It's getting to that point in the year where the (formerly) Lotus masses head to Florida for a week of great learning, networking and maybe a little fun.
It does seem that every year gets busier, and this year is no exception. So below are the things that I'll definitely be doing so far...
XPages Blast - BP208 (with Tim Clark)
Monday 11:00-12:00 Dolphin S. Hemisphere IV-V
Tuesday 08:15-09:15 Swan SW 5-6
This session will take you on a roller-coaster ride through the "best of the best" ideas and time- saving techniques for creating world-class XPages applications. Thirty all new top tips in just sixty minutes is going to be fast-paced and packed with loads of information you will refer to time and time again! Everything from introductory tips to getting started with XPages, all the way through to complex tips - such as making use of Java. And back this year is the support app showing all of the tips and tricks. Please fasten your seat belts and keep your hands in the car at all times!
Deploying and Managing IBM Lotus Domino XPages Applications - BP201 (with Warren Elsmore)
Wednesday 15:00-16:00 Swan SW 9-10
If you're a developer wanting to release your IBM Lotus Domino XPages application and you need to think about the real world of servers and admins...or if you're an admin and you have developers chasing you to get their shiny new XPages applications released -- then this session is for you. We'll take you through the things to think about from both sides of the fence. We'll share tips and tricks, issues which trip you up, and the best practices for releasing your applications.
Thursday 10:00-11:00 Swan Ballrooms
All of the BP speakers will be up on stage to answer your questions. Most of us at that point will be trying to hide and avoid speaking :-)
UKNight (Sponsored Event)
Monday 20:00-22:00 Shulas Bar
The format is simple. The nation best known for running bars (ie, us, the British), take over Shulas bar for one evening. The bar tab is covered but entry is by INVITATION ONLY so look out for myself or one of the other LDC-ers (in the form of Mark Myers, Ben Poole or Julian Woodward) for a ticket.
Oh and don't forget to practice your British accents, as there are bouncers on the door and they won't let you in unless you sound genuine!
Great Geek Challenge (Sponsored Event)
Tuesday 20:00-22:00 Dolphin Ice Cream Bar
The Nerd Girls organise a geeky quiz event every year, and we're sponsoring so we'll definitely be there. Last year the questions were properly hard, and they're promising to make them even tougher this year.
As ever the LDC will also be bringing along some great giveaways, this year we're doing something a little different, but you'll just have to wait until we get there to see what we (well Mark) brought over. Do make sure to stop us and say hi anyway.