LotusLive Symphony now available on Greenhouse

As shown at Lotusphere conference earlier this month the artist formally known as Project Concord is now available to the general public as LotusLive Symphony. LotusLive Symphony is the IBM productivity suite but 100% web based without any required client install. Just like Google Docs or Microsoft Office 360. For now only document and spreadsheet functionality is available.

Given that I only played with it briefly it looks very promising and interesting. I especially like the way that it has been integrated directly into Lotus Connections on Lotus Greenhouse and as such functions as a natural extension of the Files feature of Lotus Connections.

Too bad no presentation functionality is available. I would have loved to do my Lotusphere Comes to You presentations from there… 🙂

Wi-Fi, Firesheep and Lotusphere

Using the Wi-fi at Lotusphere has been a real nice experience so far this year (of course the OGS on Monday being the true test). Coverage is better and the bandwidth seems to have been upped quite a bit. I do find it a bit sad though that the network is still open and unencrypted. Even a passphrase like “Lotupshere” would make security so much better. Why you ask? Why because a place like Lotusphere which is, lets face it, a big gathering of geeks. A worse a big gathering of geeks using social software sites. And using them a lot.

Lotusphere will be a nice place for someone running Firesheep to come in a harvest 5000 accounts in a day or so. I wont let it stop me but I think people should be aware of it. If you are afraid of it I suggest using a tunneled VPN connection to access your accounts.

If you want to learn more about Firesheep see the Wikipedia article or simply search for Firesheep on Google. Also just to be fair – this is a problem, and will continue to be a problem at all conferences or gatherings with open wi-fi hotspots.

Lotusphere 2011: Mark your calendars

Just got word of the date and time for the two sessions I’m involved in for Lotusphere 2011 so I thought I would post them here.

JMP103 (Jumpstart Your “Jedi Plug-in Development Skills” with the Masters, track: JumpStarts and Master Class Sessions) with Ryan Baxter is on Sunday 30 Jan 2011 at 1:30pm in DL S. Hemisphere I.

AD201 (How the Jedis Do Plug-in Development, track: Technology for Collaboration Solutions: Application Development) with Bob Balfe is on Monday 31 Jan 2011 at 3:45pm in SW 7-10.

LotusScript.doc v2 DDE plugin article

Celebrating the return of the full printed edition of THE VIEW I was reading through the latest issue (Volume 16, Issue 6, Fall 2010) and was delighted to read the article by Karsten Lehmann and Tammo Riedlinger on integrating LotusScript.doc v2 into DDE using a plugin. Two of my favorite subjects in a single article – it doesn’t get much better than that!

The article is a great read and well worth reading and presents a cool approach to integrating LotusScript.doc into the heart of DDE. It also highlights how to develop plugins for DDE. Very nice.

If you’re looking for more from Karsten and Tammo they will be presenting at Lotusphere 2011 on plugin development using the Notes UI API’s (BP203).

Lotusphere 2011: Two sessions accepted

If you’re following Lotusphere and if you sent in abstracts you know that Friday was abstract-reply-day. I too got my replies and keeping with tradition I would like to tell how it went. I sent in three abstracts and had two of them accepted. I’m honored to be co-presenting both sessions with IBM’ers – one session with Bob Balfe and one with Ryan Baxter. Both sessions are on plugin development as you might imagine.

Below are the abstracts and if you have comments or input to what you would like to see in the sessions let me know by commenting, by e-mail or on Twitter.

Jumpstart Your “Jedi Plug-in Development Skills” with the Masters

Two hour jumpstart session on Sunday with Ryan Baxter.

Come to this session to get up and running on plugin development for Lotus Notes, Lotus Sametime and Lotus Symphony and learn the ropes to get started. We will take you from getting the Eclipse IDE and Lotus Expeditor Toolkit installed to configuring, testing and verifying your setup. Next you will learn the basics of plugin development and based on real life examples you will see just how easy plugin development can be and how to reap the rewards. As there’s no good in having great plugins if they never reach user workstations we will finish of the session with end-to-end information on plugin signing and widget deployment. This is a must see session it you want to get started with plugin development but never knew how.

How the Jedis do plugin development

One hour regular session with Bob Balfe.

So you did your first sidebar plugin for Lotus Notes and deployed it to users but now you’re stuck… If you want to do more with your Lotus Notes or Lotus Sametime client, you want to learn cool extension points, learn best practices and see real life examples then this session is for you. Learn about object contributions, fly the magic carpet and do OAuth authentication from plugins. This is how the Jedis do it – may the Force be with you!