FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  php zend smarter green planet ajax open software confession it technology db2 7 Comments 3,820 Visits
Well, I want one that is smart...but what does that really mean? How can the "Earth" be smart or smarter? The planet is full of people...and lots of them... and lots of them are smart or want to be smart. People ...it just takes people....we are the change agents.... as we are the ones that can spur innovation. ...and that is you and me.
We, the people, are the ones that can make a difference. But how? I know I can use (or not use) devices and tools that change the impact I have on the planet. But is that what smarter really is? Yes ...and no. I have the chance to do more.
Technology is key. First though, I need some skills...and that is where developerWorks just SHINES. I have found so many valuable resources on developerWorks - from forums, to free code trials, to tutorials and training, to great technical articles, to My developerWorks blogs and bookmarks. From Ajax to Zend Core, developerWorks is the a great source for technical skill-building resource.
When I take it to the simplest level, Smarter Planet is about making this world a better place to live. So my learning new skills, applying them for the greater good and sharing what I know is one element of Smarter Planet.......and who doesn't want to make this world a better place?
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:  tivoli green confession cloud smarter_planet security green_it 2 Comments 2,804 Visits
One of my favorite quotes is "Change is constant. Growth is optional. Choose wisely" Change is the only constant in business today in the face of change. From an IT standpoint, that can mean different organizations will leverage IT assets and services in different ways. What do Cloud, Green Security and Tivoli have in common? Demos!!!
Check out what I found :
Tivoli and Green IT - Datacenter Efficiency
· Part One: IBM CloudBurst Overview
· Part Two: IBM CloudBurst Technical Demo
· Part Three: IBM Smart Business Test Cloud
Tivoli Data and Application Security
Tivoli Identity and Access Assurance
Tivoli Security Management for z/OS
Want more info? Join the dialog on the Tivoli forums.
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  testing open source development java software confession xml industry developer design 2,535 Visits
First....what is a "customer"? It is anyone that buys, uses, tests or you want to buy, use, test a product, module, feature you are creating, working on, testing, selling etc.
Now.....how do you usually get to know your customer? Look them up on the web? Look people up on LinkedIn, Facebook and even on My developerWorks to learn more about their background, interests and history? What about looking up information on their business and industry? Searching the web again are you? You can now check some interesting insights on the
But beyond the web.... what are ways to get to know the audience for what you are building, developing, project managing, testing etc?
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  develop happiness fun test confession developerworks 1 Comment 2,500 Visits
Testing: smells (oooohhhh what is that ?) cars (what happens if...), recipes (what about adding...), furniture (let me see what happens if I scratch it), authority (you want me to do what), meetings (what is the value, what is the agenda, why am I needed), machinery (wonder what that button does..) and new code/applications ...ala My developerWorks and downloads available at developerWorks.. let me make the software cry)
Tom's blog says it all ...in fact it is almost an ad for Lotus software. where all the social software is used to solve a business problem.....in fact...some of the problems I was finding ....can't help it...I like to break things....
It all started when I was a child and continues to this day. I like to challenge the status quo, ask questions and find holes....all in the hopes of making the world a better place - dare I say
Smarter? (couldn't help myself)
Not that there is anything wrong with those that like to build ....I just like to test, challenge, takes things apart, see how things work, and dare I say ..destroy.
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  planet smarter environment green software energy confession monitor 2 Comments 2,482 Visits
Our utility company just started to offer a look into our day to day usage of electricity. An online tool (they call it a conservation tool) that allows residents to easily track daily use and monitor expenses. It is fascinating. ...especially with our very long hot summer.
We've all heard about the difference we can all make on this planet and now here is a tangible way I can readily see my impact. What's behind this online tool? Software! Do I know who's and how? No, What I do know is that it is an example of what software developers can do to help change the world...so I do know..people are behind the software...and people are you and me.
