TechEd Speaker Session Approval

June 25, 2007

As I had already told you I submitted two proposals for the TechEd speaker sessions in Munich. After some back and forth I finally got the confirmation mail, that the session about Portal unit tests made it under the last 15.

“We have had an additional opening for the SDN Community sessions at SAP TechEd ’07 Munich, and your session was the next one in line from the voting. Your session “Unit Tests for Enterprise Portal Applications” is now an approved SDN Community session for Munich.”

Looks like someone didn’t took his chance and that would be my ticket to Munich. Fine for me. The final voting results should be up on SDN at any time today. I know for sure that Chris got an approval for both of his sessions so he will be in Munich too.

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Call for Proposals on SDN

May 21, 2007

A couple of weeks ago there was a Call for Proposals on SDN for SAP’s annual developer conference TechEd. All SDN members were invited to submit session abstracts for Munich, Bangalore and Las Vegas, which got preselected and are now up for voting by the community until 28th of May.

Linda Bortolus already asked you to vote last week, just like Nigel James did, who is also with two PHP related proposals in the finals. There is still one week left and this is your chance to raise your voice and vote for what and who do you want to see at TechEd this year. And even if you don’t plan to go there, take the time and vote your favorites. Maybe you will benefit from material of sessions released after TechEd.

I submitted three papers and two of them made it into the finals.

1. Unit Test for Enterprise Portal Applications

I became a member of an XP user group a couple of month ago. It’s located in Düsseldorf and we meet up once a month. The first sessions were exciting. The topic we started with was TDD and it was really eye opening to see this done live by a bunch of experienced developers. This is one of the things for me I just don’t get only by reading about it but I had to see and feel how it’s done to get my head around it.

As most of my current development is happening in Enterprise/NetWeaver Portal, it was an obvious next step to figure out how to do it in that environment. So this session is all about TDD and the tools and APIs to do Unit Test in EP and my experiences and lessons learned from the last couple of month.

2. Maximize your Productivity in NWDS

Maybe you have followed my “Pimp Up My NWDS” blog series on SDN. OK, there were only two and they were written already last year but only because there were no follow ups doesn’t mean I’m not constantly trying to optimize my virtual developer workplace where I have to spend most of my working time day by day. Actually I have another PUMN blog in the work and a bunch of other add-ons I’m using in NWDS and plan to write about.

But this session won’t be only about NWDS/Eclipse add-ons but also about how to build up your overall development environment. Development on the NetWeaver Java stack is very different that good old ABAP and I don’t talk about the language perspective here. To keep productive and stay independent you have to have your own server running and once you have to jump between projects with different Java WAS versions it can get nasty.

I wasn’t sure in the beginning if this would fit into the sessions topics that are normally covered but it got excepted for the finals so here we are.

Another sessions I want to point you to is the one by Christian Günther where he talks about Portal Security. Chris is a good friend of mine and I can say he knows what he’s talking about and I expect this to become a really interesting session.

And not to forget Gregor Wolf. He is also taking his chance and is in the finals with a session on Type3 integration.


Firebug on SDN

February 18, 2007

Recently I had to do a lot of Enterprise Portal development. Looking for a state of the art JavaScript debugger and I found Firebug that helped me so much getting the work done and JavaScript was only a small part of it. It’s well integrated into Firefox by showing only a small icon in the status bar but once you click that icon it gives code inspection, network monitoring, a great JavaScript debugger, etc. I was suprised to find out that Firebug wasn’t mentioned anywhere on SDN. Now it is.

And once you got knee deep into Firebug be sure to check out Joe Hewitts expert level introduction: Joe Hewitt: “Welcome to Firebug 1.0.