As product manager for all things in IBM Workplace application development, I thought I would provide a handy guide to everyone attending Lotusphere who wants to learn more about the IBM Workplace development options. While not an exhaustive list, I wanted to highlight some of the sessions that would be most interesting to developers. Even if you are mainly interested in Lotus Domino development, you'll find these sessions enlightening. Plus, you'll still have time to attend all the great Domino sessions being offered!
A full list of Lotusphere sessions, dates and times is posted, if you haven't seen it yet.
P.S. Don't forget the hands-on lab sessions, too!
Sunday: JMP 109 - In-depth Introduction to the IBM Workplace Client; Speaker: Carl (Pooter) Kraenzel
Start Lotusphere 2005 with this Jumpstart as Pooter takes you on a whirlwind tour of all things IBM Workplace Client. This will be an excellent introduction and prelude to the rest of the conference.
11 AM and 5 PM. AD102 - Introducing...IBM Workplace Designer! Speakers: Martha Hoyt and Maureen Leland. A Must See for All Developers. Guaranteed to make you want to try out IBM Workplace. Who better to do it than the folks who brought you that other famous Designer product.
3:45 PM. AD 304 - WebSphere Portal and Portlet Application Development; Speakers Beverly Dewitt and George Decandio
At some point, you will want to make a portlet. Thankfully, we're making this easier and easier by building in the tools into the IDE.
6:15 PM. BOF207 End the day with a BoF on IBM Workplace Application Development. I've coerced most of the developers who will be at Lotusphere to come and discuss the options with anyone who comes. Tell us what you think so far and how you can envision using all this great stuff.
10 AM. AD402 Overview of the IBM Workplace Contextual Collaboration Architecture; Speakers: Sami Shalabi and Mustansir (Miki) Banatwala
Sami and Miki always have an interesting perspective on things. As you may know, these are the guys who brought you QuickPlace. IBM Workplace goes pretty far beyond that product and this is where you'll find out more about how it all works.
1:30 pm AD305 - WebSphere Portal and Lotus Workplace: Portlet Programming Model and Techniques; Speaker: Stefan Hepper
Hear from one of the portal architects directly in this session. Portlets are an important concept for you to understand as you build IBM Workplace apps.
4:15 PM. AD405 - Introduction to Developing Applications on IBM Workplace Client Technologies; Speakers: Niklaus Heidloff and Srinivas Rao
If you are interested in developing for the IBM Workplace Client, this is the session you want to go to (after the jumpstart, of course). With the 2.5 API Toolkit, we'll also introduce apis for the client platform, and these are the guys who did it.
7 AM. BOF215 Workplace Opportunities for Domino Developers; Speakers: Alex El Homsi and David Hughes (Trilog Group)
It wouldn't be Lotusphere without an early morning BoF to go to! If you want to hear the perspective of a third party, then this is a good place to start to figure it all out and what it means to you, as a Domino developer.
10 AM. ID302 - IBM Workplace Rich Client Platform Architecture; Speakers: Rick Wilson and Bob Balfe.
As developers, we have to understand the architecture of the platform. This session will be a good follow-on to the jumpstart.
10 AM. AD407. The Power of SIP - What Can You Do With It? Speakers: Uri Segev and Amir Perlman.
If you want to find out about the power behind the new SIP server, this is the one for you. Like Sametime bots, the developers who understand SIP, and how to extend it, will be the ones ahead of the game, writing very cool, standards-based applications.
11:15 AM. AD401 - Customization of IBM Workplace Using Workplace Builder Tools; Speakers; Tom Doak and me.
Whenever you build a workplace application you will be using the application template editor in workplace builder. This is also in IBM Workplace Services Express, which I failed to mention in the abstract. In any case, this year we'll show lots of demos with a minimum of conceptual understanding slides.
1:30 PM. AD403 - Introduction to Developing Applications for the IBM Workplace Server
3 PM. AD404 - Using the IBM Workplace Component and Application Infrastructure Services APIs; Speakers: Hardy Groeger and Michael Herzberg
2 developers give you a look at how to use the new 2.5 API Toolkit to build components or access the workplace services. This is the session you've been looking for. AD403 is the introduction and overview of all the api's in the toolkits, while AD404 goes into some detail around actually building something.
1:30 PM. AD501 - Introduction to J2EE Application Development Using Rational Application Developer (formerly Webphere Studio); Speakers Beverly Dewitt and George Decandio.
Uh oh, we have a conflict...so, you'll have to chooose. I'd say if you are ready to start with Java, JSP, JSF, and Rational App Developer soon, then this session is a must. All of our tools and api toolkits will work seamlessly with this toolset, so it's important for you to know what capabilities it provides. If you haven't had the introduction to the api toolkit and are trying to figure out its capabilities, then I'd go to that one instead.
10 AM. AD307 - A "Portal Makeover": Advanced Theme Development; Speaker: Angela Self.
If you need to change the look and feel of your portal or workplace (and who doesn't?), then you need to attend this session.
11:15 AM. AD406 - Leveraging Your Lotus Domino Data in Lotus Workplace / Workplace Client Technology; Speakers: Jeff Eisen and Mike O'Brien.
Notes gurus show you the way to a blended experience of Notes + IBM Workplace Client. Cool!