See The GReen IT Report for info on technologies and products that might give you ideas, help you learn, inspire you to create, and so much more. Every day, each of us can make a difference....as a consumer, as a worker, as a business, as a government....what will green do for you? and what can you do to be green?
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  analytics speed availability databases high confession db2 soliddb data systems 2 Comments 2,406 Visits
Five nines..... was your first thought 45? what about six nines....was your first thought....impossible? The title that got me was "Dressed to the nines" and it had nothing to do with what to wear. Found it in the latest Data Management magazine
It was attached to an article about IBM® solidDB® which is known for delivering data with extreme speed...for more on solidDB and the secrets of speed see this link
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  developerworksl happiness fun confession smarter_planet 6 Comments 2,358 Visits
Blogs are about being authentic and for me to be authentic I have to have fun. I was inspired to begin this blog after reading about the Chief Happiness Officer (CHO) - happiness at work is the most important factor that contributes to good careers, happy lives and business success. My intention is to blog about the fun, the absurd, the thrills, the chills and the adventures of my developerWorks experience and about what I find on My developerWorks.. Stay tuned as during this adventure I hope to find the things that can make us laugh, challenge our thoughts, vent , ask questions and listen, listen, listen. Oh....and make a few confessions along the way too.
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  technology software project open management confession source leadership 2,352 Visits
A classic tale and one of my favorites : Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, And Nobody
I am a big fan of clarity ....must be the project manager training in me. I always want to know WHO. We use too much "we" and "them" and need to clearly identify the who and ensure that named person knows and commits.
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  amee google rails planet green ajax xml smarter confession web monitor environment ruby energy 2,347 Visits
WOW...this is exciting.........
This ties in quite nicely to my daily monitoring of my energy consumption and fyi...thank goodness the energy consumption is going down...as our temperatures have moderated...our usage has declined:
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  blogs programming software applications open confession innovation source talent testers developerworks 2 Comments 2,249 Visits
What a great article: Bad attitudes cane lead to good innovationMy favorite lines from the article :
Look at the blogs on My developerWorks.....see any rebels?
The best ideas are the simplest is this rebellious ?
Are you a rebel?
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  laptop technology programming confession software pc 4 Comments 2,241 Visits
H = # of hours I am in front of, using technology that has a display, CRT, or monitor and a keyboard type device
D = # of days a week I am in front of said technology
W = # of weeks in a year (excluding vacations, holiday, sick days, non-work days)
Y = # of years I've been "involved" with technology stuff
I didn't grow up with technology...it came into my existence in college and then full blown once I graduated. I decided to eliminate phone and entertainment type devices from my calculations and keep it pure to just terminals, PCs, and laptops. I also used averages as I can be crystal clear on the # of years while the others have more variability. As my entire working life has been with technology, I also decided to just include all my working hours. Granted, in the my earlier days, technology was not portable and so I didn't spend as many hours in front of technology, I figured it compensated as now even if I am in a face to face meeting, the technology is present plus I didn't include weekend hours and so it all balances out as I actually do use technology on the weekends.......this was not meant to be scientific ....and honestly...once I started the calculations it got darn scary.
Net...give or take 5K....I've spent 63,000 hours working with technology.
Breaking it down further.....
Why did I bother to do this analysis..... Malcolm Gladwell's book the Outliers.
Ten thousand hours: That’s how long it takes to become good at something..... and that means
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  cloud technology green smart db2 lotus websphere confession portal software jam rational cebit ids 3 Comments 2,191 Visits
Looking around developerWorks and My developerWorks, you just can't be bored. Now, maybe your eyes get tired of reading...but do your ears get tired of listening and learning?
Chat with the lab
information on Demand
CEBIT on Cloud Computing
Rational telconferences, webcasts and events
WebSphere Portal Conference
IBM Smart Work Videocast and Global Jam Sept 16-18
Tip of the iceberg.... now it is about finding the time... anyone know of an application that can help give you fit more than 24 hours in a day?
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  transaction server java confession soa oltp 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!!
