Friday, January 30, 2009

Speedgeeking: The Amazing Tabbed Table

I had the pleasure of being able to participate in Speedgeeking this year at Lotusphere and while it's hard on the voice, it's really a lot of fun. For those not familiar with speedgeeking, it's much like speed dating. Each presenter is at a separate table and groups of attendees spend 5 minutes getting a "crash course" in whatever that presenter's topic is. After 5 minutes, they go to the next station and so on for 1 hour. To keep it fun and lively, an MC is continually calling out the time and rowdily making people move along. It's a bit of a challenge to distill a topic down into a meaningful 5 minute pitch and presenting the same content (loudly) 12 times straight is certainly harder than it seems, but the effort is totally worth it.

As I promised to the attendees of that speedgeeking session, I'm including my sample database here to play around with. If you didn't get to attend, then read on to learn more about "The Ever Amazing Tabbed Table: Cool UI Tricks Anyone Can Do" (and by anyone, I mean developers...admins couldn't handle this ;-)

Get the database here

I think tabbed tables are an excellent design element for making good UIs in Lotus Notes. I'm continually amazed at the uses that you can come up with for this versatile element. For speedgeeking, I demonstrated four popular design pattern uses for the tabbed table, primarily focused on their programmatic aspect.

So what will you find in the sample database? Four cool techniques including:

Fade In/Fade Out

Fade In/Out Example

Wizards Example

Rotating Headlines

Headlines Example

Elegant Navigation

Navigation Example

All of these techniques are extremely easy, can be setup in a few minutes and can be used over and over again. To me, simple is elegant. I hope you enjoy and find some new uses in your own applications.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Come Say Hello At Lotusphere's almost time for our annual pilgrimage to Orlando, and like most of you that are going, I can't wait! For those of you that can't make it, I've been in your position as well...totally bummed about it...and all I can say is that at least this year, more than ever before, you'll get to live viscerally through the many social networking mechanisms that people in the community will be taking advantage of. I know that's not nearly as good as being there, so we'll raise one (or two or...) in your honor.

I still have a lot of planning to do, but there are a few places that I absolutely know I'll be come next week, else my co-presenters will be a little bit annoyed. ;-) If you'd like to catch one of my sessions, make your way over to:


1:00 - 2:00 BP108 - Getting to Wow...Interface First Design for IBM Lotus Notes Developers (co-presented with Tom Duff) - SW 7-10


8:30 - 9:30 AD212 - 1o Web 2.0 User Interface Design Patterns for IBM Lotus Notes and XPages (Co-presented with Nathan Freeman) - SW 5-6

10:00 - 11:00 BP108 - Getting to Wow...Interface First Design for IBM Lotus Notes Developers (co-presented with Tom Duff) - SW 5-6

6:00 - 7:30 Speedgeeking - This is a fun one. I'm doing "The Ever Amazing Tabbed Table..Cool UI Tricks Everyone Can Do". - Dolphin Pacific Hall B


5:45 - 6:45 BOF204 - Designers Unite: Developing A Dynamic User Experience in IBM Lotus Notes - SW Mockingbird 1-2


11:30 - 12:30 GURUpalooza

As far as those social networking things go, I'll be trying to play along as well, so if you want to follow me, you can find me on:

Twitter: chrisblatnick
Brightkite: chrisblatnick
Twitpic: chrisblatnick

I'm looking forward to really using the last two after finally getting a phone that can take advantage of them.

I hope to see you there! Feel free to stop me and say hi if you see me.


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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Lotusphere 2009 - Getting to WOW

Yesterday was the deadline for Lotusphere abstracts, so I hope you got your ideas in. I'm really excited that there seems to be such a buzz around the conference this year (even more than normal, it seems). One of my former colleagues submitted a couple of ideas too, so I'm hoping he gets a chance to get up there and show off his stuff.

I actually ended up with two entries thrown into the hat and one Birds of a Feather idea. Both of the session submissions are with a couple of fantastic speakers, and as always, I'm honored to have the opportunity to present with them. I'll hold off on announcing one of them until I know he's cool with it, but I'm thrilled to tell you that the first session abstract was submitted along with Tom Duff! Tom has a great, casual speaking style and has become a beloved presenter at Lotus conferences. I hope if we get picked that I can live up to his expectations! This session will actually be quite complimentary to one of his other ideas. I, for one, am really looking forward to seeing the Moving From Plumber To Painter presentation.

Our proposed session is entitled: Getting To Wow...Interface First Design For Lotus Notes Developers. If you'd like to check out the abstract or help influence whether or not we get to do this session, please click the link above and vote over on IdeaJam. Many of the other proposed sessions are there and the fearless leader of the Best Practices track, Mr. Mac Guidera, is watching this space with interest. Looking through the list of ideas submitted so far, I think we are in for an incredible round of sessions in 2009!

Hope to see you there...

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