Wednesday, April 23, 2008

TCF 2008

I have had the honour of speaking at TCF for over 20 years now. To be quite honest, I'm not sure just WHEN I started speaking here, but it has always been a very enjoyable experience (even when I used to be part of Keith and Mark Sproul's Volunteer crew and it was pouring rain the entire weekend).

Currently, I am working for Sensor Technologies located out of Red Bank, NJ as an analyst specializing in IBM/Lotus Notes/Domino Technology.

I've been a lecturer on computer topics for over 20 years and been involved in high-end web development since the early 1990's. I've spoken on a wide range of topics including computer viruses, memory management, Lotus Notes/Domino development, advanced web architecture and application development. This year, as in the last several years, my presentations cover some of the new Web Technologies out there, primarily Web 2.0, Ajax and using open source libraries for web development.
RESTful Web Services
Mike Barlow
Saturday 26 April 2008 - BSC 202E, 10:15 am to 11:10 am

Abstract :
Web Services and SOA seem to be all the rage these days, and if you've looked into them most of the articles and books talk about WSDL files and SOAP and fairly complex architectures. But that's NOT the only way of doing Web Services. There's also "REST" based Web Services. REST (which stands for "Representational State Transfer") is "sort of" the new kid on the block when it comes to Web Services, but REST is an easier, faster, and more efficient method of doing Web Services. As a matter of fact, Amazon.Com which provides a REST interface as well as SOAP interface to their Web Service reports that they handle 85% MORE hits via REST than SOAP and REST is 6 times faster! So, come and get the scoop on just what REST is and how you too can have a RESTful Web Service.

Advanced Web Site Development Using Open Source Libraries
Mike Barlow
Saturday 26 April 2008 - Room SB, 11:20 am to 1:20 pm

Abstract :
Ok, well to those of you who saw my presentation on this topic last year, this is a NEW and improved version. Last year I was demonstrating the use of the Mootools library. Well while Mootools has improved vastly and is an even better library than it was last year, I've also investigated some other libraries and one of the newest, slickest, easist librarys to use is ExtJS. So, this time around I'll show you how to make your web site do even fancier things than last year. Simple but snazzy looking "panels" with built in drag-and-drop capability and even a page that looks like a portal (but "technically" isn't). Tab panels which load their content via Ajax and much more. So if you want to keep up on some of the latest Javascript library usage out there, come check this out and go home with some neat new tools in your virtual pocket.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Lotusphere 2008

Well, my friend Erik and I (along w/ about 10,000 other of our closest TAOSRI friends) have survived yet another Lotusphere. Our presentation went quite well (we had a room which holds probably 800 seats and was at least 3/4 full) and is still available at the Lotusphere 2008 conference site. If you were a registered attendee of the conference your username/password is printed on your ID badge, if not the presentation will be available on my web site ( within a day or so as a downloadable PDF file.