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  bookmarks confession blogs tag mydw connections atom activities groups profiles usability 5 Comments 2,167 Visits
More and more information is arriving daily on My developerWorks ....how do I find what is of interest? I search on tags. Profiles, blogs, activities, groups, bookmarks - all can be tagged. It takes seconds to add them and if you forget, you can go back and edit and update.
So don't forget to tag or use tags....they are your best friend on My developerWorks.....
And with that...I will say "tag your it"
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  open_source software aix administration project management open system confession development unix 2,125 Visits
Have you ever looked around your home, office, garage or e-mail for hazardous waste? We had a community clean up this weekend and it made me think of all the various types of hazardous waste in our lives. Work is full of waste. I've already commented on meetings and dare I next approach the waste in my e-mail in-basket? We all have it ...some are better at removal than others.. ...but like with all hazardous waste, we also hope there are opportunities to recycle. And speaking of that....I received an e-mail pointing me to 10 tips for sensible systems administration. Had I labeled it waste and dumped it in the trash faster than I do with spam, I would have missed a fantastic article that weaves an historic American character into the fabric of today's work.
The title does not do the article justice....granted is is a good tile...but would it make you buy the book? It is a must read...and maybe even worth being made into a short movie ......I won't give away the plot ....just imagine time travel and kites......nor the classic quotes such as "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" or "A countryman between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats.".
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  it rational smarter_planet source android scala java optim linux eclipse open confession green 1 Comment 2,070 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:  software device uml healthcare medical agile confession rational 1 Comment 2,027 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.
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  software confession technical forums comments 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:  odf powerpoint software office lotus java open source confession presentations symphony microsoft 2,016 Visits
I will continue to have to have Browser Wars
but I will no longer have "presentation" tool wars. I'm now using a complete suite of office productivity software for creating, editing, and sharing word processing documents, spreadsheets, and presentations available for free download now on developerWorks...and who doesn't like the words free and no charge?
What is it I am using?
Will I totally abandon Microsoft Office? Don't know about that 100% ..at least, though, finally, free tools and freedom of choice!
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.
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  software browser system operating confession microsoft ie firefox 6 Comments 1,994 Visits
I used to be an operating system bigot....all concerned about what platform I was using, performance, security, etc. Now ...now I care more about my browser. I know they are tied together, it just seems easier today to blame the browser.
I prefer Firefox and yet I am glad I have IE as a back up. Sometimes IE is not the back up as there are few applications that only run with IE (don't get me started on that frustration). Sometimes Firefox has a browser freeze (I bet you love that technical explanation) at the most inopportune times and I just don't want to shut all my sessions which makes IE the backup.
For My developerWorks, Firefox is it. IE just doesn't make the grade...it does funny things (another technical explanation for when I don't like what is displayed on my screen and it is not about the content) with the layout or content (or lack thereof) presentation and I just don't have the patience or desire to debug... that is the beauty of two browsers.... no waiting...it doesn't work in one...go to the other.
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  spam encryption privacy homomorphic security confession ibm planet smarter java birthday cloud research 2 Comments 1,987 Visits
Privacy...is it still a buzzword? Do you enjoy creating privacy statements ..let alone reading them on web sites? What about security? Concerned about that?
From 2001: a great series by "The cranky user: respecting user privacy"
But what about today? This got my attention:
Technology keeps changing as do our needs for privacy and security. Every day a new discovery...a new idea...a new way to connect.... a new article on developerWorks. ..a new blog posting on My developerWorks.
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  mac domino apple software iphone xpages lotus confession 1 Comment 1,981 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:  it technology traffic confession green smarter_planet challenge 1,945 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:  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
Sometimes we don't know what we don''t know we need to know..... that might be called ignorance akin to not being able to use a spell a word if I can't spell it.
Sometimes we know what we should know but we chose to ignore it.....that might be called a crime. Got your attention?
