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OpenCode4Connections Contest Winners

Paul Withers | 7:18:31 AM Thursday, October 19, 2017 | Full Story and Comments
Earlier this week, at Social Connections, we announced the winners of the OpenCode4Connections IBM Connections Customizer contest. To support the contest there was a great amount of effort from Christian Guedemann, Martin Donnelly and others to set up the infrastructure and enablement materials to help ensure the contest was a success. Even though the contest only ran for a short period of time, the numbers were impressive:

- over 40 organisations were provisioned by IBM during the pilot phase
- 20 organisations developed or partially developed something for the contest
- there were 11 submissions which went to voting and you can see all repositories on OpenCode4Connections' GitHub.

The winners were:

Enhanced Activity Stream - Jay Agrawal
This project contributed a notifier and infinite scroll to the Activity Stream in Connections and was something Jay had previously built as custom code in the header.jsp of the homepage of Connections and extended into the Connections Customizer. As the ReadMe says, by taking the code you can also add this functionality to a Connections 5+ instance. Jay is also a first-time contributor to OpenNTF, so it's great to be expanding our contributor-base.

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Status Update Tone Analyzer - John Jardin
This project is a very unobtrusive contribution which analyzes the tone of the status update, allowing the user to review before posting. The status is analyzed in intervals of 2 seconds while the update is typed. In the screenshot below it's been highlighted because, as I'm sure you can tell, it blends well with the rest of the content around it.

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Bluemix Weather Widget / Watson Workspace Links - Brian Gleeson
The first project adds a weather widget to the community overview page of a chosen community, based on the community's UUID entered in the JSON. If you want it to apply to all communities, the "match" property of the json can be removed. This points to an XPages application running on Bluemix and the Weather Company data from Bluemix and is a great example of integrating all these technologies into Connections.

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The second project again can be contributed to a specific community using the UUID or to all communities, by removing the "match" property. This allows posting to a Watson Workspace defined in a watsonSpaceId property. You'll also need to set up a Watson Workspace App, adding the appId and appSecret to the JS file.

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Floyd - Daniele Vistalli
A special award was given to Daniele Vistalli who contributed not a customization per se but a framework for running applications or webpages, loading CSS etc. This allows you to add customizations more easily.
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Open Badges
Some time ago OpenNTF investigated the use of Open Badges to reward those who get involved with us. It's something we first became aware of when IBM issued them to IBM Champions, but for various reasons we've not been in a position to progress it. However, this contest gave us the opportunity to issue the first Open Badge, to our winners. You'll notice the badge features a laurel wreath (in pink, the colour associated with the current developments around IBM Connections) around the new OpenCode4Connections logo. Thank you to our contest winners for their patience with our faltering steps on this new journey!
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We'll be rolling Open Badges out wider during the coming months for various initiatives and you will see how we will vary the badges for our different brands.

OpenNTF Board of Directors

Paul Withers | 12:00:50 PM Thursday, September 28, 2017 | Full Story and Comments
The new OpenNTF board has been elected by acclamation.

The following have been elected Member Directors, returned for two years:

Martin Donnelly - IBM
Paul Withers - Intec Systems Ltd
Oliver Busse -  We4IT
Nathan T Freeman - Red Pill Now

They join the Member Directors elected last year, who have one year left on their term:

Serdar Basegmez, Developi Information Systems
Adam Foster, Oval
Jesse Gallagher, I Know Some Guys
Christian G├╝demann, Webgate
Douglas Robinson, Prominic


The following have been elected as Contributor Directors, the term for which is one year:

Padraic Edwards
Nina Wittich
Fredrik Norling

We would like to welcome Nina to the board and we look forward to the year ahead. A number of new initiatives are planned and there will be opportunities for people to get involved over the coming months to help drive the organisation forward.

In the meantime, I would recommend everyone to take a look at the OpenCode4Connections and IBM Connections Customiser contest. The level of technical enablement is something that we have all been working to improve over previous contests, and there are now four videos to allow you to hit the ground running.

