ICON UK is fast approaching

Every year, around this time, we have had ICON UK (formerly UKLUG) since 2007 and this year is no exception. For me it'll be a different event. I've always helped out with organising something behind the scenes before, but this year we're fully devoted to working on LDC Via so will be attending as a sponsor for the first time.

So it'll be a busy couple of days:

  • We've got the booth and would love for you to come by, say hello and see what we've been working on for the last year.
  • We'll be doing a sponsor session at 2pm on Monday to talk in a bit more detail about LDC Via.
  • I'll be presenting a session titled "node.js for Domino developers" at 4pm on Monday.

All in all, it promises to be a great couple of days. If you haven't already take a look at the agenda and register before the event fills up.

MWLUG just a week away

In just a week I'll be flying to Atlanta to attend my first ever MWLUG event.

From what I've heard it's a really good conference and I'm certainly going to be busy. I'll be working on the LDC Via booth in the sponsor showcase most of the time so please come and say hello.

And then at 4:45pm on Thursday I'll be presenting a new session:

Node.js for Domino Developers

The world of web development is moving pretty fast, it's good to keep an eye on what the leaders are doing. Node.js is currently one of the most popular development platforms out there. This session will walk you through the basics. What is node.js? How do I get started? Is it something I want to get involved with? The key for all of this is that Matt is a Domino developer by trade, so we'll talk in terms we all understand!

Hope to see you there.

End of year review 2014

This year has been one of disruption on the home front, but in a positive way. We decided to replace the main bathroom in the first half of the year but that was really just a taster for the main project of building an extension onto the back of the house. Where we had a small kitchen and a dining room that we didn't really use very much, now we have a large kitchen diner family room that we spend the majority of our time in. It was the first time I'd tried to do a project of this scale and for the most part it was remarkably smooth. Though we were so glad when, in November after three months of work, we finally got rid of the building team. But having just done our first Christmas in the new room, we really couldn't be happier with the changes. 

The new room after 4 months of work

The new room after 4 months of work

It did mean that there wasn't as much time for other things as I would have liked. I realised a couple of weeks ago that I only took two weeks off work for the year, this is not enough, and will be resolved in 2015!

That being said, I worked far more from home than previously so I got to spend much more time with the family. I'm really incredibly lucky to be able to wander downstairs from work at 5:30 and spend a couple of hours with the toddler before she goes to bed of an evening. Unbelievably she is already 2.5 years old. 

On the work front 2014 has seen significant change. Domino work has become much more limited in its scope and volume. But it's given us the opportunity to do something that we've been wittering about for a long time. Earlier in the year we (that is Ben, Mark, Julian and myself) started coding a new tool that has become LDC Via. This involved learning new technology stacks in the form of node.js and MongoDB. It's been a long time since I learned so much in such a short period of time but we've finally reached the point where we have a product that we're happy to share with our beta program members. You'll hear a lot more about our offering over the next few months. 

I still do Domino work when the opportunity arises but I think at this point I'd consider myself a node.js / MongoDB developer. It's something that was always going to happen, it just happened a little sooner than I had anticipated. 

So 2015 is going to be an exciting one: we have some big changes coming on the home front in a couple of months and at the same time I need to be rolling out a new product and continuing to develop it.



Haven't we been busy

Over the last few months you may have seen less of me and the rest of the LDC team than usual. But there is good reason, we have been busy little bees creating a new product that hopefully you'll be interested in if you work in the Domino world.

Over the next few weeks we're going to cover the Why, What and How of LDC Via, and Why is first.

What we’re seeing now is that Notes and Domino are viewed (whether correctly or not—that’s a separate discussion!) as being somewhat old-fangled, uncool and—that horrible word—“legacy”. The upshot is that some organisations are reducing, or even stopping, investment in this platform. For email they may well be migrating, or have migrated, to Microsoft or Google. Those that are staying with IBM may be considering moving to IBM SmartCloud for email. So, for many, the on-premises Domino servers have become a liability, a problem, and an unwanted overhead. But—and it’s a big but—there are important business records and data locked away on those servers.

Head on over to our blog to

We're also looking for people to get involved with our beta program. If you or your company is interested then please contact us and we can let you know more detail.

Call for abstracts for ICONUK

Are you registered for ICONUK 2014 yet? Tim Clark is running the event this year, but we still need speakers. It's that time of year again when we ask you to throw your hat into the ring if you want to speak at ICONUK. I'm running the Dev track, and I just thought it would be useful to run through the process of how we choose the sessions.

Firstly I move all of the session titles and abstracts into a spreadsheet and remove any names from the list to try and avoid falling into the trap of automatically selecting "the old dependables". Just to give an idea, last year we had nearly three times as many abstracts as we had sessions, so this next bit of the process is very hard. We go through the abstracts and we rate each one so that there is a league table. 

Next we add in the speaker names. We try our best to get as many speakers in as possible, so if someone has played a blinder and submitted multiple abstracts which we like, we'll either pick the best one and remove the others, or contact them to see if maybe they could speak with someone else, ideally someone new to the speaking circuit.

After much arguing and horse trading with the other tracks (sometimes we can stretch the definition of Infrastructure or Dev or Management!) we end up with a list and we'll send out the notification emails.

And that's where the real fun starts for you!

So please do have a think about whether you want to try out presenting in a smaller, less terrifying setting than Florida. The Call For Abstracts closes on Monday 30th June and we'll aim to let people know as soon after that as possible.