Lotusphere 2010 wrap up

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.

2 Responses

  1. Looks like you missed our Session BP203. We had new Lotusscript stuff, although the Java API topic may have sounded different.
    I would recommend you to watch our blog at http://blog.mindoo.com in the next weeks and at first read this blog posting:

  2. Karsten, you are right, of course. I did miss your session and the title of the session did sound a bit misleading, leading me to believe that it was about a Java API.
    Thank you for bringing this to my attention and for the link to your blog. I think on the blog you helped to reinforce the point I was trying to make when you said, “… the classic Notes client and the Lotusscript language nearly stayed the same over the years.” There’s not much new being added and traditional Notes developers need to recognize that. Yes, they can use tools like LS2Eclipse (which actually sounds pretty awesome and I’m sorry I missed your session) and stick to coding in LotusScript but sooner or later they have to face the undeniable reality and pick up new skills. The sooner they face that reality the better off they will be in the long run. I’ve been saying this for a while. Lotusphere 2010 reinforced my message to myself and motivated me like never before.
    For the sake of many wonderful people in this great community I hope I’m not alone feeling this way.

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