So many ideas, so little time...

Monday, September 29, 2014 9:40 PM UTC

My daily job is mostly very interesting and challenging. I develop XPages applications (currently), debug foreign code (Lotusscript), moan about code I found in databases that seem to be a hundred years old and do customer support via mail and phone.

Not enough, I spend my sparetime searching for other challenges in my own projects. Most of them are XPages-based and more and more Java based. At least I try to use it more and more and in general. I admit that I am not into the fundamental "secrets" of how to start from the scratch, I always research and look what others did and adopt it to my own projects. Sometimes I am supported by colleagues or community members.

I imagine how my doings would be if there was no Internet as it was in the days I started to "develop" simple "programs" (yes, that's what they were called in ancient times!). When I first startet to get a reaction from my first computer (a TI-99/4A with Extended Basic module) I had to read a book about all those "secrets". Today I just start to type in a few words in my browser's address field and I get the result. Not everything I find there leads me to the right direction, it is still a trial-and-error principle that - sometimes - leads to my personal success.

TL;DR

Everyone who works with technology or something else that requires curiosity and the passion for learning new things will come to the conclusion that TIME might be the real boundary - among other obligations of course. Time-consuming research and studies are decelerating things one might want to overcome. Hail to "the net" and it's content-creators!

I know I can profit from the knowledge of others, I know there is a community, I know there are people sharing the same thoughts - and their help. And that's a great perception!

My next private projects and goals are:

  • learn how to work with parts of the OpenNTF API (esp. DOTS/XOTS)
  • setup a dev environment for Java development for plugins and extensions
  • how to create my own OSGi plugins for Domino/DDE

This isn't rocket scientist's stuff, er? Should be possible as others are doing it as their daily "pleasure". So I'm willing to learn - just show me how! I'm enjoying the conversation. And from what I've experienced so far: I can count on you Ja






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