May 14th and beyond....or at least all the way through early 2011....
Now...if I have plans on May 14th....I'll be able to catch the replay later...I like that.
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  testing open source development java software confession xml industry developer design 2,740 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:  odf powerpoint software office lotus open java source confession presentations symphony microsoft 2,112 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:  java software confession python database framework tv pyjamas ocap ajax gwt web_development 1,530 Visits
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  modeling linux java open technology software source confession aix rational decision 1,502 Visits
• 1. I'm satisfied with what I'm already using: if ain’t broke don’t fix it.
• 2. No one else is using it.: what came first chicken or egg
• 3. I don't think it can perform well enough.- trust
• 4. I don't know how to get started.- what do I do
• 5. It's hard to make it a habit.: “Energy and persistence conquer all things.” Benjamin Franklin
Isn't it all about decisions? From a software perspective that starts at the beginning
a better question is ...where does it end....
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  pantone coding interface java linux confession pirates graphics code user developer color testing 1 Comment 2,039 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
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  ajax web accessibility open confession testing java software source technology 2 Comments 1,889 Visits
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
Be it ever so simple and true, I do wish I had read these earlier.....better late than never....and really ...it isn't THAT late.
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  software confession source eclipse java designer free notes open domino lotus 1,831 Visits
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!!.
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  spam encryption security homomorphic privacy confession ibm planet smarter java cloud birthday research 2 Comments 2,133 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:  learning open source xml java student confession education 1,968 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:  optim web lotus connections dilbert confession data fun java e-mail 1,380 Visits
What do Bubbles, Psycho, Dilbert and Runnable have to do with "technical"? They are used to describe and inform ..and let's face it....entertain....which is the best way to learn.
Check out e-mail is soooooooo last week: to learn about Bubbles and Psycho ...and the benefits of Lotus Connections 2.5..... ( no fears...for those of us on My developerWorks as the team continues to enhance and upgrade we should see Lotus Connections 2.5 features arriving for us to use ....YIPPEEE - is that another technical workd?)
and what about Dilbert? Always a good way to make a point, check out Anticipating Problems
and then there is runnable.....I just like the word....say it a few times and you'll see why...runnable runnable runnable... ..now wasn't that fun? On the serious note: ever taken a java core on a Java 5 SDK and wondered why threads that should be marked as Runnable are showing up as Condition Wait? If so...check out this solution.
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  it smarter_planet rational source android scala java optim linux eclipse open confession green 1 Comment 2,182 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:  transaction server java confession oltp soa cics 2 Comments 2,293 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!!