Win a Copy of Mastering XPages at MWLUG

Not that you should need any more motivation to attend MWLUG, but if you are still on the fence I am happy to offer another small incentive. Brytek Systems will be giving away three copies of Mastering XPages 2nd Edition during the conference. I have this book in my personal library and can attest that it is a great reference.  Not only is it strong technically as you would expect, it offers some great nuggets too.

The conference organizers have graciously allowed me to present two sessions this year. First, I will share the stage with Mike McGarel as we relate our experience of starting to use Java in XPages. While both of us have been working with Notes for a very long time we have both just started to use Java. We will have a little fun showing you the mistakes we have made learning opportunities we have had. Our session is part of a series that a number of presenters have joined together on a theme of learning how to take advantage of Java in XPages. They all center around a fictitious bike store called Midwest Bicycles Inc. For those of you that don’t know, I am a cyclist so it was fun to play on the theme. 

My other session is a reboot of a session I co-presented at MWLUG two years ago with Jalpresh Tailor, showing how to build a mobile interface to an existing Notes app with the mobile controls available in XPages. There are some cool new features specific to mobile development in 9.0.1 that I am going to share. We will also take a look at some tools available from OpenNTF that you can use to build mobile layers on your Notes apps as well. The Chain Saw Collectors Corner is the web site I am going to use to show how easy it is to take something built in Domino 14 years ago, and give it a fresh face. You will have to come to the session to hear the whole story. 🙂

The full list of conference sessions is here and the schedule is here. So join us in Grand Rapids next week. We might even talk you into going for a bike ride.


I am an IT professional with over 20 years of experience. For much of that time I have worked with IBM Lotus Notes and Domino, helping organizations take full advantage of the tool for building workflow collaboration solutions. I have ITIL certification and a background in project management as well. Recently I have invested in how mobile devices may be used to extend business applications outside the office, and have also been learning how to add social components to traditional business applications. Away from work, I have three daughters and recently celebrated my 20th wedding anniversary with my wife in Hawaii. I coach hockey, cycle, and love growing garlic and then finding new ways to use it. I added a section of herbs to my garden last year and was very happy with the result. I ride my bike each year with my wife in the Ride to Conquer Cancer to raise money for research in childhood cancers, particularly brain tumours. Our youngest daughter lost her battle with a brain tumour in 2008 and through this ride we hope to help find a way to prevent other families from experiencing what we went through and continue to live with. If I have any spare time, I like to travel, so you may see the odd photo from our family adventures here too.

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