Say hello to "OpenCode4Connections.org"

Christian Guedemann | 11:23:16 AM Thursday, September 14, 2017 | Full Story and Comments
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We at OpenNTF.org are excited to launch our new brand - OpenCode4Connections.org.
OpenNTF has a proven track history in building open source communities around interesting technologies and products, e.g. it was the incubinator for the success of XPages. But let us welcome our newest member:

OpenCode4Connections.org

The intention behind OpenCode4Connections.org is a very simple and short story! IBM Connections deserves a dedicated place where the Open Source Community can meet and collaborate in a creative way to build solutions and fix problems!

To celebrate the start of OpenCode4Connections.org we have decide to organize the IBM Connections Customizer Contest. Learn more about it here!

Have fun!

Christian

OpenNTF Board of Directors - Call for Nominations

Paul Withers | 3:18:44 PM Wednesday, August 23, 2017 | Full Story and Comments
It's the time of year when we invite anyone interested in participating in OpenNTF's Board of Directors to submit their names to ip-manager at openntf.org.

Employees of member organizations may be nominated as a Member Director – with a two-year term.  There are four such board positions open for election.


Contributors may be nominated as a Contributor Director – with a one year term.  There are three such board positions open for election.  

The terms of four Member Directors whose term expires this October,  Members whose terms expire this year may, of course, run again for another two year term. They are:
Oliver Busse -  We4IT
Martin Donnelly - IBM
Nathan Freeman - Red Pill Development
Paul Withers - Intec Systems Ltd

The terms of the three Contributor Directors expire this year.  Again, they have the option of running again.  They are:  
Padraic Edwards
Johnny Oldenburger
Fredrik Norling


Election schedule:

Nominations open until September 23rd.
Circulation of Candidate Statements September 23rd
Voting from September 23rd to 30th

The winners take office on Oct 12th.

Social SDK - Bringing it to the next stage

Christian Guedemann | 12:04:00 PM Monday, April 3, 2017 | Full Story and Comments
The big intention of IBM's Social Business Tookit was to make the IBM Connections API easy to consume from any Web / Java platform. And it still is! But how to proceed with the Social SDK in the time of Connections Pink?
It seems to be the right moment,  for IBM and the OpenNTF community to join forces and bring the Social SDK to the next stage. The community has already moved on with the SocialSDK for bugfixes and also enhancements. But now it's time to make the SocialSDK ready for the future. Please join the discussion about the direction of the Social SDK under https://github.com/OpenNTF/SocialSDK/wiki/

Why? Because you as a possible consumer of the SocialSDK are the right audience to bring your needs, wishes and dreams to the planning board. Help us to understand what Framework, Server and Tools you use. Give us feedback, how you have used the SocialSDK, what worked well for you and where you struggled.

Let us also know, if you want to help building the next version of the Social SDK

Have fun
Christian

OpenAPI Specifications for Freebusy and Calendar available on OpenNTF's Github account and SmartNSF Beta 2 released

Christian Guedemann | 9:22:08 AM Saturday, March 11, 2017 | Full Story and Comments
The application development landscape of today's world is completely upside-down. While in the past a platform has to integrate all and should consume open standards, in today's world a platform should be capable of being integrated everywhere and providing open standards. This shift is a logical consequence of the new paradigms of microservices and microservice-oriented architecture. While the previous times an application development platform had to provide as many services as possible to make the development easier, today's world is more pure then ever! But what to do with existing platforms like IBM Domino? Are all the services of IBM Domino only become obsolete because of a new development paradigm?

