can be linked to requirements and design.
and you have a perfect storm to learning.
I have to admit, I am a sucker for "pretty pictures" ...interactive content will keep me entertained.
My latest find:
Interactive Solution Finders : Spin the interactive wheels and find the solution to your challenges
and yes...I did spend time spinning....what about you? My favorite...was the green ....the blue was pretty, the red got my attention, the orange felt washed out. Oh wait... there was info too ....of course there is.... I did a bit more than spin....I actually did stop and read..... and the green was still my favorite.
Interactive content does get my attention...the spinning wheel wasn't highly sophisticated...just enough to keep me engaged over flat text.
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  software confession technical comments forums blogs 3 Comments 2,025 Visits
Do you have a fear of criticism? Or are you afraid of apathy? I fear apathy the most ...once of my favorite quotes is "the opposite of love is not hate -- it's apathy"
Now suppose you are faced with someone challenging you on a blog or in a discussion forum? What's the first thought: Yikes...what an idiot...oh no....darn it?
Perhaps it is time to rethink that....isn't it better that someone took the time to care enough to respond?
A few ideas
1. It is always worthwhile to consider thanking or acknowledging the person for commenting and sharing their perspectives. ...again...they cared enough to share.
2. Don't get defensive and be very wary of going head to head. That can quickly escalate beyond what you wanted and really doesn't serve for the greater good for the audience.
3. Learn from the alternative points of view or criticism that they may be sending your way. That does not mean you have to agree with it, but consider the fact that the person bothered to read your stuff as a gift. If what you all were writing was pointless or useless, the person would not have even bothered to comment.
4. Don't be thin skinned. Think about what you are trying to share and why....every "challenge" is a learning opportunity. It would be presumptuous to think you know everything and have the only or final answer.
The above is how I hope I will respond as I continue to blog on True Confessions and it is one of the reasons I joined the My developerWorks enthusiasts....as I am always learning.
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  rational software magazine confession leading innovation 1,541 Visits
Over the past few months, The Rational Edge ezine has transformed into a new Web site called “Leading Innovation,” The final issue of The Rational Edge ezine was published in late May, 2009.
“Leading Innovation” is your guide to strategic vision in software and systems delivery from IBM Rational. On these new pages, you’ll find the same thought leadership from Rational -- the writers, the papers, the technical and strategic know-how -- that The Rational Edge ezine delivered. Plus, all the past issues of The Rational Edge are there as archived editions.
“Leading Innovation” is updated frequently with new white papers and links to external articles written by IBM Rational experts and software industry gurus.
Now....for the best part..... You are invited to this new content AND if you have any comments, Mike Perrow iwelcomes your comments. Send comments to him at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org with Subject: Comments about Leading Innovation
I always like when the author / owner encourages feedback. It is one of the reasons I so value the new comment/feedback template for articles on developerWorks.
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  technology software hardware confession system system_z mainframe server 2 Comments 2,010 Visits
This article " The mother of all computers no longer looks that old" makes my heart go pitter patter. I just happen to be a mainframe fan...and I never thought it went out of style. After all, how can something that is reliable, secure and dependable be out of date? If it works, why change?
Do a search on mainframe on developerWorks and you'll find some good info:
Did you say mainframe happens to be my favorite.