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A very nice touch from Linkedin

Received this email from Linkedin this morning - very nice touch...

"Seeing a lot of weekly digests piling up?
Mikkel, we noticed you haven't visited Eclipse Plugin Developers lately. To help keep your email tidy, we've unsubscribed you from this group's digests - we hope this suits you better!"

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Social AppDev Toolkit labs and presentations

The presentations from the Social AppDev workshop I attended in Dublin is now online in the appdev wiki so I guess they are public and may be shared. All the presentations and labs can be found here (IBM Social Business Toolkit articles) and I highly recommend you look it over.

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Decrease in blogging year over year - is it a problem?

I've know it for quite a while. I've learned to live with it. The amount of blogging The Bubble has been decreasing the last few years ... mine included. Spending 5 minutes on it I decided to graph my own decreasing activity by year - it's very obvious then. From an all time high of 343 posts in 2006 (top month ever been June of 2006 with 47 monthly posts!!) to just 58 so far in 2012. For the entire year - a year where I've probably been more busy than ever. Quite a fall.

I do realize that we now have new ways of capturing and sharing knowledge and collaboration is now done just as much using Twitter, Facebook, Skype and Stack Overflow but there is something about blogging. The longer form posts lend themselves much better to explaining topics in a thorough and thought through manner. In other words - the Library of the Republic (lending a reference from Mat) needs to be maintained and kept up to date. Back then we had things like Show'n'Tell Thursdays (remember those) and we all blogged nifty LotusScript classes we wrote. We blogged about console commands and compiles. Redims and updalls. What's happened to all that. In a quiet moment like this I actually miss it. Is it because we all have been with the technology for so long that it no longer necessary? Is it that the breath of the IBM collaboration portfolio has become so wide that it's by definition impossible to keep up? How about the elevator - how do people new to the technology ascend?

Or am I just becoming an old fart (I'm 36) and just need to shut up and get on with it?

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Year in review 2013

Here at the close of 2013 I'm looking back at yet another great year. It's been busy both workwise and on the personal front. So much good stuff have happened with the birth of my second child off course overshadowing everything else. Matheo as he's called is thriving and as a family we're trying to make ends meet and make enough time for both work and play. We did some major remodeling of our house over the late summer and early fall. We're almost there and done with only 20 odd boxes being left to unpack but looking back it's been worth it and definitely better done before Matheo was born than after. On the personal front I'm looking forward to a quiet 2014 where we can lick the wounds and recover in the "new" house. Below is a picture of me with my daughter Milla (now 3 years old) and Matheo (almost 6 weeks now).

Workwise another great year. Again I've traveled quite a bit with the US and Japan being major destinations. The US for IBM Connect 2013 where I gave a session and for the IBM Leadership Alliance in October. Japan being our new big and exciting market attracted a lot of attention in 2013 and the focus keeps expanding with lots of new licenses being sold there. We have been very fortunate in our choice of partner in Japan and Axcel Corp. is doing a stellar job at OnTime Group Calendar gaining traction in the Japanese market. I've done more projects outside Denmark than ever before with one in particular taking up a lot of brain cycles. Not that the project itself was so big but with a team with members from India, Denmark, UK and three cities in the US from Eastern to Mountain time it's taking quite a mental toll. A lot of conference calls and headaches. Fortunately we watched the project go live at the end of the year so all is good.

Facebook 2013 year in review

Configure Eclipse 4.2 (Juno) for Notes 9

Yesterday after publishing my updated article on configuring Eclipse 3.5 for Notes 9 I wondered why I was still using such an old Eclipse build. Now Lotus Expeditor and hence Notes is still based on Eclipse 3.4 but since we develop for what's called a target platform that shouldn't matter so I wanted to move to Eclipse 4. So I grabbed Eclipse 4.2 (Juno) from Eclipse.org and started configuring (of course capturing what I learned). The steps are actually remarkably similar to Eclipse 3.5 (with some slight changes) so now I'm using a new Eclipse build with all the functionality benefits (the New and Noteworty page outlines many nice features) it provides plus the updated look'n'feel.

I've captured the steps into a new page called Configure Eclipse 4.2 for Notes 9. The page also contains a video walkthrough now (rather rough) but it shows what's involved. The video is about 5 minutes long.

Happy coding.

Configure Eclipse 3.5 for Notes 9

Next after upgrading my Notes client to IBM Notes 9 I updated my Eclipse environment to use Notes 9. The steps are basically the same as previously but for good measure I updates my guidelines. The document is now titled Configure Eclipse 3.5 for Notes 9. For those in the know the only thing to update is the install_id (now "135548059835") and the rcp.base_version (now "9.0.0.20121130-2130").

Happy coding.

Humbled to continue in the status of IBM Champion

I was very happy and humbled when I received word that I have been renominated and reappointed as an IBM Champion for IBM Collaboration Solutions for 2013. I'll do my best to live up to this great honor and continue my evangelism for the platforms we all use and love.

Thank you!

The IBM developerWorks newsletter has been retired

The IBM developerWorks newsletter was effectively retired on Friday which really bums me out. I've using the newsletter as an easy weekly way of following along with what happened on developerWorks and I'm going to miss the ease with which I could do that. The "new way" (for me at least) is to use the social media outlets (Twitter, Facebook) or the feeds available. I'm going for the latter and just added a series of feeds using the feeds page to my Google Reader. RIP developerWorks newsletter...

IBM Connect 2013 session

I was really happy to receive confirmation yesterday night that the session that I submitted with Ryan Baxter was accepted for the Best Practices track. I also co-presented with Ryan in 2011 on plugin development (they are cool you know!) and it will be great to be back on stage with Ryan.

The session is titled "In The Land Of Social Apps The API Is King" and will be all about developing API's for your (existing) applications. The mantra these days is really "no api no fun" and it will be increasingly clear as you start your venture into supporting platforms such as IBM Connections and of course for IBM Notes Social Edition. The abstract of the session is below.

"It doesn't matter if you are a developer in a large enterprise or a small startup - all developers face the same challenges. You need to build apps that run on multiple platforms, are easily deployable, flexible, and provide value to your end users. So how do you do that? The answer, APIs! Good APIs help you build desktop, web, and mobile apps, as well as provide tight integration into different platforms such as Notes, iNotes, and Connections. In this session we will show you best practices for designing and building APIs as well provide real world use cases for how it will help you build top notch apps. So whether you're into XPages, iWidgets or OpenSocial gadgets for Notes Social Edition or IBM Connections this session is for you!"

I really look forward to seeing everybody in Orlando and at the session.