IBM Domino: Rock-Solid, Low-TCO, and Over 25 Years of Proven Capabilities
IBM Domino delivers a lot of strong services, which are easy to consume if you use IBM Domino as a application development platform. In the beginning, the services where only available for IBM Notes applications, later via Java or COM API for other rich client platforms. With XPages, IBM began to deliver an extended application development experience, based on the at-the-time popular JSF Framework. XPages not only used JSF, it extended it with a lot of brilliant concepts. Even in today's microservice world, XPages is still one of the fastest and most complete application development platforms and there are thousands of applications developed by a huge community, running and bringing value to its users and customers! But instead of feeling proud of the value that these applications bring to their customers, for some different reasons a lot of developers feel themselves unworthy and lousy developers.
... But back on track. IBM Domino is still rock solid and, since FP8, has a recent Java runtime. Feature Pack 9 will bring Designer to the most recent Eclipse-based development platform. But that's not all!!

REST APIs and SmartNSF
To make IBM Domino even more valuable, IBM is providing for the standard services of IBM Domino existing and newly-designed REST APIs. The following services are for the first phase in focus:
  • Data Service
  • Calendar Service
  • Freebusy Service
  • Mail Service

    But there are more under discussion, like Directory Service, Configuration Service, and others.

    But only providing this service is 20% of the work for success. To support the adoption and usage of these services, IBM's Dave Delay has shared a set of OpenAPI Specification based files for freebusy and calendar on OpenNTF's Github Repository. The OpenAPI Specification is today's standard for documenting REST APIs, and the tooling at swagger.io leverages the OpenAPI Specification to generate source code for the server implementation and, even more importantly, the client code to consume and test the REST API.

    Complete the Story with SmartNSF
    Millions of IBM Notes Applications are still out there, providing value to their customers and covering valuable business needs. What to do with these applications? There are several proven approaches to modernize such an application. Starting with building XPages Applications, using frameworks like Aveedo, Darwino, or Sapho, or exposing the business logic via a REST API. And, to be honest, since version 5 it is possible to write REST APIs based on LotusScript agents, the Extension Library provides a proven REST Service Component, ODA has a REST service framework, and the XPages Toolkit provides a mechanism as well. So why write another REST API Framework (other than "because it's fun")?
    SmartNSF has a single purpose: inspired by Node.js, it lets you define a full REST API with a single file. It protects your business logic and lets you intercept the REST service calls with defined events. SmartNSF is designed for low- and medium-complexity IBM Notes applications and targets the existing Notes/Domino developer. You will be surprised about the simplicity of the approach, so give it a shot! We (Martin Jinoch and I) have released Beta 2 and are working on Beta 3. Our target is to deliver Release 1.0 at Engage.UG. Release 1.0 should contain the capability to export the REST API as OpenAPI Specifications and will also contain a wizard to generate the REST API.

    I hope you now have an first impression and you can understand why REST services are so important. Again (and yes it's a repetition), today's application development platforms no longer have to integrate as much as possible: instead, they have to be ready to be integrated everywhere.


The winners of the IBM & OpenNTF Hackathon 2017 @IBM Connect

Christian Guedemann | 9:53:26 AM Friday, February 24, 2017 | Full Story and Comments
Thanks Alan Hamilton for producing and sharing this:

Hackathon 2017 - A Unique Opportunity

Christian Guedemann | 9:12:31 AM Saturday, February 4, 2017 | Full Story and Comments
Dear friends,

In only 2 weeks, we will do something that I was afraid to even dream of. After holding the ICS Developer Competition in 2016, we will hold the IBM and OpenNTF Hackathon @ IBM Connect 2017. Two weeks before the Hackathon, we have already achieved all of our targets: the type audience that we are and also the target numbers - 50 attendees two weeks before was our vision. We have nine really attractive projects with great project leaders (yes, they are really great!). We have a never before seen mix of customers, partner, students, IBM Champions, and IBMers like this.
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If you are not registered but are going to IBM Connect 2017, this is your last call! Register and join the party.

This will be a huge amount of fun. I'm looking forward to Monday, February 20 to kick this off!

