Well...in a week's time some of us will be holed up at the Rio Hotel for three days of heads down technical goodness. That's right...it's finally time for Lotus Developer2006, brought to you by the fine folks at The VIEW. It looks like there will be some great sessions to attend. The hard part will be choosing which ones to miss.
I'm honored to be the small fry among the heavyweight speakers of Lotus-themed events. Look at that list of presenters: Bob Balaban, Rocky Oliver, Rob Novak, Bill Buchan, et. al. These are the guys I've been seeing at conferences forever! It's humbling to be listed on the same page as them all.
If you're attending and you see me at the conference, please stop by and say hello. At a minimum, you can lie to me and tell me you're a frequent reader so I don't feel like I'm out here talking to myself. You get bonus points if you gush about how this blog fills the empty void you've had in your life for so long. ;-)
If you are coming to the show and feel like giving the new guy a chance, here's a list of my sessions. This is going to be fun!
Leveraging Interface First Design for Top-Notch UIs
Overcome the difficulties of balancing the requirements for functionality, usability, and look and feel with one solution – the interface first design technique. Start the design process with a user-centered focus and get great tips for building applications from the ‘inside out’. Discover the simplicity and high value of low-fidelity prototyping, find out how to incorporate user profiling into your design, and see how to leverage usability testing to identify design problems early on. Plus, bring theory to reality by viewing software products and Web sites that demonstrate this powerful design technique.
Rethinking Your Interface
This case-study based session explores various ways in which you can design innovative user interfaces in the Lotus Notes client. Unearth inventive workarounds for the problems inherent in the current state of Notes UI design. Learn how to apply industry usability and UI design best practices to your applications. Examine UI construction to guarantee faster database response times and learn to utilize UI tools, such as the color palette selector, that are built specifically for designers. Finally, witness firsthand the effects of various UI design techniques as you review real-world applications both before and after a user interface redesign.
Energizing Your UI With DHTML
This session supplies you with all the tools and techniques you need to design fast, eye-catching, and easy-to-use Domino UIs. Learn to utilize DHTML to enhance your views, forms, and other design elements. Leave prepared to create dynamic menus, provide in-view editing, launch view actions via right-click menus, and more. Tap into dynamic content generation concepts to breath new life into your Web UIs, and get great tips for enhancing essential elements such as positioning, layout, printing, and more. And, take home a Notes database containing a toolkit of DHTML elements that you can easily drop into any application.
Creating Dynamic Domino Applications with Advanced CSS
Capitalize on Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) to control the style and layout of multiple Web pages all at once and present a professional, uniform look and feel throughout your Domino applications. Begin by gaining an understanding of the best methods to design, manage, and fine-tune visually appealing User Interfaces. Get expert recommendations for where to place CSS in Domino design elements based on different types of applications. Then find out how to use CSS to create a frame-like look and feel to Domino pages, as well as a cross-platform drop-down navigation system. Discover the advantages of building CSS style sheets as document objects, and pick up tips to develop dynamically sized Web pages without the use of tables. In addition, take home a fully functional database packed with reusable CSS solutions.
Hope to see you there!