Bruce Elgort

PermaLink O'Reilly Webcast: Introduction to MongoDB

This is a great high-level overview of mongoDB. MongoDB (from "humongous") is an open source, high-performance, schema-free, document-oriented database written in the C++ programming language. It manages collections of BSON documents that can be nested in complex hierarchies and still be easy to query and index, which allows many applications to store data in a natural way that matches their native data types and structures.

On an upcoming Taking Notes podcast we will be interviewing Mark Myers of the London Developer Co-op to talk about mongoDB and other "NoSQL" databases.




Tuesday, November 8th, 2011 :: Comments (0) :: Google it!

PermaLink Integrating Salesforce with IBM Domino

I can't tell you how many times I have been asked the question "how can I use the Salesforce.com API with my Notes and Domino apps". Well my friends over at BluewWave Technology recently published a paper entitled "Writing Data to Salesforce from Domino using the Salesforce Web Services API".

Go and download it now and be sure to thank Paul Mooney and Harry Dunne for publishing this fine paper.


Tuesday, November 8th, 2011 :: Comments (0) :: Google it!

PermaLink Off to Seattle

Today Chris Martin and I are the featured speakers at the Washington Association of Legal Investigators annual conference in Seattle. The topic - Social Networking and Social Business Strategies. Todays talk will be TED style and we have added some new twists to our game. Now for the three hour drive.


Saturday, November 5th, 2011 :: Comments (0) :: Google it!

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PermaLink Innovators of Vancouver Episode #7 - Anni Becker

Filmmaker Chris Martin has recently released a new video in his "Innovators of Vancouver" series which highlights the community work of Vancouver's Anni Becker:

"Anni Becker loves Vancouver and the work she does proves it. From community art programs such as The GRACE Project and music festivals like CouvFestNW to fundraisers for people hit by tragedies of life, Anni shows us all just what it takes to change the lives of people throughout her community."




Sunday, October 2nd, 2011 :: Comments (0) :: Google it!

PermaLink In case you missed these...

The last couple of Taking Notes podcast episodes have seen some tremendous download figures - some of them over 5,000 in less than 2 weeks! While the people we interviewed are outside of the IBM Lotus community, Julian and I managed to cover topics that were relevant to any app developer - Lotus or not.

In episode 140 we spoke to Scott Kveton the CEO of Urban Airship. For those of you who not familiar with Urban Airship they are responsible for a majority of push notifications sent to iOS, Android and Blackberry mobile devices.

Episode 139 brought to the microphone Jeff Haynie the CEO of Appcelerator. Appcelerator makes a cross-platform development environment that both Julian and I have personally used to develop mobile apps. Jeff talks about how the company got started and much more.

The Portland Incubator Experiment or "PIE" is an effort started by Portland based Rick Turcozy and Wieden and Kennedy. In episode 138 we talk to Rick about what PIE is, how ideas get turned into companies, how to apply for PIE and much more. A must listen for all those thinking about forming a startup.

On Monday we will be back to IBM with Ed Brill and Pete Janzen talking about Notes/Domino 8.5.3 as well as the new XWork server.

Oh and a big thank you to all of our listeners. Taking Notes will soon be celebrating it's 6 year anniversary.


Sunday, October 2nd, 2011 :: Comments (23) :: Google it!

PermaLink MyMusicRx: iPhone iOS app powered by XPages

We just completed our second iPhone app that uses IBM XPages to serve up and store content for an iOS app. The first app was TSAzr which was released in January 2011 and our new app is called "MyMusicRx". The MyMusicRx app will complement the Children's Cancer Associations MyMusicRx website.

The app will allow you to search and purchase music from iTunes. Up to 5% of each purchase will be donated to the Children's Cancer Association. It will also display "Music Prescriptions" and "Recommended Playlists" where you can purchase the songs that people subscribed and songs from the recommended playlists. The MyMusicRx prescriptions are pulled from a Facebook app. IBM XPages stores and manages all of the playlist data. It also uses some nifty SSJS and Java to get song data from iTunes using the iTunes Search API. Appcelerator was used to develop the iOS app.

The app was developed with the help of Ben Poole (Java and SSJS), Matt White (XPages), Gayle Elgort (UI and Testing), the Children's Cancer Association and myself (UI, XPages, Appcelerator). All of the development effort was donated.

Here are some screenshots of the app:

Home Music Prescriptions

Recommended Playlist Search iTunes

View all of the apps screens and XPages management interface.

We will let you know when the app is available for download.


Sunday, October 2nd, 2011 :: Comments (397) :: Google it!

PermaLink JavaScript: The Good Parts

This is a great one hour video by Doug Crockford talking about the good and bad parts of the JavaScript language. Doug also has a book called "JavaScript: The Good Parts" which I highly recommend. The book was also recommended to me by Thomas Gumz of IBM.




Sunday, July 17th, 2011 :: Comments (137) :: Google it!

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PermaLink XPages App Samples from the XPages Guru Webinar

Here are the slides from my section in yesterday's XPages Guru Webinar which show 14 samples of all sorts of apps built with XPages:


I am told that a recording of the webinar will be made available soon.

Link: Keynote file of the slides

Want to learn more about XPages? Start here >


Thursday, June 2nd, 2011 :: Comments (0) :: Google it!

PermaLink XPages Guru Webinar is TOMORROW

Tomorrow I have the honor of presenting a short segment during the "XPages Guru Webinar". If you have not yet signed up for the webinar you can register here.

XPages is an exciting Web 2.0 rapid development environment based around JSF and Java technology running on the IBM Lotus Notes and Domino platform. IBM Lotus Notes and Domino has been an established platform for developing applications where customers have been able to utilize industry leading security and workflow capabilities for business applications. XPages extends these capabilities further by providing a full modern web development platform.

The agenda for the hour long session looks like this:
  • What is XPages? - Matt White
  • Case Studies - Discussion database, XTalk, etc. - Bruce Elgort 
  • Benefits of XPages - Matt White
  • Why should I transition? - Tim Tripcony
  • Roadmap to XPages (How do I get from here to there?) - Chris Toohey
  • What resources are out there? - David Leedy
  • Q & A
If you have been sitting on the XPages sidelines and want to see what all of the XPages goodness about please register and spend 60 minutes with us.


Tuesday, May 31st, 2011 :: Comments (0) :: Google it!

PermaLink Innovators of Vancouver - Zachary Gray of Paper Tiger Coffee Roasters

Chris Martin has releases episode 6 of his "Innovators of Vancouver" video documentary series where he features Zachary Gray of Vancouver's Paper Tiger Coffee Roasters. It's clearly obvious that Zachary knows his coffee and the processes involved in creating a great tasting coffee beverages. Paper Tiger is one of our favorite coffee spots in the Vancouver, Washington area.



Innovators of Vancouver site >


Tuesday, May 31st, 2011 :: Comments (0) :: Google it!



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