2011 Focus

2010 is gone, here comes 2011!


This is going to be a fun and challenging year for me.  I have several areas of interest that I will be focusing on in 2011, the first and foremost is web 2.0 patterns (as is Matt) and techniques, and to follow, getting them to work seamlessly in the Eclipse and Lotus Notes client, ie. project Vulcan.  So you will continue to see various web-client integration patterns using things like Open Social API’s, Dojo, and more. The challenge will be mixing web and Eclipse based technology in a seamless and re-usable manner.  Many have already seen the attachment viewer, which was my first stab prototype at the concepts.

On the personal-professional side (ie. my hobby), I am still diving on WordPress, JQuery, MySQL, and PHP.  I always “play” in other areas that are either opposite or compliment my job at IBM.  This gives me a slightly different take in technical debates.  I always fall back to Sun Tzu – “know your enemy” – well, that’s probably extreme but I am sure someone I work with would call JQuery the enemy!  I also plan on reviewing a few books this year so I am looking for suggestions in that space.


Lot’s of stuff going on at the home front.  With Kim and the girls fully moved in, the house is finally starting to settle; but that doesn’t mean its not somewhat chaotic on a daily basis.  With four kids in sports and with me coaching one of them it gets a bit ugly but its fun.

3 thoughts on “2011 Focus

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  2. I was reading about some of the new features that you added to the Attachment Viewer. The multiple thumbnails is exactly what my company is looking for so I downloaded the newest version (xml) from OpenNTF, but once installed, my widget doesn’t do what is shown in your screenshots on your website. How do I get the new features to work?

  3. Hi Lisa,

    Yes, I have not added that capability to the open source version of the viewer yet. Currently I don’t have any plans to release the newest version until the end of 2011.


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