CakePHP is a stable production-ready, rapid-development aid for building Web sites in PHP. This "Cook up Web sites fast with CakePHP" series shows you how to build an online product catalog using CakePHP. Part 1 focuses on getting CakePHP up and running, and the basics of how to put together a simple application allowing users to register for an account and log in to the application.
How could that not get your attention especially when you are hungry.
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  skills wikis social academic learning media collaboration education confession blogs students 1 Comment 1,820 Visits
Educating the Net Generation: A Handbook of Findings for Practice and Policy is now available to download. The title is very academic...after all...support for the original work was provided by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council Ltd, an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.
Well worth the read...some findings thrilled me...while others confounded me. I do wonder.is this Australian specific or applies in other countries? Any students or faculty care to comment?
- They found little evidence that technology usage patterns can be explained primarily on the basis of broad generational differences – dispelling the digital natives versus digital immigrants argument.
- reference information, and email. Web 2.0 technologies such as blogs and wikis were used by a small proportion of students and while there was evidence that social networking, digital file sharing and podcasting were popular among a minority of students, very few students were regularly using technologies such as social bookmarking.
- many students recognised or gained unexpected benefits from their exposure to the ideas and experiences of other students that were shared using Web 2.0 technologies. The use of publishing and information sharing tools, such as wikis, blogs and photo sharing sites, positively impacted on many students’ engagement with the subject material, their peers and the general learning community.
- Never assume
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FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  transaction server java confession oltp soa cics 2 Comments 2,186 Visits
So what's on developerWorks on CICS? Found a fascinating article: Exploiting CICS Channels and Containers from Java clients
Why did I look?
CICS Transaction Server for z/OS V4.1 remains one of the most advanced and robust transaction management system available. CICS Transaction Server 4.1 is expanding the value by supporting modern standards and technologies, and reducing the cost of system management with unmatched speed and efficiency in:
Key enhancements in CICS TS V4.1 include:
CICS so kicks!!!! After all these years it still can do the high step!!
All across IT we use TMAs.....see I just did it. Sometimes they make us laugh and sometimes they make us scratch our heads. Have you tried writing or speaking without using a TLA (two or three letter acronym) or a FLA (four or fix letter acronym)? Perhaps we are conserving our breaths or the letters we type (could that be a way to lower our carbon footprint?)
Pronuciation is also a challenge. Is it S-O-A or sooooooooooah? Is it W-A-S or was or waaaas? Is it C-I-C-S or kicks? Is it R-A-D or rad? If it is rad is that short for radical which also could be the slang for cool, hip, trendy? So is RAD rad? Are there any BAD products? or OLD ones?
And so many acronyms mean more than one thing. I am not a fan of IM ...well when used to mean Instant Messaging yes...but not for Information Management. A few letters make all the difference in clarity.
Then there is Business Optimization (BO). When used in a sentence " I am currently working on the BO project which will enhance productivity ...." or "due to BO we've improved..." some acronyms just make you scratch your head and laugh at the same time...
Anyone care to share their favorites?
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  it smarter_planet rational source android scala java optim linux eclipse open confession green 1 Comment 2,066 Visits
"On Spaceship Earth there are no passengers; everybody is a member of the crew. We have moved into an age in which everybody's activities affect everybody else." -Marshall McLuhan
Now that describes how each of us has an impact and can help make our world and work smarter and greener. developerWorks offers a plethora of resources to help techies gain skill and knowledge about technologies that, when used for the greater good, transform how we work, play, exchange information,manage and operate.
Techies really are the leaders today in changing how we all work and survive. Yes, bold statements...but why not? So what's available on developerWorks (and My developerWorks):
My developerWorks: search on the tags: green, smarter_planet, energy (to name a few) ... share and tag your bookmarks too.
developerWorks: where to start? easy - The GReen IT Report . The GReen IT Report (also called the GRIT Report - oh no...a FLA (see previous blog post)) is an aggregator of content, code and collaboration ideas. Recent additions include a number of no-charge trial downloads of Tivoli, Rational and Optim software as well as articles : Going Green and staying secure to Creating mobile apps with Scala, Android or Eclipse to Building virtual appliances with Open Virtualization to Solar powered networks for anyone: think Linux.
