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 perl ajax sql linux php performance aix green gnu confession 1,696 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?
Sometimes (ok...actually lots of time) what I find on developerWorks amazes me. What articles or tutorials have amazed you?
The article "Embed environmental intelligence into your applications" captured my attention.
Here's a small tease:
Today, there is a great deal of interest in energy, and its less-desirable environmental shadow, carbon dioxide. To create a more sustainable world, individuals, companies, and governments are focusing attention on energy and how we use it. The route to understanding our usage of energy (and therefore carbon) is to measure and analyze it, to understand the results, and then act on that information. AMEE is a neutral aggregation platform for all forms of energy and activity data, and associated carbon models. In this article, you learn how to use the AMEE platform in your applications to deliver a high quality energy management and carbon calculation solution to your clients.
AMEE is a Web-based API that allows users to store and retrieve many forms of consumption data over long periods, while simultaneously applying recognised carbon calculation models to determine the environmental consequences of that consumption. It has been used by developers to deliver energy tracking and management applications ranging from the UK Government's Act On CO2 calculator, CNN, and Google applications and to power carbon management applications such as Carbonetworks and Misys OpenCarbonWorld. The "Powered by AMEE" logo shows that your application complies with authoritative standards.
I hope it makes you want to go read the full article.
In 1946, Thomas J Watson asked these 17 questions.
Thomas Watson, Sr. gave these questions to his sales team at the IBM 1946 100% Club ( an event to honor the top sales leaders). I found the list on a blue computer punch card that was handed out during one of the briefings I attended at an IBM Executive Briefing Center. I am a bit of a pack rat and don't know when I received it ( I can tell you though it wasn't in 1946).
These questions ring true today. Although they were meant for a sales audience, today, we all "sell" ...we sell our ideas, our test results, our status, our performance, our work, our application, our code, etc
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  bookmarks confession blogs tag mydw connections atom activities groups profiles usability 5 Comments 2,166 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:  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:  technology cloud green smart lotus db2 websphere confession portal software rational jam cebit ids 3 Comments 2,190 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?