“Summer of code” programs and an ecosystem

Every year more and more projects get on with Google and their summer code contests. These initiatives are just the right thing to keep interest in a technology and get young (and some times older) developers involved with a framework, API, or general system. The benefit goes both ways, the institution grows the developer base and the contestants usually get nice prizes and some notoriety.

Here is a list of some of the “summer of code” programs you should check out. There are 175 organizations participating. I don’t see IBM, Lotus, or XPages in the list, which is a shame…

If you want to get involved with Eclipse then get with Chris here.

This is exactly what communities like Lotus and IBM need!


EGit for Domino Designer

Leave it to Nathan Freeman to modify the EGit and get it working for Eclipse 3.4 so Domino Designer can use it. He has already created an open source project on OpenNTF for the cause. Great job Nathan!

Well, the beauty of open source is that if you don’t like what you get, you can fix it. So I did. – link


Target Management – must have project for developers

Target Management

This is a must have Eclipse project for anyone who uses Eclipse as their integrated development environment. I use this project exclusively for many of my projects that are on remote servers. The project has many options for synchronizing or connecting your development environment to a remote system. It is perfect for web based development. For instance, I use this with the PHP (PDT) installation of Eclipse and I use it to push and update source files to the remote site. You can also connect to many different kinds of back-ends, check out the screen shot for the list of options available. I really like the fact you can import a remote source folder into your project and synchronize it with the server, it’s great for PHP development.

The Target Management project creates data models and frameworks to configure and manage remote systems, their connections, and their services.
Our main offering is the Remote System Explorer (RSE), which is also part of the Eclipse Indigo coordinated release train. It integrates any sort of heterogeneous remote resources under a single, consistent UI and allows transparent working on remote computers just like the local one. For Indigo, it provides access to remote file systems for other projects to consume via the Eclipse Filesystem (EFS). — link

Walmart.com is based on OpenLaszlo

Check out the different sites based on OpenLaszlo on the showcase page, very cool.


The world’s largest online retailer chose OpenLaszlo for its major site relaunch, using the technology in the prominent home page showcase application, among other areas. OpenLaszlo was selected among its competitors because of the platform’s open source architecture, scalability and flexible development environment.

Coshopping is a cool feature

Just watched one of my last IBMEA training videos on Websphere Commerce and I thought this one feature was pretty interesting. I have never seen this implemented on a site but I think it would have been useful in the past like when I was shopping online near a holiday – my wife and I could have co-shopped together! The co-shopping feature comes with Websphere Commerce version 7 with feature pack 2. The feature of course uses Dojo and the demo/sample widget can be used across the site as a widget with just a few steps.

Coshopping enables two shoppers within their own browser to shop together
– explore a store
– take control of a session
– highlight web page elements
– view products
– chat about products


Time for a change

As few have probably seen either on Twitter or LinkedIn or have spoken with me directly, I am making a rather large move in my career. I am moving to the Websphere Commerce technical sales team. Hopefully my client engaging experiences and my public speaking experiences will help as I ramp up with the technology piece. So far its been five days and over 30 videos from IBM Education Assistant – they really did do a great job on this stuff.

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First impressions of Podio

Podio is a new cloud based business tool, it is sort of the Facebook for business. It is also clearly a direct competitor to SalesForce.com and LotusLive in my opinion. It looks like it has a really nice set of applications right out of the gate and they are tailored for running a business. It has things like email, calendar, meetings, project planning, crm, and all kinds of tools for different industries.

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