I’m jumping the gun, but Rocky Oliver and I are having conversations about some integration points between SBR and Blogsphere. There are already some integration items in SBR that David Bockes is responsible for. He wrote the “Publish to Blog” and OPML Import/Export features. Frankly I haven’t even looked at the Publish to Blog stuff yet. Maybe this will prompt him to write a little bit about it.

According to Frontier Airline’s live map, I’m 38,439 feet up and going 437 mph while somewhere near the TX/OK border. Now that Studio Blog Reader (henceforth referred to as SBR) is at v0.2, I’ve actually taken to using it myself, LOL, and I’m liking it. Before getting on the plane, I made sure I had a current replication from the server where it’s been faithfully been pulling down all the Lotus blogs all day. Now I’m on the plane reading about Eric Mack’s first podcast. Note to self: learn more about podcasting.

I also enjoyed Russell Beatie’s entry on traffic cams on your phone. Not that I’m interested in what’s going on with London traffic, but more in his comments about the rich environment of Flash development and conversations Mike Reyher and I’ve had over the years about this topic. But I digress. I’ll agree that I’m biased, but I’m finding SBR to be a useful tool for me now, and am looking forward to continued enhancements. If you’ve been playing around with it, please be sure and let me what it needs to be useful for you. Thx!

I’ve been working with a client on a rollout of IWWCM (IBM Workplace Web Content Manager). For their site, they needed drop down menu navigation. IWWCM provides context aware Navigator elements, but doesn’t have a display mechanism for DHTML drop-downs. I searched long and hard on the web for examples. Pete Raleigh has an excellent IWWCM site with a discussion forum, and he gives some good hints. IBM has recently added a forum under the IBM Workplace forums called, Workplace Web Content Management, but this forum hasn’t built critical momentum yet, so I didn’t locate a good, thorough example. The following 3 articles provide detail for how I went about integrating dynamic drop down menus with IWWCM Navigators.

I wasn’t going to bed tonight until I had this version posted. It’s quite useable now. I particularly like the HTML rendering of the Abstract and Story fields. Publish dates from the feeds are now honored, and unread marks are turned on in the views. If you’re upgrading, be sure to follow the instructions in the About document. The template contains new XSL files and about 130 Lotus channels. Click here to download.

I’ve been working hard to get the 0.2 StudioBlog Reader out. In the process, I decided to use Julian Robichaux’s OPML list of Lotus related feeds to test how it was working. From that list of 136 feeds:

  • 4 channels were no longer on the net
  • 2 had changed the url to their feed

Once fixed, that leaves 132 feeds. From those feeds, 34 didn’t read correctly. After examining in more detail, the code has some issues, particularly with getting subjects from atom 0.3 and rss0.92 feeds. I’ll be working on that.

But of the 34 it couldn’t read, 11 were simply malformed xml files. The malformed feeds were:

Lotusphere, and in particular the OpenNTF BOF finally motivated me to put some work into the Studio Blog Reader and do some work on it. After fixing a host of niggling bugs that were just irritating, David and I went back to address the XSL tranformation files themselves and fix the Story Date problem. Our tests show resolution, so v0.2 can be posted now. As it’s now 2am, I’ll handle the template details tomorrow and post it at OpenNTF. Question: Would it be helpful to ship the template with the 50 or so Notes/technology channels I’ve been monitoring with the tool, or would you prefer it blank?

This was my 6th or 7th Lotusphere, and it may have been the best. The only one I’d would rank in the same category was the Superhuman software Sphere. Notes was on the web, and Dennis Leary commercials were running. Those were heady days and the boom was on. By comparison, today sees software as a commodity, the boom is long gone, and IBM’s direction has been less than clear over the last few years. The first hint I had that IBM/Lotus might be back on the right track was in the last months leading up to Sphere 2004.