While visiting the GReen IT Report., do check out the People and Idea tab.......my fan favorite is the water based glasses under Earth Insights.
Want to expand your horizons: The GReen IT Report: Japan and Smarter Planet for developers, IT Professionals and students: Japan
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  it technology traffic confession green smarter_planet challenge 1,942 Visits
Have an innovative idea on how to solve traffic congestion? The Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America), in partnership with IBM
and Spencer Trask Collaborative Innovations (STCI) has launched a global challenge to identify innovative ideas for combating transportation congestion.
ITS America is challenging commuters, transportation experts, entrepreneurs, techies, students, and academic researchers to come up with the best ideas to reduce traffic congestion and lessen its economic and environmental impact. And you don't have to be from America to participate.
Let's face it....if you commute (plane, train, bus, boat, trolley, ferry, car, bike, ski, walk, etc) you have ideas and being technically minded....I bet you have some GREAT ideas.
At stake is a $50,000 prize presented at the 16th World Congress on Intelligent Transportation Systems in Stockholm, Sweden, this September. The winner will also receive the development support needed to put his or her idea to work.
Winning ideas are expected to focus on the following five areas:
1. Speed and efficiency: Using technology to reduce delays and transport people and goods efficiently and reliably.
2. Behavioral impact: Innovative ways to convince users to choose options that reduce congestion.
3. Safety: Preventing accidents, improving incident response and providing more timely, accurate transportation information.
4. Sustainability: Lowering energy use and emissions while actively managing traffic and reducing congestion.
5. Economic competitiveness: Improve productivity through new technologies (e.g., wireless applications and mobility tools).
For additional information and to enter submissions, visit the ITS Congestion Challenge
and if you do submit and win....let us know.....
if you do submit and don't win....also let us know as my bet is your ideas are still worth sharing. Share as a comment or post as a message on It's all about Green
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  chocoate green smarter_planet organic behvaior buying food confession 1 Comment 1,661 Visits
When shopping, how often do you buy green? Do you buy organic? Even if it costs more? Be honest! One relatively study shows that 70 percent of Americans want to buy green, but of that number, only 40 percent are willing to pay extra for products that are better for the environment. In addition, 75 percent of shoppers feel that big-name brands are misleading consumers by exaggerating the actual environmental-friendliness of their products in hopes of attracting more buyers. So what's a company to do? Do business make the same decisions of how /where to invest? How about governments or schools?
Everyone is talking green......does the money follow? or flow? Should we all be working on "green" applications? What does it mean to have "green" software?
IBM launched Smarter Planet and Nestlé has launched Creating Shared Value. IBM and Nestle's are two companies that have long histories and value to consumers, businesses and the world. For IBM, building a smarter planet links to the smarter food: Technology is shaping how it grows, how it tastes and how it gets to your plate. Nestle's will focus their efforts in three key areas: nutrition, water and rural development. Those areas are core to the company’s business strategy and essential to creating a better and healthier world in the 21st century. The overlap? Food is a constant. We all need it. Smarter food available to all no matter the location...can't fault that one. Chocolate...well...if you've been following my blog, you know it is a favorite food of mine. ...hence the link between smarter planet and Nestle's......chocolate is such a unifying force.
What impacts my buy decisions? What impacts my build decisions?
Those are questions I think we all ask when we focus our IT brain on "green" technology. Is it worth my time? my business' time? my personal time and choices?
For me, the answer is yes....what about you?
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  rational confession requirements composer smarter_planet productivity green 1,633 Visits
Not 3 not 5 not even 10 but 30 productivity tips....hard to pass this one up.......I am always looking for productivity tips.
