Day 4 - The wrap up

Well that's it, Lotusphere is over for another year.

Bruce's OpenNTF session was well put together, hopefully it will encourage a few more people to get involved. They are always made very welcome, I know I have been all week.

The rest of the sessions today have become pretty traditional but they're always good fun, the Beat the Developers produced the usual round of feature requests from the floor that "will be taken back" to the development labs.

The closing session was much slicker than in previous years, every time the "official" content gets less and less and the comedian gets more time, this is just what people want. That being said the slides that were running as we all filed in had quotes from the blogging community which received great reception from the rest of the room. Again there are a few photos up on Flickr.

I think I'm going to leave it there until I get home when I'll write a proper review of the week. Everything happens so fast while we're here that it's often difficult to see the wood for the trees.

Until then, I look forward to seeing everyone here next year, and if you couldn't make it for 2006, maybe you'll be free for the week of 21st January 2007 when we'll be back to do it all over again.

Wednesday Night Party - Seaworld

About 5,000 of us headed on down to Seaworld last night. It's a bit of a strange park with only a couple of rides (I just stood with beer in hand chatting with a few of the other non-riders). The rest of the park is devoted to penguins (don't trust them as Paul says) and of course Shamu. I've uploaded all of my LS photos so far, with a few of the killer whale show. I'm glad we got there late and so couldn't sit at the front, those guys get very wet and it was beginning to get a bit chilly.

So we're into the last day, but there are still some good sessions to get to including the annual Guru-paloozer and Harass the Developers. But before that everyone has to get to Bruce's OpenNTF session (of course wearing your spangly new OpenNTF t-shirts).

Day 3 - OO Lotus script

The second Bill Buchan session of the day, he's always an entertaining speaker. I would say this is not an area is spend a lot of time in, frankly if you're wanting to get into OO then you may as well go the whole hog and learn Java, which was designed for this from the ground up. I know that LotusScript can do it, but just because something can be done, doesn't mean it should. Maybe a little controversial, but there you go, an opinion none the less.

That being said I went to the session because I still derive some dirty pleasure from jumping into LS every so often and bashing out some code in two minutes flat, and Bill as a real script guru always has some great tips to take away.

Day 3 - Rich Sites with DXL and XSLT

Mac put together a really neat overview of the most acronym heavy area of develpment - AJAX, XSLT, XML, DXL, DTD etc etc. He explained the background and history really well and gave a really cool demo of a search tool which I guess pretty much everyone is going to download from his site when he puts it up (thanks to Julian for bullying him there!).

Generallyt this is a real area of growth, sometimes when these flvours of the month come along they disappear just as quickly as the arrive, but I don't think this will be the case here. If you're a developer (doesn't matter if you're into Domino or not) you owe it to yourself to get into this stuff. And even better it's great fun because you're seeing visual results almost immediately.

Day 3 - The Boss Loves Microsoft...

As ever Ed was on good combative form. The emphasis of the presentation has changed over recent years, in the past there have been hints of slight exasperation creeping in that not everyone agreed with Big Blue, but this year (and in the whole conference mood in general) everyone seems to be really happy with the way things are moving forward. Of course there are areas where there is slight confusion, there can't not be with such a vast array of products on offer, but in the past where aggression was used to maybe try and cover up the confusion, now the message is in line with the offerings and the aggression is just good honest competitiveness.

If I were in Microsoft's shoes I would be worried about how I was going to try and win new customers in the corporate space, let alone dislodge existing IBM houses.