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Stuff learned while at AusLUG

  • Don't pretend you like the All Blacks when Australia is playing them in rugby them and you're in Australia
  • Apparently Paul Calhoun knows the FBI
  • There is no such thing as Tam-Tams and the Chit Chat Tim Tam Challenge just may be a real thing
  • The Aussies knows how to drink and throw an excellent event
  • iThings will likely cause the percentage of hearing impaired from 1 in 6 to 1 in 4 over the coming years

Is there such a thing as a Northern Hemisphere iPhone?

Seriously - something is dead wrong. All the pictures I take are upside down!

AusLUG and my sessions

G'day! I'm now in Sydney - have been since Thursday evening (GMT+10) - and I'm getting ready for AusLUG on Monday. Besides sightseeing I'm fine tuning my session presentations for the event. As always one of the cool things about the LUG's are catching up with friends and I had dinner with Mat Newman and Paul Calhoun last night. Very nice and from what I hear from Mat it's going to be a stellar event.

I'm honored to be doing two sessions:

  • How the Jedis do plugin development
  • OSGi - Application Development power Unleashed!
The first one is a tested and proven session to get people up to speed on developing plugins for the Notes, Sametime and Symphony clients. Attendees are taken from bare bones Eclipse to being able to develop sidebar plugins in 45 minutes - it really is that easy! The latter session is a brand new one designed to tell attendees about OSGi, what it is and why they should know and love it. OSGi forms the basis for so many things within the Notes client and the Domino server now (the XPages Extensibility library to just name one) and I find it crucial that you as a Notes/Domino developer know about OSGi.

I'm looking forward to seeing a lot of new faces on Monday and Tuesday and seeing a lot of people at my sessions. Come on in - it isn't as hard as it sounds.

Happy to see Notes/Domino 8.5 certification path change

As posted by Ed the day before yesterday (Shorter path to Notes/Domino 8.5 certification) the certification path for Notes/Domino 8.5 is being simplified from September 2011. I used to have a somewhat strained perception of certification but after my own Lotus Connections certification I'm a firm believer. Certification makes you take the product seriously but I haven't always agreed with the required number of tests. This change makes me a happy camper! :-)

I have also within the last two months seen the level of expertise acquired by co-workers rise as they study for and take the exams. It is not as hard as it might seem.

Come on - what are you waiting for?! Go sign up for certification.

Leaving for AusLUG tomorrow morning

Is it tomorrow I'm leaving? Yup - sure it is. I'm really psyched that I'm leaving for Sydney and AusLUG tomorrow. I've been spending some time today making ready for the trip which I'm really, really, really looking forward to. Of course it will be hard to be without my wife and daughter for 9 days but the trip will make up for it.

See you all down under.

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I will be giving two sessions at DNUG in November

As mentioned previously I'll be speaking at DNUG in November in Bamberg in Germany where I will be giving my "jumpstart your plugin development"-session about all the plugin development goodness. Besides that I'm also going to join forces with Rene Winkelmeyer (of among other things File Navigator fame) in a two hour session on XPages Extensibility Library titled "XPages Extensibility under the hood". One hour on the basics and a full hour hands-on labs. Hope to see many of you there.

I will speaking at DNUG in November

Just got word that my session was accepted for the DNUG conference in November in Bamberg. See you there!