Monday, May 30, 2016

The True Meaning of Memorial Day

As you celebrate Memorial Day with your barbecues, cookouts, sporting events, picnics and etc please take a moment of silence to remember and honor all the service men and women who gave their Last Full Measure of Devotion to our country.
Each year I read Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address on this day and I am so moved by it. It holds true over 150 years ago and still holds true to this day.
"Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."
Abraham Lincoln
November 19, 1863

Friday, May 27, 2016

MWLUG 2016 Abstract Submission Extended to June 1, 2016

Abstract Submission for MWLUG 2016 has been extended to June 1, 2016, 5:00 PM CST. We forgot that this weekend is Memorial Day weekend and many are out of town. So there is a few more days that you can submit your abstract.

http://mwlug.com/mwlug/mwlug.nsf/sessionabstract.xsp

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Creating Bootstrap Widget with Dojo - ATLUG May 19, 2016 - Presentation and Code

Last week I presented at the 2nd quarter ATLUG meeting.  It was nice to be in Atlanta in 80 F weather considering Chicago was near freeze and always below 40 F for so many days. I would like to thanks Lisa and Darren Duke for having me as their guest speaker.  The presentation and code for my talk are available using the following link.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/j7znw069ajyw3d2/Phora%20Group%20ATLUG%20-%20Presentation-2016-0519.zip?dl=0

MWLUG 2016, Defining the Art Collaboration - Abstract Submission is Closing

Abstract submission for MWLUG 2016 is closing soon.  Abstract submission will close on May 27, 2016, 5:00 PM CST

Are you new to speaking? Well here is your chance to speak at a conference on a topic that you know well. Every year we reserve a number of speaking slots for new speakers. So take this unique opportunity to speak at a MWLUG conference and submit an abstract.

To submit your abstract go to:http://www.mwlug.com/mwlug/mwlug.nsf/sessionabstract.xsp

We look forward to getting everyone's abstract.

http://mwlug.com/mwlug/mwlug.nsf/countdown.xsp


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Creating Bootstrap Widgets Using Dojo at ATLUG

Thanks to Lisa and Darren Duke, I will be presenting at ATLUG on May 19, 2016 on combining my two favorite open source frameworks, Twitter Bootstrap and Dojo, to create widgets that your can use in your web-based application. This presentation is not XPages specific. The presentation will be held at the IBM Technical Exploration Center in Atlanta. So if you are a web developer using or thinking about using Dojo and Bootstrap come join me or to just listen to me rant and rave.

IBM Corp (Building A)
6303 Barfield Rd., NE
AtlantaGA 30328
Technical Exploration Center

Creating Bootstrap Widgets Using Dojo
Twitter Bootstrap is one of the most popular responsive CSS frameworks available. Dojo is one of the most comprehensive and powerful JavaScript framework available. However, Bootstrap only comes with jQuery-based widgets by default. But if you can only combine Bootstrap and Dojo together, you as designers and developers will have an extremely powerful and flexible framework to build your applications.
Join Richard Moy from Phora Group for this fast pace learning experience on how to create your own custom Bootstrap widgets using Dojo to extend your set of tools. This session will guide you through the process of creating individual widgets, the pitfalls to watch out for, and how to add them in any Web-based application.


Monday, April 25, 2016

Registration for MWLUG 2016 is now open.

We please to announce that registration for MWLUG 2016, Austin Texas is now opened.  The eighth MWLUG conference will be held at the Four Seasons in downtown Austin, Texas from August 17 to 19, 2016. We expect this to be our biggest MWLUG conference with many exciting events and learning. 

We are planning two pre-conference events for which registration will be open soon, including a tour of the IBM Design Center in Austin plus a trip to the Alamo and the San Antonio Riverwalk.

http://mwlug.com/mwlug/mwlug.nsf/register.xsp

Special thanks to Mike McGarel for creating our brand new redesigned web site.

Abstract submission for MWLUG 2016 is currently opened for potential speakers. Abstract submission will close on May 27, 2016. 

http://mwlug.com/mwlug/mwlug.nsf/sessionabstract.xsp

We are now open for sponsorship. Diamond and Platinum Sponsorship are closed, but we still have Gold, Silver, and Bronze sponsorship available. If you are interested, send me a note.

Monday, April 18, 2016

MWLUG 2016, Defining the Art Collaboration - Abstract Submission is Open

Abstract submission for MWLUG 2016 is now open.  Mike McGarel and his team worked hard on our new redesigned conference web site.  Abstract submission will close on May 27, 2016.

Are you new to speaking? Well here is your chance to speak at a conference on a topic that you know well. Every year we reserve a number of speaking slots for new speakers. So take this unique opportunity to speak at a MWLUG conference and submit an abstract.

To submit your abstract go to: http://www.mwlug.com/mwlug/mwlug.nsf/sessionabstract.xsp

We look forward to getting everyone's abstract.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Announcing MWLUG 2016: Defining the Art of Collaboration


We are please to officially announce that MWLUG 2016 will be held on August 17-19, 2016 at the Four Seasons in Austin Texas. We have secured a special rate for this event. With all the new innovations that IBM and IBM Business Partners are creating with our favorite technologies, we are "Defining the Art of Collaboration" which is our theme for MWLUG 2016.

We are expecting an even greater turnout this year at MWLUG 2016.  We are planning many activities and new formats to make this a special event.  For attendees that are interesting in coming earlier, we are also working on a special event on Tuesday, August 16, 2016.  We will need to determine if there is enough interest before we book this event.  More information will be coming soon.

Sponsorship for MWLUG 2016, will be starting very soon with presentation abstract submission in April.  We look forward to seeing everyone in Austin.

And yes, we are cooking up a few surprises.