Three part series written by the developers on the IBM® Rational® Requirements Composer team who had a hand in designing and implementing that part of the offering:
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  confession software rational fun interface age design user 4 Comments 1,823 Visits
Does age matter? Interesting question. I always wonder how who takes these surveys and who doesn't. Is it really about age or design? Many of these decisions about design are based on personal experience and knowledge, but system design and architecture tools often play a bigger role in this process.
If we use the right tools, for software design does that make a difference? So many tools, and so little time! I found this article on developerworks article about various tools and the underlying concepts behind them. It compares popular software tools for an IT architect, including the IBM® Rational® suite of products, which provides a complete set of tools to get the job done in the most efficient way.
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  green download confession rhapsody smarter_planet trials rational 1,488 Visits
I started with the demo
and then something about the word free and Rhapsody got my attention: download a free trial version of IBM® Rational® Rhapsody® Developer V7.5, the embedded, real-time or technical application systems and software development solution that improves your productivity throughout the embedded systems and software development lifecycle from requirements capture to implementation and deployment. Rhapsody Developer enables model driven development (MDD) based on industry standard UML® and SysML, providing host and target-based simulation with full application development environments for C, C++, Ada, and Java™ including code generation of behavioral diagrams targeting real time operating systems or constrained targets such as microcontrollers. All these downloads...sometimes I just don't know where to start.
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  optim information_management confession green smarter_planet 3 Comments 1,259 Visits
what's an Optim? I always think opt-in as in what I do for newsletters and e-mails, etc. It sounds the same. But Optim is so much more...now that is an understatement.
IBM recently consolidated many of its Data Studio products under the Optim name in an effort to provide a complete integrated data management environment -- a comprehensive solution that enables you to design, develop, deploy, and manage database applications throughout the lifecycle. So I had to find out...here's more about Optim
Cognos has arrived. Ok, we know they've been around for years yet they arrived just for me today as I found Cognos on developerWorks... and the Cognos Support Blog here on My dW.... where do start? I figured proven practices had to be a good place ..and it was. Then I started thinking about what was being shared on My developerWorks and found the Cognos Innovation Center blog.....I have so much to explore...what about you?
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  mydw test activity confession developerworks tester 10 Comments 2,873 Visits
I created a very simple Activity on My developerWorks and would appreciate some testing assistance. You need to be logged into My developerWorks to open the Activity and then follow the directions to create your own instance of the activity to use.
This Activity servers four functions
1) It is an easy, simple (I hope) checklist for "getting started with My developerWorks" allowing you to go at your own pace to learn more about how to use My developerWorks. You select the steps you want to perform in your own time frame and "check" the box when you complete.
2) It is an Activity. Activities appears to be the most under used function in My developerWorks and hopefully this Activity will help you consider how you could use Activities.
3) It is an Activity template which means if you like the concept of the Activity and the checklist style, you can take the template and edit it for your own needs....and create your own Activity and/or template for others to use.
4) I did it for me. As you may have read, I like to test, and the Activities tab was taunting me... I had to figure out how to use it, try it, not let it break me, find value in it and create something...so I did.
Testers...well...anyone actually ...test away...... and let me know your feedback.........I've posted the how to provide feedback in the Activity
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  application lamp solarnetone ajax perl linux sql php performance aix green gnu confession 1,695 Visits
Today I was pondering how long I wait....wait for screens to load...wait for applications to churn....wait for test cases to conclude...wait for response in e-mail....wait for updates on my social networks....wait for food to be prepared...wait in lines ..... wait at stop lights..... wait for meetings to start....wait for meetings to end.... etc etc etc.
But what about technology? How long am I willing to wait? 8- 10-20 or 30 seconds? I've read about the power of Ajax , lean green and Linux, AIX performance and LAMP. Still as I wait for the browser to refresh does it help that I understand the technology? Could it be my network, my browser, my processor, memory, the application, phase of the moon or the coder that I have to "blame" for my wait?
Blame? Should I not be looking at waiting as a blessing not a curse? After reading about SolarNetOne, I am going to look at ever refresh of the screen as a "moment of zen". Those few seconds (even if it seems like minutes) are to be treasured and not counted. ....I will do my best to remember that...what about you?