I owe you an explanation

I realise that we at LDC have piqued some interest with our initial LDC Via blog post, but not really told you anything about it. So over on the blog today is our Why oh why oh why post, which is our attempt – I hope successful – to begin to explain the thinking behind the product, and how might fit into the ‘Notes and Domino’ landscape. Give it a read, and let me know whether it’s enlightening or baffling 🙂

Roll up, roll up, get your lovely new cloud database here!

We at LDC are very proud today to announce our new venture: LDC Via.

LDC Via is a new tool, designed to permit you to easily move existing Notes and Domino data to a modern scalable cloud-based platform, while retaining full document-centric Domino “readers and authors” security.

Visit the website, blog, Facebook page or our Twitter stream for more information.

London is the only place to be on 21st March

In case you’d not picked up on it, the good folks at Turtle, and we of London Developer Co-op, are running a new type of event in central London next Friday 21st March.

Its called the Collaboration Stack Community Event. We have a wide range of speakers, many of international standing, who will be giving short insights into a given topic. However, this is not an event that’s about being lectured to from the front of the room. Instead it’s designed to be much more interactive. All sessions will have time set aside for discussion. Some sessions will be entirely about discussion (albeit with some moderation and leading). And there will be plenty of opportunities to talk with the speakers and each other informally outside the session times.

For both practical reasons (size of venue, new format) and financial reasons (we are footing the bill ourselves – no registration fees, sponsors, product pitches or exhibition space) we’re limiting the numbers on this occasion. And the good news is that it’s filling up fast – we’re over 80% booked up.

Some links for you, if you want to register or find out more:
CSCEvent site
Agenda page
Registration link

Did I mention that this is a free event? 🙂

Hope to see you there.

PS If you’ve registered but you’re not going to be able to make it, please let us know so that
[a] we can free up your space for somebody else and
[b] we don’t hate you 😉


That C.U.L(DC).T. shirt

So, I have now run out of my sort of #ls12 C.U.L.T. shirts. They’re all gone. You missed your chance. Lotusphere was a complete waste of time for you, because you didn’t manage to get hold of one of these. Seriously, they’re a rare as rocking horse shit, and as precious as a unicorn’s foreskin. Chinese “doctors” would grind them up and use them for medicine if they could get hold of them. You get the picture.


So, here’s the image. That’s right: it’s a truly terrible pun. What did you expect?!

C.U.L(DC).T. shirt for Lotusphere 2012

C.U.L(DC).T. shirt for Lotusphere 2012

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If you don’t get the pun … (a) what is Spock? (b) what are we about to do to him? (c) reverse those two words. Still not? Ask an LDCer.

Anyway … Matt White, Mark Myers and I still have some of the ‘official’ LDC shirts to give away, so hunt us down and demand one. Of course, we may demand in return that you actually wear it for at least half a day while you’re at Lotusphere, but that’s fair enough isn’t it?

Lotusphere 2012 C.U.L.T. shirt. Sort of.

As you are doubtless aware, if you are a Yellow Bubble type reader, there is no C.U.L.T. shirt for #ls12. (If you’re not a Yellow Bubble type reader, you may as well give up now because the rest of this will rightly be meaningless to you.)

For those less into the in-jokes, C.U.L.T. stands (stood) for “Certified Unofficial Lotusphere T-shirt”. They were great fun over the last 10+ years, and Rocky Oliver, Henry Newberry and Andrew Pollack are all owed a debt of gratitude by us members of “the Lotus community” for the volume of effort they put in to make these happen year after year.

Now, it so happens that, late in 2011, after the LDC shirts for Lotusphere 2012 had been selected, I thought of another shirt idea. And, having thought of it, I simply had to have it made, because I (and I may be alone in this of course) happen to find it very amusing. In a gentle nod to the absent C.U.L.T. shirt, this one is the “Certified Unofficial LDC T-shirt”.

There’s no sponsorship – I’ve paid for these myself – which means there really is only a tiny number of them, and they will inevitably therefore be immensely valued as family heirlooms and great cultural treasures by future generations. Possibly.

Stop me at Lotusphere and demand one. Or, of course, demand one of the many other ‘official’ LDC designs that we of LDC will also be carting around with us. They’re all available in sizes up to XXXL (the shirts, not the LDCers).

London Developer Co-op: At the turning of the year (or just after it)

The wizards and sages at LDC have pooled collective wisdom (cough) and authored a pithy review of 2011 in advance of #ls12. Enjoy:

A week before IBM Lotusphere / Connect we realised this was by far our biggest conference yet, with 2 speakers, 3 sessions, 2 sponsored parties and bleeding t-shirts everywhere. So, what have we been up to during the last year?

Well, bucking the global slowdown for one thing, new clients now include one of the world’s largest media websites, another multi-national insurance company, and myriad smaller interesting clients, with some monster projects in the pipeline (fingers crossed).

International clients are now the norm rather than the exception, with contact coming in from all over Europe and the US. To cater to these requirements our skills set has diversified even more. Adding to bleeding-edge IBM and Microsoft stuff, we have had large client implementations using Spring and Spring webflow, PHP and advanced HTML5.

Nearly every new project contains a mobile element and all coding now caters to this as a matter of course.

This was especially true of our XPages work which seemed to really reach a tipping point in 2011. Like other projects, everything we’re doing with XPages also has some mobile aspect to it, but the interesting thing is that there is now a constant stream of new applications being created with XPages (NB: that’s “new new”, not “new upgrades”). And 2012 doesn’t show any sign of slowing down.

2012 will be more of the same, providing more for our clients and keeping pace with the ever accelerating rate of change in both IT and business requirements.

It’s time to kick arse (we’re British) and write / delete code (remember: less is more, and more code means more test cases!).

Onwards and upwards. Tally ho. Etc.

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