I am not a lawyer nor do I claim to be one yet I have spent time around lawyer'ee items such as intellectual property. I recently found this site so I can hope to stay out of trouble in multiple parts of the world.
I didn't attend Lotusphere this year...and I was very sad. To make me happy, I found
Lotusphere is also coming to me...yes to me as that is indeed how I like to view it. There are one day in person events : Lotusphere Comes to You happening all across the globe plus the Lotusphere Virtual Experience Both available to me at no charge other than my time.
Now for the debate....do I do the in-person (and have to get out of my home office attire) where I can meet and talk to Lotus enthusiasts and experts or do I attend the Virtual Experience (same content, just different attire requirements on me). Decisions...decisions... or ... I do I attend both?
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  windows technical db2 confession unix learn virtual linux briefing 1 Comment 1,896 Visits
Performance Management 101 for DB2 for Linux ,UNIX, and Windows
Have you attended a virtual briefing yet? Give it a try....start with this short one hour one.
Date: Tuesday, 8 December
Time: 1:00 p.m. (ET - USA)
Duration: 1 hour
Note: Please sign up and attend the briefing 30 minutes before the start of the event to go through system check.
Better performance translates to greater revenue, greater customer satisfaction, and greater ability to meet SLAs. Tired of the finger pointing among staff when performance is an issue? Find out how you can create exception monitoring metrics, track and measure performance indicators, and quickly diagnose performance problems when they arise. Use IBM DB2 Performance Expert and Extended Insight Feature to make the process easier and more efficient.
What you will learn:
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  learning open source xml java student confession education 1,889 Visits
I hope to always keep learning. Learning is an on-going experience as is teaching and sharing. Once you learn...time to share. developerWorks does a FANTASTIC job of sharing information and it isn't just to techie professionals. There is a plethora of information for the pre-professionals aka "real" students.
Perhaps you are a student or you know one...if so do check out and/or share:
IBM Student Portal: Connect with experts, build skills, and discover the resources you need to find a job and succeed!
Learning Resources – Explore leading edge technologies with introductory offerings especially for students
Certification - Find out what IBM offers in preparation and discounts
Community - Ask questions and get answers from technical experts, connect with others in forums, blogs and groups
Jobs & Fellowships - Get your job search started, including tips on interviewing, resume writing, and more
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  intel open source green linux google technology microsoft it confession ibm brand 3 Comments 1,885 Visits
The results are in for 2009:
The world's top 10 most valuable brands:
1. Coca-Cola, up 3 percent to $68.73 billion
2. IBM, up 2 percent to $60.21 billion
3. Microsoft, down 4 percent to $56.65 billion
4. GE, down 10 percent to $47.78 billion 5
5. Nokia, down 3 percent to $34.87 billion
6. McDonald's, up 4 percent to $32.28 billion
7. Google, up 25 percent to $31.98 billion
8. Toyota, down 8 percent to $31.33 billion
9. Intel, down 2 percent to $30.64 billion
10. Disney, down 3 percent to $28.45 billion
All makes sense to me...on a given day I could be drinking a Coke(1) Zero, reading about Linux efficiency on IBM(2) developerWorks while on my Microsoft (3) system with an Intel (9) processor under a GE(4) lightbulb with my Nokia(5) phone on the desk thinking about if I want to go to McDonald's(6) for lunch so I search Google (7) for directions, grab my Disney(10) Goofy keychain and head out passing lots of Toyota (8) cars on the road.
As I mentioned in a previous blog ... .free software is a good thing
But sometimes you want more....so I found more about XPages
Steve Castledine has just created a new framework that will allow developers to quickly create a new XPage application using OneUI. It gives you an option of a 2 or 3 column layout, this could prove very useful when you want to quickly see the power of XPages. It has the following key features.
