Event Admin to Property Broker bridge

I figured since Mikkel had written about Event Admin I would share this tutorial and solicit feedback and general interest level.

I had prototyped a bridge between Event Admin and Property Broker last year. I created these two videos that explain the two technologies and then shows a demo of the bridge working. Here is a high level architectural diagram of how the pieces connect in the run time.

The first video is a technical introduction of Event Admin and Property broker and explains how I connected the two and how the bridge was created.

*click image to watch tutorial

The second video shows the component being assembled in a composite application and shows how it communicates in the run time. The component has a test area on the UI where you can publish any Event Admin topic and watch the components react.

*click image to watch tutorial

So I would like to hear if something like this would be in high demand. More and more Eclipse based products are coming into play and component development is a pretty hot topic. This is a mechanism to have your component work in pure Eclipse and in the Lotus platforms with little or no change to the original source.

DNUG Workshop – Composite Applications in IBM Lotus Notes 8.5

In cooperation with the Deutsche Notes User Group (DNUG) e.V. and the gernman design partner SIT GmbH, we will provide a one-day workshop on the new functionality in Lotus Notes 8.5 in the area of composite applications.

We will do a two-part workshop, starting with an overview of what composite applications are, what components can be brought together and the corresponding background technology in Lotus Notes 8.5 and Lotus Expeditor 6.2.

The second part of the workshop consists of a hands-on demo scenario that lets the participants work through several use cases of composite applications using components from Lotus Notes, Eclipse, Web and the new container framework coming with Lotus Notes 8.5. After the workshop, everyone should have a good understanding about the power of composite applications, how easy it is to build them, what can be used in Notes 8.5 and what is to come in the future. Also, the participants will build a complete composite application using a lot of the new components coming in Notes 8.5 and the Composite Application Library located at Open NTF.

The workshop will be held at the IBM PSC Stuttgart, located at the IBM headquarters in Vahingen on March 12th, one day ahead of the Lotusphere Comes to you event at the same location, which SIT GmbH is hosting as well. While the workshop is already completely booked, there are still some seats available for the LCTY the next day, where we will also have a presentation slot on the topic. To book your seat for the LCTY go to: http://www.sit.de/events/lcty

The LCTY will be held in german, so please apologize for the german-only registration page and agenda you will find there.

IBM @ Disney

Disney's Innoventions is a great experience and to have IBM as one of the primary sponsors is also pretty great. My kids immediately saw the sign and showed a little bit of pride in the fact I work for IBM. Of course the first thing they asked is if I had worked on any of the stuff there…

Wrapping my blog in bacon!

I love bacon and I figure if I wrap my blog in bacon it will only get better. Just like Jim talks about it, I am a believer.

Click here to enjoy Balfes.net wrapped in bacon!

The solution to baseball and steroids

I don?t understand why this baseball steroid story is such a problem. Everyone wants to wipe clean the records that players have made while allegedly taking steroids. To me it is very simple ? any player that tested positive for steroids in a given year, their stats for that year are wiped out, ie. never happened. I think this will in fact change many records but will also keep in tact the stats players performed while not on steroids. Yes, I am an A-Rod fan and I think he really messed up and I would like him to be in the hall of fame and he will be if this kind of approach is taken because he has a lot of ?clean? years left.

Very cool and simple to use composite application

Julian posted an entry on the second demo of the composite application they showed at Lotusphere. The great thing about this application is it shows how Notes data can easily be displayed in charts and graphs and with their charting components. Creating these kinds of applications is getting easier and easier on the Lotus platform.