IBM Champions appreciation on Collaboration Today

Oliver Busse | 2 days ago | Comments
Now as the IBM Champions for ESS (fka ICS) in 2016 were annouced, I took the chance to implement some improvements to OpenNTF's other website "Collaboration Today" to give those people the credit they deserve. IBM Champions are people who deliver most valuable content and share their knowlegde. This is collected by people who are doing also very much appreciated work and apperently are also IBM Champions!

You now can see IBM Champion generated content directly by the new star indicator on every blog post's link on the homepage. I also realized a great idea of our OpenNTF chairman Christian Guedemann he proposed during our call today: show the most frequent bloggers and also the curators who collect the stuff just for you.

You can access the new statistics area right here:

XPages OpenLog Logger - Request for Additional Chefs

Paul Withers | 3 days ago | Comments
This week a new release of XPages OpenLog Logger was released. In the blog post about it today, I made a request for other developers to get involved. As I mentioned, it's not because of any imminent or planned intention to step aside from the project. Instead it's part of an ongoing plan for improved governance of projects on OpenNTF - giving less risk of a project being left without a chef to take it forward, providing more breadth for supporting bugs and feature requests, and providing more people to test new releases of the project or test the project on new releases of Domino. It will also provide a project board who are able to help drive the project forward in a way that supports all users (although I hope I've done a pretty good job of that, helped by the tight scope of the project).

More importantly, I'm not just looking for people able to "hit the ground running" with the project. Getting involved in OpenNTF Domino API from the start has taught me a huge amount about Domino and Java. Co-authoring XPages Extension Library taught me a massive amount about the components involved and, with the skills from both, I've been able to contribute back. So I'm particularly keen to reach out to developers who may not be Java or XPages experts but who want to get involved in open source projects and want to expand their skills. Many of the feature requests I've had are small, self-contained enhancements. And the scope of the project - as Java code in an NSF, as a plugin, picking up values, with a JavaDoc and (I would like to think) good documentation and a demo database - means there's a lot for those who want to learn. And I am particularly keen to ensure a good "on-boarding" process for the new team.

There's nothing immediately on the horizon, but a new release is a good time to reach out. So get in touch with me on my blog, on Twitter (paulswithers) or on the XPages Slack chat (see Dave Leedy's recent blog post).

OpenNTF Board Member IBM Champions 2016

Paul Withers | 5 days ago | Comments
Yesterday IBM announced the new class of IBM Champions. It's great to see the board well represented among the IBM Champions. Those board members selected were:
  • Christian Guedemann
  • Fredrik Norling
  • Jesse Gallagher
  • Justin Hill
  • Nathan T Freeman
  • Oliver Busse
  • Paul Withers
  • Serdar Basegmez

In addition, many of the contributors are also IBM Champions. Sharing is at the core of our community and has always been a core principle behind OpenNTF. It's great to see so many members acknowledged for their work this year and we look forward to that continuing in the future.