Friday, June 08, 2007

Man, I'm Beat! (Or...A Post Of Miscellania)

Wow...between ILUG, Lotus Developer2007, jet lag, and basic lack of sleep for the past two weeks, I am done for. On top of all that, my oldest turns 13 today, so I am now officially the parent of a teenager. THAT is a scary thought! Plus, that means I am getting old!!! :-(

What follows is just a bunch of random thoughts from the past few days...

Thanks to all of the people who attended my sessions at the View conference. I really enjoyed talking with all of you and hope you got some useful content out of it. I think the most fun was my Advanced Interface Techniques presentation on Monday afternoon. It must have been pretty successful, since I got several people to stay around an additional 10 minutes after the end, showing them some stuff I didn't have time for. The kicker was that it was 5:30 and there was FREE BEER available and they still stayed. Way cool! :-D

The conference as a whole was amazing. So many talented speakers and attendees that really seemed happy to be there. The WIS staff does a super job of making things run smoothly. It's always a pleasure to see them all. The one weird thing about the it just ends. They don't have a closing session of any kind. You just get out of your last class and that's it. I think a short closing session just to wrap things up might be nice. Hanging out after hours is always fun too. I hope to see you all again next year!

Notes Gangstas
(credit: Paul Mooney)

For those of you looking for some of the downloads I promised, please give me a couple of days and they will be available. I plan on adding the non-Domino based javascript and css examples here. Most of the other stuff I showed is in the take-home database. For ease of use, I combined the JavaScript and CSS examples into one database. Also, I ran out of time in the Advanced UI session and didn't get to show the "Super Burrito Configurator". There's some cool ideas there, so check it out!

I got delayed flying from Cleveland to Boston, so I had time to write part 1 of my "intro to usability testing" article. Look for that as soon as I get a chance to type it up (yes...I actually used the ancient art of writing on paper...really nice to do that sometimes, especially in a nice crisp Moleskine with a good pen).

Some very interesting items came to light in the last few weeks that I haven't had a chance to comment on but are certainly worth reviewing from a collaboration perspective, most notably Microsoft Surface and Google Gears. Surface looks amazing...I hope to get some time to jot down my thoughts on this innovative interface. Speaking of "jotting", I love the Jott service. Being able to use my cell phone while driving (with headset, of course)to deliver notes to myself via e-mail has been invaluable. More on that later as well.

I am really drooling over the iPhone and its UI but I am still unsure of a device without physical buttons of any kind. Unless they've got something else up their sleeves, the iPhone is certainly a two hand device, which in some ways reduces its utility. Perhaps this could be rectified with bluetooth-based voice controls or something similar.

Best thing about coming home (besides seeing my family, of course): The new Dream Theater album (see, I'm showing my age by using that term) was waiting for me. The special edition packaging looks sweet and I can't wait to hear the 5.1 version down in my home theater!

Well..I guess that's all the ramblings for today. Almost time to kick off the weekend. Have a great one!

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Sunday, June 03, 2007

Boston Bound...

As I'm putting the finishing touches on all the chores around here and hanging with the fam before I head to the airport, I thought I'd get my schedule for Boston ( LotusDeveloper2007 if you didn't know) out here in case any of you want to come by and razz me. :-)

I'm actually really looking forward to Monday, since I get to do two of my interface sessions. The morning one ends up being a great introduction to the general concepts I talk about all the time, while the afternoon one takes those concepts and runs with it. We'll look at many advanced techniques which I think can add a lot of value to your applications. It's all about simplifying and improving the user experience, and I'm excited to present this one.

Anyway, here's where you can find me the next few days. If you get a chance, please stop by and say hello...

Monday, June 4
9:45 am – 11:15 am: Interface Matters: Design Your UI for the Ultimate User Experience (Gardner)
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm: Advanced User Interface Techniques for the Notes Client (Hampton)

Tuesday, June 5
10:15 am – 11:45 am: Advanced CSS Techniques for Domino Web Applications (Gardner)
12:00 pm – 12:45 pm: Overcoming User Interface Design Issues and Challenges (Back Bay D) (This is a Birds of a Feather session)
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm: Securing your Domino Web Environment (Hampton)
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Ask the Experts (Constitution Ballroom)

Wednesday, June 6
10:15 am – 11:45 am: Applying Best Practices and Advanced Techniques to Your JavaScript (Back Bay D)

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Friday, May 04, 2007

Sneak Peak: Build A Better Burrito...the Notes Way!

Click for animated demo

Want to see more? Make sure you catch me at ILUG 2007 or in my 'Advanced User Interface Techniques for the Notes Client' session at Lotus Developer2007. Was making a burrito ever this good? ;-D

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