Over the past few months I’ve started working pretty extensively with TypeScript. For those of you who don’t know what TypeScript is: TypeScript is a typed superset of JavaScript that compiles to plain JavaScript. It provides strong types to JavaScript. It allows for the creation of classes and enforces those classes in your code. If you define a Redpill.Widget class, you can then use that class in your code and the editor enforces the rules you define within that class. For example, if you define a findFoo method that accepts a string. If you attempt to pass a number to findFoo your editor will complain about it. To me, TypeScript feels

close

Over the past few months I’ve started working pretty extensively with TypeScript. For those of you who don’t know what TypeScript is: TypeScript is a typed superset of JavaScript that compiles to plain JavaScript. It provides strong types to JavaScript. It allows for the creation of classes and enforces those classes in your code. If you define a Redpill.Widget class, you can then use that class in your code and the editor enforces the rules you define within that class. For example, if you define a findFoo method that accepts a string. If you attempt to pass a number to findFoo your editor will complain about it. To me, TypeScript feels

Read more

If you followed Peter’s series on replacing Lotus he outlined some of the pitfalls, processes and decision points to undertake for success. I wanted to point out the technical side to a lot of those decisions. The short answer is that you need a tool to surface your domino data en-masse until such a time when decisions are made on each application. I have been working on that solution for quite some time now and I have to say, it’s complex. First you need to make a fundamental decision. Are you going to do this yourself or hire someone? Next question…Are you going to provide fidelity to the original Notes apps

close

If you followed Peter’s series on replacing Lotus he outlined some of the pitfalls, processes and decision points to undertake for success. I wanted to point out the technical side to a lot of those decisions. The short answer is that you need a tool to surface your domino data en-masse until such a time when decisions are made on each application. I have been working on that solution for quite some time now and I have to say, it’s complex. First you need to make a fundamental decision. Are you going to do this yourself or hire someone? Next question…Are you going to provide fidelity to the original Notes apps

Read more

The past 1.5 years I’ve been working exclusively with Web Components and specifically Polymer. The more I use this technology the more convinced I am that this is the technology I should be using. Now, I’m not saying that Web Components and Polymer are hammers and every problem/project is a nail. However it’s quite refreshing that Polymer’s goal is to make itself irrelevant. What does that mean, Polymer is there temporarily until the browsers decide upon common standards and implement those standards. Which, they’re doing. The Custom Elements 1.0 spec has been released. As far as complimentary technology goes, I’m still a little on the fence about which technologies are the

close

The past 1.5 years I’ve been working exclusively with Web Components and specifically Polymer. The more I use this technology the more convinced I am that this is the technology I should be using. Now, I’m not saying that Web Components and Polymer are hammers and every problem/project is a nail. However it’s quite refreshing that Polymer’s goal is to make itself irrelevant. What does that mean, Polymer is there temporarily until the browsers decide upon common standards and implement those standards. Which, they’re doing. The Custom Elements 1.0 spec has been released. As far as complimentary technology goes, I’m still a little on the fence about which technologies are the

Read more

This week I attended MWLUG in Alexandria, VA. This was an awesome event, so many good speakers, good content and excellent camaraderie. I can’t say it enough, but Richard Moy and his team put on such a good event. So, I spoke to a couple of developers who are writing client JavaScript in Domino Designer. While Domino Designer is capable of allowing you to write JavaScript, all I can say is STOP! Stop torturing yourself, Stop making it harder on yourself to write good JavaScript. There are way too many good to excellent editor choices for writing JavaScript, and I would have to say even the worst editor is better than

close

This week I attended MWLUG in Alexandria, VA. This was an awesome event, so many good speakers, good content and excellent camaraderie. I can’t say it enough, but Richard Moy and his team put on such a good event. So, I spoke to a couple of developers who are writing client JavaScript in Domino Designer. While Domino Designer is capable of allowing you to write JavaScript, all I can say is STOP! Stop torturing yourself, Stop making it harder on yourself to write good JavaScript. There are way too many good to excellent editor choices for writing JavaScript, and I would have to say even the worst editor is better than

Read more

I’ve been using Evernote for a few years now and have enjoyed it’s feature set and the ability to plan and document a complex project (namely home/shop projects) with shopping lists, ideas, etc. But recently every time I attempt to use Evernote to create a quick note or maybe just jot something down, I’m presented with a request to upgrade to a pay plan, or to update or just general advertising. I can no longer just open it and create a note. Because of this, I have now backed up anything I need and uninstalled Evernote from all my devices. I guess I’ll have to use Google’s Keep or Microsoft’s One Note.

close

I’ve been using Evernote for a few years now and have enjoyed it’s feature set and the ability to plan and document a complex project (namely home/shop projects) with shopping lists, ideas, etc. But recently every time I attempt to use Evernote to create a quick note or maybe just jot something down, I’m presented with a request to upgrade to a pay plan, or to update or just general advertising. I can no longer just open it and create a note. Because of this, I have now backed up anything I need and uninstalled Evernote from all my devices. I guess I’ll have to use Google’s Keep or Microsoft’s One Note.

