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:
- Part 1 Navigation describes the features to navigate to or find artifacts. Rational Requirements Composer provides several paths, this article points out what the developers feel are the most useful features of each and offer suggestions about which path is best for particular situations.
- Part 2 Collaboration explores the ways that ways that you can comment and create links and how those actions are captured in the header and sidebar that are common to the various editors for artifacts.
- Part 3 Templates: "Best practices for document templates," offers suggestions to make the best use of a feature that allows your project administrator to define initial content for artifacts of any type.
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
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?
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
"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 t
ab.......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
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?
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:
- The ability to Compete with RESTful Web Services and Atom support that helps position CICS for participation in modern web 2.0 architectures and development models.
- The ability to Comply using CICS event technology which enables CICS to be configured to feed event processing engines and business dashboards, without the need for application change.
- The ability to Control with a far more powerful tooling environment to help skilled IT staff be more productive and provide a more intuitive experience for less knowledgeable team members. The CICS Explorer is a vital tool in handing over best practices to the next generation of IT staff.
CICS so kicks!!!! After all these years it still can do the high step!!
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
Please note: the report is Noncommercial: You may not use this work for commercial purposes.
Share Alike: If you alter, transform, or build on the work, you may distribute the resulting work only under a license identical to the one on page 2 of the report.
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.
While looking for information on XML, I started at the XML Zone
, then moved over to the Top Ten XML articles
found the Thinking XML Forum
and then checked out My developerWorks for knowledge experts...and viola ...there is a XML Xpert
group. Such a wealth of resources....gotta love it!!
Puppy linux ...how could you not love that face. Linux: lean, clean and green
is a great article about the power of Linux and how it can change the world. e-waste is scary and taking steps to make where and how we live better via Linux....well who'd have thought? I haven't yet moved to Linux for my day to day work....but more and more I am trending in that direction. Anyone care to give me first steps, words of warning, helpful hints and tips, expectations, visions of the future I'll have once I have made the switch?
Interesting... New Twitter Research: Men Follow Men and Nobody Tweets
posted in the Harvard Business Review.
So if men follow men and nobody tweets...who's tweeting and who's following developerWorks?
The video interview
with Dennis Bly on the IBM Innovation Center in Austin and all it offers captured my attention. I watched all 8 minutes plus. Not every 8 minute video gets me to watch. I noticed the scenery (as in ...wow green grass.... Austin must have been receiving some rain) to the operating room table to the 1979 Shelby Cobra (if only it was real..or is it?) . The information on the video about the Innovation Centers and the Virtual Innovation Centers was good too. Both offer great resources for technical skills and knowledge growth to complement what is found on developerWorks and, of course, My developerWorks. Not often, I watch IBM videos and stay engaged...this one is well worth the watch.
"Surround yourself with people who can argue with you and question your assumptions" a quote from Doris Kearns Goodwin about Abe Lincoln's leadership approach. The agile approach seems to fit : see Leadership in an (almost) Agile world.
Great ideas do come from questions, differing opinions and testing assumptions. Think of all the times you've questioned (or wanted to question) in your work environment. Think of all the times you've wanted to make a comment in a meeting, during a code review, when new features where being vetted, when someone was explaining how something is supposed to work, during a training session, on an article or blog post you are reading. What's stopping you?
In a gross generalization, all software and hardware occasionally hiccups. My developerWorks had a few hiccups and I found I really missed visiting. I missed looking for the latest blog postings, latest bookmarks and latest additions to my groups. I was craving posting new bookmarks including this one GReen IT Report in Japanese
as well as How to measure employee carbon footprints: Part 2: Putting the concept to the test:
and Access Optim archive file data using Cognos
and Linux: lean, clean and green
and ...keep your eyes posted I am on a roll bookmarking
I am not sure it is appropriate to "miss" a software entity (is that what My developerWorks is?) but I did. I felt a little lonely without it.
....the title got my attention. Then the subtitle drew me in : IBM's lawyers retooled the company for an open source-based future.
But this line hooked me: And behind all this success- every invention, each major sale, and most of the risks and rewards—stand IBM lawyers. So it wasn't the developers?
But perhaps the one thing IBM lawyers do best—to no one’s surprise—is to use technology in innovative ways. And who makes that technology? developers...so I guess it really is circular.
I make lists ( I even make lists of lists) and I also read them so when I saw The Churchill Club’s 2009 Tech Trends: Energy, Data And More Energy
I had to read it...and that is the beauty of lists...easy to read.
And then there is the IBM Predicts 9 Smart Work Trends for 2009
and I had to read that too. Forward looking trends or rather predictions are interesting as they are usually a combination of fact, opinion and a bit of wishing. We tend not to look back to see if the predictions come true as that really isn't the point. The point of the trends is to inspire, motivate and get us thinking. That is one of the reasons I do like inspiration of smarter planet
: let's make this world a better place. To me it all starts with green....there are great ideas and inspiration on the GReen IT Report.
and I look forward to dialog growing on It's all about Green
Anyone care to make a prediction on their tech trends of 2009?
Music fan charges iPod with an onion
and chocolate fueled race car
now those are great ideas for green IT
! So next time you see someone buying an onion, ask them if they are going to use it to power their iPod . Now as to that chocolate waste....isn't that an oxymoron?
IBM announced Smarter Products
: Manufacturers are being asked to deliver a new generation of smarter products driven by software. Cars, cell phones, consumer electronics, airplanes, appliances and medical devices are all becoming increasingly:
- Interconnected to the Internet and to back-end IT systems
- Instrumented to sense the exact condition of everything
- Intelligent to respond to changes quickly and accurately
It made me think about what smarter products could help me and for some reason (perhaps due to spring cleaning time) every product that popped into my head dealt with cleaning: Self-cleaning floor, sink, lawnmower, car, house, toilet, furniture, in-box, kids, bathtubs, air, clothes, cats (oh wait cats are self-cleaning). Now I do want my smarter products to be green
green (cause it is all about green
) so...here's my new logic: if it is smart it must be clean and if it is clean it must be green.
Cookies.. now that is a way to get attention and kitbitz
....something else I like to do....oh... or is it the other kitbitz.
Anyway I found the Working Green with Mobile Workforce blog
and it intrigued me. Seems like an interesting project
to follow. I work, I am mobile and I want to be green
I ...and then there is that coffee, cookies he mentions... ......I do hope he meant
chocolate chip cookies:
If you can't describe what you are doing as a process, you don't know what you're doing.
W. Edwards Deming
Technology is destructive only in the hands of people who do not realize that they are one and the same process as the universe.
That quote by Deming says it all to me. Now...granted I do like to break things
yet I thrive on process. I especially believe in software development
processes...without a documented and consistent process.....you betray
your users....they suffer. There is a need for structure that allows
for reasonable decisions to be made based on appropriate business and
technical input aligned with stakeholder demands and customer
requirements. Besides being my interest in being a Chief Happiness
Officer, my other favorite title is Scrum Master
Reading Susan Visser's blog
today, led me to Agile Planning in real life: first hand advise for developing releases with agile planning.,
which does answer the question for me....yes you can have process and still be agile...in fact....it is the way of development today.