All the best,
Christian

Project Spotlight: HR Assistant

Paul Withers | 5:32:17 PM Sunday, January 22, 2017 | Full Story and Comments
Last year OpenNTF jointly hosted an ICS development contest with IBM with a difference: there had to be a team involved. The winners were Frank van der Linden and Frederic Dehedin. The application covered a variety of technologies, including Bluemix, Cloudant, and Watson. It also used the Jackson JSON Mapper Frank also submitted to OpenNTF and which has been covered on this blog before. As well as being a competition winner, the project is of particular interest because it goes beyond the technologies typical of many OpenNTF projects. So much so that a session covering the application has been accepted not only for IBM Connect but also IBM InterConnect, as Frank covers in the post he has kindly penned below.

Introduction
The Job of a Human Resources Employee is hard work, especially when it comes to handle hundreds or thousands of Job Applications. Often, the Cover Letters are coming in unstructured formats.. Keeping these data in order and prioritize interesting job applications can be difficult.

The details
HR Assistant is an XPages application running on Bluemix and is leveraging IBM Watson services which are helping:
  • Using the Tone Analyzer to get the emotions of the cover letter and job descriptions.
  • Using Personality Insights to get more insights of the applicant
  • Using Alchemy Language to get the keywords used in the text in jobs and job applications.
 
We have decided not to store the data the traditional way in a Notes database, but in IBM Cloudant datastore.
The main reason to use Cloudant was to experience a new NoSQL data store. In the end it was a good decision, because the returned data of the IBM Watson service where pretty big, and with Cloudant we where not hitting any limitations.
More details about the application, see the blog of Frederic and me
http://elstarit.nl/2016/09/19/winner-hr-assistant/
http://www.fdehedin.ch/637/winning-the-ibm-collaboration-solutions-developer-competition-2016
 
The heavy lifting
The application make use of 2 external OSGi plugins to do the heavy lifting of JSON Conversion and connection with Cloudant.
The OSGi plugins, including the update sites can be found in the Bitbucket repositories.
Cloudant connector - https://bitbucket.org/flinden68/cloudant-connector
Jackson Mapper plugin - https://bitbucket.org/flinden68/jackson-json-mapper-plugin
 
Learn more
At IBM Connect, Thursday 23rd February 8 AM in San Francisco and at IBM InterConnect, 22nd March 2 PM in LasVegas I will present a session about this application. In this session I will give more details about how we integrated the IBM Watson services and store it in IBM Cloudant and the lessons learned.

Links
The Application is available here: https://hrassistant.eu-gb.mybluemix.net/
And the source code is available on Github: https://github.com/flinden68/HR-Assistant

Learn, Share and, Collaborate - The Monday Before IBM Connect is YOUR Day

Christian Guedemann | 3:48:54 AM Monday, January 16, 2017 | Full Story and Comments
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Lotusphere/IBM Connect/IBM ConnectED have always been great events and it's absolutely natural to expect the same for this year's edition. A glance through the session list shows that the conference should meet that expectation.

But for me, as a developer, there was always something missing at these events: the hands on experience. Yes, there where labs (which I enjoy), but try to do something cool and crazy. Work together with other developer and do something special. There was no time - too many good sessions, too many good opportunities to talk with friends, customers, experts, and executives.

This year, IBM and OpenNTF have joined together to something special. We will hold a Hackathon on Monday, the day before IBM Connect. 10 Teams, each with 10 people, 10 hours (that was the vision). And each team solves an individual project, lead by Project Leader from the community. All teams should be staffed with people from the community, local students, and IBMers.

Our target is to break boundaries and integrate cognitive into all kinds of applications. It starts with giving Domino Domain Monitor the capability to send messages to Twitter (and maybe also direct to Watson Workspaces?); we will extend IBM Verse; we will use IBM Watson Work Services to analyze emails that are processed in a service desk; and we will customize IBM Connections Cloud.

This day will become the day where your hunger for new and exiting stuff is satisfied!

Do we have prizes for the winners and runners up? Yes, care of OpenNTF:

$1000 for the winner
$500 for the first runner up
$250 for the second runner up

Already registered for IBM Connect? Extend your stay and sign up for the Hackathon 2017.


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