Read more

Posted in Misc, Technology

Merry Christmas!! I hope everyone is having a great holiday. I thought now might be a good time to look back over the year and review some of the technology I’ve dealt with. Surface Pro 4: Last year I got a Surface Pro 4 tablet. I started the process of switching to it instead of my aging MacBook Pro. While I REALLY like the hardware and how everything works there were just a few issues which got on my nerves so bad I couldn’t ever completely make the switch. As far as performance, I experienced about the same performance as my MacBook. It performed very well and was a solid machine,

close

Merry Christmas!! I hope everyone is having a great holiday. I thought now might be a good time to look back over the year and review some of the technology I’ve dealt with. Surface Pro 4: Last year I got a Surface Pro 4 tablet. I started the process of switching to it instead of my aging MacBook Pro. While I REALLY like the hardware and how everything works there were just a few issues which got on my nerves so bad I couldn’t ever completely make the switch. As far as performance, I experienced about the same performance as my MacBook. It performed very well and was a solid machine,

Read more

I’ve been using the Visual Studio Code editor for the last couple of weeks and thought I would share my experience. I’ve mainly used this in a plain ‘ole polymer application which consists of html files. Using the editor this way has shown some of it’s shortcomings. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s a fine editor and has a lot of features I really like. However with CSS, HTML and JavaScript all residing in the same file, a lot of the typeahead features just don’t work, which is my biggest complaint. So onto my review, I’ll first start with my dislikes: JavaScript intellisense doesn’t work with JavaScript embedded in an

close

I’ve been using the Visual Studio Code editor for the last couple of weeks and thought I would share my experience. I’ve mainly used this in a plain ‘ole polymer application which consists of html files. Using the editor this way has shown some of it’s shortcomings. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s a fine editor and has a lot of features I really like. However with CSS, HTML and JavaScript all residing in the same file, a lot of the typeahead features just don’t work, which is my biggest complaint. So onto my review, I’ll first start with my dislikes: JavaScript intellisense doesn’t work with JavaScript embedded in an

Read more

Posted in Microsoft, Technology

So you’ve created your shiny new web application using DDS and everything is really cool, except for the display of rich text. You’ve figured out that there is a multipart MIME object in the JSON delivered by DDS, and it has the HTML in that, but it still looks crappy. It has tags littered throughout and just doesn’t look good. Well, I think I’ve got the solution for you. If you look at that multipart MIME Object and find the ‘text/html’ entry you’ll notice a ‘contentTransferEncoding’ property that equals ‘quoted-printable’ or maybe ‘base64’.  There’s the cause of your html display issue. You need a decoder for those 2 encoding types. Now, let’s

close

So you’ve created your shiny new web application using DDS and everything is really cool, except for the display of rich text. You’ve figured out that there is a multipart MIME object in the JSON delivered by DDS, and it has the HTML in that, but it still looks crappy. It has tags littered throughout and just doesn’t look good. Well, I think I’ve got the solution for you. If you look at that multipart MIME Object and find the ‘text/html’ entry you’ll notice a ‘contentTransferEncoding’ property that equals ‘quoted-printable’ or maybe ‘base64’.  There’s the cause of your html display issue. You need a decoder for those 2 encoding types. Now, let’s

Read more

At MWLUG a lot of people seemed surprised that I would create a component just for an avatar. My response to that is why wouldn’t you build an avatar component? So, in this post I’m going to show you how to build one for your applications. Let’s start out with the use case. We want to show an avatar for a person in various locations throughout our application. This avatar should do a few different things: Should show a picture of a person if one is attached to their person document If no picture is available and the person is in the domino directory should show the first letter of their first name

close

At MWLUG a lot of people seemed surprised that I would create a component just for an avatar. My response to that is why wouldn’t you build an avatar component? So, in this post I’m going to show you how to build one for your applications. Let’s start out with the use case. We want to show an avatar for a person in various locations throughout our application. This avatar should do a few different things: Should show a picture of a person if one is attached to their person document If no picture is available and the person is in the domino directory should show the first letter of their first name

Read more

Posted in Polymer

I had a great time at MWLUG this year. It was great to see so many familiar faces and friends, most of which I only see at the user groups. But, I just got home and thought I would share some of my thoughts and observations about the event and my take away about the state of our beloved Notes. As usual Richard Moy put together a great conference, so many thanks to him for making that event possible. The tone of the event was that most everyone is starting to realize that the Notes client is quickly dying. Domino and the NSF probably have a few more years left in them yet. I

close

I had a great time at MWLUG this year. It was great to see so many familiar faces and friends, most of which I only see at the user groups. But, I just got home and thought I would share some of my thoughts and observations about the event and my take away about the state of our beloved Notes. As usual Richard Moy put together a great conference, so many thanks to him for making that event possible. The tone of the event was that most everyone is starting to realize that the Notes client is quickly dying. Domino and the NSF probably have a few more years left in them yet. I

Read more

Posted in Fun, IBM, Lotus Software