Thursday, September 25, 2008

Using Lotus Connections from a Ruby Web App

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200809251003.jpg Continuing to demonstrate how easy it is to consume Lotus Connections content from other applications, the Top Story today at developerWorks is an article that explains how to build a Ruby on Rails (RoR) web application that consumes Lotus Connections content via the REST API.

The article, written by one of IBM's Portlet Factory architects (Thomas Beauvais), is very clear and concise. It walks you step-by-step on how to create a Ruby web application and configure it to use to use data retrieved via the REST APIs instead of a database. Thomas explains the code needed to call the Dogear REST APIs to get a person's bookmarks and tag cloud. To my surprise, there's very little code needed to get this going!

One of the things that I like about it is that it's a great tutorial for Ruby beginners (like myself) on how to create a Ruby web application. After reading the article, I feel like I can build any type of Ruby application. Hopefully, I'll get a chance to work on this with one of my customers!

Ready to read more? Check out the article here. And don't forget about the article that I co-authored which explains how to use Portlet Factory to create a portlet that consume Dogear via the REST APIs.

P.S. Is it just me or does the title open itself to a bad interpretation ?

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