Q1 2012 Notes Domino Newsletter- IBM Collaboration Developer News
There were many many XPages presentations which you can find at http://xpages.info and even view the videos! Besides XPages, there was a few great sessions on "Open Social" gadgets and how Notes.8.5.4 and IBM Connections 4.0 will be an Open Social containers. Meaning users can interact with Open Social applications within Lotus Notes and IBM Connections. This presents a great opportunity for our developer community to bring applications to the users and let them interact with these applications without taking them away from where they were working.
One of the best sessions I saw was the "Social App Throwdown"
when six Business Partners were give a only a small amount of time to
develop an Open Social gadget for their application. All the
applications demoed in this video were build using OpenSocial and ran
inside of email in Notes and Domino Social Edition as well as
Connections Next. It truly is cool and really opened my mind to the
possibilities for Open Social. Take a look!
" At the OGS, IBM
announced its support for OpenSocial in Notes and Domino Social Edition,
as well as Connections Next. For more info on Notes and Domino Social
Edition, I suggest you read Ed Brill's blog post on it, he can do a
better job explaining exactly what it is. However the key feature in
Notes and Domino Social Eiditon is the support for OpenSocial in Notes
and iNotes. This support allows us to provide embedded experiences, as
well as surface an activity stream in Notes and iNotes. Its a reliefe
for me to finally have announced this support because me and my team
have essentially been working in secret for the past year and half, and I
have not been able to talk about it at all. However if you are clever
you probably noticed IBMs heavy involvement in the specification and
implementation projects over the past 2 years and you probably could
have guessed what IBM was planning. Now we can finally talk openly
about how we are going to be using OpenSocial and what it means for you,
as an IBM customer/buisness partner.
"One of the key uses of OpenSocial in Notes and Domino Social Edition and in Connections Next is embedded experiences. For those of you that don't know, embedded experiences allows you to embed the "experience" you would get in one application, in a completley different application. For example, it allows you to embed the experience from your favorite project management tool into an email, or an entry in an activity stream. This allows users to stay in context, and not have to jump back and forth between mutliple applications throughout the day. If you live in your inbox, you can stay there and get more work done without going off to multiple applicaitons throughout the day. For all of you that say Notes is not social, or email is not social, I disagree. Embedded experiences is email 2.0 and it allows email to become one of the most powerful and useful forms of communication in the organization!
"The second most important benefit to adopting OpenSocial is its support for activity streams. It's important to understand that activity streams is its own specification. However activity streams needs OpenSocial. The activity streams spec just defines a data model, in other words it just defines what the activity stream should look like, there are no APIs. OpenSocial puts APIs ontop of this data model, allowing us to access the data. Connections Next exposes its activity stream through the APIs OpenSocial defines. In other words, the activity stream in Connections Next uses standards to expose its activity stream! IBM did not invent its own APIs we adhere to the specification.
"I am really excited to start to get this stuff in the hands of the ICS community, we want your feedback. We want to make OpenSocial as successful as XPages has been and it has a lot of potential. Will if be perfect? No of course not, but it has a good start and you will have a team of IBMers behind it trying to make it as successful as it can be."
One of the best sessions to saw was the "Open Social App throwdown" where six Business Partners were give only a short amount of time, right before Lotusphere to develop an Open Social Gadget to demo live on stage at Lotusphere.. This is the video from that session and is well worth watching!
All the applications demoed in this video were build using OpenSocial to run inside of email in Notes and Domino Social Edition as well as Connections Next.