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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 13.

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

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,

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.

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
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.

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
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.

While we are celebrating 15 Years of OpenNTF - Another era has come to a well deserved end!

Christian Guedemann | 2:19:34 PM Friday, December 16, 2016 | Full Story and Comments
15 Years old! Founded as Notes Open Source Software and renamed to OpenNTF, OpenNTF.org has become 15 years old. I think the founders of OpenNTF - Bruce Elgort and Nathan T. Freeman, and also Vince Shuurman who was involved in the early years of OpenNTF - did not imagine how important OpenNTF would become after all these years. OpenNTF, the home of the Extension Library, the home of over 850 projects, and the place where IBM ICS learned how to reintegrate open source code in to a core product. While people with a strong charisma like Bruce have made OpenNTF popular and advocates like Niklas Heidloff have demonstrated the enormous value and power of Open Source and OpenNTF, there was another man involved in the success of OpenNTF like no other.

The formal title was IP Manager, but Peter Tanner was more. He was the conscience of OpenNTF. He gave OpenNTF everything that an open source community needs. His knowledge about intellectual property rights, licences, and how to build an organisation that has clear processes on how to publish software is more valuable than gold. But now the time has come for his second retirement. We had the pleasure and also the financial power to hire the services of Peter for one last year, but this year ends now. He will pass his duty to a young brilliant mind with the name Jesse Gallagher and we wish Jesse all the best for this important position.

And Peter, I want to thank you personally for all the time you spent on OpenNTF, for all the work and discussions we had together, and for introducing the idea of open source to me and connecting me to the big world of open source community. Yes, we will miss you, for sure, but all good things comes to a end, and I wish you all the best in your second retirement. Enjoy travelling around the world!

OpenNTF Chairman

Contributor Elections

Oliver Busse | 7:39:13 AM Monday, September 26, 2016 | Full Story and Comments
The OpenNTF Contributor election results are in - and the winners are: 

Padraic Edwards, Fredrik Norling and Johnny Oldenburger.

Congratulations to all the candidates.  It was a good race, and we appreciate the involvement of all those who participated, whether by running or voting.  

2016 OpenNTF Board Elections Update - Contributor Vote Required

Paul Withers | 6:58:13 AM Monday, September 19, 2016 | Full Story and Comments
The 2016 OpenNTF nominations are closed.  

Contributor Directors (elected for one year - 4 nominees for 3 positions):
Padraic Edwards
Patrick Kwinten
Fredrik Norling
Johnny Oldenburger

So - a ballot has been sent to all active registered Contributors. If you have not received an email and are a contributor, please send your votes anyway to ip-manager at openntf.org.

Member Directors - all elected for two years (by acclamation):
Serdar Basegmez, Developi Information Systems

Adam Foster, Oval

Jesse Gallagher, I Know Some Guys

Christian G├╝demann, Webgate

Douglas Robinson, Prominic

In addition, the following Member Directors still have one year remaining in their terms:

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

The Board would like to thank all those who have presented themselves as candidates this year.

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