All is well that ends well and Lotusphere 2010 was no exception concluding with the talk of Big Bang and colliding particles. In a wrap up focusing on my impressions of the conference, it would be easy to focus on the negatives, but like I was reminded in one of the Business Partner roundtables, if you’re gonna say something negative, make sure you also say something positive. So, I’ll skip the negative stuff.
This was the first Lotusphere in several years where I was able to attend sessions, a lot of them in fact and most from the development track. Among the sessions I attended, there were none that talked about advanced tricks and techniques of @ Formulas or LotusScript. I don’t think there were many of those in the entire conference. Instead, there were plenty of sessions focused on the WebKit, widgets, mobile development for BlackBerry, REST APIs, LotusLive APIs, Java and the web technologies. And even Brent Peters in his Application Development keynote said that while @ Functions and LotusScript applications will continue to be supported, the future is with other technologies.
I returned from Orlando inspired and excited like I haven’t been in years. There was so much new to learn: new terms, new technologies. I’m inspired to learn new things, which have a broad range of application beyond Lotus.
The message was clear to me: as a developer, you have to learn new things. LotusScript isn’t going to cut it anymore. So it is likely that my blog will soon start listing posts on new topics in new categories. It’s just too bad that not all of this new stuff runs on a Mac.