Easy out of the box layout so you can start building your XPage application
Has 2 or 3 column layouts simply by dragging the appropriate custom control onto your XPage
Login and Search functionality
Tab and Menu item highlighting
Handles browser languages, so if you add the appropriate property file for that language XPages will use it automatically
Uses standard css shipped with XPages, however also contains themes for new v2.1 of OneUItogether with additional themes metal, gold, red, green
Automatic Sidebar, links box, footers, tab menus custom controls built in. Others coming soon.
Here are links to resources:
Getting started doc
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  project agile management testing code coding confession 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
When I break down the components of work to explain it to a 3 year old, here is what appears:
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  diabetes health software confession db2 healthcare 6 Comments 1,830 Visits
Many of my friends and family have no idea what software development is and I often struggle to explain it in simple terms. My new quest in 2010 is going to be finding (and sharing) the "real technology for real people" articles, stories and more that I find on developerWorks.
It really hit home when talking to a friend about recent health concerns. We did a few "wouldn't it be nice if" and then I realized... we don't have to wish.
One of our "what ifs" was about being able to mobile devices that measure and track your current health status, can produce a report and even allow your doctor to view it. And that is when I came upon the "real technology for real people". This great article shows one of the simple devices and the software behind it that makes it work. Tools to help our lives are no longer dreams. We take so much for granted. At the beginning of the last century, cars, airplanes, going to the moon, talking pictures and so much more were all "crazy" ideas.
Turning ideas into reality...that is what software developers do. Dare I say it.....software developers make dreams come true?
Need some inspiration?
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  confession software rational interface fun age design user 4 Comments 1,824 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:  skills wikis social learning academic media collaboration education confession blogs students 1 Comment 1,821 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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How my brain works.....Winter Olympics...Spring....Baseball.... and that got me thinking.....is there anything on developerWorks about baseball?
Sure enough.... check out
Then I found :
Not a fan of baseball or just need to know more about it: here's a lesson plan on America's Pastime (by IBM...isn't that one a surprise)
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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.
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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
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Now that is a headline.....it actually is the name of book by Lisa Scottoline and it made me laugh as well as pick up the book.
It made me think about article titles of content on developerWorks. One of the reasons many of us come to developerWorks is the honest, straightforward and, dare I say, boring article titles.
Yet are they really boring?
Not boring....direct....to the point....and easily found when hunting for information. Fancy titles may catch your attention or not....what is most important is the content.
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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?
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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.
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Granted nothing in life it "truly" free.....but close enough. Now available on developerWorks...the fully loaded code...not the trial code....check it out at IBM Lotus Domino Designer code ....all you have to do is give a little information as you normally do on a download and the code is yours....hence the not "truly" free. Shall we call it no-charge, readily available, no monetary excchange or just call it GREAT!!.
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I like prime numbers. They have a bit of magic and mystery to them.
The 100th blog entry caused me to think about
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Build your own virtual software factory? What a great analogy....I like simple....
For a moment, think of your software and systems delivery operations as a factory. Software products move through different departments—including analysis and planning, design and construction, delivery and operations—in much the same way traditional products move through a factory assembly line. No matter where the departments are globally, they can still produce high quality results as though they were in the same location.
How do you ensure that your factory is operating at optimal efficiency? Ask yourself these questions, and take action on the answers with the ultimate goal of reducing costs without compromising quality.
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  application lamp solarnetone ajax perl linux sql php performance aix green gnu confession 1,697 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?
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  green smarter confession energy environment grid smart websphere db2 carbon monitor planet _it tivoli 1,679 Visits
There are always two sides of a story....
First I see this Citing Cost, Firms De-emphasize Energy Efficiency in IT Purchases and then I see "Why invest in clean energy?"
What do I believe? There are great opportunities in green technology. I've previously blogged about my local utility company has recently started to offer energy monitoring. Not sure what they use but I've now found another utility company doing the same thing...creating a smart grid. In the recent pilot, Consert, a smart grid software and integration company, provided the smart meter and software application technology built on DB2
So...what does developerWorks offer...the best starting point....check out the
and just for fun and yet does show how serious green is :